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OPA Holiday Gift Guide

Posted On Nov 21, 2018, 11:39 AM by Courtney Mattern

Upstage Santa this year with our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! When you give tickets, you’re giving unforgettable experiences and the memories will last long after the curtain closes. Let us help you check off your list and earn a round of applause.

A concert in the 1200 Club at the Holland Center. 

For your sweetheart: A night out at the 1200 Club 
Cozy nightclub vibes, table service and amazing music enjoyed by candlelight. This holiday season, gift a date night with your sweet heart in the 1200 Club at the Holland Center. Sidewalk Chalk, a Chicago jazz R&B group, plays January 25 in this intimate concert setting. Arrive early to start the evening with cocktails delivered to your table.

For your parents: Dinner and a show
Spend quality time with your parents at a show! Are they jazz fans? Try Monterey Jazz Festival. Do they love late-night TV? Jay Leno would be a hit. Are they outdoorsy? Check out National Geographic Live. Then when you’ve booked your tickets to the Holland Center, make reservations at Zinc on You’ll be able to enjoy conversation over a delicious dinner just steps from the concert hall – and you’ll definitely solidify your status as the favorite child.  

A mom and child play the drums during WeBop. I think it's safe to say grownups love WeBop just as much as the kids...

For the kiddos: WeBop classes and Disney magic
Toys on toys on toys. As mom to a 3-year-old, I can attest to the horrors of stepping on Legos and picking Play-Doh out of the carpet. If you have a toddler, consider spring WeBop classes as a holiday gift. These classes introduce children ages 2-5 and their guardians to jazz music. Not only will you be giving them the gift of music, but you’ll spend quality time together each week for eight weeks playing and dancing together. And if you get busy one week – grandma or grandpa can take them to class for some extra quality time.

No tiny tots on your list? I recommend Disney’s ALADDIN for kids of all ages. This Broadway show brings the childhood favorite to life on stage – your inner child, too, will love the experience from beginning to end.

Steve Martin and Martin Short stand together for a photo. They're wearing suits, smiling, standing against a white backdrop.
Comedians and long-time pals Steve Martin and Martin Short perform in Omaha this spring.

For your bestie: Steve Martin and Martin Short
What’s better than rolling with laughter with your best friend? Comedian besties Steve Martin and Martin Short are bringing their Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t Tour to Omaha this spring. They’ll revisit their career-long friendship formed on set of “The Three Amigos” and “Father of the Bride” while you and your best pal bond over a night out at the theater.

For anyone who likes theater: Gift certificates
You know what’s better than a pair of socks – even those soft ones that feel like you’re walking on clouds? An experience you remember for a lifetime spent with someone you love and care about. Omaha Performing Arts gift certificates are the perfect way to gift a special experience with some extra flexibility. The recipient can pick a show of their choice or even redeem their certificate in Zinc.

For your loved one who insists "no gifts this year": A donation in their honor
If your father-in-law (here's looking at you, Steve) insists that he doesn't need any more collectible beer steins, smoked meats or fancy golf clubs this season, then consider passing on the good fortune through a donation to Omaha Performing Arts. Each year, we bring the joy of the arts to more than 50,000 young people through our Education and Community Engagement programs. When you donate, you can give your gift in honor of anyone and help ensure others in our community are able to access and enjoy unforgettable experiences.