Things To Do in the Valley This Week (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)

Editorial StaffNovember 27, 2023
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for November 27-December 3.
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 calendar.events@citieswestmedia.com to submit events for consideration.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Electric Light Parade
December 2

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

Tempe Festival of the Arts
December 1-3

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

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
December 2

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

Spirits of Mexico Culture & Tourism Fest
December 2-3

This event celebrates the flavors and culture of Mexico with fine art, music, dancing and, of course, agave spirits. Sa., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $50, Heritage Square, 113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, imexliveevents.com

Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza
Through 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 scottsdazzle.com

Pratt Brothers Christmas at Rawhide
Through 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 www.prattbrotherschristmas.com

ZooLights
Through 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, phoenixzoo.org

Las Noches de las Luminarias
Through 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, dbg.org

Enchant
Through 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, enchantchristmas.com

Desert Farm Lights
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, desertfarmlights.com

World of Illumination
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; worldofillumination.com

 

SPORTS

Phoenix Suns
December 1 & 2

The Suns Rally the Valley to take on the Denver Nuggets, Dec. 1; Memphis Grizzlies, Dec. 2. Call for times and ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, suns.com

Arizona Coyotes
November 28-December 2

The ’Yotes return to Tempe with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nov. 28; Colorado Avalanche, Nov. 30; Saint Louis Blues, Dec. 2. Check website for times and ticket prices. Mullett Arena, 411 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, 480-563-PUCK, coyotes.nhl.com

CONCERTS

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 3

If there’s one thing the holidays need more of, it’s rock. There’ll be plenty when the band takes the stage to play its Christmas hits, accompanied by a string section, a light show, lasers, video screens and other special effects. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32.49-$109.75, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com

THEATRE & DRAMA

A Christmas Carol
November 30-December 24

The famous Charles Dickens tale about second chances is brought to life with stunning songs that will warm anyone’s heart – even the stingiest and snarkiest of Scrooges. Check website for ticket prices and times. Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Check website for days and times. $30-$65. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com; Dec. 8-24. Check website for days and times. $38-$45, Gyder Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, 623-815-7930, theaterworks.org

Anastasia: The Musical
November 30-December 10

The intrigue and romance of the beloved animated film will come to life on stage as this family-friendly adaptation travels from Broadway to the East Valley. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, evct.org

Sister’s Catechism Christmas: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
December 1-30

Historians determined what Joseph and Mary did with the frankincense and myrrh the Three Wise Men brought Joseph and Mary, but they don’t know what happened to the gold. A resourceful nun tries to solve the mystery in this comedy from the author of Late Nite Catechism. Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com

Elf: The Musical
Through 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, phoenixtheatre.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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, childsplayaz.org

It’s A Wonderful Life
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, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

White Christmas
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, azbroadway.org

 

THINGS TO DO LOOK AHEAD

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, dbacks.com

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, wmphoenixopen.com

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, livenation.com