Christmas Events and Traditions


If you are like me you are always looking for fun things to do with the family around Christmas time. I really think Amy and I have treated the kids to a lot of great Christmas experiences.

One of our favorite things to do as a family is drive around in her van and look at Christmas lights. In order to get the full effect and of course hear the music, you have to roll the windows down. Did I forget to say turn the heat up first before rolling the windows down? lol

Our kids absolutely love Christmas. They get very fired up to see their friend Buddy the Elf show up in odd places every morning after returning from the North Pole during his nightly check-in with Santa Claus. Buddy is an Elf on the Shelf. Buddy makes snow angels out of sugar, leaves treats for the kids and reminds them to be good or else. Or else no gifts!

Our family uses the Santa tracker on Christmas Eve and leaves cookies out for the jolly old fella when he brings our gifts. Our stockings are stuffed with goodies and each child receives gifts in all the same wrapping paper so they know which presents are theirs. Kylie, Owen, Aidan & Makenna also get new pajamas every year. This particular gift is opened the night before Christmas, so the kids can wear their jammies down to open their presents.


Oh the Chandler’s find many fun things to do at Christmas time. My wife’s family has a tradition of making Santa cookies every year. The cookies are delicious and she shares with our friends but never lets anyone have the recipe. Ancient Chinese secret you know?!?!

One of the local live events we have watched is The Nutcracker at the Cleveland Playhouse. Our church musical at Trinity Lutheran Church comes complete with a full orchestra and is a must attend. On the TV, the movies Elf and A Christmas Story play non-stop in December at our house. I have my fill of both shows every year! Of course we would always like to venture out to see and do new things.

There are four Christmas shows I would like to see in 2012 that we have not seen yet and l am sure some of these shows are Christmas traditions for many families. Amy and I would love to take the kids to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve, the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago and Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night. Let’s take a closer look at these events and see how much a ticket costs to attend a performance.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Multiple Cities, 11/9 – 12/30

The Rockettes will be rocking the stages in St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Chicago & New York City with their annual Christmas extravaganza. Santa Claus will be coming to town and will be bringing the high stepping ladies and beautiful pageantry in this one of a kind Christmas celebration(Preview Show). What will it cost to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2012?

  • Average Ticket: $92.99
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve - Multiple Cities, 11/15 – 12/30

The electric sounds of this classical to heavy metal ensemble will travel east to west this winter. The Lost Christmas Eve will be revived from it’s initial 2004 introduction. TSO will bring the story to fans through an unmatched live performance on stage this Christmas season. So, what is the price of a Trans Siberian Orchestra Tour 2012 ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $96.36
B96 Jingle Bash - Chicago, December 2012

Last years show was amazing according to those in attendance. Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo and LMFAO were the stars of the event. This year fans may see One Direction, Pitbull or both artists. The date of the event and all performers will be announced shortly for the #1 winter party in Chicago . How much is a B96 Jingle Bash ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $178.48
2011 Jingle Bash
Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night - Multiple Cities, 11/2 – 12/31

A piano man like no other, Jim Brickman is the biggest revenue producing piano player in modern history. Brickman pours his soul into his music and captures the hearts of his listeners. He will perform On A Winters Night over 40 times this Christmas season. What does it cost for a Jim Brickman tour ticket?

  • Average Ticket: $69.00