Ahwatukee Foothills events

Wednesday, Nov. 24 to Friday, Dec. 24

Snow What Fun at Tempe Marketplace: 6:30 p.m. festivities begin with official tree lighting and a holiday skating performance. At 7 and 8 p.m. snowfall will begin every evening twice nightly this holiday season through Dec. 24.

Shoppers can also enjoy great entertainment, dining and shopping. For more information, visit www.TempeMarketplace.com.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Holiday Concert by the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band: 7:30 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center in the Main Hall located on 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Admission is free and the public is welcome. You will be able to sing along with carols of the season and revel in the energy and excitement only a 65 piece concert band can provide. For more information, call (480) 893-2549.

Friday, Dec.17

Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet: today at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 and 7 p.m., Desert Vista Fine Arts Theater, 16440 S. 32nd Street. The only Nutcracker performed entirely by children in Arizona. A special appearance by the cast and Santa Claus will follow the 2 p.m. performance. Ticket prices are $18 to $30. Tickets are available at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Boulevard, Suite 111 or call (480) 706-6040. Visit the website at www.afnutcracker.com.


Saturday, Dec. 18

CMS Holiday Bazaar: today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Middle School at 13808 S. 36th Street in the multi-purpose room. Several vendors will be showcasing items for your last minute holiday solutions. Some vendors include: Gold Canyon Candles, Premier Design Jewelry, women's golf attire, personalized gifts for young and old, handbags, scarves, LA Idol Jeans and so much more. Please contact Paula Wurtz at (480) 797-3031 or email pfosbinder@cox.net for more information.


Tuesday, Dec. 21

Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center offers E.L.F. Day: today from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ahwatukee Community Center located at 4700 E. Warner Road. E.L.F. Day (Eliminate Last minute Frenzy) is a great opportunity for moms and dads to get some Christmas shopping done, while the kids, ages 3 to 5 years old, enjoy play time, coloring, music, puzzles, etc. A mid-morning snack will be provided. The cost is $25 per child ($10 off second child).

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Ahwatukee Community Center at (480)893-3431.

Other Valley Events

Thursday, Nov. 25 through Jan. 9

ZOOLIGHTS! at Phoenix Zoo: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting today through Jan. 9. Wildlife transforms into Wild lights! This is the largest holiday light display in all of Arizona. Ticket prices vary from $7 to $10. Check out www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.

Ongoing through Dec. 30

Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5:30 to 9:30 pm. various days today through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting to spend a cheerful holiday evening. More than 10 musical acts provide the musical backdrop and strategically located fire pits provide warming stations or romantic settings. Food, wine, cocoa, cider and other non-alcoholic beverages available. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children (members); $25 for adults, $12.50 for children (non-members). Children two and under are admitted free. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.

Ongoing through Dec. 31

Aunt Chilada's Tempe offers Tamales-To-Go for the Holidays: ongoing through Friday, Dec. 31 except Christmas Day. Arizona Grand Resort today announced that its on-site restaurant, Aunt Chilada's Tempe, one of the Valley's favorite Mexican restaurants, will offer its popular Tamales-To-Go for the holidays.

Tamales-To-Go are available for order and pick-up between the hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, except for Christmas Day. Orders require 24-hours advanced notice and can be made by calling (602)431-6470 or email to rtorres@arizonagrandresort.com and spick@arizonagrandresort.com.

Tamales orders can be picked up at Aunt Chilada's Tempe restaurant located at 2021 W. Baseline Road in Tempe near I-10 and Baseline Road at Arizona Grand Resort.


Friday, Dec. 17

Downtown Chandler Art Walk: 6 to 10 p.m. The first 100 children to stop by the DCCP booth at the Art Walk will receive free holiday candy. Children who come to the Art Walk will enjoy the (free) children's art activity, making designer snowflakes.

A raffle to win beautiful holiday baskets full of locally made goodies will also take place. For more information, contact Eileen Brill Wagner, DCCP by calling

(480) 855-3539 or by email ebrillwagner@downtownchandler.org.

Friday, Dec. 31

Noon Year's Eve at the Phoenix Zoo: 9 a.m. to noon. 2011 is just around the corner! Join the Phoenix Zoo and ring in the New Year in style. Enjoy tons of snow including a special snow area for toddlers, snowball target practice area, prize drawings, giveaways, live music, fun and games with Radio Disney. The event comes to a close at noon with a special cider toast for the kids to ring in the New Year. All activities are free with paid admission to the Zoo. For more information, visit www.phoenixzoo.org.

Dance Events

Food and Drink Events

Saturday, Dec. 18

Breakfast with Santa at the Phoenix Zoo: 9 to 11 a.m. 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Join the Phoenix Zoo for Breakfast with Santa including a hot pancake breakfast with all of the trimmings! Reservations for this event include general admission into the Zoo and a photo with Santa. Admission for adults $25,

children ages 3 to 12 is $10. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call (602) 914-4333 or visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.

Friday, Dec. 24

AZ Biltmore's Special Dining for Christmas and New Year's: Wrights at The Biltmore and Frank & Albert's both located at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa will be offering special menus and gourmet feasts for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. The resort is located at 2400 E. Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. Reservations are required for holiday dinners. For reservations call (602) 381-7632.

For more information regarding menus and pricing visit www.azbiltmore.com.

Kids' Events

Saturday, Dec. 18

Little People® Live Holiday Show at Phoenix Zoo: today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come to the Zoo for a live musical show featuring Little People® costumed characters! Join in singing, dancing, and special surprises as Little People® friends discover the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Cost is free with paid admission to the zoo. For more information, visit www.phoenixzoo.org.

Music Events

Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Dec. 25

Winter Wonderettes at the Broadway Palm : through Dec. 25. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater is kicking off the holidays with the musical comedy Winter wonderettes the 60's Christmas musical. The theater is located at 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BroadwayPalmWest.com, by phone, (480) 325-6700, or at the Box Office. Adult ticket prices are $39 and include a buffet meal, show and tax. Tickets for children 12 and under are $22. Show Only tickets are available for $20. For information on the exact dates and times of shows, call or visit their website.

Sunday, Dec. 19

ASU Gammage announces Jim Brickman's 15th Anniversary Holiday Concert: today at 3 p.m. An evening of dazzling solo piano, vibrant vocals plus the warmth and humor that had made his concert a holiday tradition not to be missed. Ticket prices are $24 to $99. For tickets, visit asugammage.com or call (800) 982-ARTS (2787).

Theater Events

Childsplay theater company presents Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! through Dec. 24 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Regular show times will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23 and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets - $25 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors - are available by calling (480) 350-2822 (press 0 for box office) or visiting www.childsplayaz.org/boxoffice.

Friday, Dec. 3 through Dec. 23

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail: today to Dec. 23, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. www.vyt.com or (602) 253-8188.

Saturday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 24

A Christmas Carol: today through Friday, Dec. 24 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Center, will tell Charles Dickens' classic story of hope and redemption. Single tickets are $15 to $67 and can be purchased online at www.actorstheatrephx.org or at the Herberger Theater Box Office. For more information, call (602) 253-6701, Ext. 108 or visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.


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