December 6 – 15
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.
December 6 – 23
Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the rest of the gang from the snow-covered Hundred Acre Wood help Eeyore find his lost tail in this holiday adventure about sharing, caring, friendship and joy. Call for times. $20. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
December 7 – 29
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.
Parents and children make their way along a trail to find Santa at the end of the hike. A hands-on jingle bell craft, water at the trailhead and a light snack are included. 9-11 a.m. Thunderbird Conservation Park, 22800 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, glendaleaz.com/parksandrec, 623-930-2820.
Children can shop for friends, family and even pets, choosing from a variety of items for all ages and interests, and everything is only $2. Santa’s elves provide free gift wrap, and Santa is on hand for the perfect photo op. Arrive early as supplies are limited. 10 a.m.-noon. Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, glendaleaz.com/parksandrec, 623-930-2820.
This interactive show features favorite Disney Junior characters – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Vampirina, and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals – performing live on stage to Disney Junior hits and other holiday classics, plus an appearance by characters from the new animated series T.O.T.S. and a visit from Santa Claus. 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
December 26 – January 12
The Princess, The Unicorn and The Smelly Foot Troll is a musical show with plenty of singing, sparkles and smelly foot hilarity. W-F (except Christmas Day), 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, azuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas as the Peanuts TV special comes to life on stage. The show culminates with a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the cast for traditional holiday tunes and carols. 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.