41 Must-Attend Holiday Events in Metro Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman

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?

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Benjamin Leatherman
Arizona Celebration of Lights

Arizona Celebration of Lights
Through January 6
Westside Sports Complex

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.

White Christmas
November 20 to December 23
Phoenix Theatre

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.

Christmas at the Princess
November 21 to January 6
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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.

Give Back With the Arizona Ghostbusters
November 23
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

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.

Location Info

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Phoenix Theatre

100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Bada Boom Pasta Room - CLOSED

4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

1056 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Dorrance Theatre

2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Lawn Gnome

905 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Monarch Theatre

122 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Winter Wonderland

8414 E. Valley Vista Dr, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

CityScape

1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Historic Downtown Glendale

59th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, AZ

Category: General

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

FilmBar

815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Phoenician, Scottsdale

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Medlock Plaza

W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Downtown Civic Space Park

424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Arizona Historical Society Museum

1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

WestWorld of Scottsdale

16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Downtown Phoenix

Washington St. & Second St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


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bohemian124
bohemian124

For those looking to get a head start on holiday shopping and avoid the mad rush of Black Friday, consider checking out the Holiday Bazaar, this weekend at the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. We will have local artisans selling their products, a photgraphy studio for cheap but professional photos, a cafe, and raffles for great prizes. All in a friendly, welcoming, non-religious atmosphere. Our address is in Mesa but we are only 10 minutes from Tempe Marketplace! Check us out at http://www.meetup.com/Humanist-Society-of-Greater-Phoenix/events/135930942/

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