Top 5 Holiday Shows of 2018

The holidays are full of family traditions; one of our favorites is when our Grandma takes her Grandchildren to see The Nutcracker. They go every year, since the kids were young, but the show never gets old. These shows are one of the special things about the holidays. There are classic shows like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, modern hits like Jingle Balls or Poptopia and many more. We decided to share the top 5 most popular Holiday Shows based on ticket demand.

Top 5 Most Popular Holiday Shows*:
1. Jingle Ball: the iHeartMusic Jingle Ball touring shows features some of the most popular acts in music. In 2018, Jingle Ball headliners include 5SOS, Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes & The Chainsmokers.
2. Christmas Spectacular: the annual spectacle that is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular remains the top annual attraction in New York City. With up to five shows per day, this legendary performance lets fans of all ages enjoy the magic of the Rockettes.
3. TSO: when did Trans-Siberian Orchestra become synonymous with the holidays? We don’t know, but they are now as fans flock to see this one-of-a-kind rock show in-person. The music, the lights and energy in the crowd make this one a must-see.
4. The Nutcracker: every kid, and adult, in the audience has their eyes glued to the stage when the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies comes on. If you have never seen it, you are missing out.
5. Pentatonix: this a cappella band just formed in 2011 and put out their first Christmas album in 2016, but they have become a mainstay of the holiday touring season. They offer a show that is family friendly and upbeat.

Other top Holiday Shows:
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story
An Irish Christmas
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Colors of Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Il Divo
Mannheim Steamroller
Not So Silent Night
Santaland Diaries
Shen Yun Performing Arts
Silent Night

Most popular Holiday sporting events:
* College Football Bowl Games
* NBA Games on Christmas Day (SI ranks them)
* Thanksgiving NFL Football (Cowboys vs Saints)
* NHL Winter Classic
* The NFR in Las Vegas

Most popular Holiday destinations for events:
* New York City: you can see the Rockettes, Hamilton, the Knicks or Rangers…and so much more.
* Las Vegas: the Cirque Love show is the top show around the holiday season.
* Miami: a great place to go to see outdoor events during the holidays, including plenty of football games.

Holiday Touring Broadway Shows:
Dear Evan Hansen in San Francisco
Hamilton in Chicago
Hamilton in Fort Lauderdale
Hamilton in Greensville, SC
Hamilton in Hartford
The Book of Mormon in Indianapolis
The Lion King in Seattle

*Based on data from past 5 years, including ticket sales and total ticket orders.