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  • Central

    1. Holiday Sweet Stroll : Sedona

      December 22


      At Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village (336 State Route 179) from 3 to 7 p.m., Santa greets little ones and carolers sing traditional songs as they meander through the courtyards. Retailers will offer unique gifts, giveaways and discounts. Free.


    2. Lights of the World Festival at the State Fairgrounds : Phoenix

      December 6 to February 3

      Enjoy one of the largest light and lantern festivals in North America, combining the age-old Chinese tradition of lanterns with cutting-edge technology and lights. Explore global cultures, cuisine, acrobatics, dance, rides and music concerts.


    3. 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl : Phoenix

      December 26


      Chase Field presents a Pac-12 Conference team vs. a Big 12 Conference team. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.


    4. Holidays at the Heard Museum : Phoenix

      December 26 to December 30


      The Heard Museum presents performances and artist demonstrations introducing visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week.


    5. 48th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade : Phoenix

      December 29

      Enjoy a Phoenix tradition with a parade filled with floats, bands, specialty and equestrian units starting at 10 a.m. Bleacher seating is available for a fee.


    6. 2018 Boot Drop at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon : Prescott

      December 31


      Whiskey Row becomes a street party as we ring in the new year. Watch as a 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot is lowered down The Palace building’s flagpole. One drop takes place at 10 p.m. and another at midnight.


    7. Ella Enchanted: The Musical : Phoenix

      December 15 to December 30

      Childsplay brings this charming musical to the Herberger Theater Center's Center Stage (222 E. Monroe Street) for performances at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, plus special holiday performances. Tickets are $12-30.


    8. Vertuccio Farms Christmas Farm Lights Celebration : Mesa

      December 5 to January 11

      Vertuccio Farms (4011 S. Power Road) hosts 10 acres of awe-inspiring Christmas lights, plus a 30-foot tree, a twinkling barnyard animal display, an ice skating rink and festive photo opportunities, plus a nightly visit from Santa December 15-23.


    9. Punk Night at The Grid Games and Growlers : Mesa

      December 22

      The Grid Games and Growlers (525 S. Gilbert Road) hosts American Standards, Orenda, Girlblood, Those Kind of People and The Dead Beat Hymns starting at 8 p.m. $5 admission.


    10. Christmas & NYE at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix : Phoenix

      December 25 to January 1

      The hotel offers special menus for Christmas and New Year's Eve, a New Year's Eve party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a New Year's Eve sleepover package. Visit website for details.


    11. Magical Mystery New Year's Countdown : Scottsdale

      December 29


      From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a unique personal transformation workshop facilitated by master yoga teacher and healer Dennis Daniels. It includes yoga, estatic dance, writing, meditation, sharing and more. Tickets are $100 early, $125 at the door.


  • Southern

    1. Old World Santas : Sierra Vista

      December 1 to December 25


      Veterans Memorial Park (3105 E. Fry Boulevard) hosts stories of Santa told throughout the world via a collection of intricately hand-painted Old World Santas created by local artists. Visiting hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Free admission.


    2. Christmas Choir Concert : Tucson

      December 22


      The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts (330 E. Seventh Street) hosts TaliasVan's 50-voice Bright & Morning Star Choir & Orchestra for an evening of holiday cheer starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.


  • Eastern

    1. General Guided Tour of Boyce Thompson Arboretum : Superior

      December 22


      Volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden and point out colorful plants and birds. Guided walks along the 1.5-mile main trail include fun facts about arboretum history, plants, resident critters and geology.


    2. Deuce of Clubs Drop : Show Low

      December 31 to January 1


      Count down the final seconds of 2018 with great music, fun, party favors, fireworks, cocoa, treats and stay warm at fire pits at Festival Marketplace from 11 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.