8 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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The holiday season is in full swing! If you haven’t adopted a cheerful temperament yet and are still mumbling “bah humbug” under your breath every time Feliz Navidad comes on the radio, never fear! These 8 ways to get into the holiday spirit will have you grinning and wishing passersby well in no time. Most of the activities on our list are great for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Enjoy!

  1. Decorate
    Nothing quite gets the whole family into the spirit of the season like decorating for the holidays! If your family celebrates Christmas, picking out a tree together is a great activity. Make the trimming a whole-family event complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa, and cookies.
  1. Bake Cookies
    Who doesn’t like cookies around the holidays? Baking and decorating cookies is an activity that kids and adults alike can enjoy, and the best part is that cookies aren’t exclusive to any particular holiday—you can bake them all season long! Gingerbread houses are tons of fun, too.
  1. Attend a Religious Service
    Whatever your family’s background, attending a service together celebrating your winter holiday is the perfect way to connect right to the true spirit of the season.
  1. Family Story Time
    Whether you’re attending a winter folklore story afternoon at the local library or reading books together by the fire, now is the perfect time to pull out the Hannukah stories, Christmas and Kwaanza books, and winter folk tale stories.
  1. Neighborhood Lights Tour
    Nothing cheers the spirit like a sparkling holiday light display. If you live somewhere snowy, this activity will be extra magical! Many local newspapers list the best neighborhoods to view lights so you can get the full Clark Griswold experience.
  1. Get in the Giving Spirit
    Nearly every religious tradition’s winter holiday involved generosity of spirit and/or a tradition of exchanging gifts. As Scrooge learned in A Christmas Carol, generosity connects us to our hearts and brings joy year round if we choose to live in a giving way. Whether you choose to give time or money to charity, buy or make gifts for friends and family, or simply embody a manner of kindness, giving feels great.
  1. Host Friends
    Despite the hustle and bustle the season brings, none of the dozens of items on our to-do lists would matter without good friends and family in our life. Take time to host friends and family through a cookie exchange, latke cooking, game night, white elephant gift party, potluck dinner, or traditional holiday party.
  1. Write Holiday Cards
    Even if your list of who to purchase presents for is short, there’s no limit to how many people in your life you can send a card or write a short email or note to in order to express your appreciation of them and tidings of joy. If you’re sending out cards, many sites like Zazzle offer deep discounts on paper holiday cards during December, and sites like Jib Jab allow you to create hilarious e-cards to be passed around online.

Whatever your holiday tradition and whomever you celebrate with this season, we wish you the very best! Happy holidays from Worldwide Ticketcraft!

 

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6 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect for Winter

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Winter’s arrival is no reason to stop being charitable! On the contrary, many people experience a greater need for charity during winter because temperatures drop, necessitating more and warmer layers, heating bills rise, and travel can become difficult for some. The possibilities for doing good during the winter months are endless, from clothing and food drives to raising money for organizations that help transport the elderly and disabled, to funding shelters. Here are 6 fundraising ideas we think are great!

  1. Winter Carnival
    A great option for schools and churches, an winter carnival offers all the fun of summer carnivals, only inside. Pick a charity and charge an entrance fee. Hosting a raffle at the event can help increase ticket sales, and in place of rides you can offer winter-themed activities like a visit to the North Pole, cookie walk (instead of the traditional cake walk), and even a parade of lights or light display for guests to enjoy if you have an outdoor space to use.
  2. Cookie Party + Food Drive
    Cookie parties are tons of fun. Guests mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, bake together, and, best of all, bring home a mountain of cookies! If you want to take your annual cookie party to another level this winter, add in a request for guests to bring canned and dry goods and take up a food drive. Since your guests will already be out shopping for baking ingredients at the grocery store, it’ll be easy for them to pick up a bagful of canned goods to donate on the same trip. You’ll help a lot of people and allow your guests to do something they feel good about this season, too.
  3. Warm Up Event
    Host a hot chocolate and warm cookie filled event where guests bring coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to donate to the homeless and others in need. While many coat drives take place before November, those less fortunate need warm clothes and coats throughout he holidays and winter months.
  4. Ice Skating
    An ice skating fundraiser, where attendees pay for a ticket or food and vendor proceeds go towards your cause, is a great way to raise money for your charity while having tons of fun! Ice skating is an activity that people of nearly all ages can enjoy—or enjoy watching as giggling guests slip and glide their way around the rink.
  5. Winter Wonderland
    A winter wonderland fundraiser is perfect for schools and youth organizations. Create an indoor, “snow”-filled paradise with different stations for story reading and winter folklore, learning about winter wildlife, and the winter holidays of multiple cultures.
  6. Super Bowl Tailgate Party
    Throw your own fundraising Super Bowl tailgate party that’s fun for all ages! A few ideas for raising money include selling mock Super Bowl tickets to the event, setting up games for kids and adults that are pay-to-play, and raffling off a home-made Super Bowl trophy or football memorabilia.

As you can see, winter can be tons of fun and winter activities offer a wealth of opportunity to put the “fun” in fundraising! Check out our raffle tickets, themed admission tickets, and more today!

Whatever Your Event, We Have it All

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Not only do we offer more flexibility and customizable features than any other ticketing outfitter on the web, we’ve also done a lot of legwork for you by creating admission packages with themes and products suited especially to your specific event. Whether you’re hosting a sporting event, musical concert, parade, or play, you’ll find an appropriately-matched ticketing product on our site. Read on to learn more about some of our best selling themed admission products.

Winter Events

Nutcracker
With winter just around the corner, dance troupes all across the country are gearing up for productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Our Nutcracker-themed posters, wristbands, and tickets have your performance admission needs covered. General admission tickets include personalized text on the body of the ticket and ticket stub as well as two foil security images on the front and a clear security varnish on the back. Reserved seating tickets come in one of six full-color image themes and seating information can be customized according to your venue. For shows with intermission, our wristbands are perfect. Choose from one of our Nutcracker themes or upload your own artwork and add custom text. Finally, 12×18”, DIY performance posters provide an eye-catching way to advertise your show.

Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year, filled with cookie parties, fundraisers, theatrical events, winter concerts, and light parades. Whatever your event, we have an admission product to match. For larger events, or any event needing security, our Christmas-themed tickets with gold foil security badges and a clear security varnish have you covered. These tickets are sequentially numbered and customizable. General admission and reserved seating tickets are also available and allow several lines of customizable text, brightly colored Christmas background themes, and the option to upload your own artwork on reserved seating tickets. Tamper-proof, full-color wristbands are perfect for events with intermissions, alcohol, or security at the door and allow the option to choose from a Christmas theme or upload your own artwork and add text. Complete your event with DIY, full-color posters for marketing.

Sporting Events

Basketball
Purchase a complete package of admission products for your basketball tournament, game, or season or pick and choose from our line of basketball products. Options include 12×18”, full-color, DIY posters to advertise games, general admission tickets with or without security features, wristbands for re-entry that come in several basketball themes with the option to upload custom text, and DIY, laminated badges that allow you to upload your own artwork or choose from one of our full-color themes. Badges have an area to insert a personalized image or your sponsor’s logo.

Baseball
If baseball is your game (or another one of your games!), you’ll enjoy the same admission products as we offer for basketball (only in full-color baseball themes) with an extra option to include raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are full-color and include an image of a baseball player on the front. This large, 5.75×2.875” ticket with a 1.5” stub is easy to customize and add images to. It’s the perfect way to round out your tournament, playoff, or game’s admission needs and offering a raffle is a fun way to engage the crowd between games.

Concerts
We offer an array of concert tickets to suit any and all admission needs including general and reserved seating admission tickets, concert tickets with security features, DIY full-color posters, and DIY wristbands. All options allow the customer to upload artwork or choose from a variety of themes to suit their event’s needs, and include personalized text providing event details and additional information. Some design options allow for maps or advertising. View your options and get started.

5 Winter Performances for High School Drama Clubs

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With the holidays just around the corner, high school drama clubs across the country are gearing up to showcase their talents through a variety of winter performances. From dance to drama to literature, there are so many theatrical performances that traditionally take place in winter for drama clubs to recreate. These theatrical performances are always a fun way to kick off the holiday season and are sure to be an activity that your family will look forward to year after year. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own school’s winter performance for years to come or wondering what type of performance you might see your local high school’s drama club put on, read on for few of the most popular and a couple ideas of our own!

  1. Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is thought by many to be the greatest Christmas story of all time. Filled with strong, memorable characters and images, the theatrical opportunities in the form of sets, costumes, and lighting are endless. Most importantly, A Christmas Carol is a story about one man’s transformation from cruel and miserly to generous and unconditionally loving through honest self-evaluation and change of heart.
  2. The Nutcracker
    The Nutcracker ballet, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most visually beautiful and fantastic performances of the holiday season. While traditionally performed by professional ballerinas and dancers, students with a lesser knowledge of ballet techniques can modify the dances by providing their own take on the music through interpretive or creative dance. The sets and costumes in The Nutcracker are typically colorful and joyful, another reason it’s a great piece to perform around the holidays.
  3. White Christmas
    White Christmas, originally a movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, is a heartwarming musical that combines the warmth, snow, and sparkle of the Christmas season with a glimpse back into post WWII culture. The story is upbeat and the original film incorporates song and dance at every turn. A high school drama club would do well taking a few scenes or songs to create a White Christmas montage or mash-up.
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
    While this story has strong Christian undertones, it communicates a powerful message about the value of human life and how our generosity of spirit touches others in ways we may never know—perfect themes for high school aged students coming into their own as young adults.
  5. Multi-Cultural and Literary Monologues
    Instead of choosing one play or performance to recreate, high drama clubs may enjoy the dynamism and creativity provided by performing a series of monologues from winter literature. Among some of the most memorable are Edgar Allen Poe’s dark poem, “The Raven”, which takes place in December, Mark Twain’s “Letter from Santa Claus”, and Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicolas.” Folklore from other cultures can be woven in such as the Ukranian folk tale, “The Mitten”, or a Kwanzaa story. Finally, Hanukkah stories like the Hanukkah lights tale will round out the showcase of multi-cultural winter tales.