With the end of the holiday season in sight, a number of seasonal events will be closing their doors throughout the week ending January...

With the end of the holiday season in sight, a number of seasonal events will be closing their doors throughout the week ending January 5, 2009, as compiled by TicketNews.

A perennial New York City favorite, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, will hold its final 2008 performance at the famed music hall tonight, December 30. However, the touring production of the Christmas Spectacular still has a number of engagements in Austin and Houston through January 4. This was the first time in the show’s 76-year history that the production toured arenas and theatres nationwide.

Similarly, the Christmastime ballet classic The Nutcracker has been performed by various dance companies nationwide during the holiday season, and the last of those residencies will be wrapping this week. The final New York City performance will take place January 3 at the Lincoln Center, while the company at Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix will close the following day.

Would-be revelers scrambling to organize plans for New Year’s Eve have a last chance to grab tickets to some of this year’s hottest year-closing concert celebrations. Indie favorites My Morning Jacket are slated to perform at Madison Square Garden before the ball drops in Times Square. On the opposite coast, Deadheads can catch Phil Lesh and RatDog on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for December 30-31 shows.

Anyone hoping to kick off the New Year by taking in a game on the gridiron also has a last chance to purchase tickets to one of the annual college football bowl games. This year’s Rose Bowl features the Penn State Nittany Lions in a showdown with the USC Trojans in Pasadena, CA. Tickets are also available to the annual Rose Parade, which will hit the streets of Pasadena first thing on the morning of January 1. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech Hokies and Cincinnati Bearcats will go head-to-head in the Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL.

“Last Chance” information is compiled at the beginning of the week, based on touring acts whose current itineraries are closing over the course of that week. The availability of tickets for Last Chance events depends on primary and secondary seller inventory, and may vary as tickets are sold in the days leading up to each event.

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THIS WEEK’S LAST CHANCE EVENTS

Last Event DateEvent
December 30Holiday Bowl: Oklahoma State Cowboys
December 30Texas Bowl: Rice Owls
December 31Sun Bowl: Oregon State Beavers
December 31Music City Bowl: Vanderbilt Commodores
December 31Insight Bowl: Kansas Jayhawks
December 31Phil Lesh
December 31Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
December 31Widespread Panic
December 31My Morning Jacket
December 31Jim Gaffigan
January 1Rose Parade
January 1Outback Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes
January 1Winter Classic: Chicago Blackhawks
January 1Gator Bowl: Clemson Tigers
January 1Capital One Bowl: Michigan State Spartans
January 1Rose Bowl: Penn State Nittany Lions
January 1Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies
January 2Cotton Bowl: Mississippi Rebels
January 2Autozone Liberty Bowl: East Carolina Pirates
January 2Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide
January 3NFC Wild Card Playoffs: Arizona Cardinals
January 3AFC Wild Card Playoffs: San Diego Chargers
January 4The Nutcracker
January 4AFC Wild Card Playoffs: Miami Dolphins
January 4A Christmas Carol
January 4NFC Wild Card Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings
January 4Cirque du Soleil – Wintuk
January 4Jonas Brothers
January 4Radio City Christmas Spectacular
January 4Trans-Siberian Orchestra
January 5Fiesta Bowl Parking
January 5Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes