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ShowTickets Gift Guide: Top Experiences for Everyone On Your List

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|by Amy Sapp |


Make it a holiday to remember

This year, go beyond ho-hum presents of socks and board games – and instead, give the memorable gift of experience. From high-kicking Broadway shows to soaring balloon rides to lively dinner shows, here’s our ultimate ShowTickets Gift Guide. Ho, ho, ho!

Ashley Parker Angel and Jackie Burns in 'Wicked' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ashley Parker Angel and Jackie Burns in 'Wicked' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK

For the kids
SpongeBob SquarePants
Bikini Bottom’s beloved sponge makes his Broadway debut this season! For kids young and old on your list, book a ticket to see the nostalgic cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, which springs to live onstage at the Palace Theatre. This musical features songs written by a slew of Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists, from Cyndi Lauper to Sara Bareilles to Panic at the Disco!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
The oddities and mysteries of this famed museum abound. Explore at your own pace, discovering eccentric art, shocking history and surreal artifacts. Interactive activities include the mind-racing Black Hole hallway, the daunting LaseRace and new Unlock the Box.

For the grandparents
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
What better way to celebrate the holidays with family than by singing along to classic holiday hits? Just in time for Christmas shopping, ShowTickets has great rates for the Christmas Spectacular. Give your loved ones the gift of holiday nostalgia with the Rockettes who ring in the New Year with high kicks – and with the help of Santa Claus, of course.

Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise
Treat your grandparents to a romantic and relaxing trip around New York Harbor, paired with a delicious dinner and cocktails. Float past New York’s iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to One World Trade Center to Brooklyn Bridge.

For your BFF
A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
Satiate your best friend’s sweet tooth with the Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour. Taste treats from the likes of Jacques Torres Chocolates, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, Baked and LI-Lac Chocolates.

Wicked
Wicked on Broadway tells the story of two women who, though wildly different, come together to form an enchanting friendship. For your best friend, no matter what age, consider taking a special New York trip to see this tale live. You may uncover why you and your best friend will remain close “For Good.”

LAS VEGAS

For the kids
Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus
Introduce your own kids to the mysteries of a 1900s circus’ classic acrobatics, daunting puppetry and wacky ringleader with Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus.

Stratosphere Tower and Rides
Have thrill-seeking tykes on your hands? Take them to the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, where rides like Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream will test their bravery and delight their senses of adventure.

For the grandparents
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
All your grandparents need is love – and the Beatles. Invite your music-loving grandparents to this dazzling show, where they can sing along to beloved hits like “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Hey Jude.”

Vegas Balloon Rides
For the adventure-seekers in your family, book a trip on a high-flying hot air balloon over Las Vegas. These hour-long experiences transport passengers to 1,000 feet in the sky before returning to the ground for a champagne toast.

For your BFF
Britney Spears: Piece of Me
Reminisce about your days of dancing in your bedroom, to your early 2000s CD player, underneath posters of N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys. Britney Spears’ unforgettable Las Vegas show will transport you and your best friend to back in the day, when you sang “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Toxic” at the top of your lungs.

CSI: The Experience
For your best friends who can’t stop binge-watching new seasons on Netflix, gift them tickets to CSI: The Experience in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. This fascinating opportunity offers the chance to investigate a “crime scene” through forensic pathology, DNA analysis and toxicology – with the help of CSI “detectives,” of course.

ORLANDO

For the kids
Blue Man Group Orlando
The percussive genius of Blue Man Group has impressed audiences for over 20 years – and counting. The otherworldly Blue Men show off dashing moves, stellar drumming, colorful lights and flying marshmallows for a whimsical night of live entertainment.

Medieval Times
Hear ye! Hear ye! The king and queen have invited you and your family to a royal jubilee of the King’s Champion, complete with mouthwatering meats, knights’ swordplay and live jousting. The fantastical night at Medieval Times begins with pre-show festivities in the Hall of Arms before culminating in an ultimate standoff between a thrilling host of knights.

For the grandparents
Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba
This season marks the last chance to see La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil. Before the show closes in December, take your grandparents to witness the globally renowned acrobatics and awe-inspiring high-wire walking.

Titanic Gala Dinner
Let your loved ones live the history of the Titanic through this immersive dinner experience of a three-course meal and lavish cocktail party. After celebrating with the characters in the dining hall, your group is guided through an exciting private tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

For your BFF
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
In a classic night of whodunnit hilarity, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show appeals to comedy lovers of all ages. These outrageous murder mysteries range from over 13 possible scenarios, each with a unique answer to the crime. This night of food and fun is an unforgettable immersive experience, especially as a detective roams around your tables to offer hints and help you solve the case.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando
From South Beach to Central Florida, Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando is an awesome four-hour night of cabaret entertainment, tropical dining and drinks, VIP seating and a live band. 

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