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Through January 13
This grand event glows with millions of LED lights, including a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and other critters. Live reindeer and a 200-foot-long polar slide add to the fun, plus, new this year – entrance to the Stingray Bay and 4-D Theater are included with admission. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting (FREE)
Continuing a tradition that began in 1957, the city of Chandler celebrates its uniqueness with a Christmas tree made from hundreds of tumbleweeds. The thistly tree is on display throughout the month, with opening-day events that include a Parade of Lights, tree-lighting ceremony and live entertainment. A holiday selfie circuit featuring nine stations adds to the fun. 4:30-9 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandleraz.gov, 480-782-2669.
Best known for its remakes of classic Christmas songs, the rock orchestra shares its cherished yuletide story The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which incorporates progressive rock and symphonic, power and heavy metal, all influenced by classical music. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Challenging the stereotypical cat lover persona with his tattoo-clad arms and guitar case filled with cat toys, the animal advocate and cat behavior and wellness consultant brings his Total Cat Mojo Live tour to the Valley. Galaxy (a.k.a. “The Cat Daddy”) is the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting adoption. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry descend upon the Valley for an exclusive performance as the Hollywood Vampires to benefit the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs at Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center. The show includes performances by the Solid Rock Dancers and winners of this year’s Proof Is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, the shock rocker’s own version of American Idol. 7 p.m. $120-$225. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The affable comedian delivers his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around fatherhood, food, laziness and his observations on life, with a huge helping of self-deprecation. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
12Ks of Christmas
Decked out in festive red-and-green apparel, participants jingle all the way while celebrating health, fitness and the joys of Christmas on 12K, 6K and 1.2K runs/walks. Choral groups are stationed throughout the course to serenade runners with Christmas carols. Pet adoptions and a Christmas bazaar are included, with proceeds benefiting local animal rescue groups. Strollers, wagons and leashed pets are welcome. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call for entry fees. Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert, 12krun.com, 480-609-3978.
Pueblo Grande Indian Market
More than 100 booths of authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles are showcased, with native music, dance and hands-on activities adding to the festivities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
The iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist blasts through Christmas classics, plus hits from his storied career, as his Christmas Rocks tour makes a stop in the Valley. Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones open the show. 8 p.m. $58-$91. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Fiesta Bowl Parade (FREE)
An array of colorful floats, high-flying helium balloons, marching bands, and specialty and equestrian units performs along the 2-mile parade route. Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, is grand marshal. 10 a.m. 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, 480-350-0900.