Christmas Gift Ideas and Event Guide

We all know Christmas is a wonderful and magical time of year, but sometimes the pressure to buy everyone the perfect gift is just too much. Well, calm down, because Ticketmaster’s gift guide really does have something for everybody!

Whether you are buying for parents, grandparents, partners, children or friends, we have the perfect present all lined up.

Everyone loves to receive a ticket for an amazing live event for Christmas, and the best part is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. And, if you are smart, you will get yourself a ticket at the same time and really spoil yourself during the festive season!

Gift giving is all wrapped up at Ticketmaster with amazing events in New Zealand. We have events to suit even the fussiest recipient from sport to concerts to comedy to festivals to children’s events.

But if you’re still unsure, why not grab a Ticketmaster gift card? Live event fans will love to receive a gift card that allows them to select their perfect event. The hardest part will be picking just one of our great events set to take place in the weeks and months following Christmas. Click here to visit our gift cards page.

And, no need to waste your time with gift wrapping; a Ticketmaster gift box is the perfect way to present your tickets! Simply select the gift box at the checkout phase and Christmas is well and truly sorted. Click here to visit Ticketmaster’s website.

We also have the lead up to Christmas sorted with an array of wonderful festive events that the whole family can enjoy in the lead up to the big day.

So now that we have taken all the hassle out of Christmas, it is time to sit back with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the magic of the festive season. Happy Christmas everyone; may it be a time of peace and happiness for you, your friends and family.

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Various dates and locations
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Fat Freddy’s Drop will be getting their travel miles up with performances all over New Zealand from late December to early February. Fat Freddy’s Drop has a new album, BAYS, and the seven piece group is set to enthral New Zealand fans from Whangarei to Queenstown. Get in quick… these tickets are already selling fast!

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Sky City Breakers

Various dates and locations
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Slam dunk Christmas with tickets to see New Zealand’s basketball high-flyers take on the Aussie teams in the NBL at Vector Arena and North Shore Events Centre throughout summer. The Sky City Breakers won the Grand Final last season and they are looking strong to compete for back-to-back in 2015/16. You do not want to miss the electric atmosphere of a New Zealand Breakers home game!

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Phantom of the Opera

The Civic, Auckland
February 11-March 5

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most enduring theatre productions of all time. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reimagining of the classic tale was an incredible hit all over the world and now it is New Zealand’s turn to enjoy the amazing production. The Phantom of the Opera will open at The Civic, Auckland in February 2016. You simply have to get these tickets for your loved ones this Christmas.

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An Evening with Dawn French

The Civic, Auckland
March 29-April 2

The undisputed queen of British comedy is set to hit the shores of New Zealand for her 30 Million Minutes tour. Dawn French is an award-winning actor, best-selling novelist and one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation. Her new show is based on her life and career and is a riotous performance that will have you laughing in the aisles. These tickets are selling incredibly quickly so get in now to reserve your spot.

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Cat Power

Paramount Theatre
February 2, 2016
Crystal Palace
February 3, 2016

Cat Power, the ultra-talented singer, songwriter and musician, is hitting the stage for two intimate theatre performances in early February. If you are ever going to see Cat Power perform, these are the settings in which you want to do it. The live performances will have you so close you will truly feel a part of the show. Get in quick because these tickets will be snapped up fast.

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Hi-5 – House of Dreams

Bruce Mason Centre
January 30-31, 2016

Legendary children’s entertainment group, Hi-5 is heading to New Zealand for a series of exciting performances that your children will love. The shows are full of songs, dancing, giggles and imagination. Kids are invited to join Hi-5 at a slumber party in their House of Dreams, but there will be little sleeping and loads of adventures. Kids will love to find tickets for this fantastic event in their Santa sacks on Christmas morning.

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Simply Red

Vector Arena
February 27, 2016
Mission Estate Winery
February 28, 2016

British band Simply Red is returning to New Zealand for their Big Love Tour in February 2016. Mick Hucknall and the crew have a massive back catalogue of hits including Stars, Holding Back The Years, Fairground and If You Don’t Know Me By Now. The group will perform at Vector Arena and also the beautiful Mission Estate Winery in Napier. These are hot tickets you do not want to miss!

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Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam

Vector Arena
February 5-14

Cirque Du Soleil is one of the most celebrated entertainment events on the planet and now it is Tassie’s turn to see what all the fuss is about! Tickets for the Canadian circus’ newest performance will delight the entire family; it is the perfect event for young and old!

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Royal New Zealand Ballet – The Wizard of Oz

 Civic Theatre, Rotorua
May 28-29, 2016
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
June 2-5, 2016

Is there anything more enchanting than an evening at the ballet? If this sounds like your cup of tea you will be thrilled to hear the Royal New Zealand Ballet will be performing The Wizard of Oz in 2016. New Zealand is set to host the world premiere of The Wizard of Oz, a two act ballet created by RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia. The performance will bring to life one of the most enduring stories of all time, L Frank Baum’s classic tale of Dorothy and the land of Oz.

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The Trusts Arena
February 20, 2016

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry are set to light up the stage at the annual Raggamuffin festival, which is appearing at the Trusts Arena in February. Reggae legends UB40 will be joined by The Game, Macy Gray, Xzibit, Maxi Priest, Diana King, Inner Circle and many more. Raggamuffin is an epic reggae and roots festival and is a must-see for you and your friends in the New Year.

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Christmas Events and Activities

 The Night Before Christmas

Bruce Mason Centre
December 18-20

The crew from Phineas Phrog Productions is back with a magical and enchanting show that will entertain the entire family. The Night Before Christmas features a little mouse who has lost the spirit of Christmas. But with your help – and that of Rudolph, Mrs Claus and the Christmas Fairy – the scrooge mouse will be reminded of the true meaning Christmas and this special day will be saved!

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Bach Musica NZ – JS Bach Christmas Oratorio (parts 4-6)

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
December 6

Lovers of classical music will not want to miss Bach Musica NZ’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The oratorio was written by the German composer in 1734 with the intention of it being played in church throughout the Christmas season. It is an enchanting piece of music and a must-see during the holiday season.

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Christmas in the Vines with Sol3 Mio

Waipara Hills
December 19
Villa Maria Estate Winery
December 20

If you haven’t heard the amazing voices of Sol3 Mio you are in for a treat when the trio presents Christmas in the Vines in two of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Brothers and tenors Pene and Amitai Pati perform with their baritone cousin, Moses Mackay, to perform much-loved Christmas songs and festive favourites.

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 Merry Dance-mas

 TSB Showplace
December 19

Merry Dance-mas will showcase young dancers trained in highland and acrobatic dance, performing a festive-themed show that will be fun for the whole family. The show, which will be performed at TSB Showplace, promises to be a lively and entertaining event that will highlight the importance and magic of Christmas.

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