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For the Art Lover
Membership to the Barnes starts at just $90, including guest passes and unlimited access throughout the year. Or splurge on the $2,500 package, which comes with a private tour for eight. But if the Barnes is a bit too focused on post-Impressionists and Modernists for the art appreciator in your life, you can’t go wrong with a Philadelphia Museum of Art membership, for as little as $40 for a student and just $185 for a family. The Friday Art After 5 performances in the Great Stair Hall (included!) are a must.
Your natural instinct will be a subscription to the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, and you really can’t go wrong with that (and maybe throw in dinner at Volvér?). But under the new leadership of David Devan, Opera Philadelphia is making great strides and presenting some quite ambitious material. A three-opera package at the Academy of Music ranges from $45 all the way up to $645. Hey, it is opera.
For the Concert Lover
Some killer shows that would make good stocking stuffers: Aretha Franklin at the Kimmel Center, December 29th ($79 to $225); Billy Idol at the Tower, January 24th ($35-$137); Fleetwood Mac at Boardwalk Hall, January 24th ($49 to $179); Maroon 5 at Wells Fargo Center, March 9th ($29.50-$125); Neil Diamond at WFC, March 15th ($65-$150); the Who at WFC, May 17th ($36.50-$142); Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field, June 13th ($75 to $200); One Direction at Lincoln Financial Field, September 1st ($59-$121).