- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Dec 2014
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.
Filled with soaring ballads and infectious dance numbers, this hip, tongue-in-cheek musical focuses on a young prince who sets out to discover true meaning in his life. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Pink Martini performs with China Forbes and Storm Large at this benefit dinner gala for Scottsdale Cultural Council, which manages Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. Eclectic, romantic and worldly, the “little orchestra” from Portland, Ore., features a dozen musicians who find inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from baroque to disco. 8:30 p.m. $350-$750 ($99-$109, concert only). Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks for the On with the Show tour. Fans can expect to hear favorites such as “Landslide,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies” and “Tusk.” 8 p.m. $44.75-$174.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Dozens of festively decorated boats of all sizes light up the lake during the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Live entertainment by Radio Disney is included, as well as hundreds of flickering luminarias and a fireworks finale. Parade: 7 p.m.; Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to hear children’s requests. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, downtowntempe.com.
Super Bowl 4.9K Fun Run
Celebrate the 49th day before Arizona hosts Super Bowl XLIX as the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee presents a festive 4.9K Fun Run and Kids 49-Yard Dash. Food, drinks, music and family activities are included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Grant Program. 8 a.m. $49, advance; $55, day of event; 49 cents, kids dash. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, azsuperbowl.com/4-9k-fun-run.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
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.
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.
Fiesta Bowl Parade
Postcards from Arizona is the theme as an array of colorful floats, high-flying helium balloons, marching bands, and specialty and equestrian units perform along the 2-mile parade route. 11 a.m. Free; reserved seating available, $25. Central Avenue from just south of Bethany Home Road, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Minnezona Avenue, Phoenix, fiestabowl.org, 480-350-0911.
Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, the comedian is known for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. 8 p.m. $35-$90. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.