November 22 – December 1
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases 198 artists who exhibit and sell their work at 47 studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale, hiddeninthehills.org, 480-575-6624.
Best known for its remakes of classic Christmas songs, the rock orchestra shares Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The original yuletide show that started it all incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal and heavy metal, all influenced by classical music. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
December 6 – 8
Set amidst the 1940s swing scene, the musical tells the against-all-odds story of singer-songwriter Donny Novitski and his motley band of fellow veterans as they confront the cost of war and find salvation in the notes of a song. The poignant and inspiring production is staged by The American Theatre Guild. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St.,…
December 6 – 8
More than 350 artists from across the country showcase original works, with live entertainment, street performers, a chalk mural exhibition, wine and beer tastings, and children’s activities adding to the fun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mill Avenue District, Tempe, tempefestivalofthearts.com.
Mill Avenue District, Tempe, AZ
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. 4:30-9 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandleraz.gov, 480-782-2669.
Walking in a Desert Wonderland is the theme of this nighttime parade, which features dozens of illuminated floats, lighted balloons, marching bands and performance groups. 7 p.m. Central Avenue from Montebello Avenue, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Indian School Road, Phoenix, phoenix.gov/parks, 602-534-FEST.
Fans will be singing along to such hits as “Sucker,” “Burnin’ Up,” “Lovebug” and “Year 3000” as the powerhouse trio takes the stage in support of Happiness Begins, its first new studio recording in a decade. Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw are special guests. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000. No worries if you can’t make this show; the pop group returns for an…
The chart-topping music sensation rose from teenage Broadway baby to a star on Nickelodeon’s Victorious before becoming pop music’s biggest breakout artist of the year with hits that include “Problem,” “Break Free,” “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Bang Bang.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
December 14 – 15
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. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Alice Cooper is joined by Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway from his original band; Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford; and guitarist Joe Bonamassa for an evening of music and mayhem to benefit the shock rocker’s Solid 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, Cooper’s own version of American Idol. 7 p.m. $50-$220. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.