Fun Things To Do In Phoenix For December

Fun Things To Do In Phoenix For December

Most Visitors come for the weather...but check out everything else going on in December.  This is THE place to be!
Arizona Cardinals Football

Various dates and times in December
http://www.azcardinals.com/schedule/season-schedule.html  Phoenix Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup.  Jobing.com Arena, Glendale.
Various dates and times in December.
http://coyotes.nhl.com/  Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-12 glory at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Various dates and times in December
http://www.thesundevils.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30300&SPID=126713&SPSID=749627&DB_OEM_ID=30300
  Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion.  Free with paid museum admission.  First come, first seated.  Phoenix Art Museum.
Various dates and times in December
http://www.phxart.org/events/film  Free First Friday Nights at Children's Museum of PhoenixHours: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
 Our hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children up to age 10 and the grown-ups who care about them. Climb to new heights in the Climber, navigate your way through Noodle Forest, or build a fort in Building Big. These are just a few of the adventures that await you at the Children's Museum of PhoenixThe Children’s Museum of Phoenix is open to the public free of charge from 5-9 p.m. on the first friday night of each month.http://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/ Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community.  Each performance is different.  Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music.  Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
Various dates in December; Performance starts at 7 p.m.
http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-history-museum/events/performances-at-the-museum  Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers.  Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature.  Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix.  RSVP requested 602-468-6470.  Free admission
Third Thursday of the Month.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.
http://riosalado.audubon.org/  Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler.  Free admission.
Third Friday of the Month; 6 - 10 p.m.
http://chandlerartwalk.com/  Scottsdale ArtWalk
ArtWalks are free to the public every Thursday evening along Main Street from Scottsdale Rd. west to Goldwater Blvd., and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd. to Fifth Ave.  Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport folks from numerous free parking areas throughout the Scottsdale Arts District and Scottsdale Downtown.
Every Thursday; 7 - 9 p.m.http://scottsdalegalleries.com/  FOOD TRUCK CARAVANOngoing weekly on SaturdayTIMES: Saturdays 6:30 p.m. -10:30 5th Ave & GoldwaterJoin us every Saturday night for street food, live music and community fun!Find up to 15 of the valley’s finest gourmet food trucks serving delicious foods from around the world in one parking lot.  Our Caravan has over 35 trucks which we rotate each week.Spend a minimum of $8.00 off of any truck and get an Ate on 5th card which gives you discounts to over 25 area merchants.  Lounge in our Caravan tent on pillows and area rugs or sit at one of our communal picnic tables with misters and/or heaters for your comfort and listen to live music under the stars.  Shop our Caravan Collection for apparel and gift items and check out our Caravan Couture line for your favorite canine gifts.http://foodtruckcaravan.com/ Fort McDowell Friday Night Franks
Join us every Friday for a delightful Southwestern experience that’s uniquely Arizona.   Friday Night Franks is an old fashioned wiener roast where you purchase brats, hot dogs and S’mores and cook them yourself over an open fire.   Cash bar, live music, horse wagon rides and games complete the setting for a memorable evening.   A great place for friends and family to gather under the stars in a stunning Sonoran Desert backdrop.   Free admission, food and drink available for purchase.  Fort McDowell Adventures.
Every Friday in November ; 5 -9 p.m.
http://www.fortmcdowelladventures.com/create-your-adventure/friday-night-franks/ Scottsdale Art Bridge Thursdays
Crafters, jewelers, and artists displaying their work in an outdoor setting with live demonstrations and entertainment in Downtown Scottsdale on the Marshall Way Pedestrian Bridge.  Family Friendly.  Free admission.
Every Thursday; 5 p.m. - 10p.m.http://www.artisanmarketsaz.com/index.php  ) Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
Every Friday & Saturday Night in December; 7 p.m.
http://www.shopdesertridge.com/events/live-music/  Phoenix First Friday
Visit more than 100 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces.  Free admission.
First Friday of the Month; 6 - 10 p.m.
http://phoenix.about.com/cs/enter/a/firstfriday.htm  Farmers Markets
Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts.  Several locations.
Various dates, times, and locations in November
http://phoenix.about.com/od/foodanddrink/ss/Phoenix-Farmers-Markets.htm   Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
Every Friday & Saturday Night in November; 7 p.m.
http://www.shopdesertridge.com/events/live-music/  Motorcycles on Main
The first Friday of every month is bike night in Downtown Mesa!  Join over 1000 motorcycles and their riders on Main Street for a Sturgis-style event that attracts bike lovers from all over Arizona and beyond.  The roads are closed to car traffic and open to bikes, riders and spectators for this family-friendly event.  Enjoy music, food, and the beer garden (ID Required).  Free admission.
First Friday of the Month
http://www.downtownmesa.com/motorcycles-on-main/  CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESSNovember 20, 2014 — January 04, 2015From November 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015, the “Christmas at the Princess” festival glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree, the desert ice skating rink made with real ice, a magical snowfall, luxury rink-side fire pits, Kringle’s Korner, carolers, a Nativity garden set to music and a new carousel. The magic continues with a ride on the Princess express train to see 2 million lagoon lights featuring beautiful swans floating on the water, 14-foot poinsettias, a pirate ship, rocking horse, a menorah, dreidels, toy soldiers, Santa fishing and 85 sparkling trees making up the candy cane forest. http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/seasonal-events/christmas-at-the-princess   RAWHIDE’S SNOWY CHRISTMASNovember 27, 2014 — November 30, 2014Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Snowy Christmas, where the magic of the season sings “Let it Snow” all month long! The whole family will enjoy Rawhide’s town decorated with thousands of holiday lights and snow!  Holiday attractions include an outdoor ice skating rink and Arizona’s largest rocking horse. Enjoy s 'mores toasted over the large campfire and take care of some holiday shopping at five different stores.Kids can drop off letters to Santa at Rawhide’s “Delivery to the SW Pole” mail box. Everyone who sends Santa a letter will hear back from Ol’ Saint Nick! Are you on the “Naughty or Nice” list this year? You can find out and have your picture with Santa at the Photo Emporium Wednesday – Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 1-9 p.m.  Santa will arrive by stagecoach each evening, where you can join him for the nightly tree lightening ceremony.  All the while, carolers will be strolling through town bringing holiday cheer!http://rawhide.com/Holiday Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in PhoenixFormer Skating Olympian’s Downtown Scottsdale Rink – Palavala Home
The man behind the new and only outdoor rink in Scottsdale is none other than former ice skating Olympian Ryan O’Meara! O’Meara has since created local interior design store Palavala Home and is bringing a 30×40 square foot skating rink, which can accommodate 40 people at a time, to sit outside of Palavela Home in Old Town Scottsdale starting Thursday, December 2 and will stay open to the public through December 31. Rink will be closed December 23-25.
CityScape’s Holiday Ice Skating Rink in Downtown Phoenix
The newly opened CityScape project is already making a great name for themselves when it comes to entertainment- especially now that they have built and opened : a frozen ice skating rink open daily to the public!
The rink will join a Holiday Tree and vivid displays of holiday lights and ornaments, rekindling a downtown seasonal tradition that has been dormant for several years.
CityScape’s rink opened last Saturday, November 27 and will be open for skaters through January 15, 2011, from 3 to 11 p.m. From opening night until December 22, special “Skating with Santa” hours will occur nightly at 6 and 8 p.m.
http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/valleygirlblog/grand_openings/holiday-outdoor-ice-skating-rinks-in-phoenix/LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS                           November 28, 2014 — December 30, 2014The Valley’s best holiday event comes to life at the Garden with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the vibrant sounds of 10 musical groups performing nightly. Enjoy dinner at the Garden with family and friends, and stroll each path with a warm cup of cider or cocoa. The Southwest elegance and beauty of the Garden at night will remind you of what the season is all about.Luminaria offers guests a choice of 16 nights: Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 12, 13, 19-23, 26-30Tickets are on sale for the general public Sept. 28 and cost $30 (adults), $12.50 (ages 3-12) and free for children under age 3. http://www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/las-noches-de-las-luminarias  ZOOLIGHTS AT THE PHOENIX ZOONov. 28, 2013- Jan. 12, 2014  When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, the Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest with 3.7 million lights and more than 700 light displays.Sunday-Thursday: 6-10pm; Friday-Saturday: 6pm-12amTickets are $10 Sunday-Thursday, $14 Friday-Saturday (Kids 2 and under are free) http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/  THE POLAR EXPRESSDecember 01, 2014  January 03, 2015Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Depot in Williams, AZ for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition. Call today to make your reservations because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas! The train leaves each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Select days feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure. The ride is a little over an hour.http://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-polar-express/?gclid=CIjtr5as9cECFZRgfgodBREA2Q TALKING STICK HOLIDAY LIGHT TOURDecember 01, 2014 — December 24, 2014Experience the holidays in the desert with the Talking Stick Trolley Light Tour. Join us at the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the month of December as we take the Talking Stick Trolley on a two-and-a-half hour holiday light extravaganza around the East Valley. The tour will go through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix and more!http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/talking-stick-holiday-light-tour/ EVENING CACTUS GARDEN LIGHT TOURDecember 03, 2014 — December 27, 2014Experience the Phoenician’s cactus garden all lit up for the holidays! Enjoy a winter evening strolling the stunning two-acre garden. Meet at Grape & Grain in our retail corridor for a narrated tour with complimentary hot cocoa. Tours are available each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Decemberhttp://www.thephoenician.com/cactus-garden/   Deck the Walls: Holiday Miniature ShowDecember 1 - 28, 2014Trailside Galleries7330 Scottsdale MallScottsdale, AZ 85251 Throughout the month of December, a large area of the gallery floor will be devoted to highlighting these small jewels by many of the country’s most renowned artists. Among the artists participating are: Cyrus Afsary, Jeremy Browne, Shawn Cameron, Bruce Cheever, John DeMott, Patricia Dobson, Robert Duncan, Z.S. Liang, Dan and Danny McCaw, Joann Peralta, Ian Ramsay, Cynthia Rigden, Sueellen Ross, Tim Solliday, Mian Situ, Matt Smith, Dustin Van Wechel, Curt Walters, Morgan Weistling, William Whitaker, and Jie Wei Zhou. All works in the show will be sold by a fixed price draw during the artist reception on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The reception is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.http://www.trailsidegalleries.com/exhibitions/deck-the-walls-holiday-miniature-show Holiday PopsDecember 5-7  2014  “O’ Come, All Ye Faithful” to the Valley’s most beloved holiday tradition, Holiday Pops, as Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz returns to lead The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus in this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday sing-a-long. This year the tradition soars to new and angelic heights as the Desert Bells Bell Choir and The Phoenix Girls Chorus take their place among over 200 artists in a performance guaranteed to deliver the holiday spirit.http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=6458 5TH AVE ARTS FESTIVALDecember 05, 2014 — December 07, 2014Location: 5th Avenue & Scottsdale  Scottsdale’s famed 5th Ave and Artisan Markets have teamed up to bring you 5th Ave Art Festival.  With live music, a beer and wine garden hosted by 5th and Wine, some of Arizona’s most talented artisans, and unique shops and boutiques, this event will be one you don’t want to miss  The event will also feature holiday carolers and more!  Shop Local this holiday season and receive FREE gift wrapping for all your purchases made on 5th Ave and at the Artisan Market. http://artisanmarketsaz.com/5th-ave-art-festival/  32nd Annual Boat Parade of LightsDecember 5-6, 2014 @ 6:30pmVenue: Bridgewater Channel
Address: McCulloch Blvd. N.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Price: Free
This year's theme:  "Light Up the Lake!"For the past 32 years the Annual Boat Parade of Lights has been the must-see event of the holiday season. Many boats brightly decorated in their holiday best will delight children and adults alike. 
Watch the boats cruise through the 
Bridgewater Channel beginning in Thompson Bay and continuing under the London Bridge to the north end of the Channel, with a turnaround at Windsor Beach and back. Bundle up and take a stroll through the Channel – the only time you’ll see the Channel packed full of boats and boaters in winter gear at night. Come cozy up with family and friends and create treasured memories of a favorite holiday tradition!
http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1405/32nd-annual-boat-parade-of-lights/  FOUNTAIN HILLS STROLL IN THE GLOWDecember 06, 2014 Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain HillsADMISSION: FreeTIMES: 5 p.m. - 10 p.mEvery year the town of Fountain Hills spends weeks putting thousands of lights up on the Avenue of the Fountains for the holiday season. On the first Saturday of December, all of this preparatory effort culminates in a much-loved event called “Stroll in The Glow.” After dark, a brief ceremony ends with the master switch being thrown, bathing the Avenue in a multicolored glow of holiday cheer!  Enjoy street music, a live nativity scene and more than 60,000 lightsThe Avenue of the Fountains is closed to vehicle traffic and shops stay open late to serve holiday treats and beverages.  Santa himself will also arrive by fire truck to take requests from hopeful children.http://www.fountainhillschamber.com/stroll-in-the-glow.asp  Ultimate Santa RunSaturday, December 6, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AMThe Ultimate Santa Run is the most joyous 5k Fun Run/Walk on Earth! Join thousands of others all dressed up in their favorite red suits to celebrate the season! Walk, Jog, or Dance your way through this 5k course filled with your favorite seasonal music and thousands of Santa's! Don’t miss the Milk/Cookie zone to help re-fuel your body along the way! Cross through Candy Cane Lane’s Finish Line into a Christmas Celebration like no other! We’ll have falling snow (yes, even in Arizona and California), more Milk/Cookies, plenty of Christmas Music, Santa Dances, Photo Opportunities, Entertainment & tons more!http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ultimate-santa-run-phoenix-az-tickets-13808085355  Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow QueenDecember 6, 2014 – December 21, 2014The Hans Christian Andersen classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev has become a “don’t-miss” Valley holiday tradition for the entire family.http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/snow-queen/ 9TH ANNUAL ORNAMENT & HOLIDAY CARD BENEFITDecember 07, 2014LON's at the Hermosa5532 N. Palo Cristi RoadParadise Valley, AZ 85253Purchase a hand-painted ornament ($20 each) or holiday card set ($10/set) from LON’s at the Hermosa Inn (sold during the month of December).  Each item is made by students from the nearby Scottsdale Artists’ School.  Then, join us on Dec. 7, when students will be on hand to customize these special gifts.  All proceeds will go towards scholarships to help underprivileged children attend the school’s Youth Academy winter and summer camps. The one-week camps provide youth with an extraordinary experience where they gain valuable skills.http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/9th-annual-ornament-holiday-card-benefit/ The NutcrackerDecember 12 - 28, 2014Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602.381.1096
Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:30pm
2835 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
The magic of The Nutcracker illuminates the stage 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.http://balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2014/ Arizona National Livestock Show four to six ride wild and2014: December 26 - 31 Held at the Fairgrounds in In Central Phoenix. The Li'l Buckaroo Rodeo is one of the most popular events for the little cowboys and cowgirls age four through six with many dressed in their hat, chaps, and boots. The contestants have an opportunity to take a wild and wooly ride on sheep. The top two of each age group from each performance are selected to move on to the finals and compete for the covenant title of Li'l Buckaroo Champion.
http://www.anls.org/events/2013/lil-buckaroo-rodeo-1
  Arabian Horse Farm Tour Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed. Free admission.
In 2014: December 31 - January 4, 2015
 http://www.arabhorsefarmtour.com/


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