December 2014 Events

Monday  1

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Peoria: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 weeks to 5 months. Free. Every day except Tuesdays. 8402 W. Thunderbird Rd., # B103, Peoria. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Tuesday 2

Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment, a local, children's entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories - both new and classic - and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. 9:30am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Preschool Story Time: Join us for a program designed for the preschool crowd. Program includes stories, songs, finger plays and movement activities. Ages 4-5. Dec. 2,9 &16. Program Room, Maricopa County Library District’s Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St.,  Suite C-101, Goodyear. 602-652-3000. mcldaz.org

Wednesday 3

Story Time with PBS Channel 8: Bring the kids out to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy FREE hot chocolate and cookies, story time readings of holiday classics, dancing and exercises by The Little Gym and special guest characters presented by PBS Channel 8.  Remember to get here early to grab a seat!   Dec 3, 10, 17. 5-7pm. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com

Drugs of the 21st Century: This workshop provides an overview of current social norms, behaviors, and drug trends and offers practical and effective tips for prevention. Childcare is available with pre-registration. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Thursday 4

Join The ‘Yo-Yo Club’ : If you have a child who loves to play with yo-yos and wants to learn new tricks and fancy moves with this classic toy, there’s a new “Yo-Yo Club” that meets on Thursdays. 4pm. The Yo-Yo Club is sponsored by the Yo-Yo Factory in Chandler. Free admission. All ages welcome. Toys and Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

 Friday 5

Tempe Arts Festival: The Tempe Festival of the Arts focuses on visual art and the artists who create it. Live entertainment provides fun for festival-goers. In addition to the Festival Stage, street performers, food and beverage vendors, sponsor exhibits, and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of Festival visitors. At the Kids Innovation Station, children experience their own hands-on art making free and take home their masterpieces. Free. 10am-5:30pm. Mill Avenue District, Tempe. tempefestivalofthearts.com

Mixed Ages Music Class: This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can all go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level: singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing and exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome in this Music Together class. Infants through age 5. Free. 11am. The Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, 6224 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Advanced registration is required. 602-363-8202.  musictogetherinphx.com

Daddy/Daughter Date Night: It’s a great way to spend quality time with your daughter and you might even want to paint something for Mom for Christmas! 5pm-10pm.  Free studio fees when dads and daughters paint together.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Saturday 6

Experience Norway: Make plans to experience Norwegian music and culture at MIM in honor of the country’s bicentennial! Enjoy musical performances, traditional dances, a Norwegian-inspired menu in Café Allegro, hands-on crafts and much more. Dec 6, 9am-5pm; Dec 7, 10am-5pm. Free with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Archaeology for Kids: Become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Ages 7-12. Advanced registration is required by December 4, cost is $15. 9:30am-12:30 pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Holiday Peppermint and Green Holly Centerpieces: Kids will mark the arrival of the holidays by making colorful centerpieces using candy canes, festive ornaments and handmade greeting cards. Ages 6-13. 10:00-11:30am.  Members $9, Nonmembers $17. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Take a Jingle Hike to visit Santa: Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trail side visit with the jolly old guy himself. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult who will also be on the trail with them. The hike is a self-paced 1 mile round trip and the trail is steep in several sections so little legs may need extra time. There are no strollers or bikes allowed. A seasonal craft activity will be provided at the trailhead. Preregistration is required. 9-10:30am. $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents. Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale. 480-312-0990 . ScottsdaleAz.gov/parks/Pinnacle

Sunday 7

Ice Crystal Tea and Dance party: Enjoy a special tea party with your favorite Princesses. Dancing, singing, crafts along with tea and cookies. This fun party is by reservation only. $25 for the first child and $20 for siblings.  Call for more information and to reserve your spot. KidsPark is an hourly drop in childcare center for ages 1-12. Parents are invited. KidsPark ,12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Winter Craft Making Fun:  Enjoy making beautiful holiday crafts such as ornaments and holiday cards. After the holiday craft making fun, kids will then have an hour to jump on the trampolines, jump in the foam pit, play dodgeball, and enjoy getting lots of energy out! $8. 1-4pm. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans! Nov. 9 &16. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Monday 8

Music for Newborns & Babies: Activities are specifically designed to teach parents how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," and more. Ages newborn through 8 months old. Free. 11:30am. Kids.Play.Music, 3241 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix.  Advanced registration is required. 602- 363-8202. musictogetherinphx.com

Get P.A.S.T. Asthma: Introductory Asthma Management Classes for Parents. Free. Second Monday of each month. 6:30-8pm. John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix.  623-879-5452. PCOC@JCL.com

Clay Class: Create your own Christmas Ornaments out of Clay. Ages 8 –adult. 7-8:30pm.  $20 (set of 5 ornaments). Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Tuesday 9

Wired for Success: New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development will be presenting the latest information and techniques to “wire up” a young child’s brain for a successful future in a no cost two-hour workshop. The workshop presents practical ways to stimulate healthy early brain development in children. Information and techniques are demonstrated in ways that are easy to grasp using interactive experiences to reinforce the main concepts. Childcare is available with pre-registration. 6-7:30pm .  Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Wednesday 10

Rudolph and Friends Holiday Messy Creations: Craft a “hand”some Rudolph and other festive holiday decorations of the season. Little artists will have fun creating gifts for those special people in their lives. Join us for some holiday fun! (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child). 10-10:45am. Ages 2-5 (Child must be accompanied by an adult). Members $5, Nonmembers 13. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Toilet Training Tips for Toddlers: This workshop provides tips and strategies to increase success with toilet training. Topics will include, signs your toddler is ready for potty training, age & developmentally appropriate expectations, tips to train boys & girls, and how to handle accidents. Childcare is available with pre-registration. 6-7:30pm. Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Thursday 11

Music for Children & Parents: This fun-filled class follows the recommendations of child development researchers - grouping children of a variety of ages into one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can all go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level: singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing and exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome. Free. Ages infants through age 5. 11am. Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. Advanced registration is required. 602-363-8202. musictogetherinphx.com

Open Gym: Visit us when our playfloor is open for exploration. Spend time repeating activities learned during class or get creative and make up a few new ones of your own, all while socializing with other parents and children. Ages 6 months-5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale.  623-939-1777

The Falls Water Village Winter Wonderland on Dec 11: The resort’s Falls Water Village will become a poolside winter wonderland of holiday cheer where guests of all ages can indulge in holiday sweets and warm hot chocolate while strolling through a festive village of cabanas featuring holiday-themed activities, treats and more. Just for the little ones, there will be a special cabana where children can share their holiday wishes with and get a photo with Santa Claus. Kid’s cookie decorating, putt-putt golf and other arts and crafts will also be offered. The Phoenix Fire Department will also be at the event for a special meet-and-greet and fire truck showcase. 5-8pm. Benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank, donate two cans of food or $2. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix

Friday 12

Phoenix Festival of the Arts:  Visit with local art vendors, performances from local art and cultural organizations, a hands-on Family Zone and informative presentaions.   Locals and visitors alike are invited to join in for a weekend-long event full of arts and humanities, entertainment, vendors and some of the best food trucks in town! Dec 12, 12pm-8pm; Dec 13, 10am-8pm and Dec 14, 10am-5pm. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. phoenixfestivalofthearts.org

Holiday Fun with Mrs. Claus, Cocoa & Candy Canes: Bring the kids to enjoy this big, holiday celebration! All of the shop owners will be handing out complimentary candy canes and other holiday treats. There will be a complimentary hot cocoa station outside of The Party People; A professional face painter will be at AZ Air Time; Dickens Carolers will be strolling around the plaza from 4:15-5pm.; Mrs. Claus will be a special guest at Toys & Playtime Oasis from 5- 6pm where she’ll be reading several holiday stories and posing for photos. Children are invited to come dressed in their favorite holiday pajamas or festive outfits. Professional hairstylists will also be offering boys and girls “holiday hairstyling” outside of Salon Boutique. Don’t forget to bring your cameras! 4-6:30pm. Scottsdale Towne Square,13802 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Second Friday: Enjoy 60+ artists showcasing original art work, live bands, entertainment, shops and restaurants open late, food, & fun! 6-10pm. Between Center and Country Club on Main, in Mesa. 2ndfridaynightout.com

Saturday 13

Snow Day: Don’t stay inside this Snow Day!  Whether you’re a kid or just want to feel like one for the day, grab your mittens and head over to Snow Day in the Sandbar parking lot, located just off of Tatum Blvd.  If you can’t make it to the snow for the holidays, we will bring it to you! With over 40 tons of snow to play in, holiday crafts, cookies and milk, and live music, there is something for everyone! Free. 10am-1pm. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com

38th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market: Enjoy a weekend full of Native Art, shopping, music, and food presented by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary! You won’t want to miss this event, especially for any last-minute holiday shopping. Dec 13, 9am-5pm and Dec 14, 9am-4pm. $8 for 1-day tickets and $10 for 2-day tickets; children 12 and under free with adult. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

 Cartoon Drawings by a Professional Animator: If your child would like to meet a professional animator, Len Simon, a renowned animator and artist who has worked on the “Curious George” and “The Prince of Egypt” movies, will be participating in a wonderful fundraising event from 10am-1pm. For a donation of canned food for the St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank, Simon will draw your child’s favorite cartoon character at no additional charge. Free. Toys & Playtime Oasis and Simon are trying to collect as many cans of food for the hungry as they can. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Welcome Winter Wreath: Kids get ready for the holidays…as they use tissue paper to create a colorful wreath! 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-482-7900 and Lakeshore Learning Store,  4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, 480-940-7700. lakeshorelearning.com

Holiday Gift Workshop: Drop the kids off while you do a little shopping and they’ll come home with a homemade gift for someone special. All supplies included. Allow for a 2-3 hour visit to complete the gift making. KidsPark is a State licensed, hourly, drop in childcare center for kids age 1-12 years. Starting at $8/hour for one child. KidsPark, 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Sunday 14

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out to Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Ages 1-12.  Sunday mornings from 10-11:30am. $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 15

Space-Tots : Introduce your preschooler to space and science! Each class will introduce a different letter of the alphabet and kid-friendly space-themed science experiments using the Quirkles® books and characters. Ages 3-6 with adult. 9:30-11:30 am. $20 for child/parent pair. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Family Fun Movie Night - Kids ages 5-11 and a parent are invited to watch Polar Express, enjoy a snack, and relax with a favorite stuffed animal or pillow from home. Childcare is available with pre-registration. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa. Please register online at childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Tuesday 16

Family Art Class: Be inspired together and make colorful memories in the Gymboree Art Studio. Sculpt with a giant block of clay, design a family tree, paint a mural or make a creation of your very own. Ages 18 months-5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 11:15am -12:15pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Early Childhood Parent Workshop Series: The monthly, non-credit classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five. This program is sponsored by Rio Salado College. $20 and includes child care. Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 480-9545. Register at Sslcaz.com.

Wednesday 17

Story Time with PBS Channel 8: Bring the kids out to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy FREE hot chocolate and cookies, story time readings of holiday classics, dancing and exercises by The Little Gym and special guest characters presented by PBS Channel 8.  Remember to get here early to grab a seat!   Dec 3, 10, 17. 5-7pm. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com

Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. 6 months -5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 4:15-5pm .  Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Thursday 18

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Peoria: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 weeks to 5 months. Free. Every day except Tuesdays. 8402 W. Thunderbird Rd., # B103, Peoria. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Friday 19

Stay and Play: Parents can connect with each other and learn more about how free play helps young children develop essential skills. Children can experiment with a variety of developmentally appropriate toys provided by the Taking Turns Toybrary. At the end of the program, parents will have the opportunity to check out a toy to take home for their child. Ages 0-5. Dec 5 & 19. 10:15-11:15am. Program Room, Maricopa County Library District’s Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. 602-652-3000. mcldaz.org

Saturday 20

Annual Winter Wonderland Express: Ride the Holiday Train ride to a SNOW filled Enchanted Island. Play in tons of fresh SNOW and SLED riding! Option to exit train ride to play in snow, sledding & take a ride on new "Sled Train Ride pulled by ATV".  Visit with Santa Claus for free at the North Pole and enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa and FREE candy canes. Dec 20-21. 10am-7pm. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. 602-254-1200. Enchantedislandblog.com

Grandparent-Grandchild & Parent-Child Holiday Tea Party: Construct and decorate a holiday tree forest, perfect for your holiday centerpiece. Create a holiday notecard, eat festive finger sandwiches and sip candy cane tea. A visit from Santa Claus will make this an entertaining day for all. Afterwards, visit Jeepers Creepers: Bugs in Art exhibition that’s included in your registration. Spend treasured time with your child while making magical holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Space is limited so register early. 11am-12:30pm. Ages 4-12 (All children must be accompanied by an adult). Member pricing per person is $10 each; monmember pricing per person is $18. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

MACFest: Downtown Mesa will be buzzing with activity with the return of Mesa's celebration of Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival (MACFest). MACFest is a free event featuring unique artist creations, music and fun for the whole family. Dec 6&20.  10am-4pm. Pepper and Main St., Mesa. Macfest.com

Sunday 21

Pancakes and Pajama Party: Celebrate the first day of Winter! Come dressed in your PJ best and enjoy yummy pancakes with us! KidsPark is a State licensed, hourly, drop in childcare center for kids age 1-12 years. Open 7 days a week including weekends. Games, crafts and snacks are always including in our fun, hourly program. Starting at $8/hour for one child. KidsPark, 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. 6 months -5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 10-10:45am .  Gymboree Play & Music Glendale,  19420 N 59th Ave. # A103,  Glendale. 623-939-1777

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans! Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Monday 22

Hands On Fun: Come join the fun and put your own spin on a creative art project! Ages 5-8. Every Monday in Dec. 4-5pm. Maricopa County Library District’s North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. 602-652-3000. mcldaz.org.

Tuesday 23

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Riverview: Join us for “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Sundays & Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and prepare baby for swim lessons. Free. Advanced registration is required. 1061 N. Dobson Rd., # 101, Mesa. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Wednesday 24 – Christmas Eve

 

Thursday 25 – Christmas Day

 

Friday 26 – Check Holiday Festivities Highlight on page xx.

 

Saturday 27

Fiesta Bowl Parade: The parade will feature a wide variety of brightly-colored floats, magnificent helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty groups, charitable organizations and local celebrities. This event will also showcase the participants and winners of various Fiesta Bowl events, including winners of the Fiesta Bowl Twirl-Pom-Cheer & Flag Championship and the Fiesta Bowl Queen & Court. 11am. Free to public; bleacher seating $25. Central Phoenix area. fiestabowl.org

Celebration Noisemaker: Kids have a blast ringing in the new year with this drum-like noisemaker! Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-482-7900 and Lakeshore Learning Store, 4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, 480-940-7700. lakeshorelearning.com

Sunday 28

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out to Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Ages 1-12.  Sunday mornings from 10-11:30am. $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 29

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Tuesday 30

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Wednesday 31 – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Party: Children can enjoy their own exciting  New Year’s Eve Party. Children can stay for just a few hours or spend the whole night. The staff will keep the kids happy and busy for hours while moms and dads go out and enjoy their own evening festivities. Ages 1 – 12. $10/hour per child after 6 p.m. The party at KidsPark will include dinner, sparkling cider, noise maker crafts, organized games, arts & crafts, watching a movie, and much more. Kids will also enjoy mini “midnight” celebrations at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and, of course, at midnight. Open until 1am. Advanced registration is required. KidsPark is located at the NE Corner of Cactus/Tatum, next to Best Buy at 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. www.kidspark.com

New Year’s Eve Party & Sleepover: Children can literally leap and jump into the new year by attending this special New Year’s Eve party and sleepover! Children will get to enjoy gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. There will also be an exciting countdown to midnight with noise makers and hats. Ages 3-13. $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. 6-10pm. The additional sleepover option is for ages 5 to 13. Pick-up is on New Year’s Day at 8:30 am. Cost for the sleepover is $45 per child; $40 for additional siblings. Advanced registration is required. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. (602) 992-5790 or www.arizonasunrays.com

Holiday Festivities

ZooLights, Let it Glow! from Nov 24 – Jan 11: ZooLights is an annual holida light show like no other in the Valley. The two new Music in Motion shows will feature music from the movie Polar Express and Carol of the Bells by Artic Express. Meet Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise ad Experience the Zoo’s new 4-D theater with amazing effects including snow, fog and gusts of wind. You will feel like you are personally on board the Polar Express! 5:30–10:30pm nightly. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com

*Salvation Army Angel Tree from Nov 21 – Dec 21: The Christmas Angel Program provides new toys and clothing to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open during the holidays.  The Angel Tree is located at Dave & Buster’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace and contains tags with the name, age, clothing size, and toy requests of an underprivileged child.

*Snow What Fun Nightly Snowfalls from Nov 24-Dec 24: It will snow each night between November 19-December 24 (except for Thanksgiving) promptly at 7 & 8pm within The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace.  Out of thin air, flakes of fluffy white show will float down from the sky, transforming the AMC Fountain and Fireplace into a living show globe.  7 pm & 8pm. Free.

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. # 1150, Tempe. 480-966-9338. tempemarketplace.com

*Nightly Snow Fall from Nov 26-Dec24: Snow What Fun! Experience nightly snowfall every night at 7pm and 8pm near the District Stage! The magical snowfall will begin promptly at 7pm and 8pm and will last for approximately 8 minutes.

*Salvation Army Christmas Angel from Nov 28 – Dec 21: Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in the Christmas Angel Program by providing new toys and clothing to children in need. Trees will be on display near the main entrance inside Dave & Buster’s.

Westgate Entertainment District

6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/holiday

*Santa at Westgate Entertainment District from Nov 25-Dec 24: Visit Santa in front of the Holiday Tree in Fountain Park to share wishes, snap pictures and receive a FREE gift (while supplies last). Please visit our website for Santa’s full schedule and break times. 4-8pm.

*Holiday Carriage Rides, every Friday and Saturday from Nov 28-Dec 27: Hop in, take a spin & be whisked around Westgate Entertainment District on a free magical carriage ride! 5-9pm. 

*Nightly Snow Fall from Nov 25-Dec24: Watch as Fountain Park magically transforms into a snowy winter wonderland with 8-minute nightly snow fall shows at 7 and 8pm! 

The Shops of Norterra

 2460 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

*Photos with Santa on Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 &20: Photos and crafts for kids at Elevate Coffee Company, located across from Harkins Norterra 14. 11am - 1pm.  (While supplies last. Email address must be provided to receive photo.)

*Christmas with Corvettes on Dec 12: Watch as Santa arrives in style with 94.5 KOOL-FM along with mid-day host Charlie Huero for the coolest car show in town! Enjoy food sampling, hot chocolate, cookies, snowfall at 7 and 8pm and live music. 6-8:30pm.

Photos with Santa at Chandler Fashion Square Nov 8–Dec 24: Embark on an interactive journey through Santa’s modernized workshop, measure your behavior by testing out his Naughty or Nice O’Meter, experience ELF-RAY Vision to see secret worlds inside Santa’s Observatory, and take photos with Santa inside his newly-designed sleigh located in Macy’s Court. Skip the long lines this year by visiting www.santa-hq.com to book your reservation. Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.  shopchandlerfashioncenter.com

Breakfast with Santa at Chandler Fashion Square Dec 4: Join us for complimentary breakfast, story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, crafts and more! Bring a new toy to benefit the Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels program.  9-10am. Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.  shopchandlerfashioncenter.com

Holiday Skiing at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: Enjoy the Kierland SnoPro ski simulator, where for the first time ever, guests can learn to ski and snowboard right in Scottsdale! The Resort’s Holiday Family FunFest - chockfull of activities for all ages - and its popular animated nightly PaintScaping lightshow round out the season of fun. Friday and Saturday nights from 5–8pm starting November 28th through December 20th.  www.kierlandresort.com  6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale.

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park on Dec 12-Jan 3(excluding Dec. 24, 25, and 31): All Aboard for Arizona’s most unique holiday event!  Take a train ride through festive holiday lights and displays turning the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Opening night festivities begin at 6:30pm on Friday, Dec. 12, and include a tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa. Train ride is $3 and carousel ride is $2 with children under three riding free with a paying adult. 6:30- 9pm. McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2312.  ScottsdaleAz.gov/parks/RailroadPark

Glendale Glitters: Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. 6-10 p.m. each evening. Dec 5-6 : Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights; Dec 12-13 : Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend and Dec19-20: Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend. The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday display remains lit nightly through Jan. 10, from 5-11 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-930-2299. glendaleaz.com/events.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony  and Parade of Lights: The Parade and lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree always draws a large crowd, with more than 12,000 expected to watch the Mayor and members  of the City Council flip the switch to light this magnificent sight. 4:30-9pm with parade at 7pm and tree lighting at 8pm. Free. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park & Downtown Chandler, Arizona Ave., south of Chandler Blvd. chandleraz.gov

Charming Pony Parties’ Winter Fair Weekends from Nov 28- Dec 23: Charming Pony Ranch is getting Frozen! Come play with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in real snow! Enjoy sled run, pony & sleigh rides, hot chocolate, food trucks, Christmas tree lot and professional pictures with Santa available for purchase!  19814 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 602-291-4134. Charmingponyparties.com

Annual Cityskate Ice Rink from Nov 22-Feb3: The CitySkate ice rink is back again for some icy cool fun. skate all season long in the middle of Central Avenue. Enjoy the twinkling lights and some hot chocolate. $12 for adults and childen; $6 for children undger the age of 6. 1E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-772-390. Cityskatephx.com

 










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