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Things to do in Arizona

December 2014

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Hi Friends,


Here is the newsletter:   “Things to Do in Arizona, December 2014″ – the last one for this year!


I hope that this e-mail finds you well and that you will be able to enjoy some of these activities.  The holidays are here and there is no better time to be in Arizona!  There are so many really unique things to see and do in Arizona during the holidays – did you know that the largest Christmas Tree in the nation is in Anthem?


Here are some great things to do in December in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – from holiday pet festivals and train rides with Santa, to luminarias, midnight runs, concerts and lighted boat parades.   I hope that you will find something that is perfect for you.  I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great December and wonderful holidays!!




**Please note – Many of these events are ongoing throughout the season for example “Polar Express’, “Zoo Lights”, the various Christmas light exhibits etc. so don’t only look at the chronological list **


Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.




Nov 7th – Jan 3rd –  Polar Express - Williams – Grand Canyon Railway –  Billed as one of the best Polar Express opportunities in the nation!  Make this one of your Christmas traditions!  On this train ride to the “North Pole” the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg is read as you enjoy treats along the way.  At the “North Pole” Santa climbs aboard to give each child a gift and the return trip is a festive one with carol singing. $20-39, 5:30 & 7:30 pm, some Saturday matinees at 3:30 pm, 888-848-3511or http://www.thetrain.com


Nov 18th – Dec 20th – 14th Annual It’s Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibition – Flagstaff – Coconino Center for the Arts – Presented by the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, this exhibition showcases works by some of the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona.  You will find jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more, dozens of artists showing more than 50 original works. http://www.culturalpartners.org


Zoo lights

Nov 24th –  Jan 11th – 23rd Annual ZooLights – Phoenix – Phoenix Zoo –  Stroll through the zoo where there are more than 600 lighted sculptures with music and movements. There are butterflies and bats, monkeys and fish and so much more.   A truly unique Phoenix experience. $8-$18.00.   5:30-10:30.  Ticket prices vary depending upon the dates.   602-273-1341 or http://www.phoenixzoo.org


Nov 29th – Jan 1st – 19th Annual Festival of Lights – Ahwatukee Foothills –  The light display boasts more than one million white lights artistically displayed amongst desert landscape. Nightly from 6-11pm http://www.folaz.org


Mesa LDS lights

Nov 28th – Dec 31st – Christmas Lights – Mesa – Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds – Stroll the grounds and see the hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating the palms and the gardens.  There is a nativity scene and concerts every night from 7 – 7:30 Dec. 1st  – Dec. 25th.  Nightly 5pm – 10pm.  Free www.mesachristmaslights.com.


Nov 28th – Jan 4th- 19th Annual Festival of Lights – Lake Havasu City – English Village and London Bridge – With over 650,000 lights setting alight along Bridgewater Channel this nightly free event is full of holiday charm. 6-10 pm, 928-855-0888 or 800-2HAVASU or www.golakehavasu.com


Nov 28th  – Jan 2nd –  Show Low Shines – Show Low – Up in the pines you will find that Show Low has been transformed with holiday lights and decorations that light up the town.  On 12/6 there is a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Show Low City Library at 5:30 pm and the Electric Light Parade  followings at 6:30 pm along the Deuce of Clubs. http://showlowchamber.com


Nov 29th – Dec 20th – A Christmas Carol – Phoenix – Playhouse on the Park – By Southwest Shakespeare Company, the ultimate family holiday experience.   Come to see the classic tale by Charles Dickens of  the adventures of Scrooge as he is visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  $8.00-42.00  http://www.swshakespeare.org


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Nov 28th – Dec 30th – Valley of Lights - Prescott Valley – Fain Park – Drive through thousands of unique lighted & animated displays.   6-10 pm, 928-772-8857 or www.pvchamber.org



Gingerbread Village

Dec 5th – Dec. 6th-  57th Annual Christmas Idea House & Home Tour – Gilbert – Higley Estates – This year a 9,000 sq. foot custom home in Higley Estates is the site of this annual event.  A non-profit, all-volunteer women’s organization offers holiday decorations, home décor, unique gifts and gourmet goodies. This year’s theme is Joyeux Noel. $12, Fri 4-8 pm, Sat 9 am – 4 pm, http://www.christmasideahouse.org



Dec 5th – Dec 7th –  46th  Annual Fall Festival of the Arts – Tempe – Mill Avenue District – This is the largest arts & crafts festival in the Southwest!  Mill Street will be the host to 450 national artists & craftspeople displaying their original works.  And you can enjoy the free music and street entertainment! 10 am – dusk, 480-967-4877 or http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com



Dec 5th – Dec 23 – A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Phoenix – Valley Youth Theatre – This marks the 19th year that the Valley Youth Theatre has been performing this family holiday favorite in which Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood help Eeyore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving.   602-253-8188 or  http://vyt.com


Lighted Boat Parade

Dec 5th – Dec 6th  – London Bridge Yacht Club’s 32nd Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights – Lake Havasu City – 50 beautifully decorated boats pass under the historic London Bridge.  This year’s theme is “Light up the Lake”  Starting at 6:30pm  Free, 928-680-4652 or http://www.lbycboatparadeoflights.com/



pet festival

Dec 6th – 5th Annual Holiday Pet Festival – Scottsdale – Westworld –  Voted a Top 10 Holiday Attraction by USA Today!!  Bring the whole family including your pets for this great day featuring interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and hundreds of pets looking for their forever homes.  There will be a holiday pet festival where you can find all kinds of toys, treats and more for your furry friends. There will even be pictures with Santa!   10am – 5pm Free Admission   www.holidaypetfestival.com



Dec 6th –  12th Annual Luminaria Run – Cave Creek – New Location!  Cave Creek Regional Park – Stay fit by running in a Luminaria-lit evening run through the quiet desert.   Events include a 4-mile run/walk, 2-mile fun run/walk (un-timed) and kid’s desert dashes.  Children’s races begin at 4:45 pm, Big Kids Desert Dash begins at 5:00pm and the adult races begin at 5:20 pm, 602-769-0848 or http://luminariarun.org



Dec 6th –  57th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights - Chandler – A.J. Chandler Park –  More than 12,000 people are expected to come to see the Mayor switch on the lights and the annual parade of lights!  4:30 pm  – 9:00  pm  The parade starts @7:00 and the tree lighting is @8:00pm. There will be live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa.  Free, 4:30- 9:00 pm, 480-782-2735 orhttp://www.chandleraz.gov



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Dec 6th – 28th Annual APS Electric Light Parade –  Phoenix – On Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, 7th Street south to Indian School.  This night time parade features entries that are all lined with electric lights. Free. 7 pm, 602-534-FEST(3378) or 602-262-6862 or http://www.phoenix.gov



Dec 6th –  61st Annual Arizona Christmas Parade & Courthouse Lighting & Ceremony – Prescott – Taking place in Arizona’s official Christmas City there is a parade at 1 pm  and a 6 pm lighting.    928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534 or http://www.visit-prescott.com



Dec 6th – Frontier Christmas Open House – Prescott – Sharlot Hall Museum – See how Christmas was celebrated in 1865 while enjoying live entertainment & refreshments.   $3-5, under 18 free, 6-8:30 pm, 928-445-3122 or http://www.sharlot.org



Dec 6th – Dec 7th – Oro Valley Festival of the Arts – Oro Valley – Oro Valley Marketplace – A one-of-a-kind experience where shoppers can discover local artwork and vegetarian-options for food in the new, environmentally-responsible 115-acre shopping destination.  There will be a pre-party and  a tree lighting ceremony.  Free, Sat. 10 am – 4  pm, 520-797-3959 or http://saaca.org



Dec 6th – Stroll in the Glow – Fountain Hills – Stroll among the  60,000  lights on the entire Avenue of the Fountain leading up to the world’s tallest fountain.  The stores stay open late and Santa arrives as carolers sing.   5 pm, 480-837-1654 or http://www.fountainhillschamber.com



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F.Q. Story (1 of 1)-2

Dec 6th and 7th –  30th Annual F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour – Phoenix – Downtown – Luminarias light up the street for this evening home tour featuring examples of Tudor, Spanish Revival, Bungalow and English Cottage homes dating from the early 1920’s.   $15, $1 discount with a donation of a can of food.   Sat 6-9 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm (no luminarias)  602-258-9282 or http://www.fqstory.org or visit my website to see homes for sale in F.Q. Story and a brief history of this historic neighborhood.


Dec 5th  – Dec 7th & Dec 12th – 14th –  28th Annual Luminaria Nights – Tucson – Tucson Botanical Gardens.   With over 2,000 traditional luminarias and many other lighted displays the Tucson Botanical gardens comes alive during these three nights.  There is  music by 30 different musical groups and food trucks selling goodies to nosh on.   $4- 12, 5:30-8 pm, 520-326-9686 or http://www.tucsonbotanical.org



Dec 5th – Dec 6th – 26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering – Wickenburg – Community Center & Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Listen to real live cowboys reciting poetry, singing ballads and telling stories about cowboy life and their heritage.  928-684-5479 or http://www.wickenburgchamber.com



Dec 6th and 7th – Annual Fine Crafts Sale and Marketplace - Flagstaff – Coconino Center for the Arts – Presented by the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, this marketplace showcases works by some of the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona.  You will find jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more.  Carols will be sung by a local choral group and there will be cider and cookies, too!  http://www.culturalpartners.org


Organ Hall (1 of 1)

Dec 6th and 7th – 12th Annual Organ Christmas Concert - ASU Tempe – Organ Hall – Beautiful Organ Hall is all dressed up for this holiday program that includes organ works based on seasonal carols and noels, by a variety of composers.  $8-19, 2:30 & 5 pm, 480-965-6447 or http://asuevents.asu.edu



Dec 6th – Jan 4th – Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde – Camp Verde – Fort Verde State Historic Park – See how those who resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier.  There will be Victorian decorations, wreaths and garlands galore.  There are 2 special events:

  1. *Dec. 6th – Victorian Ornament Making Workshop 10am – 2pm
  2. *Dec. 12th & 13th – Candlelight tours through the historic homes along Officer’s Row.  5pm – 8:30pm For more information go to http://azstateparks.com/Parks/FOVE/events.html



Dec 9th – Dec 11th –  18th Annual “Christmas at San Xavier” – Tucson – Mission San Xavier del Bac – One of Tucson’s top choirs, The Sons of Orpheus in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are featured in these performances to benefit the restoration and preservation of the Mission, 6 & 8 pm,http://www.sonsoforpheus.org


Dec 10th – Handel’s Messiah – Scottsdale – Scottsdale Center for the Arts –  A different venu to see The Phoenix Symphony with conductor Tito Munoz,  performing  Handel’s complete Messiah, 602-495-1999 or 800-776-9080 or http://www.phoenixsymphony.org



Dec 12th – Handel’s Messiah –  Mesa – Ikeda Theatre Mesa Arts Center – Enjoy this holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony with conductor Tito Munoz, performs Handel’s complete Messiah, 602-495-1999 or 800-776-9080 or http://www.phoenixsymphony.org



Dec 12th –  26th  Annual Acker Musical Showcase Night – Prescott – More than 80 downtown businesses open their doors to host musical groups of every genre, turning Prescott’s downtown into a  smorgasbord of entertainment, 5:30 -8:30 pm, 928-776-4456 or http://www.ackernight.com/



Dec 12th –  Jan 3rd – Holiday Lights 2014 – Scottsdale – McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – 50,000+ lights & seasonal displays decorate the train route.   6:30-9 pm, Santa will be there through the 23rd, closed 12/24-25 & 31st, 480-312-2312 or http://therailroadpark.com/



Dec 12th – Dec 14th – Phoenix Festival of the Arts – Phoenix – Margaret T. Hance Park – Come out to this 3 day event featuring live arts and humanities programming.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy through over 80 performances/presentations and more than 80 arts and cultural exhibitors.  There will be a community mural and many food trucks and even flash performances!  Friday and Saturday 10am – 9pm Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00pm  www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.



Dec 13th – Annual Festival of Lights – Sedona – Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village – Enjoy the dozens of entertainers including musicians and dancers and over 6,000 luminarias. Free, 3-8 pm, 928-282-4838 or http://www.tlaq.com



Dec 13th – APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade – Tempe – Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake – This parade features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes, all celebrating “Let It Snow!” There will be a special guest, Santa Claus, who will hear children’s gift requests in Tempe Beach Park at 6 pm, parade at 7 pm, free, http://www.downtowntempe.com



Dec 13th – PCA Presents: The 5th Annual A Cowboy Christmas – Prescott – Prescott Center for the Arts – Arizona’s favorite cowboy poets and musicians return to the PCA for another special holiday event, 2pm & 7:30 pm, http://www.pca-az.net


Alice Cooper

Dec 13th – 14th Annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – Phoenix – Comerica Theatre – A Phoenix Tradition – A variety show which features musical, comedic and dance performances, $38-128.00, http://www.alicepudding.com  or http://www.livenation.com



Dec 13th – Dec 14th – 22nd Annual “It’s Feline a Lot Like Christmas” – Phoenix – American Royal Palace – All breed championship/ household pet/Feline agility with more than  300 top cats competing — pedigreed cats and kittens for sale.    Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 480-893-7695 or http://www.phxfeline.com



Dec 13th – 14th – 6th Annual Chriskindlmarket – Phoenix – Heritage Square – Downtown Phoenix will be home to a German Christmas Market featuring German and European entertainment, music, vendors, traditional food and drink & more!  St. Nikolaus will be there both days.  Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm  http://www.ac4gc.org/events/christkindlmarkt.html



Dec 26th – 31st –  67th Annual Arizona National Livestock Show – Phoenix – Arizona State Fairgrounds – Livestock shows and sales, Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear show, working horse competition, chuck wagon cook-off, tractor pull & ranch rodeo.   Farm Experience interactive area for children, $10 parking & admission per car, 602-258-8568 or http://www.anls.org



Dec 27th –  17th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk – “ArtWalk the Line” – Scottsdale – Scottsdale Arts District – An artistic preface to the big game, free opening receptions, demonstrations, live music, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, free, 12-4 pm, 480-990-3939 or http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com



Fiesta Bowl Parade

Dec 27th- National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade – Phoenix – Central Phoenix – Floats, bands, specialty and equestrian units; Arizona’s largest one-day spectator event and one of the nation’s finest and largest parades, Free to the public, reserved seats $25, 11 am,  480-350-0911 or http://www.fiestabowl.org



Dec 31st – New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop – Flagstaff – Downtown – A Flagstaff tradition with the big countdown at 10 pm & 12 am.  There is live entertainment on Heritage Square, coffee, hot chocolate & vendors.  Free, 928-607-2347 or 800-842-7293 or http://www.FlagDBA.com or http://www.flagstaffarizona.org



Dec 31st – 25th Annual Midnight Madness Run – Phoenix – Rose Mofford Sports Complex – Do you want to say goodbye to 2014 running a race?  Hello to 2015 with a run?  You can do either – or both at this great annual event.  The last 5K of the year will begin at 10:45pm.  There will be a New Year’s Celebration and sparkling cider toast and then at 12:05am there will be another 5K to start 2015 in a healthy and fun way! http://midnightmadnessrun.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=4603




That’s it folks, however, remember to go to my page Things to do in Arizona where I will be posting more fun events as they become available.   You can comment, add your own findings, review other people’s discoveries and most importantly don’t forget to click the “LIKE” button at the top of the page.


Interest rates for home mortgages are unbelievably low and there are several programs out that can even help with down payment assistance!  As always, if you or anyone you know has any real estate needs or questions, I would love to help out. I can be reached at 602 763-6363 or you can e-mail me at David@OnlineArizonaHomes.com.


Have a great December and we wish you a very wonderful holiday season!