7 amazing tickets to Dayton events that are perfect for everyone on your gift list

  • Sarah Franks
6:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 Local
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National Geographic photographer Steve Winter observed a snow leopard in India. CONTRIBUTED

Watching a loved one’s face light up as they open the gift you spent months (or days) picking out is often a moment you wish you could replay over and over again. So while the gift of an experience is missing a few of the ribbons and bows a new casserole dish might have-- giving a present of time and memories is well worth the investment. 

These seven events happening around Dayton this winter might make holiday shopping a whole lot easier this year.  

Scooter Christensen and his teammates from the Harlem Globetrotters, currently on its 90th anniversary tour, return to town for its annual New Year’s Eve game at the Nutter Center in Fairborn on Thursday, Dec. 31. CONTRIBUTED

Your friend or loved one doesn’t need to be a basketball fanatic to have a good time at a legendary Harlem Globetrotters game. However, be warned that they will have Louis Armstrong’s “Sweet Georgia Brown” -- the unmistakable whistled theme song of the Globetrotters -- stuck in their head for days after. 

When: 2 p.m. December 31

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy #430, Fairborn

Luke Combs will perform at Hobart Arena in Troy on Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW BERINATO

Breakthrough country superstar, Luke Combs, is extending his headlining “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour” just long enough to make a stop in Troy. Come February, the short, cold days of winter have been piling up, making a country mega party a perfect surprise. 

When: 7:30 p.m. February 8

Where: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy

You are guaranteed to be the coolest aunt or uncle, grandparent, etc. of the season when you give your favorite youngster on your list a pair of tickets to the first ever, Paw Patrol LIVE! You can even make them a VIP-- a “Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special souvenir gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with Ryder and two PAW Patrol Characters after the show.” 

When: 6 p.m. January 1 & 2

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton

The DPAA gala was held Saturday, Nov. 4. Dayton's finest gents and dames gathered at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center for the Performing Arts for an opulent evening on Tin Pan Alley, transporting back to the Gatsby Era for a Roaring 20s spectacular to benefit the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam

If somebody is new to the theatre scene in Dayton, they will be surprised when they find out how many productions are going on at any time. Space Oddity: David Brighton as David Bowie, “Hello Dolly,” Sophisticated Ladies with Steven Reineke and Bernstein Songfest are just a handful of the shows coming to Dayton this January, making this holiday season the perfect time to surprise a loved one with a glamorous night out.

Info: Visit TicketCenterStage.com to see all upcoming shows and purchase tickets. Also see Ticket Center Stage gift certificates.

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Dayton against Auburn on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at UD Arena.

Whether it’s the Dragons, Flyers, or the Dayton Dynamo -- your loved one is bound to have some love for Dayton sports. Even if they aren’t exactly a fan yet, a pair of tickets to your favorite game might be the best way to get them on board with your team, and get 

yourself a new teammate to attend games with while you’re at it.

Dayton Dynamo NPSL (2018 season ticket info soon to come)

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National Geographic photographer Steve Winter observed a snow leopard in India. CONTRIBUTED

Unwrapping a pair of tickets to Nat Geo LIVE! is the coolest way to tell the adventurer in your life that you really thought about them. From firsthand accounts of outer space travel to wild tales from a Nat Geo photographer -- three National Geographic events are coming to Dayton this winter.  

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Fans enjoy a performance during the annual Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes in Ft. Loramie this July. DAVID A. MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Arguably one of the most anticipated country music events of the year, a Country Concert ticket hanging on the Christmas tree will not disappoint. The three-day country festival is not until July, however, so your loved one will be able to look forward to the big weekend all year long! 

When: July 5, 6 & 7

Where: Fort Loramie, OH

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