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Day 4: Give the gift of tickets

The end of the year doesn’t mean the end of entertainment. We’ve put together a round up of the hottest tickets in town, that could also double as Christmas gift inspiration.

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition sign and Flinders Street Station.

Gaultier bringing the glam to Fed Square before Bowie arrives

If you planned to see a show in 2014 but never quite made it, there’s still time. Visit The Princess Theatre to see the hit musical, Once, based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name – but be quick, it’s leaving town in February. After Once departs, Disney’s spectacular The Lion King begins.
For something smaller, pick up a season package from some of Melbourne’s best theatres. The MTC has packages and vouchers available, as does the Malthouse Theatre, which kicks off 2015 with Blak Cabaret as part of the SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival.
The cosy La Mama Theatre also has shows running throughout December and January.
People walking past the Princess Theatre.

The little story that won over the world – ‘Once’

For serious Melbourne sports fans, January means one thing: The Australian Open. But get in quick, tickets are already on sale. The Open runs from 19 January to 1 February.
‘Tis also the season for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, and the Asian Cup will take over Olympic Park from 9 January.
Until 8 February, the NGV is home to the first international exhibition by ground-breaking French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier features over 140 garments that have to be seen to be believed, along with costumes, films, sketches and performances.
Not to be out-glammed, ACMI is preparing itself for another first, ‘David Bowie is’, a spectacular multi-sensory exhibition experience about the career of this great rock icon. It’s not on until July but you can book now through ACMI.
Books about David Bowie.

ACMI is busy preparing for the multi-sensory experience of ‘David Bowie is’

Something different 
Chocoholic Tours – Certificates and gift packs available.
The Comic’s Lounge – January shows include comedians Fiona O’Loughlin and Lehmo.
Enterprize Tall Ship – 1, 4 or 8-day voyages coming up in Hobart.
fortyfivedownstairs – Cabaret and live readings with music in January.
Walk Melbourne Tours – Dumplings, coffee and rooftop bar tours, with gift vouchers available.
Wind in the Willows – Live action play in the Botanical Gardens until 24 January.
For more great Christmas news, stories and videos stay tuned to the 30 Days of Christmas blog.