- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
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.