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Arizona December Events

December 1, 2015 @ 12:00 am - December 31, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

These events are happening in December 2015 throughout Arizona:

1 SCOTTSDALE: Music of Joyous Celebration – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents engaging concerts with commentary and concludes with a fast-paced Q-and-A session, $29-49, 7:30 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
1 SNOWFLAKE/TAYLOR: 16th Annual 12 Days of Christmas & Annual Christmas Lighting – Freeman Home, festivities begin on 12/1 with the lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony, Santa, cookies and cocoa, live nativity, display of nativities from around the world inside the Main Street LDS chapel and a live nativity outside, 928-536-4331 or http://www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org
2 PHOENIX: Andrea Bocelli – US Airways Center, this performance kicks off Mr. Bocelli’s December 2015 North American tour, 7:30 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.com
2 TUCSON: Sons of Orpheus 18th 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, http://www.sonsoforpheus.org
2-4 PARKER: Vintage Trailer Group – Buckskin Mountain State Park, showcasing vintage trailers, visitors get an up-close view of the trailers, 928-667-3231 or http://AZStateParks.com
2-27 PHOENIX: The Night Before Christmas – Great Arizona Puppet Theater, a joyful celebration of Christmas with stories, music, and an amazing array of puppets, for all ages, $7-10, 602-262-2050 or http://azpuppets.org/
3 GANADO: Luminaria Night – Hubbell Trading Post, more than 700 luminarias will be placed on the ground of the National Historic Site and their candles lit for this annual holiday celebration, 5-8 pm, 928-755-3475 or http://www.nps.gov/hutr
3 PHOENIX: KMLE Not So Silent Night – Comerica Theatre, featuring Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann and Old Dominion, 7 pm, http://www.livenation.com
3-5 SEDONA: Festival of Trees – Tlaquepaque, area artists and galleries will have more than 45 trees and gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways, different them with different materials, indoors and outdoors, free, http://www.tlaq.com
3-6 PHOENIX: 38th Annual “Celebration of Christmas” – Phoenix First Assembly, a Broadway-style performance featuring a full live orchestra and state-of-the-art technology with incredible special effects. Culminating in a beautiful nativity with a majestic kings’ procession, this year’s show includes exciting new dance numbers, professional acrobatic silk artists, awe-inspiring aerial stunts, flying angels, and so much more, $7-25, limited free seating, http://celebrationofchristmas.org
3-6 SCOTTSDALE: Wonderland Market – WestWorld of Scottsdale, an annual holiday shopping extravaganza with merchants from across the US and abroad offering holiday and home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories, gifts and gourmet goodies, benefits local charities, Fri-Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, $5 parking, $15-16, http://www.wonderlandmarket.com
3-6 TUCSON: A Tucson Pastorela – Temple of Music and Art, a Tucson holiday tradition returns, Shepherds make the harrowing journey to find the baby Jesus, written by Howard Allen and the Pastorela ghost writers, the play remains generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2015’s biggest political and pop cultural events, by Borderlands Theater, http://www.borderlandstheater.org/
3-20 PHOENIX: A Bloody Mary Christmas – Space 55, Space 55’s perennial Holiday musical for people who hate the holidays and musicals, Sun City retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner’s association that tries to evict them from their condo on Christmas Eve, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, need we add that this show isn’t even remotely appropriate for children?, $15, 8, 2 & 7 pm, http://www.space55.org
3-24 GILBERT: A Christmas Carol – Hale Theatre, a Hale Holiday Classic, spectacular, heart-warming version of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption is magically brought to life, this production is rich with traditional carols, stunning costumes, memorable characters that are guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for you and your family, now celebrating our 13th annual production, $18-28, 480-497-1181 or https://www.haletheatrearizona.com
4 BISBEE: Oliver House Ghost Hunt – paranormal investigators on a guided tour of the Oliver House to point out haunted locations within the building, learn to use professional ghost hunting equipment, including K2 Meters, EMF detectors, digital voice recorders, learn to take proper photographs while on a ghost hunt, use their borrowed equipment to search for paranormal evidence, a spirit communication session commences in the Parlor Room, $35, http://OldBisbeeGhostTour.com
4 CASA GRANDE: First Friday Street Scene – Electric Light Parade Pre-Party – Downtown Casa Grande, featuring guest exhibitors, car show, entertainments, food and fun zone and merchants/restaurants open late, 5:30-9 pm, 520-836-8744 or http://www.cgmainstreet.org
4 PEORIA: Oldtown Holiday Festival – Oldtown Peoria, presented by Sears Vacations, the event will feature live entertainment, a visit from Santa, 20 tons of snow!, crafters market, kid zone, a choral contest and live Nativity, the festival will take place south of Peoria and Grand avenues, parking and admission are free, some activities have a nominal fee, food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase, 5-9 pm, 623-773-7564 or http://www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents
4 PHOENIX: Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller – Comerica Theatre, http://www.livenation.com
4 PRESCOTT: A Classic Country Christmas – Prescott Elks Opera House, includes perennial holiday hits made famous by your favorite country artists, 7 pm, http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/
4 SEDONA: Sedona’s Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit – live entertainment, activities and refreshments available from 5-7 pm at the plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown with the 20′ holiday tree, hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams, free family event presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona, http://www.SedonaMainStreet.com
4 TUCSON: MythBusters Jamie and Adam Unleashed – Centennial Hall, the all-new, live stage show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series, an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science, 8 pm, http://broadwayintucson.com/
4 TUCSON: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman – Fox Tucson Theatre, one of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist, 8 pm, http://foxtucsontheatre.org/
4 YUMA: Yuma Rotary Club Kammann Sausage Fry – Yuma Civic Center, $9/plate, 4:30-8 pm, 928-373-5040 or http://www.visityuma.com/
4-5 FLAGSTAFF: Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker – Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, featuring NAU Community Music & Dance Academy Ballet Troupe, Andrew Needhammer, director and choreographer, Flagstaff Youth Chorale, Erica Kragness, director and Flagstaff Symphony, Elizabeth Schulze, artistic director and conductor in Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday adventure, 7:30 pm, http://flagstaffsymphony.org/
4-5 GILBERT: 58th Annual Christmas Idea House & Home Tour – Joyeux Noel – a non-profit, all-volunteer women’s organization offers holiday decorations, home décor, unique gifts and gourmet goodies, $7, Fri 4-8 pm, Sat 9 am – 4 pm, 480-649-9627 or http://www.christmasideahouse.org
4-5 GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
4-5 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 33rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights – Bridgewater Channel, brightly decorated boats dolled up in their holiday best cruise through the Bridgewater Channel from Thompson Bay north, under the historic London Bridge, and back again, spectators gather along the channel to enjoy a night of bonfires and fun, the only time you’ll see the Channel packed full of boats and boats in winter gear at night, free, 6:30pm, 928-680-4652 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1405
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, homemade food, Santa, free, 5-9 pm, 520-398-2704 or http://www.tubacaz.com
4-5 TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – celebrate the holidays surrounded by twinkling lights and luminarias over three weekends, enjoy cookies and warm beverages, children’s activities and performance by six different musical acts every weekend, $3-16, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or http://www.tohonochulpark.org
4-5 WICKENBURG: 27th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering – Community Center & Desert Caballeros Western Museum, poetry, ballads, stories about cowboy heritage, singing & story tellin’, Saturday day session is free, admission tickets for Friday and Saturday nights, 928-684-5479 or http://www.wickenburgchamber.com
4-5 WILLCOX: Willcox Western Christmas Festival – Willcox Community Center, a country crafts fair featuring handcrafted arts and crafts and quality reproductions, entertainment, door prizes, free, Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm, 520-384-2272 or 800-200-2272 or http://www.willcoxchamber.com
4-6 PHOENIX: Pops Three – Holiday Pops – Symphony Hall, it’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year as the Valley’s most beloved holiday tradition, Holiday Pops, returns to Symphony Hall, join the Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday Sing-Along, guaranteed to put you and your family in the holiday spirit, 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://phoenixsymphony.org
4-6 TEMPE: 47th 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 http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com
4-6 TUCSON: Spanish Inspiration, French Impressionism: Ravel & Falla – Classic – Tucson Music Hall, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, featuring Peter Bay, conductor and David Barford, oboe; Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso; Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2; Françaix: Flower Clock, a TSO premiere; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2; 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org/
4-6 YUMA: Potpourri Arts & Crafts Show – Yuma County Fairgrounds, there will be live art demonstrations as well as various pieces for sale, open to the public, 928-726-4420 or http://www.visityuma.com/
4-13 SEDONA: Sedona Restaurant Week – gives local foodies and visitors the chance to experience a selection of specially priced meals from a wide variety of Sedona’s restaurants, guests enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus including an appetizer, entrée and dessert, Casual, $22; Classic, $33; Elegant, $44, http://www.sedonadineandwine.com/
4-20 PHOENIX: Black Nativity – Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, this legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, is a theatrical wonderment, a joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year, 602-258-8128 or http://blacktheatretroupe.org/
4-23 PHOENIX: A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theatre, 20th Anniversary of this beloved classic live on stage, a family holiday favorite and now a Valley tradition, Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood help Eeyore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving, $20, 602-253-8188 or http://vyt.com
5 CHANDLER: 59th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights – A.J. Chandler Park, parade, live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa, free, 4:30-9 pm, 480-782-2735 or http://www.chandleraz.gov
5 COTTONWOOD: 21st Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Walk – Historic Old Town, more than 30 merchants compete to make the best chocolate, meander through the shops, purchase your ticket, receive map & collect chocolates, $20, 4-8 pm, 928-649-3038 or http://www.oldtown.org/
5 COTTONWOOD: 61st Annual Christmas Parade – 80 entrants, floats, walking units, music, free, 11 am, 928-634-7593 or http://www.cottonwoodchamberaz.org/
5 COTTONWOOD: Arvel Bird – Celebrating the Eagles – Old Town Center for the Arts, a Native American flutist/violinist, known around the world for his dramatic connection between Native American and Celtic traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory, dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is entertaining, enlightening and humanizing, $18-25, 7 pm, http://OldTownCenter.org
5 CROWN KING: Parade of Lights & Santa’s Arrival – Main Street, lighted rigs of all shapes and sizes roll through town lighting up the evening, Santa arrives at the CK Saloon to greet the children, free, 7 pm, 928-632-7911 or http://www.VisitCrownKing.com
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, http://www.jeromeartwalk.com
5 KINGMAN: 20th Annual Very Merry Parade of Lights – Beale Street, brilliantly lighted floats, vehicles, candy for the kids and maybe an appearance from Santa, parade travels down Beale Street starting at Locomotive Park, free, 7 pm, 928-753-6106 or http://www.kingmantourism.org
5 LAKE HAVASU CITY: WNEA 7th Annual Shopping Extravaganza – Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center, a wide variety of vendors and businesses offer jewelry, clothes, handbags, clothing, furniture, books, art, cooking utensils, a silent auction, a raffle, free, 8 am – 2 pm, 714-595-4995 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1212/
5 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Kiwanis 39th Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament – The Courses at London Bridge, 4-person scramble format and prizes for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive, and closest to pin, raffles, 50/50 and mulligan’s, $75 per golfer, 7:30am check-in, 951-893-7017 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/3924/
5 MARANA: Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting – Marana Municipal Complex, area choral and dance troupes provide the entertainment as Santa and Mrs. Claus meet with kids to hear their holiday wish lists, the main event is a Christmas Tree like none other in the region with lights dancing to choreographed music, 3-9 pm, http://www.marana.com
5 MESA: MACFest – Downtown Mesa, featuring creations from local artists, food, live music, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.macfestmesa.com
5 PAYSON: 15th Annual Holiday 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, 6 pm, 928-478-1065 or http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/
5 PHOENIX: 29th Annual APS Electric Light Parade – Trim the Trees for the Holidays – Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, 7th Street south to Indian School, night time parade with all entries lined with electric lights, free, 7 pm, 602-262-6437 or https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/electric-light-parade
5 PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series – Captain Jack’s Space Attack – Space 55, the intergalactic adventures of Captain Jack, aspiring musician and mediocre pilot, accompanied by Mozambique Queen of Former Earth, Viscount Earle, and Dr. Bendo, live music, drinking song, and meteorites, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
5 PINE: Christmas Boutique – Pine Community Center, handmade Christmas items and holiday gifts created by local artists and crafters, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.pinestrawhs.org/events.html
5 PINETOP-LAKESIDE: Cup of Cheer – a junque sale or “Junque Hunt,” published map to 5-5 houses, raffle baskets, baked goods, lots of precious items, benefit and provides scholarships, free, 7 am – noon, 928-537-1567
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 http://www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com
5 PRESCOTT: 61st 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 http://www.visit-prescott.com or http://www.prescottdowntown.com
5 PRESCOTT: Frontier Christmas Open House – Sharlot Hall Museum, see how Christmas was celebrated in 1865, Living History interpreters revive the spirit of Christmas past at this annual celebration, enjoy the Museum’s finely decorated historic buildings, live seasonal music, refreshments, a Christmas tree with vintage decorations, and engaging stories of Prescott’s past, $3-5, under 18 free, 6-9 pm, 928-445-3122 or http://www.sharlot.org
5 QUEEN CREEK: 33rd Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade – festival begins at 2 pm and parade at 3 pm, after the parade continue to enjoy the craft vendors, food vendors, live local entertainment, activities, photos with Santa and more, Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm at the Library, http://www.queencreekparade.org/
5 SAFFORD: Holiday of Light Parade – Main Street, dressed up cars, trucks, boats, floats, bikes, free, 5 pm, 928-432-4143 or 928-428-2511 or http://www.visitgrahamcounty.com
5 SCOTTSDALE: 6th Annual Holiday Pet Festival – WestWorld of Scottsdale, a day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore, meet hundreds of animals looking for their forever homes, animal rescue groups, veterinarians and animal care professionals, the latest in pet products, pet foods and pet related services, unique and one-of-a-kind arts & crafts, free, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.holidaypetfestival.com
5 SCOTTSDALE: ARTrageous Gala – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, showcases Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Martin Short, also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Sweet 16th, $109 concert only, 8:30 pm, 480-499-TKTS (8587) or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
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, 928-532-4140 or http://www.showlowchamberofcommerce.com
5 SIERRA VISTA: 57th Annual Holiday Parade – Fry Blvd., kicks off the holiday season with marching units, motorized units, equestrian groups & bands, free, 5:30 pm, 520-458-6940 or http://www.visitsierravista.com
5 TUCSON: Just for Kids – Tucson Symphony Center, filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, our interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate our youngest listeners (and our older listeners too!), this week features a percussion ensemble, free for everybody with a suggested admission of $3 per person at the door, 10 & 11:15 am, http://tucsonsymphony.org/
5 YUMA: Spirit of Yuma Military Festival – Historic Downtown Yuma, honoring our active and retired military, in the Yuma Art Center historic photographs from our military artists and photographers from all branches displayed, speakers and presentations in the Historic Yuma Theatre; entertainment will vary on all three days, vendors of all varieties will be on hand on Main Street, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-373-5028
5 YUMA: El Toro Bowl – Veterans Stadium, two of the nation’s best National Junior College Athletic Association football teams collide for pride & possibly a national championship, http://www.visityuma.com/ or http://www.eltorobowl.com
5-6 CASCABEL: 35th 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 http://www.cascabel.org
5-6 KINGMAN: Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland – Hualapai Mountain Park, visit Santa, go on an old-fashioned hayride, roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa and eat cookies, $7/vehicle, 1-5 pm, 928-681-5700 or http://www.kingmantourism.org
5-6 KINGMAN: Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland – Hualapai Mountain Park, visit Santa, go on an old-fashioned hayride, roast marshmallows, eat cookies, 1-5 pm on the weekends only, 928-753-6106 or http://www.kingmantourism.org
5-6 MESA: 21st Annual Arizona Asian Treasures Festival – Mesa Arts Center, features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries, tea garden, include Japanese Taiko drums and a fashion show with traditional Asian costumes, free, 10 am – 6 pm, 602-712-8889 or http://www.aaaa-az.org
5-6 ORACLE: 21st 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 http://www.tucsonmarathon.com or http://www.azroadrunners.org
5-6 ORO VALLEY: 19th Annual Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts – Oro Valley Marketplace, features up to 150 artists in all mediums, live music on the main stage, food vendors and family arts activities, holiday performances will begin with the tree lighting ceremony the night before the festival (and continue throughout the weekend, free, Sat-Sun 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.saaca.org/FestivaloftheArts.php
5-6 PHOENIX: Experience Scandinavia – Musical Instrument Museum, experience Scandinavian music and culture, a celebration of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, musical performances, traditional dances, a regionally inspired menu in the café, hands-on crafts and more, 9 am – 5 pm, http://mim.org/
5-6 PHOENIX: 8th Annual Christkindlmarket – Heritage Square, holiday entertainment, German and Austrian cuisine, vendors and local artisans sell children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, traditional Christmas music, by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, free, noon – 6 pm, http://www.ac4gc.org
5-6 PHOENIX: 31st Annual F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour – tour charming historic homes decorated for the holidays, set in one of Phoenix’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods, Saturday evening tour features holiday lights and carolers 6-9 pm; Sunday daytime tour features street fair with craft vendors and food booths 11 am – 5 pm, $15 at 11th Avenue & Portland Street (1 block north of Roosevelt), 602-258-9282 or http://www.hometour.fqstory.org
5-6 SCOTTSDALE: Asian Treasures – 20th Annual Arizona Asian Festival – Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, a culinary taste of Asia, Asian marketplace, souvenir booths, vendors, cultural performances, dance and poetry contests, Avenue of Cultures, arts & crafts, free, 10 am – 5 pm, http://aaaa-az.org/
5-6 STANFIELD: Annual “Joy to the Herd” – Shamrock Farms, guided tour, 15 tons of snow, holiday crafts, face painting and more, Santa and the spokescow – Roxie, reservations and pre-payment required, $10-12, 9 am – 3 pm, 602-477-2462 or http://www.shamrockfarms.net
5-6 TUMACACORI: 45th 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 http://www.nps.gov/tuma
5-20 PEORIA: The Quiltmakers Gift – Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, by TheaterWorks, a charming musical play about a greedy king and a generous quilt maker who teaches him that ‘the giving is the gift’ based on a beloved book and is truly intended for all ages, simultaneously sophisticated and childlike, it celebrates the true value of generosity and spirit of community.a message that is perfect for the Christmas season, $36, 623-815-7930 or http://www.theaterworks.org
5-20 PHOENIX: 25th Annual Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen – Herberger Theater Center, the Valley’s holiday favorite for the entire family, the magical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev, produced by Center Dance Ensemble, $14-28, 7, 5 & 2 pm, 602-252-8497 or http://www.herbergertheater.org or http://centerdance.com/
5-25 SIERRA VISTA: Annual Santas in the Park – Veterans Memorial Park, beautiful and intricately hand-painted Santas are displayed throughout the park, these Old World Santas are created by remarkable artists and share stories of Santa told throughout the world, free, 520-417-6960 or http://www.visitsierravista.com
5-5/15 PHOENIX: Photographic Still Life – Phoenix Art Museum, timed to complement the Steele Gallery exhibition “Inventing American Still Life, 1800-1950,” this exhibition will draw on the rich resources at the Center for Creative Photography to explore photography’s contribution to the still life genre, including work by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Josef Sudek, Arthur Tress, Jo Ann Callis and Jan Groover, 602-257-1880 or http://phxart.org
6 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 43rd Annual House & Garden Tour – presented by the Soroptimist International of Lake Havasu City, a rare opportunity to enter some of Lake Havasu City’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings and collections, and explore some of the most enchanting outdoor spaces as well, $20 advance, $25 at the door, noon – 4 pm, 928-727-1226 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/521/
6 LAKE HAVASU CITY: River Riders Motorcycle Club 32nd Annual Toy Run – Blue Bar II (Parker) to The Red Onion on McCulloch Blvd. (Downtown), large motorcycle toy run, in 2014, over 1,400 riders donated over 3,000 toys, start at Blue Bar II in Parker, enjoy food, live band, and events at the finish, McCulloch Blvd. closed from Acoma to Smoketree during event, entry fee new, unwrapped toy, 928-486-2963 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1900/
6 MESA: Mannheim Steamroller – Mesa Arts Center, America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years, dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting, $35-80, 3 & 7 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
6 PHOENIX: Bolshoi Ballet Series – Jewels – Phoenix Art Museum, Whiteman Hall, on the big screen, this opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone, $15-18, 602-257-1880 or http://phxart.org
6 SCOTTSDALE: A Very Electric Christmas – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling, by New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater, follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they head south for the winter, captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love, for audiences of all ages, $29-49, 2 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
6 TUBAC: The Tubac Singers Concert – Tubac Center of the Arts, 3 pm, 520-398-2371 or http://www.TubacArts.org
7 MESA: The Milk Carton Kids – Mesa Arts Center, Grammy-nominated harmony duo, $20-25, 8 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
7 PEORIA: Classic Country Christmas – Arizona Broadway Theatre, gather up the family and get set to two-step ’round the Christmas tree as you enjoy the yuletide twang of A Classic Country Christmas, this knee-slappin’ production includes perennial holiday hits made famous by Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, and more, 623-776-8400 or http://azbroadway.org/
8 MESA: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Mesa Arts Center, for their uncanny ability to take a contemporary pop hit and reincarnate it into a superb, vintage-flavored songbook standard from the last century, $27-37, 8 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
8 TUCSON: The Ten Tenors – Home for the Holidays – Fox Tucson Theatre, rock around the Christmas tree with international singing sensations The TEN Tenors and share in a spectacular celebration of song and festive spirit, 7:30 pm, http://foxtucsontheatre.org/
8-9 PHOENIX: Winter Wonderland – Desert Botanical Garden, with angelic voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir, a delightful array of holiday favorites, traditional songs including We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Tannenbaum and Silent Night, as well as a new medley based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, also excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, culminating with the Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
8-10 TUCSON: 19th 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, http://www.sonsoforpheus.org
9 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
9-13 PHOENIX: Handel’s Messiah – Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, with the popular “Halleluiah” chorus, Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform Handel’s Messiah in churches and venues throughout the Valley, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://phoenixsymphony.org
9-15 PHOENIX: 38th Annual “Celebration of Christmas” – Phoenix First Assembly, a Broadway-style performance featuring a full live orchestra and state-of-the-art technology with incredible special effects. Culminating in a beautiful nativity with a majestic kings’ procession, this year’s show includes exciting new dance numbers, professional acrobatic silk artists, awe-inspiring aerial stunts, flying angels, and so much more, $7-25, limited free seating, http://celebrationofchristmas.org
10 GLENDALE: Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings – University of Phoenix Stadium, carparks open at 2:25 pm, main gates open at 4:55 pm, http://www.universityofphoenixstadium.com/events
10 GLENDALE: Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party – Westgate Entertainment District, free pre-game celebration, starts 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza, enjoy live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, then walk over to the University of Phoenix Stadium, you don’t need a game day ticket for the fun, party is open to all fans, 3:30 pm, today vs. Minnesota Vikings, 6:25 pm kick-off, http:/westgateaz.com/cardinals/
10 PHOENIX: Handel’s Messiah – Camelback Bible Church, Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the acclaimed and popular “Halleluiah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert, Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform, 7:30 pm, http://phoenixsymphony.org
10 SCOTTSDALE: 11th Annual Holiday ArtWalk – Scottsdale Arts District, premiers on the first Thursday of December each year, free opening receptions, demonstrations, live music, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com
10 SCOTTSDALE: Kinobe and Jaia African, world music – Kerr Cultural Center, a journey into the soul of Africa. Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Kinobe invites audiences into his culture, sharing the significance of each instrument and their roles in African history and society while incorporating countless sonic influences from around the world, $18-25, 7:30 pm, https://www.asukerr.com
10 TUCSON: Oro Valley Concert Series – Desert Melodies – Oro Valley Marketplace, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents Tucson’s most eclectic vocal cover group, performing your favorite pop, jazz and easy listening standards from the 20’s thru today, live piano accompaniment and the vocal talents of Amber Lee, Beth & Chris, performances are memorable and enjoyable, bring your own chair, free, 6 pm, 520-797-3959 or http://saaca.org/Oro_Valley_Concerts.html
10 TUCSON: Jackie Evancho – Fox Tucson Theatre, with spellbinding artistry, power and poignancy, she sings her unique blend of classical crossover music from her newest release “The Awakening,” 7:30 pm, http://foxtucsontheatre.org/
10-11 SCOTTSDALE: The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites, one of the world’s most loved classically based contemporary music groups, $49-79, 7:30 & 8 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
10-13 PHOENIX: 37th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens, thousands of hand-lit luminarias line the garden pathways, musical entertainment each night, additional buffet dinner is available, $12.50-30, 5:30 pm, pre-register, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org
11 MESA: Handel’s Messiah – Mesa Arts Center, Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the acclaimed and popular “Halleluiah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert, Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform, 7:30 pm, http://phoenixsymphony.org
11 PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series – S&M Comedy Hour – Space 55, thematic riffs on the absurdity of life, annoyances both large and small, with a generous amount of disregard for authority, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
11 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7:30 pm, http://www.suns.com
11 PRESCOTT: 28th Annual Acker Musical Showcase Night -100 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, 928-776-5460 or http://www.ackernight.com/
11 TUCSON: Christmas with The Rat Pack – Fox Tucson Theatre, get ready to be transported back to a Vegas-style lounge for a night of singin’ Christmas songs, featuring an amazing six-piece band and talented cast of vocalists, 7:30 pm, http://foxtucsontheatre.org/
11 WICKENBURG: 20th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights – illuminated parade entries start on west side of Yavapai street into the historic district, includes classic cars, church groups, youth organizations, wagons, individuals, local businesses and APS Electric Automobiles, Santa & Mrs. Claus immediately afterwards greet children and adults at WCO Little Red School House with cookies and hot cocoa, then parade awards, 6:30 pm, 928-684-5479 or http://www.wickenburgchamber.com
11-12 GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
11-12 SHOW LOW: Santa and the Shoppes on Gingerbread Lane – Show Low City Campus Gym, holiday lights and decorations, holiday music, Santa, food, vendors, live radio remote, 928-532-4124
11-12 TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – features a million lights blanketing the Park, stroll through the grounds under a nearly a million twinkling lights, sip hot cider, enjoy tasty holiday treats and are joyfully entertained by music and dance performances throughout the evening, $3-16, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or http://www.tohonochulpark.org
11-13 CAREFREE: 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Gift Market & Food Court – Carefree Desert Gardens, live music and dance performances, hand-selected local, regional and national fine artists and crafts exhibitors, culinary vendors and food options, offers an expanded selection of holiday gift and specialty exhibitors that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, free, Fri-Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 480-488-2014 or http://magicbirdfestivals.com
11-13 CAREFREE: 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival – Carefree Desert Gardens, with electric light parade, fireworks, dance, shopping, live music, carolers, snow, food market, kid’s zone, holiday pet parade, Fri-Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, http://carefreechristmasfestival.com
11-13 PHOENIX: 4th Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts – Hance Park, the free event features nearly three days of live entertainment on two stages, arts vendors, a hands-on community mural, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a Kidz Korner, milk bar, and more, Fri 2-10 pm, Sat. 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 602-254-3100 or http://phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/
11-13 SEDONA: The Christmas Gift – Wayside Bible Chapel, a holiday musical production, the story moves between modern day characters and costumed actors from the first Christmas, including a Living Nativity, door prizes prior to the production, complimentary refreshments, free, 4:30 pm, 928-204-9419 or http://www.pottershandproductions.com
11-13 TUCSON: 45th 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, art area for kids, a cross between a fine art show & a carnival, free, 10 am – 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or http://www.fourthavenue.org
11-13 TUCSON: The Nutcracker – UA Centennial Hall, Ballet Tucson’s beloved production continues its tradition of filling audiences with the joy and wonder of the holiday season, $30-58, 520-621-3341 or http://ballettucson.org/
11-20 SCOTTSDALE: Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to – who swiped the gold those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus! using forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guild, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit, $39, http://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
11-27 PHOENIX: The Nutcracker – Symphony Hall, with more than 150 performers, hundreds of costumes and the beauty and athleticism of Ballet Arizona’s nationally recognized dancers, a timeless holiday tradition for all ages, choreography by artistic director Ib Andersen danced to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with the Phoenix Symphony, 602-381-1096 or http://balletaz.org/
11-1/2 SCOTTSDALE: Holiday Lights 2015 – McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 50,000+ lights & seasonal displays decorate the train route, $2-4, 6:30-9 pm, Santa through the 23rd, closed 12/24-25 & 31st, 480-312-2312 or http://therailroadpark.com/
12 ANTHEM: 14th Annual Anthem Holiday Classic Triathlon & Classic Kids’ Triathlon – Community Center, USAT sanctioned, adults swim 400m, bike 14 mile, run 3.1 mile, kids swim 200 m, bike 4.5 miles, run .5 miles kids triathlon, 9 am, 623-330-0913 or http://www.4peaksracing.com/ or http://www.trifind.com/
12 APACHE JUNCTION: Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration – Arts & Crafts in the Barn – Superstition Mountain Museum, local artists and crafters will be showing their unique handmade jewelry, gift items, and art during this very special holiday show and sale, join us for a festive event featuring local talent and be sure to visit the Reindeer House and Railroad, 9 am – noon, http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org
12 BENSON: Christmas on Main Street – street vendors, local entertainment a visit from Santa, 9 am – 5 pm, Christmas Light Parade at 6:30 pm, 520-586-2842 or http://www.bensonvisitorcenter.com or http://www.bensonchamberaz.com
12 BUCKEYE: Buckeye Marathon/Half Marathon/5K – Buckeye Municipal Airport, Boston qualifier, many marathons claim to be flat and fast, but how many can say they are DOWNHILL and fast, the inaugural Buckeye Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K Run route features a drop of over 640′ from start to finish, all events will be chip timed, participants receive a Dri-Fit T-shirt, finisher’s medal, pre- and post-race “runner’s food,” and post race festival, http://www.arizonaroadracers.com
12 CHANDLER: Dmitri Matheny’s The Snowcat – Chandler Center for the Arts, a heartwarming holiday tale of a little girl’s search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon and the life lessons she learns on the spirit of sharing and gratitude that makes the holidays such a magical time, includes a plush toy and coloring book, $10, 11 am, http://chandlercenter.org/
12 FORT HUACHUCA: 23rd Annual Historical Tour of Homes – Brown Parade Field, Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club offers a peek at how historical homes look today, receive a booklet with historical information about the homes at the turn-of -the century, current residents open their doors to the public and allow them to wander on the ground floor while docents answer questions, the fundraiser, benefits scholarships for military family members and disbursements for local nonprofits, $12-15, 2-6 pm, 520-333-7590 or http://www.fhcsc.com
12 GILBERT: 7th Annual 12K’s of Christmas® & Santa’s Pet Village – Freestone District Park, a unique family celebration, features Christmas carolers at every K and in the park, a 12K and 6K run and a 1.2K for families and kids fun run/walk, a Christmas Bazaar with hand-made items, Santa’s Pet Village with pet adoptions, inflatables, supports Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, leashed pets welcome, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, 480-609-3978 or http://www.12krun.com
12 GLENDALE: Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade – Historic Downtown Glendale,
12 LITCHFIELD PARK: 28th 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, Santa, free, http://www.litchfield-park.org
12 MESA: Glad Tidings! Music for a Winter’s Night – First United Methodist Church, cold winds may not often blow into the Valley of the Sun, but we still need the warmth of music like Cecilia McDowall’s A Winter’s Night, join the Sonoran Desert Chorale as they gladden hearts with traditional carols, brass and organ selections, plus, of course, the delight of singing together in our annual audience sing-along, $15-18, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org
12 MESA: MACFest – Downtown Mesa, featuring creations from local artists, food, live music, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.macfestmesa.com
12 PEORIA: 7th Annual Festival of Cheer – Centennial Plaza Park, celebrating cultures, families, and holidays around the world to bring together all aspects of the community, to learn, share, and have fun while celebrating our differences, countries and cultures have different stations set-up, a separate “Play Land” for children ages 12 and under with crafts, pictures with Santa, 20+ tons of snow, $5 child/$7 adult, 10 am – 3 pm, 623-584-4999 or http://www.festivalofcheer.com
12 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, http://www.dcbadventures.com
12 PHOENIX: Winter Wonderland – Camelback Bible Church, with angelic voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir, a delightful array of holiday favorites, traditional songs including We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Tannenbaum and Silent Night, as well as a new medley based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, also excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, culminating with the Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
12 PHOENIX: So You Think You Can Dance – Comerica Theatre, 8 pm, http://livenation.com
12 SEDONA: 42nd 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 http://www.tlaq.com
12 TEMPE: APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade – Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, Santa arrives at 6 pm, decorated and lighted boats of all sizes and makes parade at 7 pm, free, http://www.downtowntempe.com
12 TUCSON: Living History Day at Tucson Presidio – a replica of the city’s original adobe-walled fortress with museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life, with craft- and food-making demonstrations, soldier drills and more, $3, 10 am.- 3 pm, 520-837-8119 or http://www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org/
12 VAIL: 10th Annual Vail Jingle Trail 5K and Santa’s Little Helper 1K – Cienega High School, 5K will be run on a cross country course on the High School campus, includes music and refreshments, bring a new unwrapped toy, benefits the school’s Key Club, 8 am, http://taggrun.com/
12 YUMA: 13th Annual Dorothy Young Memorial Centennial Electric Light Parade – enjoy marching bands and floats and vehicles decorated with Christmas lights, 6 pm, 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071 or http://visityuma.com
12-13 MESA: Annual Mesa Arts Center Festival – Mesa Arts Center, the premier place to find unique gifts for the holidays, features original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums; live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages; live artist demonstrations; Family Activity Area and an array of culinary delights, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/free-events/mesaartsfestival
12-13 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce Desert Bash – Standard Wash, fun, magical family weekend of camping, off-road poker run and lots of activities for all, BBQ dinner, entertainment, camping available on a first-come, first-serve basis, fees differ depending on activities; 928-855-4115 or http://golakehavasu.com/events/details/1583
12-13 MESA: 23rd Annual “It’s Feline a Lot Like Christmas” – Mesa Convention Center, 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, 623-217-4205or http://www.phxfeline.com
12-13 PHOENIX: 39th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market – Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 200 Native American artisans with handmade art ranging from jewelry, baskets, pottery, paintings, Kachina dolls, weavings and sculptures, raffles, children’s area, traditional & contemporary music & performances, fry bread, $8, under 12 free, 9 am, 602-495-0901 or http://www.pgindianmarket.com
12-13 SCOTTSDALE: World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship presented by Talking Stick Destination – Salt River Fields, a family-friendly beach themed festival, public may cast their vote for the People’s Choice award, creation will range from 10-20 feet in length, also live entertainment, food, holiday vendors, free sandcastle lesson, photos with Santa, artists compete for a $19,000 purse, $12, noon – 8 pm, http://www.SaltRiverFields.com
12-13 SURPRISE: Cruising with Santa – Sam’s Club Parking Lot, includes a car and motorcycle show, car and bike corral for sales and arts & crafts show, food vendors, registration is $25 cars, $20 car corral and $20 motorcycles, judging is done by peers participating in the show, benefits Alzheimer’s, Dementia and TBI (traumatic brain injury), free to spectators, 9 am – 3 pm, 602-820-7655 or http://www.thejohnnyo.org
12-13 TUCSON: A Southwest Nutcracker – Tucson Music Hall, featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, original, full length classical ballet translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880’s complete with the battle of the coyotes and the US Cavalry, travel over the glistening, falling snow of Mt. Lemmon to a Desert Dream of Chili Peppers, Mama Pinata and the waltzing Desert Poppies, professionally designed sets, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-886-1222 or http://www.tucsonregionalballet.org
12-13 TUCSON: Messiah – Holiday Special – Catalina Foothills High School, Peter Bay conducts, Handel’s pulse pounding, earth shaking Messiah, one of choral literature’s most important and popular works, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and TSO Chorus perform, George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece is the perfect way to start the holiday season, creating a glorious sound experience when performed in one of Arizona’s most outstanding acoustical venues, 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org
12-19 PEORIA: A Charlie Brown Christmas – Arizona Broadway Theatre, holiday favorite comes to life on the ABT stage complete with your favorite Peanuts characters, gently falling snow, ice skating parties, childhood friendships, Snoopy’s timeless animal impressions, and that delightful jazz score by Vince Guaraldi played by a live band, 623-776-8400 or http://azbroadway.org/
13 KITT PEAK: Meteor Mania with the Geminids – 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, pre-register, $25-45, 10 pm – 3 am, 520-318-8726 or http://www.noao.edu/outreach/kpvc/classes.html
13 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 1:30 pm, http://www.suns.com
13 SCOTTSDALE: Where the Earth Meets the Sky – La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, cold winds may not often blow into the Valley of the Sun, but we still need the warmth of music like Cecilia McDowall’s A Winter’s Night, join the Sonoran Desert Chorale as they gladden hearts with traditional carols, brass and organ selections, plus, of course, the delight of singing together in our annual audience sing-along, $15-18, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org
13 SCOTTSDALE: Handel’s Messiah – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the acclaimed and popular “Halleluiah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert, Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform, 3 pm, http://phoenixsymphony.org
13 SCOTTSDALE: 28th Annual Runner’s Den/Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon & 5K – Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, both courses are flat and fast loops touring scenic Scottsdale and Gainey Ranch, the Half Marathon course is USATF certified, aid at start/finish, 2.5, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 & 12 miles, top three Half Marathon and 5K run finishers in each of the age group categories will receive awards, 6 am, 602-277-4333 or http://www.fiestabowl.org/or http://www.raceplaceevents.com
13 TUCSON: 76th Annual Holiday Concert – University of Arizona Crowder Hall, by the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, $8-20, 3 & 7:30 pm, 520-296-6277 or http://www.boyschorus.org/
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, 5 pm, 520-326-9383 or http://www.azroadrunners.org
14 SUN CITY: Winter Wonderland – American Lutheran Church, with angelic voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir, a delightful array of holiday favorites, traditional songs including We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Tannenbaum and Silent Night, as well as a new medley based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, also excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, culminating with the Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, $18-28, 6:30 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
15 SCOTTSDALE: Talk Cinema – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, sneak previews of award-winning independent and foreign films, similar to the experience that critics and industry insiders have at film festivals, selected from leading festivals by critic Harlan Jacobson, may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit, introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers, $17, 7 pm, http://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
15 SCOTTSDALE: Handel’s Messiah – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the acclaimed and popular “Halleluiah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert, Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform, 7:30 pm, http://phoenixsymphony.org
16 MESA: Dave Koz & Friends Christmas – Mesa Arts Center, multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire, this year Dave brings his friends, Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler, and Bill Medley, $54-84, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
16 TUCSON: Escher Quartet – Leo Rich Theater, America’s Escher Quartet takes its name from the great Dutch graphic artist who inspires the musicians with his interplay between individual components working together to form a whole, featuring Janácek: Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”; Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 2, Op. 15; Mendelssohn: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2, presented by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, $10-30, 7:30 pm, http://arizonachambermusic.org
16-23 PHOENIX: 37th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens, thousands of hand-lit luminarias line the garden pathways, musical entertainment each night, additional buffet dinner is available, $12.50-30, 5:30 pm, pre-register, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org
18 CHANDLER: Texas Tenors – Deep in the Heart of Christmas – Chandler Center for the Arts, with their magical holiday show, country roots, classical sound, $42-62, 7:30 pm, http://chandlercenter.org/
18 MESA: Winter Wonderland – Mesa Performing Arts Center, with angelic voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir, a delightful array of holiday favorites, traditional songs including We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Tannenbaum and Silent Night, as well as a new medley based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, also excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, culminating with the Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
18 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 8:30 pm, http://www.suns.com
18 SCOTTSDALE: A Merri-Achi Christmas – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, this special performance includes treasured holiday favorites and selections from the mariachi songbook, $29-59, 8 pm, http://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
18-19 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 http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
18-20 PHOENIX: Arizona Balloon Classic 5th Anniversary – Fear Farm Sports & Entertainment Complex, Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race and festival, morning liftoffs, evening glows, live entertainment onstage, fireworks (Saturday only), family fun area with kid’s activities, exhibits, sampling and other attractions, $15, http://www.abcfest.com
18-19 TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – features a million lights blanketing the Park, stroll through the grounds under a nearly a million twinkling lights, sip hot cider, enjoy tasty holiday treats and are joyfully entertained by music and dance performances throughout the evening, $3-16, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or http://www.tohonochulpark.org
19 MESA: MACFest – Downtown Mesa, featuring creations from local artists, food, live music, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.macfestmesa.com
19 PEORIA: Run Run Rudolph Half Marathon, 4 Mile Run and Kids’ Dash – Rio Vista Park, runners follow the dedicated running trails of the New River Trail System, the first 250 runners that arrive on race day will receive a Reindeer Kit, https://startlineracing.com
19 PHOENIX: Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” – US Airways Center, with Alice Cooper, 7 pm, http://livenation.com
19 PHOENIX: Jingle Bell Run 5K Run/Walk – Rose Mofford Park, benefits the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, bring a new, unwrapped gift, dress up, tie bells onto your shoelaces and help those in need, beat Santa to the finish and go into the draw to win entry into 4 Peaks Racing events in 2015, presented by Tortoise & Hare Sports, 8 am, http://www.4peaksracing.com/
19 PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series – The Revival – Space 55, Denizens of The Torch Theatre return to Space 55 with long-form improv, each show features a hosting troupe, a guest trope and a special guest comedian, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
19 PHOENIX: 7-Minutes Under the Mistletoe – Space 55, no-holds barred variety show – the Holiday edition, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $10-15, 9 pm, http://www.space55.org
19 PRESCOTT: Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar – Prescott Activity Center, more than 50 nonprofit organizations sell their low-cost, high-quality merchandise to raise funds for their agencies, gifts from Santa for children accompanied by adults, from noon-2 pm, event from 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com
19 PRESCOTT: Christmas with the Rat Pack – Prescott Elks Opera House, be transported back to a Vegas-style lounge for a night of singin’ Christmas songs, 7 pm, http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/
19 SCOTTSDALE: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra- Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, one of the greatest big bands in history, celebrating its 80th anniversary, now under the leadership of Scotty Barnhart and featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford, the band is a dynamic mix of new and longtime members, including several handpicked by Basie himself, holiday-themed concert features swinging songs of the season, $29-59, 2 & 5 pm, http://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
19 SEDONA: Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque – discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers and roasted chestnuts, retailers open their doors and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers, free, 3-7 pm,928-282-4838 or http://www.tlaq.com
19 SOMERTON: 9th 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, 928-388-4837 or http://www.somertontamalefestival.com/ or http://www.visityuma.com/
19-20 PHOENIX: Hear Them Ring – Musical Instrument Museum, chimes and jingles will fall the halls as we celebrate instruments that ring, see performances featuring handbells, vibraphones and more, try your hand at gamelan and learn how these instruments make their unique sounds, 9 am – 5 pm, http://mim.org/
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 http://www.bellrockartshows.com/
19-20 TUCSON: Magic of Christmas – Holiday Special – Tucson Music Hall, Michael Hall conducts, Bruce Chamberlain director of TSO Chorus, see and hear the TSO and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, sing, dance and tell the story of Christmas and the forecast calls for snow! plus, Santa is going to make a special visit no matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, featuring UA Dance, 4 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org
19-20 YUMA: Yuma Territorial Gun Show – Yuma Civic Center, free raffles, free, Sat 9 am- 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 928-920-0837 or 928-373-5040 or http://www.visityuma.com/
19-2/28 WICKENBURG: Wayne Norton – Desert Relations – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Norton’s provocative studio-shot images raises questions about how humanity regards desert terrain, visual expressions range between serious and light-hearted, often tinged with intentional irony. Through careful arrangements and juxtapositions of the objects Norton creates contemplative narratives, $7-9, 928-684-2272 or http://westernmuseum.org
20 PEORIA: Desert Classic 30K, 5K, 30K Relay – Rio Vista Park, a 30K, 5K a 30K relay on an out-and-back course, 30K and 5K will have the usual 5-year age groups for awards, relay will use 10-year age groups (and the age group will be that of the youngest member of the team), awards for female, male and coed teams, registration begins at 7 am, 602-684-1496 or http://arizonaroadracers.com/
20 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 3 pm, http://www.suns.com
20 SCOTTSDALE: Winter Wonderland – Chaparral Christian Church, with angelic voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir, a delightful array of holiday favorites, traditional songs including We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, O Tannenbaum and Silent Night, as well as a new medley based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, also excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, culminating with the Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
21 PEORIA: Christmas with the Rat Pack – Arizona Broadway Theatre, be transported back to a Vegas-style lounge for a night of swingin’ Christmas songs, 623-776-8400 or http://azbroadway.org/
22-1/3 CHANDLER: Zoppé – An Italian Family Circus Since 1842 – Chandler Center for the Arts, in their intimate 500-seat tent, a one-ring circus, honors the history of the Old-World Italian tradition: where you come as strangers but leave as family, Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the Clown, helps propel the story featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers, equestrian showmanship and plenty of audience participation, $15-40, http://chandlercenter.org/
23 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
24 SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR: Annual Christmas Eve Community Luminaria Lighting – Main Streets, http://www.springerville-eagarchamber.com
25-1/3 ELOY: Holiday Boogie 2015 – Skydive Arizona, an epic adventure filled with VFS sequentials, airspeed formation loads, speed star competitions, parties, DJ’s, bands, a giant beer truck , records, fun jumps, seminars, 520-466-3753 or http://www.skydiveaz.com
26 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
26 PRESCOTT: 3rd Annual Storytellers at Smoki – Smoki Museum, Indian artists share a variety of stories from their cultures, $5-7, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.smokimuseum.org
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 http://www.bellrockartshows.com/
26-31 PHOENIX: 37th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens, thousands of hand-lit luminarias line the garden pathways, musical entertainment each night, additional buffet dinner is available, $12.50-30, 5:30 pm, pre-register, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org
26-31 PHOENIX: Holidays at the Heard Museum – Heard Museum, exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week, included in general museum admission, $7.50-18, Sat-Thu 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://heard.org/holidays
27 GLENDALE: Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers – University of Phoenix Stadium, carparks open at 10:25 am, main gates open at 12:55 pm, http://www.universityofphoenixstadium.com/events
27 GLENDALE: Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party – Westgate Entertainment District, free pre-game celebration, starts 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza, enjoy live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, then walk over to the University of Phoenix Stadium, you don’t need a game day ticket for the fun, party is open to all fans, 11:30 am, today vs. Green Bay Packers, 2:25 pm kick-off, http:/westgateaz.com/cardinals/
27 MESA: Straight No Chaser – The New Old Fashioned Tour – Mesa Arts Center enjoy the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor, $39-50-64.50, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
27-1/1 PHOENIX: 68th Annual Arizona National Livestock Show – Arizona State Fairgrounds, livestock shows and sales, Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear show, working ranch horse competition, Chuck Wagon Cook Off, Dutch Oven Cook Off, ranch rodeo, Farm Experience interactive area for children, $10 parking & admission per car, 602-258-8568 or http://www.anls.org
27-1/2 TUCSON: USTA National Winter Tennis Championships – Reffkin Tennis Center, United States Tennis Association hosts the Junior Winter National tennis tournament, one of the biggest national events in the USA for boys/girls 12 and 14s, junior players have to qualify for this tournament, multi courts will be in use, 8 am – 9 pm, 520-791-4896 or http://www.reffkintenniscenter.com/facility/events
28 PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – U.S. Airways Center, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
28-29 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts – Bill Williams NWR & Havasu NWR, the longest-running wildlife census in North America with counts annually held for more than 114 years, counts take place in established 15-mile wide circles and is organized by a count compiler, beginning birders will be paired with a group including an experienced birdwatcher, 928-667-4144 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/813/
29-1/17 PHOENIX: Cinderella – Great Arizona Puppet Theater, the girl, the prince, the glass slipper – lots of laughs and special effects make Cinderella an audience favorite, this show was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry, $7-10, 602-262-2050 or http://azpuppets.org/
30-1/17 PHOENIX: Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook – Herberger Theater Center, Arizona premiere by Arizona Theater Company, romantic musical comedy blends some of the best-loved songs from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows with some of his lesser-known gems, meet Sue and Dan who after 20 years of marriage have drifted apart, they discover box of photographs which lead them to relive the memories of their past selves, 602-256-6995 or http://www.arizonatheatre.org/
31 FLAGSTAFF: New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop – Weatherford Hotel, a Flagstaff tradition, big countdown at 10 pm & 12 am, giant, LED-Lighted Pine Cone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel, free, http://www.flagstaffarizona.org
31 PHOENIX: New Year’s Eve Celebration – Symphony Hall, end the year on a high note and join one guest conductor, Stuart Chafetz as he conducts The Phoenix Symphony in the Valley’s popular New Year’s Eve Celebration, enjoy famous Strauss waltzes and seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites with a glass of Champagne, this joyous and popular musical celebration is sure to sell out, 4 & 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://www.phoenixsymphony.org
31 PHOENIX: 26th Annual Midnight Madness Run – Rose Mofford Sports Complex, includes finisher’s medal, Dri-Fit tech long sleeve wind shirt, age group awards for top three in all age groups, sparkling cider toast at midnight, pre- and post-race “Runner’s Brunch” (bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc), real time results and photos, course set/marked by a professional race management team, all participants chip timed by StartLine Racing, 480-338-7041 or https://www.startlineracing.com/
31 PHOENIX: Resolutions – Space 55, comedy, music and sketches celebrating the old and new year, $10-15, 7:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
31 PRESCOTT: 2015 Boot Drop – The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, a 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year, once at 10 pm for early birds and once at midnight for traditionalists, a DJ will spin tunes, food vendors, 8 pm – 1 am, 928-776-0234 or http://www.bootdrop.net
31 SHOW LOW: Deuce of Clubs Drop – Festival Marketplace, entertainment, music, dancing and food and countdown to midnight, drop of a giant electrified Deuce of Clubs from a crane, giant fireworks show follows, 11 pm – midnight, 928-532-4140
31 TEMPE: 32nd Annual Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue – Mill Avenue District, high-energy video dance clubs create a party like never seen before. Mill Avenue will be filled with local entertainment and attractions, a family fun zone (with an early fireworks show at 10 p.m.), a variety of gourmet food trucks, beer gardens and a midnight countdown consisting of a shimmering firework display and confetti blast, free, 6 pm, 480-355-6060 or http://www.blockpartyonmill.com
31-2/13 GILBERT: Beau Jest – Hale Theatre, a Hale Holiday Classic, hilarious, heart-warming play and Off-Broadway hit for two and a half years, Sarah Goldman is secretly dating Chris who does not meet the approval of her traditionally-minded parents, to please them, Sarah invents the perfect boyfriend, when the parents want to meet him, Sarah, in desperation, hires Bob, an out of work actor, to pretend to be her make-believe beau, $18-28, 480-497-1181 or https://www.haletheatrearizona.com
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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December 1, 2015 @ 12:00 am
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