Zona Music Festival & Other Things To Do in the Valley This Week

Editorial StaffNovember 28, 2022
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for the week of November 28 through December 4, 2022.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations.

ZONA Music Festival
December 3-4

It almost seems like a no-brainer to put on an outdoor music festival in Downtown Phoenix in December. And with an indie lineup as cool as the weather, including Bleachers, Beach House and Japanese Breakfast, music fans will wonder why no one thought of the idea sooner. Noon, $155-$299, Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, zonamusicfest.com

November 28-January 1

Skate in the cool desert air as the Downtown shopping hub transforms into a beautiful ice rink with an eye-catching holiday tree to light your path. 4-11:30 p.m., $13-$20, CityScape Phoenix, 11 W. Washington St., Phoenix, cityskatephx.com

Electric Light Parade
December 3

Lighted floats and balloons make their way to Seventh Street and Indian School Road in this annual Valley tradition. 7 p.m. Begins at North Central Avenue and Montebello Avenue, Phoenix, 602-534-FEST, phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/electric-light-parade

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
December 3

Visit Santa or enjoy live entertainment as the City of Chandler counts down the minutes until they light up their unusual thistly tree. 4:30-9 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2000, chandleraz.gov

Tempe Festival of the Arts
December 3-5

Nearly 350 artisans will display their original works at this beloved street festival. Food trucks, delicious drinks, children’s activities and live music will also be available. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mill Avenue District, Tempe, tempefestivalofthearts.com

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
December 1-11

A sad young girl questions the existence of the North Pole’s most famous resident as a young writer tries to find his voice. They’ll need each other to find the holiday spirit and a happy ending in this musical based on the famous story. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, evct.org

Under the Mistletoe
December 4

No, this isn’t a tribute to the chart-topping Justin Bieber Christmas album. It’s a holiday lineup featuring some of the best hip-hop stars that ever grabbed a mic, including Nelly, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, Ma$e and Ying Yang Twins. 7 p.m. Check website for prices. Desert Diamond Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, luckymanonline.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 4

If there’s one thing the holidays need more of, it’s rock. And there’ll be plenty when the band takes the stage to play its Christmas hits. It will also be accompanied by a string section, a light show, lasers, video screens and other special effects. 3 and 7:30 p.m., $24.99-$99.50, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com

Now until January 15

The Valley’s favorite holiday event will dazzle the eyes with millions of LED lights, a three-story-tall Christmas tree, a sparkling music-in-motion show, and life-size animal lanterns ranging from a herd of elephants to a purple people eater. 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. $25-$35, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org

Now until January 1

This family event has an immersive walk-thru light maze created from more than 4 million sparkling lights, a 100-foot-tall tree, an ice-skating trail, live entertainment, holiday shopping, delicious food and drinks, and most importantly, Santa Claus. Check website to ticket prices and deals. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, enchantchristmas.com

Desert Farm Lights
Now until January 1

West Valley holiday lovers no longer need to head across town for Christmas cheer. The event features illuminated mazes, bounce houses, obstacle courses and a gingerbread slide. Stop by Santa’s Workshop afterward. 5:30-10:30 p.m., $12-$15, 14629 W. Peoria Ave., Waddell, desertfarmlights.com

Now until December 31

The holiday season begins with a sing-along and a tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26., followed by a month filled with whiskey tastings, art activities, letters to Santa, a scavenger hunt and yoga sessions. Old Town Scottsdale,
480-312-7177, scottsdazzle.com

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle
Through December 31

Tchaikovsky gets the “immersive” treatment as the timeless holiday fantasy about a toy nutcracker who battles the mouse king comes to life in a dazzling new way. Lighthouse Artspace, 4301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Visit immersive-nutcracker.com for times and ticket information.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Through December 24

When the Christmas Eve weather gets too foggy for Santa, the time for reindeer games is over, and only one reindeer can guide the big guy’s sleigh. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $13-$35. Herberger Theater Center Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 480-921-5700, childsplayaz.org

World of Illumination
Through January 1

Countless colorful lights will twinkle to the music on your car radio as you drive through this immersive 1-mile light show. Tempe will have a Candy Rush theme, while Rockin’ Christmas will be the theme of Phoenix’s display. Check website for times and ticket prices. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe; and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale, worldofillumination.com

Through January 1

Featuring music by Rogers and Hammerstein, the award-winning fairytale musical about true love and missing slippers receives a contemporary twist. Call for times and ticket prices. Mainstage Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com

It’s A Wonderful Life
Through December 30

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you’d never been born? Everyman George Bailey does, and his guardian angel Clarence shows him how the lives of those around him would be drastically different in this musical based on the classic film..Check website for days and times. $25-$30. 8989 E. Via Linda, Ste. 118, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

Drunk Shakespeare
Through January 14

Imagine trying to recite Shakespeare after five shots of liquor. That’s the premise of this uproariously funny production sprinkled with pop culture references, improv and audience interaction. Check website for times and ticket prices. The Rose Theatre, 455 N. Third St., drunkshakespeare.com


To Kill A Mockingbird
December 6-11

Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin adapted Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about class and racial inequality in the deep South. Richard Thomas of The Waltons portrays the noble lawyer Atticus Finch. Call for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com

Bluey’s Big Play
January 14-15

Your kids’ favorite cartoon dog and his family come to life in a whole new (and three-dimensional) way that is certain to spark their imagination. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

Waste Management Phoenix Open
February 6-12

Decisions, decisions…The Super Bowl and “The Greatest Show on Grass” are both in Phoenix on the same day this year. So, will you choose Rihanna or cheer on your favorite PGA golfer from the famous 16th hole? Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com

Super Bowl LVII
February 12

It does seem unusual that the NFL scheduled a football game around a Rihanna concert, but this matchup is for all the marbles. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. Ticket packages start at $4,887.50. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 602-379-0102, azcardinals.com


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