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Region Gets Into The Holiday Swing

December 5th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Region Gets Into The Holiday Swing
Family Fun

Santan Sun News Staff

Single-day activities

Dec. 1

Our Stories Speaker Series: First-hand account from former Korean War POW Arden Rowley, who was raised in Mesa, plus discussion on efforts to recover remains of MIA soldiers from North Korea. Recounting. 10:30 a.m., Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. More information: 480-782-2751 or

Chandler Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights: Tradition hits 62nd year with lighting ceremony at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, on the west side of Arizona Avenue south of Chandler Boulevard. Parade at 6:45 p.m.. Tree Lighting Ceremony at 8 p.m.

Dec. 3

The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays: Join Australia’s rock stars of opera, The Ten Tenors, as they perform traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites like “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Feliz Navidad.” 7:30 p.m. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. $24-$72.

Dec. 6

Santa’s Sugar: Gold Canyon resident Jane Gerencher’s holiday children’s book debuts as holiday play performed by Cactus Canyon Junior High Drama Club students. on Dec. 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. $5 for adults, $3 for students and children 5 and younger free. More information: 480-474-3980.

Dec. 7

Storytime with Mrs. Claus: The Farm at South Mountain hosts an evening of fun and magic under the pecan trees, featuring a family dance party, Christmas light display, face painting, hot chocolate and cookies. The Farm Kitchen will be open to serve dinner. 6-8 p.m. 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix. $4 children 3-18. $5 18 and older. More information:

Under the Streetlamp: Singer Shonn Wiley gets into the holiday spirit. His group released Hip to the Holidays in October, and he’s ready to return home to Arizona. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. 480-850-7777., 8 p.m. $45-$85.

Dec. 8

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ignite Hope Holiday Walk: The 1.1 mile walk brightens the season for patients. Battery-operated candles provided to participants 4 and older. Starts at North High at 12th Street and Thomas Road. Entertainment-packed reception greets walkers at upon arrival at PCH, where patients peer from their windows to see thousands of supporters. Participating adults asked to raise a minimum $100. Pre-registration is $40 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger. More information and to register:

Chandler Fire Department Holiday Toy Ride: The highlight of the annual toy drive is ride, 2-8 p.m., at Chandler Fashion Center. Those donating a new, unwrapped toy receive a ride in a Chandler fire engine. Toy collection point is near the valet parking area outside the food court on the south side of the mall. An adult must accompany all children 6 and younger. Toys also may be dropped off in the lobby of the Chandler Fire Administration Headquarters, 151 E. Boston St., through Dec. 14 or at any Chandler fire station. More information:

Carnival of Illusion: Join Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed for vaudeville-style show featuring magic and more. The intimate, parlor-style venue offers seats a few feet from the action. Audience participation is a part of every show. Mesa Arts Center’s Farnsworth Studio, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480-359-SHOW,,, times vary, $56.

Ongoing activities

Until Jan.5

Symphony of Light in North Phoenix and Tempe: World’s largest drive-through light attraction with world’s largest holiday-theme obstacle course for kids. Obstacle course and bounce houses: $10 per person. With new 100-foot-wide nativity scene, a 220-foot-wide state-of-the-art pixel screen, and an expanded Holiday Boulevard Marketplace. Nightly in north Phoenix 6 p.m. through Jan. 5. Nightly in Tempe 6 p.m. through Dec. 31. North Phoenix: 27701 N. Black Canyon Highway at I-17 and Jomax Road. Tempe: Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive. Advance tickets $29, at the gate $35. More information:

Until Dec. 28

Butterfly Wonderland’s “Christmas in the Rainforest”: 7-foot Living Angel with hand-blown glass art exhibit and live holiday music. Featuring butterflies from around the world. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale within the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Destination at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. More information: 480-800-3000 or

Until Dec. 25

Grimaldi’s Childhelp Toy Drive: Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. To help bring comfort to these children for the holidays, all six Grimaldi’s locations in Arizona will be accepting donations of new and unused (nonviolent) toys and clothing Donate at your local Grimaldi’s or visit Childhelp’s Amazon Wish List to make a donation of toys and clothing. More information;

Until Dec. 31

Lighting of Tempe Marketplace 60-Foot Holiday Tree: Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 21with tree lighting. With professional ice-skating performance and the first magical snowfall of the season. Snow will fall nightly at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free holiday skating for children 5 and older Nov. 23-25. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, and Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.

Until Jan. 4

Merry Main Street in Downtown Mesa: Festivities begin Nov. 23, 5-10 p.m. with music, food, and family fun with a program and tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. at Main Street and Macdonald. Featuring Winter Wonderland Ice Rink with more than 5,000 square feet, Mesa Christmas Market, Jack Frost Food Truck Forest, Mesa’s Christmas tree that is nearly four stories tall, Santa’s sELFie Village, Main Street Express trackless train, free visits with Santa, Holiday Happenings at Mesa Arts Center and rides on the Polar Express. More information: Ç