Entertainment ideas for winter break

By Nick LaRosa
November 24, 2010

Looking to spend some quality time over winter break with family and friends?  There are plenty of concerts, performances and attractions in the greater Philadelphia area that will surely keep you occupied while away from the college environment.

Whether attending a rock concert or taking in a holiday show, there are plenty of opportunities to have a great winter break.

Here are some of the events that you will not want to miss over the next month:

Blue Man Group

If you are looking for an outrageous blend of music and comedy, look no further than the Blue Man Group.  The group will bring their act to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, with shows beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 22 and ending on Sunday, Jan. 2.  As an added bonus, depending upon availability, students with valid IDs can purchase Student Rush tickets for just $10.

For more information, please visit http://kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?id=3712.

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil will perform a number of shows at the Liacouras Center between the dates of Dec. 21 and Jan. 2.  They will be performing their new show, “Dralion,” which brings acrobatics, gymnastics, comedy and music together in one venue.  Ticket prices range from $45 to $84 for adults and $36 to $68 for children under the age of 12.

For more information, please visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/news/2010/Dralion-in-philadelphia.aspx.

“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”

“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” will be performing at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with shows between the dates of Dec. 4 and Dec. 31.  “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is a great way for families to come together around the holiday time, all the while taking in the ballet’s characters, costumes and dances.  Nutcracker Family Packs are available for selected show dates and allow families to have a great time for a lower price.

For more information, please visit http://www.paballet.org/nutcracker.html.

Longwood Gardens

From now through Jan. 9, stop by Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., to see a spectacular visual display of lights, holiday trees and floral arrangements.  One can also expect to see dancing fountains combined with holiday music as well as numerous musical performances each day during a visit to Longwood Gardens.  For adults, the price of admission is $18 while students between the ages of 5 and 18 are charged $8.

For more information, please visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org/Christmas.html.

Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia from Thursday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 19 to perform a number of different shows, including “Glorious Sound of Christmas” on December 16, 17 and 18.  “Glorious Sound of Christmas” aims to put all age groups in a great mood for the holidays and features songs like “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  Prices vary by section, but students with valid IDs can purchase Student Rush tickets for just $10 at the Kimmel Center Box Office half-an-hour before the show, if still available.

For more information, please visit http://kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?org=2.

Theatre of Living Arts

Looking for some live music this December?  On Dec. 17, alternative rock band Good Old War will be performing at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia with East Hundred and The Great Unknown.  If you’re interested in a New Year’s Eve show, check out Reggie and the Full Effect.  The former indie rock band will be performing a reunion show and may be the last chance fans will get to see the band live.  Standing room tickets for Good Old War will cost you $23, while similar tickets for Reggie and the Full Effect will cost $24.99.

For more information on these shows, as well as other shows, please visit http://www.livenation.com/Theatre-of-Living-Arts-tickets-Philadelphia/venue/16388.

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