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Electric Light Parade, December 7
Electric Light Parade, December 7

November 27 – January 4

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

Guests enjoy a Christmas village that features ice skating, a vintage Christmas carousel, a 4D state-of-the-art animated movie, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, hayrides out to see Santa’s reindeer, Santa’s Toy Shop, a visit with Santa, snow-glow mini golf, marshmallow roasting and an inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course. The highlight of the experience is the World of Illumination train ride, a fully lit musical excursion through Santa’s magic portal. A portion of proceeds benefits A New…

Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek, AZ


November 29 – December 31

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting an elegant glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection. A variety of musical groups performs each night. The event is complemented this year by Wild Rising, an exhibit of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-1225.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ, 85008


December 3

Tee-Off Luncheon

Condoleeza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, headlines the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon, offering an inside look into her eclectic and successful career from political leadership to university stewardship. Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO, is emcee. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $200. Downtown Phoenix location to be announced, phoenixchamber.com/wmpo2020.

December 3

Unleashed Holiday Bazaar

Dozens of vendors sell locally made clothing, purses and accessories; culinary gifts; and everything you need to spoil your pooch, with 30 percent of sales benefiting Arizona Animal Welfare League. A tree-lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, carolers, roasted marshmallow stations, hot cocoa with cookies, adoptable dogs, a live auction and wine pull add to the merriment. 5-8 p.m. $39; $59 for two. Scottsdale Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, aawl.org,…

Scottsdale Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ

December 6 – 8

Tempe Festival of the Arts (FREE)

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

December 7 – 8

F.Q. Story Home Tour

The historic district welcomes guests for its 35th annual self-guided tour of eight to 10 private homes dating from the early 1920s and decorated for the holidays. The area is located just a mile north of the heart of Downtown Phoenix, between Seventh and Grand avenues, from McDowell Road to Roosevelt Street. Sa, 6-9 p.m.; and Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, advance; $20, day of tour, available at Ninth Avenue and Portland Street, Phoenix, fqstoryhometour.org.

December 7 – 8

Tamale Festival (FREE)

Tamale makers from local faith-based groups prepare and sell a variety of the traditional holiday treats to raise funds for their organizations. Mariachi music, folklorico dancers and arts and crafts vendors add to the fun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, myfoodcity.com.

Cesar Chavez Plaza, Phoenix, AZ

December 7

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. 4:30-9 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandleraz.gov, 480-782-2669.

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Chandler, AZ, 85225


December 7

Starry Night Gala

The annual ARTrageous black-tie gala brings the energy of a red-carpet experience to Old Town as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Immersive art experiences, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing under the stars, and presentation of the inaugural Herberger Award for the Arts to Dr. Robert Knight, SMoCA’s founding director, are among the highlights. Proceeds benefit Scottsdale Arts. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the…

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251


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