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Arizona Science Center, December 1- December 31
Arizona Science Center, December 1- December 31

November 1 – December 31

Candytopia

Celebrate your favorite sugary treats at this epic candy playground featuring larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences, from flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions to a marshmallow pit filled with more than 250,000 foam marshmallows. Check website for times. $28, adults; $20, children 4-12; free for 3 and younger. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, candytopia.com. Advance ticket purchase only.

Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale, Az

https://scottsdalequarter.com

November 13 – December 1

The Little Red Hen

This fun singalong show shares a valuable message about cooperation as a hen looks for help to turn wheat into bread. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Phoenix, AZ, 85003

azpuppets.org

December 1 – January 4

The Polar Express

Passengers enjoy a train trip from Williams to the “North Pole,” with a special reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa. 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. departures. $33-$82. Grand Canyon Railway, 235 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, thetrain.com, 888-848-3511.

Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, AZ

thetrain.com

December 4 – 22

The Elves & the Shoemaker

Santa sends his elves to help the hardworking shoemaker and his wife in this charming holiday-themed version of the traditional tale. Dec. 4-22, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050; and Dec. 6-22, Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661. The Dec. 15 performance in Phoenix is followed by a Christmas party featuring puppet-making activities, snacks and a visit from Santa; reservations are required.

December 5 – 15

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Based on the belief and faith that anything is possible, this heartwarming musical focuses on the 1897 true story of an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” The show is staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-644-6500.

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, 85201

mesaartscenter.com

December 6 – 15

Mamma Mia!

The ultimate feel-good show combines ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Take a Chance on Me” – with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The play is presented by Greasepaint Youtheatre. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-949-7529.

Stagebrush Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

greasepaint.org

December 7 – 29

Ella Enchanted: The Musical

A princess who is given the “gift” of obedience at birth must defeat an evil stepmother, a hungry ogre and this troublesome curse to find her own voice and live happily ever after. A twist on the fairy tale classic Cinderella, the musical adventure is staged by Childsplay. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12.  Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,  childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.

Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

herbergertheater.org

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