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