Your Guide To The Top Tickets To Gift This Christmas

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Christmas is only a week away. Still going with your Christmas shopping? Instead of buying something that could just be relegated to the back of the cupboard, why not gift an experience?

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Christmas is only a week away. Still going with your Christmas shopping? Instead of buying something that could just be relegated to the back of the cupboard, why not gift an experience? And luckily Adelaide has an array of events making their way over to us in the New Year. Here’s our list of some of the top ticketing options to gift this festive season:

Tasting Australia

We all have a friend who is a bit of a foodie, right? Well, Tasting Australia is on its way back to Adelaide. Think world-class chefs, tastings of local beer, wine and spirits, and a never-ending stream of deliciousness. Ever wanted to blend your own gin? Learn how to become a master at dumpling making? Or simply drink a bold red wine and eat dinner straight off the grill? It’s on April 5-14, 2019.

State Opera

The New Year will also bring more individual talents to the State Opera scene, with recitals, community events and thrilling opera performances. In particular, a highlight for the season is an outdoor event featuring Carmen in the Square this coming March. Carmen’s performance will feature a complete orchestra, food trucks, and family friendly activities, ensuring the atmosphere at Victoria Square will be electric. There’s also plenty more on the calendar for 2019.


Ah, March. The one month where Adelaide’s streets are lined with locals, all sussing out the upcoming talents. For those who aren’t aware, the Adelaide Fringe Festival consists of food, comedy, cabaret, music, art, theatre and plenty more. The Fringe Festival is extremely versatile in the fact that you could take a little human to an appropriate show, have a night out with friends, or enjoy a performance with a few family members. When you first browse the entirety of Fringe shows, don’t worry about the amount of talents that are gracing us with their presence. Instead, browse by categories of what your loved one is interested in. You’re bound to find a perfect experience!


I hope I wasn’t the only one that had their inner child screaming inside when they heard Aladdin was coming to Adelaide’s Festival CentreDisney’s Aladdin is perfect for both a hit of nostalgia and introducing the magic and wonder to another generation. Incredible costumes and the array of special effects in this Broadway show are truly something to behold. I mean, how do they get that magical carpet up in the air? The show has been labelled as in a league of its own by several publications, and still retains the wonderful humour it created in the original film.

Book of Mormon

While I’ll admit I’ve (regrettably) never seen the Book of Mormon, I can confidently say that I’ve only heard good reviews. Winning nine Tony Awards and the hearts of many, the Book of Mormon is here to provide your loved ones with a much needed belly laugh. The New York Times labelled it as ‘the best musical of this century’. Grab your tickets here. But do note – this one isn’t for the kids or the easily offended.

Cellar Door Fest

Celebrating its ninth year, Cellar Door Fest will bring South Australia’s best produce to the heart of the city for three days of delicious fun in March. Tickets to this event let you discover 150+ wineries, breweries, distilleries, and food producers from across the state, meet the makers, enjoy complimentary tastings, and uncover an exciting range of new gems. Sounds like a good pressie to us! It’s on at the Adelaide Convention Centre from March 15-17. Tickets are on sale now, and want a hot tip? Book before December 24 for a 10% discount on single-day GA tickets!


What’s summer without a touch of cricket? The magnificent Adelaide Oval is ready for cold bevvies, sunshine galore and plenty of cricket over the next few months. The Gillette ODI Australia vs India men’s match will be here on January 15, which will be followed by the One-Day International women’s match against New Zealand at Karen Rolton Oval in February. On top of this, the KFC Big Bash League’s Adelaide Strikers will be looking to make their mark this summer season, with plenty of local support behind them.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers/Adelaide 500

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are coming back to Adelaide. The band will be headlining their own Australian tour for the first time in 12 years, bringing their high energy and unique sound to close one of the biggest events in South Australia, the Superloop Adelaide 500. After a weekend of racing and listening to your neighbours dog barking because of the noise, you can bless your ears with some unique tunes. Get your tickets here.

The Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is also another sporting gem coming our way in early 2019. Over 10 days in January, the Santos Tour Down Under will be hosting a number of events including free street parties and cycling legs where you can watch the athletes battle it out on the courses. If you want to buy something special though, you can rub shoulders with cycling heroes at the Adelaide Convention Centre at the Legends Dinner.

Florence and the Machine

The unmistakable and powerful sound of Florence and the Machine is back! The last time Adelaide was blessed with Florence Welch’s voice was way back in 2012. Florence and the Machine’s epic and intimate album ‘High as Hope’ will be played in all its glory, along with lots of their classics at the January 16 show. It’s on at Botanic ParkBuy tickets here.


Rudimental is certainly a group to keep an eye on at the moment. They have been releasing new music consistently in the lead up to their third album ‘Toast to Our Differences’, which will be played in its entirety at Bonython Park on February 9. Their new material has seen artists like Rita Ora and Tom Walker support their musical talent with powerful and fitting vocals. Secure your tickets here


Before your mate can fully recover from the festivities of the Christmas and New Year season, grab them a ticket to FOMO. Boasting international headliners Nicki MinajRae Sremmurd(throw-back to mannequin challenge) and Lil PumpFOMO will make sure you won’t miss an act by keeping it simple and having only one stage area. No clashes! Rejoice!

Electric Gardens 

Fact: Post-holiday blues will be cured by January 27 because the Electric Gardens will be back! Held at Serafino WineryElectric Gardens will be showcasing the techno music scene from the international and local sphere. Think: Wine, Bag Raiders (yep, they’re back) and Vitamin D. Also, the Monday after is a public holiday so there’s no excuse not to relax and enjoy yourself. Good news all around! The third general admission sale is running now, so grab a ticket for your loved one while they’re hot. 

By The C

By the C is shaping up to be a big one, and more importantly it’s an event you know your parents would love. Icehouse are coming to Glenelg Beach, ready to entertain us alongside SunnyboysDo Re Mi and Mental as Anything. Sand in toes and drink in hand, there’s certainly nothing more fitting for an Australian summer. Tickets are available from their website to help make your gift giving stress free.

NYE Events 

Got nothing planned for New Years? Well, Glam Adelaide has got just the guide for you. From dinners to party events, there is something for everyone. Find out what tickets are still available (and what’s on) via our guide here.


The Australian and international Indie scene has been thriving recently, and what better way is there to celebrate this success than a day festival in Adelaide? February 8 will see Aussie acts such as Methyl EthylBaker Boy and Gang of Youths performing especially for us! Alongside Groovin’ the Moo and FOMO, this is one of the most anticipated music events for Adelaide. Grab a ticket here

Groovin The Moo 

Sorry folks, I haven’t got in early enough with this one as the Christmas pre-sale for Groovin the Moo tickets has already flown past us. However, no need to fret! Tickets will be back for general sale early next year so you can get along and see the international and local acts gracing humble ol’ Adelaide on April 26. Tickets can be bought through MoshTix. Stay tuned for the lineup.


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