15 December Events With Free Tickets for Service Members, Veterans, And Mil Families

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Local Military leaders, led by Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, left, salute during the National Anthem as the B2 Spirit Bomber flies over the field at the start of the 103rd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 2, 2017.
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As the month of December signals the winding down of 2017, that doesn’t mean there’s any slowdown of free events available to the military community of veterans of all eras, currently serving military members including the Guard and Reserve, family members of those killed in action, military spouses, families and caregivers of VetTixers. December is the beginning of NCAA Bowl season and with that comes the opportunity for VetTixers to attend college bowl games with their families, friends and caregivers.


Among the various bowl games this month, if you’re going to be soaking up some sun and waves in Hawaii, before you wish everyone Mele Kalikimaka, attend the Hawaii Bowl on December 24th. If you’re in the Lone Star State, the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl and the Texas Bowl in Houston are on the 27th and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is in Arlington on the 29th. Keep on checking your Vet Tix emails for notifications of additional bowl games as we continue to receive more bowl game donations. If college football isn’t your thing, check out the other great events throughout the country this month. If you’re not a member of Vet Tix, stop missing out on attending fun and exciting events and sign up for free at www.vettix.org.

NCAA Football Bowl Games:

  • December 23: Mobile, Alabama: Dollar General Bowl
  • December 24: Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii Bowl
  • December 26: Dallas, Texas: Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • December 27: Houston, Texas: Texas Bowl – Big 12 vs. SEC
  • December 28: San Antonio, Texas: Valero Alamo Bowl – Big 12 vs. Pac-12
  • December 29: Arlington, Texas: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
  • January 1: Pasadena, California: The Rose Bowl: College Football Playoff Semifinals

Arts & Entertainment:

  • December 9: Richardson, Texas: Holiday at the Ballet Performed by Contemporary Ballet Dallas
  • December 15: San Diego, California: The Nutcracker Performed by California Ballet Company
  • December 20: Colorado Springs, Colorado: A Colorado Nutcracker – Performed by Colorado Youth Ballet

Sports

  • December 9: Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA
  • December 12: Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL
  • December 17: New York, New York: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA
  • December 21: Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Tennessee Tech NCAA Men’s Basketball
  • December 23: New York, New York: New York Islanders vs. Winnipeg Jets NHL

To become a VetTixer and request tickets to these and hundreds of other events, which are free except for a nominal delivery fee, visit VetTix.org to create a free account. Once you’ve create an account and your military service is verified, you can review hundreds of upcoming events across the country.

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