ASU Basketball vs. University of Nevada Las Vegas
If you have not expanded your college sports fanaticism beyond football, the ASU Men’s Basketball is a good reason to do so. The 942 Crew, ASU’s spirit squad, has garnered national recognition for its Curtain of Distraction, during which they create crazy tableaus to distract the opposing teams’ free throws. The team has been putting up a fight in its past few games; it’s going to be a close one.
Wells Fargo Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, thesundevils.com, 6 p.m., $7-$50.
Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K
Exercise or hot chocolate—or both? The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is for runners and chocolate lovers alike. More than 4,000 pounds of melted chocolate wait at the finish line. Runners can choose between hot cocoa or chocolate fondue and will receive a medal shaped like an opened candy bar. Don’t let your mouth water just yet, you’re going to work for this treat.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, hotchocolate15k.com, 7:30 a.m., $49-$79.
AZ Cardinals vs. Redskins
University of Phoenix Stadium is always packed for Cardinals games. The Redskins haven’t had a perfect season, and the Cardinals haven’t done their best, either. If the Red Birds don’t let their guard down, they may just snag a win. Make sure to grab your tickets before the game sells out.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, azcardinals.com, 2:25 p.m., $65-$209.
Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers
The Suns lost to the Pacers in an extremely close game last season. Now the two teams are competing once more. Will the Suns show them what they’re made of, or lose it on the court? While they have had a tough season, it’s not over just yet. This might make the perfect pre-holiday outing, with tickets as low as $10.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, nba.com/suns, 7 p.m., $10-$1,725.
Arizona Porsche Club of America Driver Education
Learn to drive your Porsche like a pro on an actual race track! The Arizona Porsche Club hosts its next Driver Education event, dividing drivers up into groups based on experience and pairing them up with an instructor. Drivers are taught the proper way to utilize their vehicle for high-performance driving. While participants don’t race, the chance to drive on the course doesn’t come every day! Families and friends are invited to camp in the stands and watch.
Arizona Motorsports Track, 15402 W. Camelback Road, Litchfield Park, az.pca.org, 8 a.m., $150.
Grand Canyon University Basketball vs. University of Illinois-Chicago
Grand Canyon University takes its men’s basketball seriously. The games are nearly sold out and the arena is filled with spirit from alumni and students. While GCU is just getting started on its season, it is looking to play some high-scoring games and give the fans lots to cheer about. Check out the team behind one of Arizona’s bustling universities.
Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, gculopes.com, 7 p.m., $4.75-$9.
Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon
Who would run a race that blasts festive music, is covered in holiday decorations and has cookie and candy stations on the course? Santa, probably, and now you can, too! The Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon is yet another holiday race option. Finishers will receive a hat and beard as well as medal. If you’ve been sitting on that red and green work out gear for the past year, this is the right time to bust it out.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale, santahustle.com/arizona, 8 a.m., $50-$72.50.
Arizona Coyotes Skating Clinic at CitySkate
DECEMBER 20 AND 27
Do you want to teach your kids how to ice skate, but you— for lack of a better term—suck? Let the pros take over at the CitySkate ice rink. The Arizona Coyotes Hockey Development Team will teach kids 12 and younger the basics of skating. No prior experience is required and each session is capped at 20 kids.
CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink @ CityScape, 1 Washington Street, Suite 300, Phoenix, phxicerink.com, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Arizona’s very own NCAA Football Bowl game is back! An Arizona fixture since 1989, the bowl is usually played at Sun Devil Stadium but has been relocated to Chase Field during renovations. Last year’s game, between ASU and West Virginia, was close—West Virginia took it by a single point. While the teams have yet to be announced, this bowl game is sure to be another good match.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, fiestabowl.org/cactus-bowl, 8:15 p.m., $30-$120.
Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Rangers
With a new Tempe stadium in the works, your days to see the Coyotes play at Gila River Arena are officially numbered. The Coyotes have been struggling with their offensive play this season and have taken more losses than wins at this point. This game could be the turning point if the Coyotes take the New York snowbirds and show them what happens to the ice in the desert.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, nhl.com/coyotes, 7 p.m., $29-$339.