Arizona: Calendar of Events Listings: 2009: December

Arizona Events December 2009 Calendar

This calendar of events for Arizona communities in December 2009 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements.

This calendar has been produced to assist with travel arrangements or local activities. It is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Arizona events are made at

Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson in Oro Valley, is a popular hiking nd camping spot. The park is located across the street from the new Oro Valley Marketplace on Oracle Road. Watch a video clip of the area, Google map nd park information.

December 2009 Arizona Event Listings

Arizona Activities throughout December 2009

Through December 6 (Phoenix)

Arizona Theatre Company presents George Is Dead, a new comedy by acclaimed writer and director Elaine May. Featuring Julia Brothers, Academy Award nominee Don Murray, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Marlo Thomas, George is Dead plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 12 through December 6. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Tickets range from $26-$50 depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. More on ATC. Continue reading about George Is Dead.

Through January 24, 2010  SCOTTSDALE: Unexpected Wegman: From the Collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art –an exhibition of forty-five William Wegman works, exhibition builds on the artist’s wide recognition for his photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs, an array of other whimsically portrayed subjects in a diverse range of media and forms—from prints, to flipbooks, to video,

YouTube Video of Arizona Road Trip

A little mini-vacation to NE Arizona, on the Navajo/Hopi reservation. The trip started at the invitation of Navajo people near Chinle, then blossomed from there. Visits included Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Video courtesy to YouTube and Arizona Office of Tourism. Watch more Arizona Travel videos.

For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:

The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Arizona Chamber of
Commerce & Convention Bureaus

Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens they will be required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, will be required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card.

Arizona Holiday Events

December 3-30, 2009: Las Noches de las Luminarias begins the Thursday, December 3 and culminates on December 30, 2009. This is the perfect holiday event to share with family, friends and out-of-town guests. The Garden’s distinctive and world-renowned plant collection provides the ideal setting to enjoy more than 7,000 hand-lit luminarias that line its trails, buildings and courtyards. A sumptuous buffet dinner is available at an additional cost from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events and the Garden’s Patio Café will also be open for ala carte items. The Garden’s gift and plant shop will be open each night of Luminarias and is the ideal place to find unique gifts for the holiday season. Meal tickets are $16.50 for adults and $8.95 for children. Las Noches de las Luminarias is presented by The Arizona Republic, and sponsored in part by US Airways, Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events and Phoenix Coca-Cola Bottling Company. SRP EarthWise Energy is the entertainment sponsor. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway (in Papago Park), Phoenix, AZ. For additional information, a full list of entertainment and a detailed menu, call 480-481-8188 or visit

Through December 27            SCOTTSDALE: Sister’s Christmas Catechism – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), starring Patti Hannon, Sister uses her CSI-inspired forensic aptitude to solve – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold, $38, 7:30, 8 & 2 pm, 480-994-2787 or

December 4 & 5: Lake Havasu City, AZ at dusk. View 50 plus lighted boats decorated with the theme of " A Star-Spangled Havasu Christmas" pass under the historic London Bridge in the Bridgewater Channel. Contact Dan Remy @ 928-680-4652 or email [email protected]

For more holiday events in Arizona communities, see the daily event listings below.

Arizona Events- Day by Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FREDONIA: Winsor Castle By Night - Pipe Spring National Monument, the old fort is lit by the soft glow of lamps and lanterns, bonfire near the old chuck wagon for music and hot cider, dress warmly, bring a flashlight, $5, 5-8 pm, 928-643-7105 or

1            SCOTTSDALE: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin for Lovers – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), a special series devoted to the 200th birthday of Chopin, whose demanding piano works stand as masterpieces of 19th-century Romanticism, in this ‘concert with commentary’ format, Siegel discusses the music with the audience before each performance, $38, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or

 1-12            SNOWFLAKE/TAYLOR: 8th Annual 12 Days of Christmas & Annual Christmas Lighting – Heritage Park, festivities begin on 12/1 with the lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony, Taylor’s Santa visit is on 12/3, 928-536-4331 or

1-27            SCOTTSDALE: Sister’s Christmas Catechism – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), starring Patti Hannon, Sister uses her CSI-inspired forensic aptitude to solve – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold, $38, 7:30, 8 & 2 pm, 480-994-2787 or

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Window Rock, Az - The first Navajo Tourism Photo Contest was a resounding success with over 450 images entered by photographers from eighteen states including District of Columbia and nine countries around the world.  The theme of the photo contest was "Discover Navajo" and the awards ceremony scheduled for December 2nd will recognize the entrants who captured the spirit of the Navajo tourism experience connecting the beautiful Diné Bikéyah (Navajoland) and the Navajo people.  An online slide show of contest images is posted at The 2009 Discover Navajo Photo Contest Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd starting at 11:00AM at the Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital in Window Rock, Arizona. The ceremony will include the unveiling of the new Discover Navajo Poster featuring the first place winning photo. The ceremony will also reveal the twelve other winners from the photo contest. The Awards Ceremony is presented by the Navajo Nation Tourism Department.  A free poster will be given to all attendees.

2            CHANDLER: Downtown Chandler Art Walk – Historic Downtown, 480-855-3539 or

2            QUEEN CREEK: Runt of the Litter – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, (22149 E. Ocotillo, 85242), a story of expectations, dream s and rivalry, Houston Oiler Eason developed and never deviated from a 20-year-plan to play pro football, unfortunately, his plan did not include a more talented older brother, 480-987-5964 or

2            SCOTTSDALE: Santa Baby: A Judy Roberts Christmas – Kerr Cultural Center, this popular jazz pianist/vocalist turns her musicianship and wit loose on songs of the season, look for some guest artists to join the festivities, co-presented with Jazz in AZ, $20-25, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

2            WICKENBURG: A Celtic Yuletide with Michael Londra - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, an evening of holiday songs, dance and music from Michael Londra's homeland of Ireland, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624

2-6            TEMPE: AM:I – Lyceum Theatre, part of the New Works Series, get inside the “heads” of three artificial intelligence entities determined to escape the mind of their programmer, $7-22, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or

2-17            PEORIA: Ozark Mountain Holiday Show – Theater Works on Mondays, Paramount Theatre in Casa Grande on Tuesdays and Fiesta Fountains in Mesa on Wednesdays-Fridays, featuring the Branson Brothers, 3 & 7 pm, 480-926-5547 or

2-23            CLARKDALE: Santa Claus Express - Verde Canyon Railroad, Fridays – visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or

2-23            FLAGSTAFF: Holiday Skies Program - Lowell Observatory, evening presentation discusses the mythology and science of the winter sky, including a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, $, various dates, 7 pm, 928-233-3211 or

Thursday, December 3, 2009

3            GANADO: Luminaria Night - Hubbell Trading Post, outlined with glowing candles, Santa, 5-8 pm, 928-755-3475 or

3            PHOENIX: Arizona Biltmore’s Winemaker Dinner – menu of four to six courses, with a complementary wine poured with each course, a representative from the featured winery, creative displays of designer jewelry, this week features Taittinger, Reims, France, $125, 7 pm, 800-950-0086 or

3            TEMPE: Pass in Review – ASU Gammage, Sun Devil Marching Band, $6.50, 7:30 pm, 480-965-3434 or

3            TEMPE: Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

3-6            MESA: Blood Wedding – Mesa Community College Theatre Outback, (1833 W. Southern, 85202), an arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to commence. But those plans are disrupted when the bride’s former lover, a man in a loveless marriage, spirits her away willingly on her wedding night, $10-15, 480-461-7170 or

3-6            PARKER: Women’s Civic Club Fall Potpourri – local and regional crafters and vendors, 28-667-2109 or

3-30            PHOENIX: 32nd Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias - Desert Botanical Gardens, 7,000 lit luminarias line the garden pathways, musical entertainment each night, additional buffet dinner is available, $25, 5:30 pm, pre-register, 480-481-8188 or 480-941-1225 or  H

Friday, December 4, 2009

4            FLAGSTAFF: Hawk Walks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, (4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, 86001), learn how to fly live birds of prey with raptor rehabilitators, small groups of 4-8 participants work directly with hawks, falcons and owls, 9:45 am, 928-774-1442 or  not  H

4            FLAGSTAFF: First Friday Art Walk - Artists Gallery, free, 6:30 pm, 928-773-0958 or  H

4            FLORENCE: Christmas on Main Street - Holiday Light Parade at 6 pm, Pinal County Courthouse Lighting, Main Street Festival, free, 5-8 pm, 866-977-4496 or or

4            PEORIA: Oldtown Holiday Festival – Oldtown Peoria, Valley-wide H.S. choral contest, children's snow play area, scavenger hunt, crafters, hay wagon rides, children's crafts, cookie decorating, food booths, 5-9 pm, 623-773-7564 or

4            PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or  H

4            PRESCOTT: A Celtic Christmas – YC Performance Hall, Canadian musical phenomenon Leahy brings their high-energy, genre-spanning music, with a special Celtic Christmas flavor, $38-40, 7:30 pm, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253

4            PRESCOTT VALLEY: Holiday Festival of Lights & Tree Display – Civic Center grounds (7501 E. Civic Circle, 86314), annual lighting ceremony and nighttime parade, cookies with Santa, free, 6 pm, 928-759-3090 or

4            SCOTTSDALE: Yo-Yo ma – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), renowned for his brilliant technique and artistry, Yo-Yo Ma is recognized throughout the world as a preeminent cellist of our time, Ma performs three of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, which stand among the greatest works ever composed for the instrument, $85-125, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

4            SEDONA: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa's Visit – Uptown, musical and performing groups, Santa, free, 5 pm, 928-204-2390 or

4            SIERRA VISTA: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Old World Santas – Veterans Memorial Park, (Fry Blvd.) the collection of Old World Santas will be on display during this year's tree lighting ceremony, standing over 8-feet tall, each Santa is unique and hand painted, representing a different country or theme, refreshments at the tree lighting ceremony,  free,  5:30 pm, 520-417-6980 or

4            TEMPE: Pan Devils Steel band – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

4            WICKENBURG: Musica Dolce - Wickenburg Community Center , the Friends of Music organization sponsors this Baroque ensemble featuring Christmas Music 7:30 pm, 800-942-5242 or

4-5            AJO: Santa Unique Boutique – Ajo Lions Club, fine arts, crafts, baked goods and a special gift for your dog too, 10 am – 3 pm, 520-387-7742 or  

4-5            CHINO VALLEY: Hometown Chino Christmas Celebration – CV Heritage Middle School, more than 100 decorated trees, local choirs will appear around the clock providing holiday music, Santa, free, Fri 5-9 pm, Sat 1-5 pm, 928-636-2493 or 877-523-1988

4-5            GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Gingerbread Nights, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or  H *  y

4-5            GILBERT: 52nd Annual Christmas Idea House & Home Tour – Enchanted Elves – a non-profit, all-volunteer women’s organization offers holiday decorations, home décor, unique gifts and gourmet goodies, $7, Fri 3-9 pm, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, 480-649-9627 or

4-5            LAKE HAVASU CITY: London Bridge Yacht Club’s 27th Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights – 50 beautifully decorated boats pass under the historic London Bridge, this year’s theme is A Star Spangled Havasu Christmas, free, 928-680-4652 or  H

4-5            PHOENIX: 2nd Annual Phoenix Runway – CityCenter of CityNorth, (5515 E. Deer Valley Dr. 85054), tw nights of runway fashion show, educates the community on the fashion industry with educational opportunities, attracts consumers, buyers and designers showcasing local boutiques and retailers, benefits Phoenix Children Hospital,           

4-5            PHOENIX: Fall Dance Collection – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or

4-5            TUBAC: Luminaria Nights: Fiesta de la Navidad - Village of Tubac, hundreds of luminarias line the streets and artist studios, shops open until 9 pm, carolers, free, 6-9 pm, 520-398-2704 or  H

4-5            TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – (7366 N. Paseo del Norte), music, home-baked cookies, shopping, holiday dining, stroll through thousands of twinkling lights, live music featuring Gabriel Ayala and Joe Bourne, $8, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or

4-5            WICKENBURG: 21st Annual Cowboy Christmas, Cowboy Poets Gathering - Community Center & Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, poetry, ballads, stories about cowboy heritage, singing & story tellin', 928-684-5479 or  H  x

4-5            WILLCOX: 27th Annual Christmas Apple Festival - Community Center, ( 312 W. Stewart St.) judged arts & craft show, bazaar, craft demos, Santa Claus, tree lighting ceremony, entertainment, cooking contests, raffles, door prizes, free, 520-384-2272 or 800-200-2272 or  H *  x

4-6            PHOENIX: 24th Annual Poinsettia Festival - Gardener's World, holiday displays of more than 20,000 poinsettias in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes, a self-guided greenhouse tour, tractor driven wagon rides, photo opportunities, food available for purchase, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 602-437-0700 or  H *  y

4-6            PHOENIX: Holiday Pops – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony, Lawrence Golan conducts with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the Phoenix Boys Choir, $26-76, 8 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or

4-6            TEMPE: 41st Annual Fall Festival of the Arts - Mill Avenue District, largest arts & crafts festival in the Southwest; 450 national artists & craftspeople with original work, The Arizona Wine Festival, the Kids Innovation Station presented by APS with hands-on activities and performances,  special cottage edibles and crafts area, music and street entertainment, free, 10 am – dusk, 480-967-4877 or  H *  z

4-6            TUCSON: 23rd Annual Luminaria Nights - Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2,000 traditional luminarias, cider & cookies, music by 30 different musical groups, from madrigal singers to classical music, $3-9, 5:30-8 pm, 520-326-9686 or

4-13            MESA: The Nutcracker – Mesa Arts Center, by Ballet Etudes, a holiday classic, $10-30, 7:30 & 2 pm, 480-644-6500 or

4-14            CLARKDALE: 22nd Annual Made in Clarkdale Annual Invitational Exhibition - Clark Memorial Clubhouse, annual arts exhibition of recent works of acclaimed and emerging artists of the area, workshops, gala opening, free, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-634-9591 or  H

4-19             TEMPE: Speech & Debate – Tempe Performing Arts Center, (132 E. 6th St.), by Stephen Karam, sex, lies and podcasts with a George Michael soundtrack, a wickedly funny new comedy, by Stray Cat Theatre, $15-20, 8 & 2 pm, 480-820-8022 or

4-19            TUCSON: Tucson Desert Harmony Holiday Concert – La Encantada, award-winning, four-part-harmony women's chorus—presents Tucson Desert Harmony Holiday Concert, a series of concerts featuring well-known holiday songs sung in barbershop style on the first three Friday-Saturday weekends in December, 520-790-1813 or

4-20            PEORIA: Miracle on 34th St. – Theater Works Jane Gyder Main Stage, (8355 W. Peoria, 85345), a tender and charming show for the entire family, this Christmas classic story is a musical, 623-815-7930 or

4-20            TUCSON: Zoo Lights – Reid Park Zoo, twinkling lights and jingle bells, Santa Claus, and holiday decor, music, and refreshments, $1-4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, 6-8 pm, 520-791-4022 or

4-23            PHOENIX: 14th Anniversary of A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theatre, based on the beloved stories by A.A. Milne, $20, 602-253-8188 ext. 2 or

Saturday, December 5, 2009

5-6: 29th Annual Cascabel Community Fair. On the banks of the San Pedro River, 10am-4pm each day. The Cascabel Community Fair is a celebration of rural Arizona beauty, history, hospitality, diversity and artistic expression in an awe-inspiring outdoor setting.  Cascabel is located along the banks of the beautiful San Pedro River about an hour and a half drive from Tucson.  Take I-10 through Benson to exit 306.  Head north through Pomerene.  Follow the signs for 20 more miles on a scenic country road. Event sponsors the Cascabel Community Center and Volunteer Fire Department will serve a homemade lunch and desserts and hold a dollar raffle for a multitude of prizes. Live music adds to the pleasant ambiance of this rural adventure. There are three very different sites all within pleasant walking distance. The Oasis Bird Sanctuary conducts scheduled tours of their exotic birds and sells products that support animal rescue efforts. Akasha Center of Light offers original paintings and unique Christmas decorations by the resident artist. Cascabel Clayworks will have an open house and studio pottery sale. Joining them will be many other fine artisans displaying their work in fiber, wood, jewelry, clay, leather, photography and more. You will enjoy touring the wide variety of locally made products displayed under the mesquite canopy. Handicap parking is available.  There is a fourth stop you won't want to miss.  Visit our friends at Forever Home Donkey Rescue on your way back home. Remember, rural Arizona still has gravel roads!  You'll be travelling five miles beyond the pavement.  Take your time, keep the dust down, and enjoy the scenery.  We look forward to seeing you and sharing some traditional rural neighborhood fun. Contact: Barbara Clark (520) 212-2529 or [email protected]; see for more information.

19th Annual Nutcracker Party. Holiday Tradition Benefits Ballet Arizona Entertains More Than 400 Valley Families. About 400 families will enjoy a unique Valley holiday tradition at the Camelback Inn on December 5, 2009, when the Ballet Arizona Esprit de Corps presents the 19th Annual Nutcracker Party. This event features a festive lunch, holiday carolers, a unique shopping village, children’s art and activity stations, and excerpts of The Nutcracker performed by about 30 School of Ballet Arizona students and two Ballet Arizona dancers. Since the 1990 inception of the event, guests were provided a sneak peek of Ballet Arizona’s production of The Nutcracker, and its popularity has soared. Last year, nearly 800 people were in attendance. Proceeds from the Nutcracker Party benefit Ballet Arizona’s community outreach efforts and fund scholarships for economically challenged, talented young dancers to attend The School of Ballet Arizona. The 19th Annual Nutcracker Party presented by Ballet Arizona Esprit de Corps, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Arizona Ballroom, Camelback Inn, Phoenix, Arizona event. The event benefits Ballet Arizona’s community outreach and The School of Ballet Arizona. $75 adults; $40 children if purchased by Nov. 1 ($85 adults; $50 children after Nov. 1).

5            CAVE CREEK: 7th Annual Stagecoach Village Luminaria Run - Center of Cave Creek, luminaria-lit evening run through quiet desert streets, post-race fare features frybread and chili & baked goods, events include 4-mile run/walk, 2-mile fun run/walk (un-timed) and kid's desert dashes (one heat each for ages 1-6 and 7-12), children's races begin at 5 pm, adult race begins at 5:20 pm, 602-769-0848 or or

5            ANTHEM: Anthem Holiday Classic – Community Center, adults swim 400m, bike 14 mile, run 3.1 mile, kids swim 150 m, bike 4 miles, run 1.5 miles kids triathlon, 10 am, 480-460-5052 or or

5            CASA GRANDE: 15th Annual Christmas on Main Street/Electric Light Parade - parade ends at craft booths, entertainment and parade awards, free, 5:30 pm, 520-421-8677 or  H *

5            CHANDLER: 52nd Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights - A.J. Chandler Park, 6:30 pm parade, live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa, free, 5-8:30 pm, 480-782-2735 or  H *  y

5            COTTONWOD: Bootleggin’ Cruiz-In on Historic 89A – Old Town Cottonwood, featuring classic cars, shopping, dining and dancing in a 1920’s atmosphere, 4-9 pm,

5            COTTONWOOD: 56th Annual Christmas Parade - 80 entrants, floats, walking units, music, free, 11 am, 928-634-7593 or  H

5            COTTONWOOD: 15th Annual Chocolate Lovers' Walk - Historic Old Town, purchase your ticket, receive map & collect chocolates, $, (chocolate walk limited to 300), 928-634-9468 or or  H *

5            DOUGLAS: Christmas Light Parade – Main Street Historic District, an evening light parade with floats, marching bands, horses and other creative illuminations, free, 6:30 pm,

5            EAGAR-SPRINGERVILLE: Electric Light Parade - Main St., floats, bands, vintage autos, free, 6 pm, 928-333-2123 or  H

5            FOUNTAIN HILLS: Stroll in the Glow – more than 60,000 lights, Santa arrives, carolers sing, 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or

5            HOLBROOK: 23rd Annual Parade of Lights Festival - 60+ lighted floats, includes winter festive arts & crafts fair, southwestern food, entertainment, Santa, festival 9 am, parade at 6 pm, 928-524-6558 or 800-524-2459 or  H

5            JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally, free, 5-8 pm,

5            KINGMAN: 14th Annual Very Merry Parade of Lights - Beale Street, decorated floats, vehicles, marching bands, free, 7 pm, 928-753-6106 or

5            MESA: Christkindlmarket – downtown Mesa, holiday entertainment, German and Austrian cuisine, vendors and local artisans sell children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, free, noon – 10 pm,

5            MESA: Annual Holiday Cultural Fest – Mesa Community College, two stages of entertainment from pipe bands and Scottish and Irish dancing to Native American dancers, Japanese Taiko drumming, Polynesian Hula and Fire dancing, hip-hop, Latin and others, food vendors, Santa, benefit, $5-15, gates open at 5 pm, concert 5:30-7 pm,

5            MESA: Annual Parade of Lights – Saguaro Lake, the Desert Belle leads a parade of boats decorated in holiday lights, $10-20, 6 pm, 480-984-2425 pr

5            NOGALES: Christmas Posadas – Pierson Vocational High School, (451 N. Arroyo Blvd. 85621), traditional Christmas celebration where Christmas carols are sung by local students, traditional food, music, Christmas lights, decorations, and a Santa Claus House. Free, 4-11 pm, 520-287-3685

5            PAYSON: 9th Annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade - begins with a visit from Santa at 3:30 pm, the tree lighting ceremony & then onto Main Street for parade, all units will have lights, 928-474-6115 or 928-474-4515 or  H

5            PHOENIX: Sing-A-Long Messiah – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony with conductor Michael Christie, $15, 7:30 pm,

5            PHOENIX: Dawn to Dusk – McDowell Mountain Regional Park – an endurance mountain bike event, held under USAC permit, counter clockwise laps on the 15.5 mile loop Pemberton Trail, open to individuals and teams, 6:30 am,

5            PHOENIX: Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert – St. Agnes Church, (1954 N. 24th St.), with holiday songs from around the world, this special concert includes guest artists Desert Echoes Flute Project, also a silent auction, $10-20, 2 & 7 pm, 602-534-3788 or

5            PHOENIX: Family Holiday Pops – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony, Lawrence Golan conducts with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, have a Christmas cookie, make an ornament meet the conductor and pictures with Santa, $15-45, 1:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

5            PHOENIX: 23rd Annual APS Electric Light Parade – “Preserving a Family Holiday Tradition” - Central Ave, Camelback and 7th Street, night time parade with all entries lined with electric lights, free, 7 pm, 602-534-FEST(3378) or 602-262-4627 or  H   z

5            PINETOP-LAKESIDE: Woodland Holiday Lighting Festival & Old Fashioned Celebration - celebration begins at 2:30 pm, with Santa, live entertainment, refreshments & a Jingle Walk, tree-lighting at 5 pm, free, 800-573-4031 or

5            PRESCOTT: Frontier Christmas Open House - Sharlot Hall Museum, (415 W. Gurley), see how Christmas was celebrated in 1865, live entertainment & refreshments, $3-5, under 18 free, 6-8 pm, 928-445-3122 or

5            PRESCOTT: 56th Annual Arizona Christmas Parade & Courthouse Lighting & Ceremony - in Arizona's official Christmas City, 1 pm parade, free, 6 pm lighting, Frontier Christmas Open House at Sharlot Hall Museum, Christmas Indian Art Market at Smoki Museum, Jingle Bell 5K run, 928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534 or  H  y

5            PRESCOTT: Jingle Bell Run/Walk – Courthouse Plaza, 5K run/walk, 9 am, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 9 am, 602-212-9912 or

5            PRESCOTT VALLEY: The Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis – Tim’s Toyota Center, where classical and modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic music meet, 866-443-8849 or

5            SAHUARITA: Inaugural Pecan Festival – The Farm, (1625 E. Sahuarita Rd., 85629), showcases the Green Valley Pecan Company’s extensive pecan history, also celebrates the culture, cuisine and music of the Santa Cruz Valley, includes live entertainment, family-friendly activities, harvest demonstrations, hayrides and games, regional food and pecan-related dished, local arts and crafts market, 10 am – 4 pm,

5             SAFFORD: Festival of Lights Parade - Main Street, dressed up cars, trucks, boats, floats, bikes, free, 7 pm, 928-348-8514 or 928-428-2511 or  H

5            SCOTTSDALE: The Golden Dragon Acrobats – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), internationally recognized as the premier touring Chinese acrobatic troupe, part of the Center’s special Destination China series, performance combines astonishing feats of acrobatics and dance with spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theater, $38, 2 & 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

5            SCOTTSDALE: Holiday Harmony Snow & Glow – Civic Center Mall, (7380 E. Second St.), free family-friendly festival featuring live performances, interactive booths, and fun for all ages, a visit from Santa, music, and snow, tree-lighting at 6:15 pm, event is from 3:30-6:30 pm, 480-312-0217

5            SIERRA VISTA: 51st Annual Holiday Parade – (from Buffalo Soldier Trail to Coronado Dr. ), kicks off the holiday season with marching units, motorized units, equestrian groups & bands, free, 5:30 pm, 520-458-6940 or

5            SHOW LOW: Annual Main Street Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Electric Light Parade - on Deuce of Clubs Blvd., tree lighting at 5:30 pm, parade at 6:30 pm, 888-SHOW LOW or

5            TEMPE: ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

5            TUCSON: 16th Annual Jingle Bell Walk - Reid Park, jingle bells on the shoes of 100s of people walking & running a 5K, costumes, food, fun, children's activities, free T-shirt, $35 minimum pledge for Arthritis Foundation, check in at 9 am, 520-917-7070 or  H *  x

5            TUCSON: 5th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival – AVA Amphitheater, (5655 West Valencia Rd. 85757), tamale competition and sale, tamales available in gourmet, green corn and traditional varieties, two stages with live music and entertainment, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s play area, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 520-838-6700 or

5            TUCSON: Tucson Symphony Orchestra with cellist Yo-Yo Ma – Tucson Music Hall, with George Hanson, director and conductor, 520-882-8585 or

5            WILLCOX: Annual Christmas Lighted Parade – corner of Railroad Avenue & Fremont, free, 6 pm, 520-384-2272 or

5-6            CASCABEL: 29th Annual Cascabel Community Fair - Clay Works, enjoy rural hospitality and high quality arts, homestead products and live music under the mesquites, homemade food and desserts, tour the Oasis Bird Sanctuary,  benefits the volunteer fire department, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-212-9800 or 520-212-2529 or

5-6            PHOENIX: 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert  – St. Agnes Church, Phoenix Symphony with the Phoenix Children’s Choir, an array of inspiring and memorable melodies that celebrate the holiday, $10-20, 2 & 7 pm, 602-495-1999 or   

5-6            PHOENIX: 25th Annual F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour - downtown, evening home tour features 9 examples of Tudor, Spanish Revival, Bungalow and English Cottage homes dating from the early 1920's, $15, $1 discount with a can of food, Sat 6-9 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm, 602-258-9282 or

5-6            HEREFORD: Jim Jones – Arizona Folklore Preserve, (44 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), singer/songwriter and Academy of Western Artists 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or

5-6            TUMACACORI: 39th Annual La Fiesta de Tumacacori - celebrating the many cultures that were historically and presently associated with the Santa Cruz Valley, traditional creations of all the cultures including 50 food and craft booths, continuous live entertainment on stage and children’s activities, a Mariachi Mass preceded by a traditional procession on Sunday, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-398-2341 or   H

Sunday, December 6, 2009

6            GLENDALE: Trans Siberian Orchestra – Arena,

6            LAKE HAVASU CITY: 35th Annual Christmas Concert - LH Center for the Performing Arts, $10, under 12 free, 3 pm, 928-855-2284 or

6            PHOENIX: Sing-Along Messiah – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and Phoenix Community Musicians, $15, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

6            SCOTTSDALE: 21st Annual Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon – Scottsdale Amphitheatre, also a 5K run & walk, 6 am, 602-277-4333 or or

6            SIERRA VISTA: Tour of Officers' Homes – (Brown Parade Field ), tour historic Fort Huachuca's original officers' quarters decorated for the holidays, soldiers dressed in period uniforms greet visitors in front of each historic home, $10-12, 1-5 pm, (check for military installation entrance requirements), 520-417-6960 or

6            TEMPE: Holiday Concert– Gammage, by ASU Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union, $12.50, 2:30 pm, 480-965-3434 or

6            TEMPE: ASU African Drum Ensemble – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

6            TUCSON: La Fiesta de Guadalupe - De Grazia Gallery in the Sun, on the grounds of adobe gallery and chapel built by foremost Southwestern painter, the late Ted DeGrazia, spirited outdoor performances by mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, traditional Yaqui deer dances, ethnic foods, La Posada procession, arts and crafts, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-299-9191 or 800-545-2185 or  H *

6            TUMACACORI: Tumacacori Festival Ride – 30-40 mile bike ride to breakfast at Zula’s in Nogales, return to the mission for food, crafts and entertainment, 520-625-3649 or

6            VAIL: A Territorial Christmas – Colossal Cave Mountain Park, an afternoon of Christmas customs of the 1880s and 1890s, with old-fashioned games, craft-making, holiday hayrides, and hot apple-cider, 2 pm, 520-647-7121 or

6            WICKENBURG: “Remember When” Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Run - Wickenburg Community Center, (160 N. Valentine Street), more than 600 classic car collectors descend on historic downtown, also a Christmas Chili Cook-off, 800-942-5242 or

6-27            PRESCOTT: Arizona Revue Christmas Program – Hassayampa Inn, professional entertainers in an old fashioned style Christmas show, and a special dinner and show package, Sundays, 928-848-1219 or 928-778-9434

6-1/1            TUCSON: Menorah Exhibit – Tucson Jewish History Museum,  a collection of menorahs (a nine-branched candelabrum used in celebration of Chanukah) of all sizes and shapes on loan from private individuals from throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona at the only museum in Arizona devoted to Jewish history, $5, children under 10 are free, 520-670-9073 or

Monday, December 7, 2009

7            MESA: Sun Lakes Big Band – Broadway Palms, take a trip down memory lane of the 40’s and 50’s with 15 veteran big band players, 6:30 pm, 480-329-3957

7            PARADISE VALLEY: ASU Choirs – Camelback Bible Church, (3900 E. Stanford Dr.), holiday music, $, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6370 or

7            PHOENIX: 2nd Annual Doug Davis Celebrity Golf Invitational – Kierland Golf Club, an extensive list of celebrities are confirmed, benefits The Miracle Leagues of Arizona, $750,

7            PHOENIX: Christmas Around the World Gingerbread Village – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, (5350 E. Marriott Dr.), village is constructed with 350 pounds of gingerbread dough, 120 pounds of chocolate and 120 pounds of candies and gumdrops, and 75 pounds of nuts and dried fruit, 480-293-5000 or

7            PHOENIX: 4th Annual Pearl Harbor Day Walk – Phoenix City Hall, to honor the memory of the sailors and marines that died onboard the USS Arizona, participants will be given a name badge with the name of a sailor or Marine that they walk to honor, an American flag to carry and bottled water, check in at 9:30 am for 11:30 am walk, [email protected]

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

8            SCOTTSDALE: Tuesday Morning Music Concerts – Kerr Cultural Center, this week featuring Studio E217, voice students of Anna Kopta with faculty artist Robert Mills, saxophone professor, performances and commentary, bring a donation to a food bank, co-presented with the ASU School of Music, free, but RSVP by 11/24, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or

8-9            HOLBROOK: Anniversary and Holiday Open House – Petrified Forest National Park, anniversary tours, cultural demonstration, ranger program, tour of Painted Desert Inn, 928-524-6228 or

8-10            TUCSON: 13th Annual “Christmas at San Xavier” – Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of Tucson’s top choirs, The Sons of Orpheus in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the Mission, 6 & 8 pm,           

8-13            TEMPE: Little House on the Prairie – Gammage, one of the most popular and beloved celebrations of early Americana since the appearance of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular classic book series 70 years ago. Now the inspirational stories take on a brand new frontier in an uplifting new musical, $20-66, 7:30 & 2 pm,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

9            PHOENIX: Jazz Ensembles Concert – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or

9            PHOENIX: Candlelight Messiah – Church of the Beatitudes, (555 W. Glendale Ave), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

9-10            WICKENBURG: Bowfire - "Holiday Heart Strings" - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, twelve violins string together one show-stopping fiddling and step dancing hit after another, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624

Thursday, December 10, 2009

10            RIO VERDE: Candlelight Messiah – Rio Verde Community Church, (25603 N. Danny Lane), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

10            PHOENIX: Classical Ensembles Concert – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or

10            SCOTTSDALE: Robin Spielberg Concert – Kerr Cultural Center, concerts intertwine musical performance with stories that inspire, enlighten and make us laugh, with Robin's own "neo-classical" music and arrangements of American Popular Song, $17-20, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

10-12            FLAGSTAFF: The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet – Clifford E. White Theater on NAU Campus, authentic ethnic dancers, bare-footed snowflakes, tap-dancing soldiers, and more, 7:30 pm, 928-774-3937 or  H

10-18            SHOW LOW: Gingerbread Village on Gingerbread Lane – hand made gingerbread houses from individuals and groups from across the White Mountains on display,

Friday, December 11, 2009

11            HEREFORD: Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party - Junk Bond Observatory, view through member's telescopes (large & small) or bring your own, excellent outing for families and school age children welcome, 6:30 pm weather permitting, 520-366-5788 or

11            PHOENIX: Student Film Festival – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or

11            PHOENIX: Candlelight Messiah – North Hills Church of God, (15025 N. 19th Ave), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

11            PHOENIX: Holiday Concert – Trinity Cathedral, (100 W. Roosevelt), featuring the choral group Cantemus and area musicians on the harp, strings, flute and organ, 7:30 pm, $20-25,

11            PRESCOTT: 20th Annual Acker Night – more than 80 downtown businesses open their doors to host musical groups of every genre, turning Prescott’s downtown into a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment, 5:30 -8:30 pm, 928-776-4456 or

11            TOMBSTONE: Annual Celebration of the Lighting of the Luminarias – Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, free night of finger foods and live music, 6-8 pm, 520-457-3311 or

11            TUCSON: Harps and Angels – Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, the U of A Harp Fusion and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus present a concert featuring a collaboration of 14 harps and 70 angels performing Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" as well as Latin, jazz, and traditional holiday pieces, $10-15, 7:30 pm, 520-621-2998 or

11            TUCSON: Las Posadas Procession –Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School, (440 S. Main Ave. 85701), since 1936, Schoolchildren walk through Barrio Historico neighborhood reenacting the Christmas story, free, 5:30 pm food and music, 7:30 pm procession begins, 520-225-1200 or

11            WICKENBURG: 14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights - parade route in the historic district, 6:30 pm, 928-684-5479 or

11            YUMA: 7th Annual Electric Lite Parade & Tree Lighting - Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, 6:30 pm, 928-782-5712 or

11-12            GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or  H *  y

10-12            TUBA CITY: 10th Annual Art of the People Ernest Moore Fine Art Exhibition & Sale – Tuba City Boarding School small Gym, (Main street, 86405 ), student show on the 10th from 5-9 pm, opening reception Fri 6-10 pm, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm, entertainment by prominent local musicians, TCBS student musicians and others, 928-856-1789 or 928-853-1854

11-12            TUCSON: Expo - Hilton El Conquistador Resort, in conjunction with the Holualoa Tucson Marathon,

11-13            PHOENIX: 24th Annual Poinsettia Festival - Gardener's World, holiday displays of more than 20,000 poinsettias in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes, a self-guided greenhouse tour, tractor driven wagon rides, photo opportunities, food available for purchase, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 602-437-0700 or  H *  y

11-13            SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Festival of Horses – WestWorld of Scottsdale, features world-renowned clinicians who do live demonstrations to teach you how to work better with your horse, horse & rider clinics, also a Breed and Stallion Showcase, the Great American Trail Competition, a trade show and an Equi-Dance show featuring trick riding, dancing horses and horses performing to music, educational and entertaining,

11-13            TUCSON: 39th Annual Fourth Avenue Fall Street Fair – (between Ninth St. and University Blvd.), 400+ arts & craft booths, food, entertainers & musicians from around the US, 2 stages & street performers, “Van Grow” art area for kids, a cross between a fine art show & a carnival, free, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or  H *  z

11-13            TUCSON: Handel’s Messiah – Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s command performance and a Tucson holiday tradition featuring the TSO orchestra and chorus performing Handel's most-famous work, including the "Hallellujah Chorus", 8 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or

11-27            PHOENIX: Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker – Symphony Hall, by Ballet Arizona, classic story music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with musical accompaniment by the Phoenix Symphony, $15-115, 602-381-1096 or

11-1/2            SCOTTSDALE: Holiday Lights 2009 - McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 50,000+ lights & seasonal displays  decorate the train route, $2, 6:30-9 pm, Santa through the 23rd, closed 12/24-25 & 31st, 480-312-2312 or  H *

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12            BENSON: Christmas on Main Street – street vendors, local entertainment a visit from Santa, 9 am – 4 pm, 520-586-2842 or or

12            CAMP VERDE: Christmas and Cactus Holiday Extravaganza – Historic Downtown, make ornaments 11 am – 2 pm, breakfast with Santa 8-10:30 am, listen to lively holiday music, shop at a bazaar and hometown stores and wreath sale  9 am – 8 pm, and the day concludes with a light parade at 6 pm, 928-567-9294 or

12            CAMP VERDE: Christmas Craft Bazaar - Community Center, craft bazaar, breakfast with Santa, kids crafts, free, 9 am - 4 pm, 928-567-0535 ext. 135 or  H *  x

12            COTTONWOOD: 2nd Saturday Art & Antique Walk – Old Town District, art galleries, special exhibits, shopping, music, 1– 8 pm,

12            FLAGSTAFF: Geminid Meteor Shower - Lowell Observatory, indoor programs focus on meteor showers such as the upcoming Geminids, telescope viewing of various celestial objects is included, $, 5:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or 

12            FLAGSTAFF: Historic Christmas Party and Crafts – Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Santa visits, house is decorated for the holidays, crafts for the children to make, Christmas music, 9-11 am, 928-779-4395 or

12            FLAGSTAFF: 11th Annual Northern Lights Holiday Parade - Historic Downtown, nighttime electric light extravaganza, watch the "northern" lights that decorate a variety of cars, trucks, floats and people, free, 6 pm, 928-774-4505 or  H  x

12            GLOBE: Christmas Light Parade - historic downtown, free, 6 pm, 928-425-9340 or 800-804-5623 or

12            LITCHFIELD PARK: 22nd Annual Christmas in the Park – Litchfield Park Town Center, annual kid's Christmas celebration with holiday parade, marching bands, snow, musical entertainment, kid's games, arts & crafts, fireworks, free,  H *

12            LITCHFIELD PARK: Candlelight Messiah – The Church at Litchfield Park, (300 N. Old Litchfield Rd.), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

12            MESA: Singing Together – A Holiday Tradition - First United Methodist Church, (15 E. First Avenue), performing the most inspirational and glorious choral selections as well as familiar favorite sing-a-longs, with Southwest Brass and Organ, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or

12            PALOMINAS: 14th Annual Palominas Unorganized Christmas Parade –Palominas Fire Station, Palominas Rd to Palominas Trading Post on Hwy 92,  this 6/10th of a mile parade has grown into a highly celebrated and anticipated social event, features farm tractors, goats, vintage vehicles, horseback riders, fire trucks and maybe Santa, parade participants throw candy, stop and talk to friends and family, 9 am, 520-417-6960 or

12            PINE: Second Saturday “Shop Hop” – visit your favorite shops and galleries and discover some new ones, meet the merchants, artists and craftsmen of Pine, local art, antiques, free, 2-6 pm, 928-476-2219 or 928-476-3655 or

12            SCOTTSDALE: Kenny Barron Trio – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), pianist Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms, $39, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

12            SEDONA: 36th Annual Festival of Lights - Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, dozens of entertainers including musicians and dancers, 6,000 luminarias, free, 3-8 pm, 928-282-4838 or  H  x

12            SEDONA: Christmas in the Park - Sedona Heritage Museum, free museum admission, book signing, holiday music, old-time decorations, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 928-282-7038 or

12            ST. JOHNS: Electric Light Parade - Main Street, 6:30 pm, 928-337-2000 or

12            TEMPE: APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade - Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, free hands-on kids activities and live entertainment at 3 pm, Santa arrives at 5:30 pm, Main Stage Concert by as many as 85 tuba player who comprise “Tuba Christmas”; Light-Up-A-Luminaria display, METRO Light Rail’s Grand Illumination at 6:55 pm, decorated and lighted boats of all sizes and makes parade at 7 pm, free,

12            TUCSON: 15th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights – Armory Park, holiday parade with commercial, non-profit, community entries, Santa, lighted vehicles, floats, music, food and musical groups, free, 6 pm, 520-837-6504 or

12            WICKENBURG: 3rd Annual Great Christmas Cookie Hunt – downtown, enjoy finding clues at various businesses, register for a special basket and eat delicious cookies along the route, 800-942-5242 or

12-13            HEREFORD: Katy Creek Band – Arizona Folklore Preserve, (44 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), music of the American West, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or

12-13            PHOENIX: 33rd Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market - Steele Indian School Park, 250+ Native American artisans with handmade art ranging from jewelry, baskets, pottery, paintings, Kachina dolls, weavings and sculptures, raffles, children’s area, traditional entertainment dancing & singing, fry bread, $8, under 12 free, Sat 8:30 am - 5 pm, Sun 9:30 am – 4 pm, 602-495-0901 or  H

12-13            PHOENIX: Fairgrounds Antique Market - AZ State Fairgrounds, featuring verbal appraisal clinic $5 per item, free, Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am - 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or

12-13     PHOENIX: 17th Annual "It's Feline a Lot Like Christmas" –  Phoenix Convention Center, South Bldg, Hall G, all breed championship/ household pet/Feline agility, more than  300 top cats competing -- pedigreed cats and kittens for sale,  Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 480-893-7695 or

12-13            PHOENIX: TequilaFest – US Airways Center, (201 E. Jefferson St. 85004), sample your favorite blancos, reposados, anejos, premium and ultra-premium tequilas ranging from legendary brands to boutique spirits distilled in the heart of Mexico, live entertainment and tequila enthusiasts from all over the world,

12-13            SCOTTSDALE: North Scottsdale Polo Club Azteca Cup – WestWorld, 1 pm,

12-13            TUCSON: A Southwest Nutcracker – Tucson Music Hall, with music by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, this original, full-length ballet translates the classic Nutcracker to 1880s Tucson, $22-34, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-885-0862 or

12-24            PHOENIX: A Christmas Carol - Herberger Theater Center, Dickens’ classic story of redemption and hope, musical with singing, dancing and flying ghosts, presented by Actors Theatre, $35-46, 2 & 7 pm, 602-252-8497 or

12-26            TUCSON: Winterhaven Festival of Lights –(entrances into the neighborhood during the Festival are off  Ft Lowell and Prince),  walk-through nights every night, drive-through on select dates, donations for Tucson Community Food Bank, 520-881-4483 or

Sunday, December 13, 2009

13            KITT PEAK: Meteor Mania with the Gemenids - view a meteor shower under the pristine dark skies of Kitt Peak, observe one of nature’s most spectacular cosmic shows, learn about meteors, comets, meteor showers, and touch an actual piece of an asteroid, pre-register, $25-35, 10 pm – 3 am, 520-318-8726 or

13            ORACLE: 16th Annual Holualoa Tucson Marathon – this primarily downhill event includes marathon, half-marathon, and relay races, runners drop almost 1,800 feet in elevation as they run downhill along the beautiful Santa Catalina mountain range, 520-320-0667 or or  H

13            PARADISE VALLEY: Singing Together – A Holiday Tradition - Paradise Valley Methodist Church, (4455 E. Lincoln Dr), performing the most inspirational and glorious choral selections as well as familiar favorite sing-a-longs, with Southwest Brass and Organ, $12-15, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or

13            SCOTTSDALE: Candlelight Messiah – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, (25150 N. Pima Rd.), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7 pm, 602-495-1999 or

13            SCOTTSDALE: Nostalgia At Its Best – Kerr Cultural Center, features tenor vocalist-George Grant on vocals performing songs from his years with the Ink Spots and revisiting songs from the Doo Wop Era, special guest valley vocalist/daughter Renee Patrick, part of the Sunday Afternoon Solution, sponsored by Arizona Classic Jazz Society, $10-15, 3 pm, 480-596-2660 or

13            SEDONA: Sedona Chamber Music Presents Carnaval de Paris – Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, featuring the Hot Tuba Jazz Trio, the annual Gala benefit and fundraiser, 5:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or

13            TEMPE: ASU 7th Annual Organ Christmas Concert – Organ Hall, Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio in a program that includes organ works based on seasonal carols and noels, $7-22, 2:30 & 5 pm,

13            TUCSON: Winterhaven Run Through the Lights - Winterhaven Square, non-competitive, 5K fun run through the lights of the Winterhaven neighborhood, flat, paved course, closed to automobiles, festive, holiday attire is encouraged, free, 6 pm, 520-326-9383 or

13            TUCSON: Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson (Tucson’s Ugly Little Monkeys) – Tohono Chul Park, (7366 N. Paseo del Norte, 85704), Tucson’s premiere youth mariachi band, ages 11-18, the band has been performing for 45 years, listen as members play guitarrón, vihuela and other traditional instruments, $20, 2 pm, 520-742-6455 or

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

15            PHOENIX: Messiah Highlights – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony with conductor Michael Christie, $35, 7:30 pm,

15-20            TUCSON: Ten Tenors Holiday Show – Fox Tucson Theatre, Broadway in Tucson presents the Ten Tenors Holiday Show, with the internationally renowned Australian singing group performing songs from their latest album Nostalgica, 800-745-3000 or

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

16            PHOENIX: Candlelight Messiah – Central United Methodist Church, (1875 N. Central Ave), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

16            PHOENIX: PIMC Indian Market – 4212 N. 16th St. 85016, vendors and shoppers welcome, 602-263-1576

16            TUCSON: Sons of Orpheus 12th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert - Berger Center for the Performing Arts, featuring holiday-themed choral music to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank, Free with non-perishable food item(s) or tax-deductible monetary donation, 7 pm,

Thursday, December 17, 2009

17            PHOENIX: Messiah Highlights – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony with conductor Michael Christie, $35, 7:30 pm,

17            SUN CITY: Candlelight Messiah – American Lutheran Church, (17200 Del Webb Blvd.), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

17-20            TUCSON: 14th Annual A Tucson Pastorela – Leo Rich Theatre, Borderlands Theater presents a uniquely Tucson nativity story, features shepherds, sheep and a dog on a magical journey to Bethlehem, led by the shining estrella (star) and accompanied by Christmas carols in Spanish and English, includes piñatas for the kids, $10.75-20.75, 7:30 pm,

Friday, December 18, 2009

18            FLAGSTAFF: Hawk Walks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, (4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, 86001), learn how to fly live birds of prey with raptor rehabilitators, small groups of 4-8 participants work directly with hawks, falcons and owls, 9:45 am, 928-774-1442 or  not  H

18            PHOENIX: Candlelight Messiah – Bethany Bible Church, (6060 N. 7th  Ave), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

18-19            GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or  H *  y

18-20            PRESCOTT: Elves Weekend Downtown – strolling carolers, musicians, promotions, elves prancing with random acts of kindness, a drawing for a $500 shopping spree,

18-20            SEDONA: Pilgrimage to Bethlehem – Uptown Sedona and on the grounds of the Wayside Chapel, Christmas concert and living nativity, a musical re-enactment, Mary rides through on a donkey accompanied by Joseph and the “Ancient Bethlehem Market” begins at 2 pm, performance includes shepherds, street vendors, Magi and live animals, concert at 4:30 pm, 928-204-9419 or

18-20            TUCSON: Holiday Spectacular! TSO Pops! - Tucson Music Hall, featuring  excerpts from The Nutcracker, Mariachi Atzlan de Pueblo High School, Tucson Regional Ballet, and holiday sing-alongs, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or

Saturday, December 19, 2009

19            PHOENIX: 9th Annual Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding - Dodge Theatre, a variety show which features musical, comedic and dance performances, $33-88, 7:30 pm,

19            PHOENIX: Candlelight Messiah – Camelback Seventh Day Adventist, (5902 E. Camelback Rd.), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

19            SCOTTSDALE: Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice: Night Sky Essays – Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second, 85251), features four of the studio’s chart-topping artists in one superb concert: world musician Samite, pianist Liz Story, multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness, a journey through the cool rhythms of the snow-covered north, vibrant Africa and the beauty of winter’s night sky, $39, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

19            SOMERTON: 3rd Annual Somerton Tamale Festival – Somerton Main Street/US Hwy 95,( on Main Street between Union Ave. and Somerton Ave.),  sample a beef, pork, corn, hot, sweet, bean, you-name-it tamale, live music and entertainment, benefits local ASU students, free, 11 am – 10 pm, 928-627-2722 or

19            SUPERIOR: Plants-of-the-Bible Guided Tours – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, learn about botany, history and scripture, $3-7.50, 1:30 pm, 520-689-2811 or

19-20            HEREFORD: Michael Grande – Arizona Folklore Preserve, (44 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), guitar virtuoso, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or

19-20            SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or

Sunday, December 20, 2009

20            GLOBE/MIAMI: Festival of Lights - Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park, luminarias, 1400 luminaries are lit up around the ruins, there will be holiday music, Native American storytellers and dancers, Santa, free, 5-9 pm, 928-425-0320 or 800-804-5623 or 

20            MESA: Candlelight Messiah – Mesa Arts Center, (1 East Main St.), enjoy highlights of Handel’s Messiah in a candlelit style setting, the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble, Michael Christie conducts with members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, $30, 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or

20            SCOTTSDALE: 4th Annual Frosty’s Run – Reach 11 Park, 10 mile run, 2 mile fun run/walk, benefits Hospice of the Valley, 480-242-4816 or

20            TUCSON: Tucson Boys Chorus Holiday Concert - University of Arizona Centennial Hall, featuring classic, traditional, and spiritual songs, 3 & 7:30 pm, 520-296-6277 or

Monday, December 21, 2009

21            PHOENIX: 10th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration – Irish Cultural Center, (1106 n. Central Ave, 85004), marking the longest night of the year through the magic of Irish mythology, special visitors, the ‘Swans from Pleiades’ will help celebrate, a customary Irish dinner at 4 pm, reservations needed, $12, 480-242-3500 or 602-258-0109 or

21            TUCSON: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker – Fox Tucson Theatre, featuring a performance of The Nutcracker with spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers expressing the richness of Russian classical dance, $27.50-99, 7:30 pm, 520-547-3040 or

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

22            PHOENIX: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dodge Theatre, 7:30 pm,

22-24            FOUNTAIN HILLS: Luminaria Lighting - along the Main Streets, creates the illusion of an old Spanish village, free, 6 pm, 480-837-1654 or H

Thursday, December 24, 2009

24            SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR: Annual Christmas Eve Community Luminaria Lighting - Main Streets,

24-27            TUCSON: The Nutcracker – Tucson Music Hall, Tucson’s own full-length holiday classic, presented with live music by the Ballet Tucson Orchestra, $22-55, 800-745-3000 or

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2009

25-1/3            ELOY: Holiday Boogie 2009 – Skydive Arizona, 520-466-3753 or

Saturday, December 26, 2009

26-27            HEREFORD: Dolan Ellis – Arizona Folklore Preserve, (44 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), Arizona’s Official State Balladeer presenting “Home for the Holidays,” $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or

26-27            SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or

26-30            FLAGSTAFF: Holiday Star Fest - Lowell Observatory, features numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell campus, 5:30-9:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or 

26-31            PHOENIX: Holidays at the Heard Museum - traditional & contemporary Native American music & dance, contemporary Native artists demonstrate traditional art forms that define the Southwest, frybread, $4-10, 10 am - 3 pm, 602-252-8848 or

26-1/3            CHANDLER: Zoppe Italian Family Circus – Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680 or

Sunday, December 27, 2009

27            TUCSON: Fiesta Bowl Western Classic Tip Off – Westin La Paloma, meet the coaches and players from the BYU Cougars and the  Arizona Wildcats, autograph opportunities, cocktails, dinner, games, old time dance show and charro ropers, 5:30 pm, 520-327-BOWL or

27-1/1            TUCSON: USTA National Winter Tennis Championships – Reffkin Tennis Center, (50 S. Alvernon Way 85711),  top-rated 12- and under-14-year-old tennis players compete in major, annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned event, 520-791-4896 or

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

29-31            PHOENIX: 62nd Annual Arizona National Livestock Show – Arizona State Fairgrounds, (1826 W. McDowell Rd., 85007), livestock shows and sales, Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear show,  working horse competition, chuck wagon cook-off, stock dog, tractor pull, ranch rodeo, Farm Experience interactive area for children, $10 parking & admission, 602-258-8568 or  H *  z

29-1/3            TEMPE: Annie – Gammage, the timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie, $20-65, 7:30 & 2 pm,

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

30-1/11            TUCSON: Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market - Rillito Raceway Park, dancers from more than 50 tribes, authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, children’s activity area, dance to bring in New Year, $12, 520-622-4900 or

30-1/17            PHOENIX: Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe), based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., travel back to Harlem’s sassy, swinging ‘30s with this Tony Award-winning musical —exuberantly performed by a quintet of irresistible talents, an evening partying with one of the greatest jazz songwriters, Thomas “Fats” Waller; composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life, 602-256-6995 or

Thursday, December 31, 2009

31            FLAGSTAFF: New Year's Eve Pinecone Drop - downtown, a Flagstaff tradition, big countdown at 10 pm & 12 am, live entertainment on Heritage Square, coffee, hot chocolate vendors,  free, 928-607-2347 or 800-842-7293 or or

31            PHOENIX: 19th Annual Fiesta of Light Midnight Madness 3-mile Run & Walk - Rose Mofford Sports Complex, alternative to crowded parties, T-shirt, chili and prizes, Kid’s dash,  $20 prior to 12/23, $25 day of race, 9 pm, 602-345-5752 or

31            PHOENIX: Carats for Caring – Sheraton Crescent Hotel, hosted by For Those Without a Voice, dinner, dancing, live music, comedy performance, two-carat diamond giveaway, benefits West Valley Child Crisis Center and Southwest Wildlife, 602-776-0700 or

31            PHOENIX: Joel McHale – Dodge Theatre, 8 pm,

31            PHOENIX: New Year’s Eve Special Event Concert – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony with conductor Lawrence Golan and Ballet Etudes,  $26-76, 7 pm, following the concert join the musicians at the New Year’s Eve Gala Midnight Countdown at the Westin Kierland for dancing and desserts, $125, 602-495-1999 or

31            SCOTTSDALE: Downtown Scottsdale - Scottsdale Ultimate Block Party New Year's Eve - Craftsman Court, top musical acts, food, entertainment, 602-522-1929 or

31            TEMPE: 21st Annual Insight Bowl – Sun Devil Stadium, hosts teams from the Big 10 and Big 12 Conference, football, $10-50, 3:30 pm, 480-350-0911 or

31            TEMPE: 24th Annual New Year’s Eve Tempe Insight Bowl Block Party - Tempe Beach Park & Mill Avenue, 30+ musical groups on 5 different stages, street vendors, interactive games & fireworks,  $, 4 pm - midnight,  H *  z

31            TUCSON: First Night Tucson, New Year's Eve Celebration – Downtown, an alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration for all ages, with live music, comedy, movies, kids' activities, and more staged at multiple downtown venues on New Year's Eve, plus a fireworks show at midnight, $6-12, 4 pm – 12:30 am, 520-837-6504 or

31            TUCSON: Musical Moveable Feast – Arizona Inn, dinner and New Year’s Eve performance with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, $195, 6:30 pm, 520-882-8585 or

31            TUCSON: New Year's Eve Jazz All-Stars Gala 2009 - JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, the Tucson Jazz Society presents a Grammy-award winning lineup, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Philippe Saisse, Chuck Loeb and Will Kennedy with "Triple Threat Divas" (Julie Anne, Crystal Stark and Katherine Byrnes with special guest Joe Bourne), $189, 7 pm, 520-903-1265 or

31-1/3            GLENDALE: Wags for Wishes-Arizona – Sahuaro Ranch Park, a benefit for Make A Wish Foundation, includes performance dog competitions and activities for the public, $5, 9 am – 3 pm,

            This calendar has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.

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