1. Brian Setzer Orchestra – December 15
The three-time Grammy Award-winner blasts through Christmas classics, plus hits from his storied career, as his Christmas Rocks Extravaganza makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $60-$78. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
2. A Merri-Achi Christmas – December 19
Mariachi Sol de Mexico has energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years, gracefully blending classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
3. Mythbusters – December 16
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are back with the return of Mythbusters – Behind the Myths. The show features new and outrageous on-stage experiments, behind-the-scenes stories and all-time favorites. 7:30 p.m. $36-$152. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
4. The Night Before Christmas – December 10-28
This new production celebrates the season with stories, music and an amazing array of puppets. W-F (except Dec. 25), 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
5. Dave Koz & Friends – December 17
Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross, and Maysa join the saxophonist for a celebration of all things Christmas. 7:30 p.m. $52-$82. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
6. The Piano Guys – December 16
The YouTube sensations are known for the clever and inspiring videos that accompany their piano and cello renditions of pop songs and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $35-$125. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 602-379-2888.
7. All-Star Jazzy Christmas – December 20
Saxophonist Tim Warfield shares the stage with trumpeter Terrell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and an all-star rhythm section. 7:30 p.m. $48. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
8. Santa's Holiday Tea at The Wigwam – December 21
Children will be enchanted by the opportunity to enjoy tea with Santa. Unlike any other holiday
experience, families will relish the moment where Santa and Mrs. Claus leisurely join for a
private visit over holiday tea and invite the children to share wishes and dreams in an intimate
family setting. Children will enjoy readings of holiday favorites, letter writing and crafts, and
music to entertain all. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The event is $25 per adult and $12 per child. Prices are subject to tax and gratuity. Reservations required: 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com
9. Santa Paws – December 20-21
Pets can have their photo taken with Santa, with proceeds benefiting Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 per family. Malinda's Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, malindaspamperedpets.com, 480-753-5766.
10. An Irish Christmas – December 20
This popular show combines dancing, storytelling, familiar Christmas carols and music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns. 8 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Through January 11
This grand holiday lighting event glows with more than 3.8 million lights and 700 light sculptures of animals as they swing through trees, hide in bushes, hop across lawns and sparkle in places where they are least expected. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices; advance purchase only. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Through December 31
Visitors come nose-to-nose with an intriguing variety of freshwater turtles at this exhibit. Stars of the display include the ancient snapping turtle, red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles and the leaf-like matamata. Interactive and educational elements describe the 200-million-year history of the reptiles. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, visitsealife.com/arizona, 480-478-7600.
Through January 30
D-backs Baseball Academy
Designed for male and female youth ages 8-18, this elite player development hitting program features 60-minute sessions in the D-Backs batting cages with personalized hitting instruction from D-Backs staff members, including Mark Grace, J.R. House, Robby Hammock, Chris Cron, Luis Urieta and Javier Colina. Call for times and prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, dbacks.com/academy, 800-821-7152.
Through December 7
The Little Red Hen
This fun sing-along show shares a valuable message about cooperation as a hen looks for help to turn wheat into bread. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
ASU Art Museum
Richard Walker: the predicament of always (as we are), through Jan. 3; Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories, through Jan. 17; and Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt Exhibition and Studio, Dec. 20-April 4. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Learn the fundamentals of Mexican cooking as chef Hugh Carpenter leads this class based on his new cookbook, Mexican Flavors – Contemporary Recipes From Camp San Miguel. Call for times. $75. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.
Big Band Night
The ASU Concert Jazz Band performs an evening of choice selections spanning the history of big-band music and beyond. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Through December 14
On Golden Pond
Based on the play by Ernest Thompson, this drama reveals a strained relationship between father and daughter while focusing on the steady love of an old curmudgeon and his wife as they enter the twilight of their years. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
The Texas Tenors
Back by popular demand, these good ol’ boys from America’s Got Talent combine their personal charisma and powerful harmonies in a mixture of country, contemporary and operatic favorites. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.