This time of year, many of us are busy decorating our homes, baking cookies and scurrying to find gifts for the December holidays. There are also opportunities galore to see some festive holiday entertainment. Here are the top five shows to see in December.
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
Swing to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes big band style, featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford.
Saturday, Dec. 19
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. shows
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale
Tempe Community Chorus' “A Gift of Music”
Hear the 130-member chorus sing holiday favorites under the direction of Cary Burns. Also performing: Harmony Rain Quartet, Mill Street Singers and OMG!
Sunday, Dec. 20
Tickets: $15 adults: free 11 and under, but must obtain ticket at box office
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
“Black Nativity” by Black Theatre Troupe
Written by American Black playwright Langston Hughes,“Black Nativity”tells the story of the birth of Christ through song, dance and spoken word. Directed by Walter Belcher.
Matinee and evening performances
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix.
“A Christmas Carol” by Arizona Theatre Company
Valley comedic actress Katie McFadzen dazzles in a one-woman show featuring her spin on the classic holiday tale.
Dec. 16-26 (no show on Dec. 25)
Matinees and evening performances
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
“The Night Before Christmas” with Great Arizona Puppet Theater
See puppets bring Christmas to life through stories and music. Must call for reservations.
Wednesday-Friday through Dec. 27 (No show on Dec. 25)
Tickets: $7 for children 2 and up; $10 adults; under 2 free with purchase of child’s ticket
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
302 W. Latham St., Phoenix