- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
1. ZooLights – November 24-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.
2. Chrissie Hynde – November 26
The rock singer performs material from her recently released Stockholm, the first album under her own name, along with classics spanning her legendary and storied career with The Pretenders. 8 p.m. $37-$77. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
3. The Nutcracker – November 28-December 7
Ballet Etudes presents this holiday classic. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $25-$29. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Additional December performances in Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-782-2680.
4. Holiday Family FunFest – November 28-December 20
In addition to its annual 3-D Holiday PaintScaping Lightshow, the Westin Kierland will host this winter wonderland of holiday fun every weekend from now until Christmas. Kids can enjoy selfies with Santa, hot cocoa, unlimited s'mores ($5 per person), holiday crafts, cookie decorating, magic shows, holiday characters and a wintry train ride, while parents can get in the holiday spirit with holiday-themed signature cocktails and gourmet chili (think elk tomatillo and vegetarian versions) at the fest's chili bar. F-Sa, 5-8 p.m. $10. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, kierlandresort.com, 480-624-1268.
5. Luminaria Festival – November 28-December 30
Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting a soft glow on the garden's world-renowned plant collection as Las Noches de las Luminarias gets under way. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13, 19-23 and 26-30. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
6. The Capitol Steps – November 28-29
Outrageously funny and sharply insightful, these witty satirists charm audience members on both sides of the aisle with fresh, up-to-the-minute material, including songs from their latest album, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
7. Beauty and the Beast – November 28-30
A gentle maiden's gradual love for a beast breaks the curse he is under – eventually turning him back into a prince – as this classic tale shows that inner beauty is what matters, and love can be found. The classic musical love story is presented by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.
8. Phoenix Flea – November 29
Celebrate everything local, repurposed, recycled and handmade at this open-air market featuring vintage fashion, furniture, art, crafts, food and more. The carefully curated list of vendors provide a great jump-start for your local holiday shopping. $5 admission. Seventh Street and Monroe Street, facebook.com/PhoenixFlea, 480-269-5703.
9. Artists Market – November 29
Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, limited-edition prints and handcrafted gifts are in the spotlight as shoppers meet the artists and enjoy a free raffle. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
10. Gem & Mineral Show – November 29-30
The Wickenburg Gem and Mineral Society hosts this show, which features gems, minerals, beads, jewelry, rocks, fossils and door prizes. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wrangler Event Center, 251 S. Tegner St., Wickenburg, 480-540-2318.