“Holidays at Hoyt” to Benefit Those in Need (Plus a FREE Ticket Giveaway!)

As the holidays draw nearer and nearer, I’m constantly reminded of two things. One – I am soo very blessed to have wonderful friends and family in my life. Two – I am fortunate to have a comfortable lifestyle, as there are many others who are not as fortunate as I am. As I was thinking about getting a group of family and friends together to celebrate the season and give back to those in need, I came across a local holiday event – “Holidays at Hoyt” – that does both!

“Holidays at Hoyt,” features two shows – Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas, a musical comedy, on December 19-21, and Miracle on 34th Street The Musical, the beloved holiday traditional favorite, on December 22. Not only are the performances going to be highly enjoyable and Christmas-themed, but they are also supporting those in Des Moines who are less fortunate.

About the Shows

  • Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas – Take yourself back to 1959 and celebrate the holidays with some of the wittiest church ladies you’ll ever meet. They bring together old and new memories as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. These ladies satisfy audiences with their funny antics, charm and holiday joy. Show times are: December 19 at 2:00 p.m., December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Miracle on 34th Street The Musical on December 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Join a jolly, white-bearded man as he brings a miracle to 34th Street. This classic show is full of holiday magic and leaves audiences believing that holiday wishes, and even miracles, do come true!

All tickets are reserved seating and may be purchased in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office (1501 Woodland Avenue), at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster location.

Spread some Christmas Cheer by Giving Back
The “Holidays at Hoyt” productions will be working to raise donations for a local non-profit organization, Central Iowa Shelter & Services. Show attendees are encouraged to donate a personal item, such as: aspirin, razors, toothpaste, or band-aids (view a full list of accepted items here), when purchasing their tickets at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office. Attendees who donate a personal item will receive a $3 discount (one donation per ticket) on their ticket purchase to either Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street The Musical!

Let’s Give Away a Pair of Tickets!
One lucky winner will have the chance to win 2 tickets to Miracle on 34th Street The Musical! Here’s how to win: Tweet to @TheDishOnDM, post on “The Dish on Des Moines” Facebook page, or comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. on 12/19/12 with the name of your favorite Christmas carol and you will be entered to win! The winner will be announced via Twitter, Facebook and on this blog post’s comment stream the afternoon of the 19th. Good luck and as always, thanks for reading!

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3 comments


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      Emily Beckmann

      Thanks! You have been entered to win. :) I do have to say that I really enjoy “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – the version from ELF!

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