During December, the Valley is illuminated with countless holiday lights. From Glendale Glitters to ZooLights and the Arizona Mormon Temple to Valley neighborhoods, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the glow of the holiday spirit. Here are a few.
Photos with Santa, gift buying and on-site wrapping, and walking in a winter wonderland are just a few of the holiday traditions families have been repeating year after year. Whether you’re jingling bells or playing dreidel, the Valley has plenty of holiday-themed events for the jolly and festive at heart.
Have you checked your mail lately? Holiday card season is in full force, with cherubic, chubby-cheeked babies and multi-generational family photos making their way onto your fridge or mantel. Why not get your fur babies in on the fun?
It is true, as any cat lover will tell you, that cats can be awesomely attitudinal and incredibly diverse. And ailurophiliac attendees at the 23rd annual CFA All Breed Cat Show on December 12 and 13 will get to see more than 300 felines from 41 breeds, including the sultry Siamese, the smooth-skinned Sphynx, and the pouty-pudgy-faced Persian. And that's just the competition part of this massive feline fete.
Space 55, the downtown Phoenix theatre known for offbeat original variety shows, isn’t afraid to tread on tradition. Their annual holiday show A Bloody Mary Christmas, for example, involves a trio of foul-mouthed retirees from Sun City who spend more time getting sloshed than wrapping gifts or hanging garlands.
Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a local nonprofit that promotes public awareness of HIV/AIDS and raises money for 17 central Arizona HIV/AIDS-related programs, will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by displaying 15 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The quilt, developed by the NAMES Project Foundation, will be on display in downtown Phoenix for three days.
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