Mix up your holiday with these amazing arts events to get you into the festive spirit.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
NOVEMBER 14 THROUGH 16 AND 21 THROUGH 23
Presented by Ethington Theatre, this wonderfully adapted short story is a wistful look at Christmas through the eyes of a child. With lyrical power, be guided through holiday scenes familiar to us all.
Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.639.8880, gcu.edu
The Nutcracker Festival
A day of holiday festivities featuring creation stations from local arts organizations and seasonal shopping. Your ticket purchase to one of Ballet Arizona’s performances of “The Nutcracker” offers admission to festival activities, which includes performances featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Ballet Arizona Main Office, 2835 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.381.1096, balletaz.org
Yes, Virginia: The Musical
NOVEMBER 20 THROUGH 22
Presented by Copperstar Repertory Company, this original production is based on a true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897, inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, copperstarrep.org
Las Noches de las Luminarias
NOVEMBER 28 AND 29
DECEMBER 5 AND 6, 12 AND13, 19 THROUGH 23, 26 THROUGH 30
The soft glow from more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the vibrant sounds of live music will remind you of what the season is really about.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org
NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH 30
DECEMBER 5 THROUGH 7
Presented by Ballet Etudes, Clara’s magical journey surrounds you as she encounters life-size mice, swirling snowflakes, dancing confections and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A feast for the eyes and ears with colorful and imaginative costumes paired with Tchaikovsky’s score.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org
NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH 30
Enhance your holidays with Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists. Choose from hundreds of ornaments in a variety of art forms for yourself, or for unique holiday gifts.
Heard Museum Gift Shop, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.252.8848, heard.org
NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH DECEMBER 28
Irving Berlin’s beloved and timeless holiday classic is based on the 1954 film. Full of romance, laughter and breathtaking choreography, this production promises to be a merry and bright experience.
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, 623.776.8400, azbroadway.org
A Christmas Carol
NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 20
Don’t miss the adventures of Scrooge as he is once again visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. This moving tale is presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company and is an extraordinary evening for the whole family.
Playhouse On The Park, 1850 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, swshakespeare.org
The Polar Express
Board the Polar Express for a delightful journey to the North Pole presented by the Phoenix Symphony. A lively narration and special guest will immerse the audience into the world for those who truly believe. Continue the adventure and join the annual holiday sing-a-long.
Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.495.1999, phoenixsymphony.org
Moya Brennan Irish Christmas
An unforgettable evening of seasonal music from the Emerald Isle featuring Irish icon Moya Brennan. Considered the MIM Music Theatre, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, themim.org
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
DECEMBER 5 THROUGH 23
A holiday tradition that has been delighting Valley families since 1995. Join Pooh and all of his friends for a holiday “tail” that will warm your hearts and put you in the holiday spirit.
Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First Street, Phoenix, 602.253.8188, vyt.com