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Upstage Santa with our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted On Nov 25, 2019, 16:28 PM by Mary King
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'Tis the season for gifting! Our line-up of shows includes everything from live concerts to comedy, Broadway to ballroom, and everything in-between! Check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide below for gift ideas that cover every type of art-lover on your list.  

For the concert connoisseur

  • (April 3): This is the perfect gift for your friend that's obsessed with all things A Capella (hello Pitch Perfect and Pentatonix). A Capella Live! will have them swooning at The Filharmonic's boy band charm. Bonus: Gospel legends Committed and chart-topping Blake Lewis will be there to deliver rich harmonies and smooth vocals.

  • Eddie Palmieri Afro-Carribbean Jazz Sextet (February 11): We've got a spicy show just for your friends and family that love to move to the upbeat sounds of salsa! Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri fuses the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the sounds of Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock.

For the younger theater-lovers


  • STOMP (February 28 & 29): Drums? Psh, try matchboxes, wooden poles or hubcaps. STOMP will take your kids love for impromptu noise-making up a notch (or two or three) with their pulse-pounding, electrifying show. 

  • Disney’s THE LION KING (April 15-May 10): Lions, hyenas and meerkats – oh my! With bright, dynamic visuals and classic songs both parents and kids know and love -  Disney's THE LION KING is sure to keep the whole family captivated from beginning to end. 

For the musical lover

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  • LES MISÉRABLES (January 14-19): Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. 

  • A BRONX TALE (February 11-16): Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and doo-wop tunes, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser will have your music-loving friend grinning from ear-to-ear. 

For the thrill-seeker


  • CIRQUE MECHANICS 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels (January 21): Step right up! Treat yo'self and the entire family to a dazzling display of acrobatics. The best part? If you buy a group of 10 tickets or more, you get a discount! 

  • THE ILLUSIONISTS (March 11): Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS will give your adventurous friends and family a thrill they'll never forget. 

For parents with tiny tots


  • WeBop® (March 16-May 9): Fill the heart of a parent or grandparent with joy when you give the gift of jazz this holiday season. This upcoming spring session introduces children 2-5 to the swingin' music of jazz heroes including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and more!

  • Penguins (March 14): Cue the cuteness! Playful, captivating and heart-felt – this true story of two male penguins bonding at New York's Central Park Zoo is perfect for young children and their families. Bonus: Kiddos get to enjoy a little Preshow Playtime before the show!

For the dance devotee

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  • Camille A. Brown & Dancers (February 21): Known for being dynamic, inventive and energetic, Camille A. Brown & Dancers will take your loved one on a journey through history –  exploring issues of race, culture, and identity. 

  • Savion Glover: All FuNKD’ Up, The Concert  (April 23): What happens when you allow passion, creativity and drive to take over? Savion Glover's ALL FuNK'D Up is born! This show will get your loved one out of their seat, tapping to the beat of this genius tap dancer.

For the LOL-ers

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour (February 18): Named one of the Top 100 TV Shows of all time - this comedy phenomenon guarantees gut-busting laughter. Tickle the funny bone of any one on your list with tickets to this hilarious, roller coaster ride of a show.

  • Potted Potter (March 5-8): Is your best friend a Harry Potter fanatic? Then you just hit the gift-giving lotto with this fantastically funny show featuring a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

For the science enthusiast and animal lovers

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  • Extreme Cave Diving with diver and environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad (May 12): Voyage into the beautiful but dangerous “blue holes” of the Bahamas! Diver Kenny Broad captures these caves through stunning photos and video.

  • Untamed with filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade  (March 3): Come face-to-face with lions, sharks, jumping spiders and one of the rarest animals in the world.

For the hard-to-buy-for friend 

  • Gift certificates: Having troubles finding the perfect gift for someone on your list? No worries! O-pa's 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.

  • A donation in your loved ones honor:  Does your mom keep on insisting "no gifts" this year? 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. It's a win-win!