Events

Search our guide to what's happening around Arizona. (Want your event listed? Send an email to Noah Austin at [email protected] Be sure to include the dates of the event, public contact information (phone and/or website) and a brief description.)

  • Central

    1. Holiday Sweet Stroll : Sedona

      December 22

      928-282-4838 www.tlaq.com

      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.

      Share

    2. Front Porch Pickins' Fan Appreciation Event : Glendale

      December 14 to December 15

      frontporchpickins.com

      From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, State Farm Stadium (1 Cardinals Drive) offers a chance to find holiday gifts and other vintage and handmade items.

      Share

    3. 11th Annual Masik Tas Celebration : Maricopa

      December 1 to December 16

      520-568-1045 www.ak-chin.nsn.us/_masiktas/

      The Ak-Chin Indian Community celebrates with events and activities that community members and the general public can enjoy, such as Miss and Junior Miss Ak-Chin pageants, parade, carnival, rodeo, live and traditional entertainment, food and crafts.

      Share

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

      December 6 to February 3

      lightsoftheworldus.com/

      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.

      Share

    5. Riparian After Dark : Gilbert

      December 14 to December 15

      www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/riparian-after-dark

      The preserve comes alive with a holiday glow! Stroll along the trail lit by hundreds of luminarias as well as numerous festive light displays. Enjoy music by school choirs, carolers and other live holiday entertainment from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

      Share

    6. Sedona Northern Lights – 3D art projected onto Camelhead Rock : Sedona

      December 13 to December 16

      visitsedona.com/events-calendar/sedona-northern-lights/

      Enjoy the area’s natural beauty and thriving arts scene, while raising awareness of the need to preserve Sedona’s dark night skies. Sedona Northern Lights will be visible at the top of each hour from all of Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row.

      Share

    7. 23rd Annual Christmas Parade of Lights : Wickenburg

      December 14

      928-684-5479 www.wickenburgchamber.com

      The parade starts on the west side of Yavapai Street and goes into the historic district with cars, church and youth groups, wagons and local businesses. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the WCO Little Red School House for cookies and cocoa.

      Share

    8. 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour with The Brian Setzer Orchestra at Celebrity Theatre : Phoenix

      December 15

      celebritytheatre.com

      Danny Zelisko Presents brings the iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award winner and his 19-piece orchestra playing music from their four best-selling holiday albums and Brian’s numerous hits.

      Share

    9. 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl : Phoenix

      December 26

      480-350-0911 www.fiestabowl.org/

      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.

      Share

    10. Holidays at the Heard Museum : Phoenix

      December 26 to December 30

      602-252-8848 heard.org/event/holidays/

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

      Share

    11. 48th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade : Phoenix

      December 29

      fiestabowl.org/

      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.

      Share

    12. 2018 Boot Drop at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon : Prescott

      December 31

      928-776-0234 www.bootdrop.com/

      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.

      Share

    13. Sedona Northern Lights : Sedona

      December 13 to December 16

      visitsedona.com/events-calendar/sedona-northern-lights/

      This holiday spectacular will dazzle audiences and virtually transform Sedona's landscape with the largest 3D projection mapping project to ever be performed on a natural canvas in the U.S. Visit website for details.

      Share

    14. Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar : Prescott

      December 15

      www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com

      From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Prescott Activity Center (824 E. Gurley Street) hosts more than 50 nonprofit organizations selling one-of-a-kind gifts, crafts and baked goods. Children can visit Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Free admission.

      Share

    15. Ella Enchanted: The Musical : Phoenix

      December 15 to December 30

      childsplayaz.org

      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.

      Share

    16. Vertuccio Farms Christmas Farm Lights Celebration : Mesa

      December 5 to January 11

      www.vertucciofarms.com

      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.

      Share

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

      December 22

      fanlink.to/americanstandards

      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.

      Share

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

      December 25 to January 1

      www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/

      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.

      Share

  • Southern

    1. Old World Santas : Sierra Vista

      December 1 to December 25

      520-417-6960 www.sierravistaaz.gov

      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.

      Share

    2. Una Noche de Flamenco : Tucson

      December 14

      520-398-2542 theseaofglass.org

      The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts (330 E. Seventh Street) presents this 7:30 p.m. concert featuring guitarists Gabriel Ayala, Domingo DeGrazia and Ismael Barajas. Tickets are $25 in advance and #30 the day of the show (reduced rates for youths).

      Share

    3. Christmas Choir Concert : Tucson

      December 22

      520-398-2542 theseaofglass.org

      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.

      Share

    4. HF COORS Dinnerware Factory Sale : Tucson

      December 15

      hfcoors.com/visit

      HF COORS (1600 S. Cherrybell Stravenue) offers savings of as much as 90 percent on overruns, functional seconds and discontinued items from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can also purchase one-of-a-kind pieces fresh out of the kiln.

      Share

  • Eastern

    1. General Guided Tour of Boyce Thompson Arboretum : Superior

      December 22

      602-827-3000 cals.arizona.edu/bta/events.html

      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.

      Share

    2. Deuce of Clubs Drop : Show Low

      December 31 to January 1

      928-532-4140 www.showlowaz.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=2488&month=12&year=2018&day=2&calType=0

      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.

      Share