Things To Do in the Valley This Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 20-26)

Editorial StaffNovember 20, 2023
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for November 20-26.
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. E-mail to submit events for consideration.


Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza
November 25 – December 31

Decor and entertainment level up the holiday spirit along the Scottsdale Waterfront this month! The season long celebration kicks off with a Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 25 from 7pm – 9pm. Attendance is free. Full lineup of festivities at

Pratt Brothers Christmas at Rawhide
November 24 – Decemer 24

‘Tis the season and the Pratt Brothers Christmas will be celebrating the holidays for an entire month at Rawhide. From November 24 – December 24, attendees will enjoy a truly magical holiday experience across 15 acres of land featuring 6 million lights, a holiday express train ride, a nightly parade, jaw-dropping stunt shows, holiday shopping, a dazzling gingerbread house light show, live entertainment, one-on-one time with Santa Claus himself, and much more. Open every Wednesday – Sunday from 6 – 10 p.m., Tickets range from $29 – $75 per person (free for children ages 2 and under) and can be purchased at

Scottsdale Turkey Crawl
November 22

Is your family coming over for Turkey Day? You might need a few cold ones to prepare. Your ticket to this holiday bar crawl includes admission to participating bars, drink specials and three one-penny drink vouchers. 6-11 p.m., $20-$30, Old Town Scottsdale, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,

Dirty Dancing in Concert
November 22

Are you ready to have the time of your life? Take in a screening of the classic movie with a five-piece band and vocalists Shannon McEldowney and Michael D’Elia performing the songs live with the film. Then enjoy the afterparty after the credits roll. 7:30 p.m., $35-$95, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500,

November 22-January 14

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,

Las Noches de las Luminarias
November 24-December 30

The garden’s collection of beautiful desert plant life will take on a warm glow when thousands of luminarias light up the garden trails and courtyards. Select dates, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $16.95-$39.95. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-481-1225,

November 24-December 31

This family event has an immersive walk-through 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 for ticket prices and deals. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

Fat Turkey Trail Run
November 25

Get your butt in gear at the Buttes! This scenic trail race is designed to help you work off all that stuffing from the turkey you ate over the holiday, and you can pick your distance: 5K or 10K. 10K Race starts at 8 a.m.; 5K Race starts at 8:15 a.m. Check website for entry fees. North Linear Park at Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,

Fantasy of Lights Street Parade
November 24

A holiday tradition enjoyed by generations — the Downtown Tempe Fantasy of Lights Street Parade features a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, Santa photos and so much more!

Desert Farm Lights
Now Through December 31

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. Kids can also say hi to the North Pole’s most famous resident. 5:30-10 p.m., $20, 14629 W. Peoria Ave., Waddell,

World of Illumination
Now through January 1

Countless colorful lights will twinkle to the music on your car radio as your drive through this immersive 1-mile light show. Tempe will have a Cosmic Sleigh Ride theme, while Reindeer Road will be the theme of Glendale’s display. Check website for times and ticket prices. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe; and Desert Diamond Casino, 9431 W. Northern Ave., Glendale;

2023 Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour
November 24-26

This self-guided studio tour through Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale will feature more than 160 national and up-and-coming artists’ works covering a variety of mediums, styles and price ranges for art lovers and collectors alike. F-Su., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Check website for a map of participating galleries. 480-575-6624,


Phoenix Suns
November 21 & 22

The Mat Ishbia ownership era begins in earnest with Frank Vogel as head coach when the team rallies the Valley to take on the Portland Trailblazers, Nov. 21; Golden State Warriors, Nov. 22. Call for times and ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,

Arizona Coyotes
November 2-December 29

The ’Yotes return to Tempe with games against the Los Angeles Kings, Nov. 20; Saint Louis Blues, Nov. 22. Check website for times and ticket prices. Mullett Arena, 411 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, 480-563-PUCK,

Arizona Cardinals
November 26

Quarterback Kyler Murray takes the field as the Cardinals face off against the Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 26; and San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 17. Call for kickoff times and ticket prices. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 602-379-0102,

ASU Football – Territorial Cup
November 25

The Sun Devils say goodbye to the Pac-12 Conference with a matchup against the University of Arizona, Nov. 25. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480-727-0000,


Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Pitbull
November 25

Are you ready for the party of the year? On “The Trilogy Tour,” each groundbreaking artist will put on a headlining set for an experience that redefines the meaning of epic. 7 p.m., $54.95-$594.95, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800,

November 20

The Europop group’s version of their hit “Barbie Girl” didn’t make the soundtrack of the movie based on the Mattel doll, so they’re taking it out on the road instead. 8 p.m., $50, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 480-659-1641,


Elf: The Musical
November 22-December 30

Based on the hit movie starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, an orphan raised by Santa’s elves heads to New York City to meet his biological father. There’s only one problem: his dad is on the naughty list. Get in the holiday spirit with this delightful musical for the whole family. Call for times and ticket prices. Mainstage Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151,

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Now Through December 24

When the Christmas Eve weather gets too foggy for Santa, the time for games is over. There’s only one reindeer who can guide the big guy’s sleigh, and his name is Rudolph. Based on the popular television special. 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,

It’s A Wonderful Life
Now through December 23

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,

White Christmas
Now through December 30

A military veteran song and dance duo joins forces with a sister act to save a Vermont inn. This timeless musical features songs from Irving Berlin, including the title track, which was allegedly written at the Arizona Biltmore in the 1940s. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,

Fiddler On the Roof
Now through November 25

For nearly 60 years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a musical that’s had as deep of an impact on contemporary culture as Tony Award-winning Fiddler on the Roof. The American Theatre Guild is presenting this heartwarming tale of a Jewish man in Imperial Russia struggling to keep his religious traditions alive. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277,

Steel Magnolias
Through November 21

Don’t forget to bring plenty of tissues to this show about a group of small-town Southern women who share an unbreakable bond, despite their various backgrounds and struggles. The play served as the inspiration for the 1989 film of the same name starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277,

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Through November 26

Pioneering chanteuse Billie Holiday sings and tells stories about her life – and becomes increasingly inebriated and incomprehensible – in a raggedy Philadelphia bar, just months before her untimely death in 1959. The setlist includes the captivating “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” contemplative “God Bless the Child,” and the haunting, controversial “Strange Fruit.” Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151,



Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks
December 8

Christmas comes early for fans of the Piano Man and the reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. The ‘70s singer-songwriters are teaming up for an unforgettable concert. 7 p.m., $67.50-$346.50, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400,

Waste Management Phoenix Open
February 5-11

Get ready to cheer on your favorite PGA golfer from the famous 16th hole when the “greenest show on grass” returns. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,

Bluey’s Big Play
February 17-18

Your children’s 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,