Cyber Monday is not just for electronics! Many people also use the Monday following Thanksgiving to snatch up entertainment bargains as well. For many families that means getting tickets to one of the many Christmas and holiday shows playing at various theaters across the country. So, whether you are looking to buy or market tickets these performances, here we provide you with a list of the Top 10 Christmas shows to see this holiday season. These rankings are determined by a formula that utilizes page views and search query data from Tickifieds.com and average ticket price from major ticket brokers.
Top 10 Holiday Shows
1. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This annual Roxettes Christmas tradition for many New Yorkers has spread across the country and will be performed in Durham, Nashville, Austin, as well as New York this year. For over 75 years, these performances have been one of the most sought after tickets in the industry and always demand premium dollar.
2. Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is always a hit with American audiences. Although many performance companies and community theater groups do their own rendition of this classic, the Moscow Ballet’s version is the best of the bunch. In 2011 they will be playing limited performances in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Wichita, Rosemont, Detroit, Bethesda, Cupertino, Baltimore, San Diego, Phoenix, West Palm Beach, San Antonio, and Lakeland.
3. A Christmas Carol
The classic Charles Dickens novel turned musical has been wowing audiences for decades. This family musical will be performing in major cities across the country such as Denver, Washington DC< San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Thousand Oaks (CA), Worcester, Detroit, Costa Mesa, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Westbury, Raleigh, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Durham, St, Louis, New Haven, and Norwell (MA).
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a success with audiences young and old. This book turned movie, turned musical is quickly becoming an annual tradition. This year you can see the Grinch in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
5. White Christmas
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is based off the classic 1954 movie of the same name and has recieved several Tony Awards for best choreography and best orchestrations. White Christmas will be performed in Lincolnshire (IL), Houston, Tempe, and Costa Mesa.
6. The Night Before Christmas
The original poem by Clement Clarke Moore has made its way to Broadway and has become a hit. Although this musical will only be performed it Birmingham Alabama, it is still one of the most popular Christmas shows. Performances are limited so get your tickets now!
7. Trans Siberian Orchestra
Trans Siberian Orchestra, or TSO, have been rocking out the holiday audiences since 1993. More of a Christmas themed rock opera than a musical, TSO has sold over 8 million tickets over the years. TSO will be playing a huge list of cities including Boston, Portland, Richmond, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Atlanta, Peoria, Rosemont, Greenville, Raleigh, St. Paul, Greensboro, Evansville, Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Memphis, Little Rock, Miami, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Milwaukee, Wichita, Tulsa, Grand Rapids, St. Louis, Auburn Hills, Kansas City, Columbus, Austin, Uniondale, Austin, Newark, San Antonio, Houston, Pittsburgh, Denver, Albany, Buffalo, Salt Lake, Las Vegas, Toronto, Cleveland, and Glendale.
8. A Christmas Story
This brand new musical based on the charming 1983 movie of the same name will hit stages in select cities including Raleigh, Phoenix, Tampa, and Chicago. If this musical can do the movie any justice it should be a mainstay on the holiday circuit for years to come.
9. Jingle Ball
This annual radio station sponsored holiday concert is always a hit with young fans of pop music. This years lineup includes Lady Gaga (select cities), Kelly Clarkson, Foster the People, Pitbull, Demi Lovato, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Colbie Caillat, Avril Lavigne, Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Joe Jonas, Flo Rida, and many more…
10. Alice Coopers Christmas Pudding
Heavy metal god Alice Cooper’s annual fundraiser is a holiday-themed variety show designed to be an entertaining blend of comedy, music, and dance. Performing with Alice will be Dee Snider, Warrant, Lita Ford, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Gary Mule Deer, Scott Macintyre, Runaway Phoenix, and the River of Life Choir. If you leave near the Phoenix area this is a must see show!