41 Must-Attend Holiday Events in Metro Phoenix
The yuletide season can be an exercise in utter chaos. Or, at the very least, busy. There are gifts to buy, feasts and fêtes to plan, trees to trim, halls to deck, and family gatherings to attend. Making your to-do lists even longer are the hundreds of special events over the next six weeks, including recitals, gatherings, parties, and celebrations related to the holidays.
See also: Phoenix New Times Holiday 2013 Calendar
In order to help you simplify things and rule the yule (not to mention cross off a few errands), we've scoped out the scene and put together a rundown of more than three dozen must-see events from now until New Year's.
And just like Santa's list, it covers both the naughty and the nice, as well as places to score gifts, check out all the pretty lights, and get in some revelry and merriment. Because that's what this time of year is about, right?
Benjamin Leatherman Arizona Celebration of Lights
We'd hate to see the electric bill that the organizers of this enormous annual holiday light extravaganza have to pay, since it's likely substantial. That's only because approximately 7 million individual lights (LED or otherwise) make up this drive-thru attraction in the West Valley that features more than 300 individual displays while broadcasting Christmas music via a low-power FM transmitter to the cars passing through. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with a $15 admission per car; and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with an admission of $20 per car; and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday for $20.
The actors and actresses of the Phoenix Theatre will stage the theatrical version of the 1954 Christmastime classic, which was penned by the late Irving Berlin, during the holiday season. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $45.
The North Scottsdale resort takes on a bit of a North Pole feel for the yuletide with a variety of activities and attractions, like the lighting of its four-story musical holiday tree, the opening of its ice rink, and a performance by Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill, and other festivities on Thursday, November 21. (Other "Magical Moments on Ice" performances are scheduled throughout the season.) Plus, free sugar cookies and spiced cider will be available. Meanwhile, the grounds of the Princess will also feature a high-definition animated light shows at 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. nightly, a nativity garden, a "Lagoon Lights" fantasy land, and more. Admission is free while the rink is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Skates are available to rent for $5 each.
The local Ghostbusters enthusiast group will roll over to Bookmans in Mesa in their Ecto-1 for this afternoon event that's filled with "delightful geekery and giving back." The group will be accepting unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots and donations to charities, as well as staging various as contests and prizes. Admission is free.