We've all been there, havent we? Scratching our heads thinking of the perfect, most suitable, most useful gift to give at Christmas... 

Well how about purchasing something that the recipient can look forward to, rather than maybe end up just casting aside? Forget all about smellies and jumpers this year - 2021/22 is all about making up for lost time in lockdown by enjoying new experiences and creating magical memories. Which is where Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham comes in... 

Whether you’re purchasing a present for parents, grandparents, siblings or friends, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of a ticket to see a favourite artist or event. And with a packed programme over the festive period and beyond, there’s plenty of shows from which to choose...

Those missing their Strictly fix should check out the live show which makes a welcome return in January. A perfect way to spend a winter's evening, Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour takes place at Utilita Arena Birmingham from 20 to 23 January. Hosted by Janette Manrara and with tour judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli in tow, the live version sees the show’s popular dancers putting their celebrity partners through their paces with a host of new routines. 

Later in the month, the Utilita Arena Birmingham will host one of the biggest events in British Basketball as the two top teams from the elite men's and women's league battle it out to become champion. A prestigious and sure-to-be entertaining event, the British Basketball Cup Finals 2022 take place on 30 January.

If having a good old belly laugh is your thing then the Utilita Arena Birmingham is the place to be in 2022. Comedians taking to the stage next year include Katherine Ryan, 4 March; John Bishop, 1 & 2 April; Joe Lycett, 16 & 17 September and Jason Manford, 11 November.

PAW Patrol Live! at Utilita Arena Birmingham on 23 August is sure to be a hit with younger audiences. With favourite PAW Patrol characters in tow, the live show shares lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem solving.

Fans of Brian Cox will be pleased to hear that the two-time Guinness World Record holder will be bringing his brand new arena show to Utilita Arena Birmingham on 11 September. Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey will take audiences on a cinematic journey of how we came to be and what we can become. One not to miss, Horizons... is co-hosted by award-winning comedian Robin Ince. 

Whether you're into classical, rock, pop or soul, there's certainly no shortage of music acts to choose from next year. At Resorts World Arena highlights include James Blunt, 10 February; Simply Red, 13 February; Little Mix, 21 - 23 April;  Gregory Porter, 11 May; Barry Manilow, 17 June and Franki Valli & The Four Seasons, 26 June. Meanwhile, over at Utilita Arena Birmingham, The Wanted, 12 March; The Script, 3 June; Andrea Bocelli, 24 September; Westlife, 3 & 4 December and Rod Stewart, 9 December, are just some of the acts to choose from.

Click HERE for full details on all upcoming shows and events.