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Holiday events, attractions in the quad-city area

The 32nd annual Christmas Parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Prescott. The theme is “150 Years of Christmas Memories.”  (The Daily Courier, file)

The 32nd annual Christmas Parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Prescott. The theme is “150 Years of Christmas Memories.” (The Daily Courier, file)

NOW through DEC. 7

• "Walk Through Bethlehem" at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr. in Prescott. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago through a 30-minute interactive guided tour. Hours are 2:30-4 Wednesday, 6-8:30 Friday and Saturday, and 12:30-3 Sunday.

NOW through DEC. 24

• Prescott Gateway Mall Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Bring non-perishable food to guest services and various stores.

NOW through DEC. 28

• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Home for the Holidays pet adoption drive at Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott. Special adoption rates.

NOW through DEC. 29

• 6 to 10 p.m. - Valley of Lights at Fain Park, 2200 N. 5th St. in Prescott Valley. Drive through the park to view more than three dozen huge, themed lighted displays along the way. Donations encouraged.

NOW through DEC. 30

• 5-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 3-8 p.m. Saturdays and 3-7 p.m. Sundays - "Enchanted Christmas" display featuring classic Christmas stories and characters with 19 themed areas at Frontier Village Shopping Center, 1841 Highway 69 on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation. Please bring non-perishable canned foods or new unwrapped toys for children ages 2 to 12 in place of admission fee. See frontier-village.com for more information.

NOW through JAN. 1

• 22nd annual Gingerbread Village at Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 Highway 69 on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation. Free and open 24 hours a day. PrescottResort.com.

EVERY FRIDAY and SATURDAY through JAN. 3

• 6-9 p.m. - "Wildlights and Animal Sights" at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road in Prescott. Christmas lights and décor all over the sanctuary. Reduced $5 admission. Heritageparkzoo.org or 778-4242.

FRIDAY, DEC. 5

• 4:45 p.m. - Holiday Festival of Lights and Parade at Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle. Featuring music, lighting of the Civic Center at 4:45 p.m., night light parade at 6 p.m., and Santa visit at 6:30 p.m. Also be sure to visit the Create-A-Tree display inside the library at 7401 E. Civic Circle.

• 7 p.m. - Three International Tenors Christmas at Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott. $22-$25. PrescottElksTheater.com; 777-1370.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 5-6

• 1-6 p.m. - Chino Valley Hometown Christmas with decorated trees, more than 30 craft vendors, entertainment and Santa, at Heritage Middle School, corner of Road 2 North and Road 1 West in Chino Valley. Free.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Santa Paws, Olsen's for Healthy Pets, 344 S. Highway 89, Chino Valley. Photo packages start at $15, with $5 per package donated to United Animal Friends. 636-2321.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Winter Wonderland Bazaar, Prescott Lakes Senior Community, 2105 Blooming Hills Drive, Prescott. Proceeds will be donated to Open Door Food Program.

• 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Bradshaw Mountain Hi-Railers Model Train Exhibit near the children's play area at Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Free raffle to win a Lionel electric train set.

• 1 to 4 p.m. - Santa photo with family pets, at Prescott Petco, 1931 E. Highway 69, Prescott. Photo with holiday frame: $9.95. All proceeds benefit United Animal Friends. 708-0212.

• 1 p.m. - 32nd annual Christmas Parade in downtown Prescott. This year's theme is "150 Years of Christmas Memories" for the city's sesquicentennial.

• 3:30-4:30 - Hear the true story of St. Nicholas during a children's play at St. George Orthodox Church, 607 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. Open to the public.

• 6 p.m. - 60th annual Yavapai County Courthouse and Plaza lighting ceremony with musical performances, readings from the Bible. Free.

• Directly following Courthouse Lighting Ceremony - Frontier Christmas at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. Living history interpreters demonstrate pioneer crafts and tell stories. 445-3122 or Sharlot.org.

• 7-9 p.m. - "Holidays All Around Us" with Yavapai College Choral Union singing various traditional Christian and Jewish songs alongside classical and jazz tunes at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $7 for adults via ycpac.com or 776-2000.

• 7:30 p.m. - Folk Sessions Holiday Concert "The 12 Days of Christmas" at Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. 445-3286 or folksessions.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 6-7

• 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Mountain Artist Guild Annual Christmas Bazaar, 228 N. Alarcon St. in Prescott.

• 2-5 p.m. each day - Free Nutcracker Ballet selections by the YMCA Youth Ballet at the Gateway Mall food court.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6 and SATURDAY, DEC. 13

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Bring non-perishable foods to local stores for the Yarnell Food Bank donation drive. Featuring Santa, Christmas treasure hunt, free prizes and treats at shops in Yarnell, about 30 miles south of Prescott.

SUNDAY, DEC. 7

• 1-3 p.m. - "Santa with the Animals" at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd. in Prescott. See the animals open their Christmas presents and get your picture with Santa. $8 adults/$5 children. Heritageparkzoo.org or 778-4242.

• 3 p.m. - Esteban Christmas Concert at Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott. $25-$49. PrescottElksTheater.com. 777-1370.

• 3 p.m. - "A Christmas Festival" at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. The college's concert band, symphonic band and orchestra present standards, classical and pop. $7. ycpac.com; 776-2000.

• 7 p.m. - Prescott Women's Chamber Choir Concert, at First Congregational Church, 216 Gurley St., Prescott. Come hear the angelic sounds of Christmas. Free. 925-4625.

MONDAY, DEC. 8

• 7-9 p.m. - "Yo, Hark! The Angels Swing" features college jazz ensembles at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $7 adults. ycpac.com or 776-2000.

TUESDAY, DEC. 9

• 11:30 a.m. - Prescott Area Women's Connection annual Christmas Luncheon and Program, Hotel St. Michael, in the Ballroom. Prescott High School singers and dancers will entertain and a silent auction of Gift Baskets will be start at 11 a.m. Cost is $23. Reservations are necessary. Marcella, 443-0616.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9-10 and DEC. 16-17

6:30-8:30 - "The Christmas Tree" dinner theater at El Gato Azul restaurant, 316 W. Goodwin St. in Prescott. A light-hearted comedy with tapas to benefit the Park Avenue Theatre. $35 for dinner and show. ElGatoAzulPrescott.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 11

• 7-10 p.m. - Prescott Opry Christmas Extravaganza at Elks Opera House, 117 Gurley St. Includes raffle, guitar drawing and pictures with Santa. $17 via 777-1370 or prescottelkstheater.com.

• 7-8:30 p.m. - Prescott High School Holiday Instrumental Concert at PHS Ruth Street Theater, 1050 N. Ruth St. Free. Prescottbandboosters.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 12

• 5 p.m. - Acker Musical Showcase with bands performing in dozens of downtown stores to benefit art and music scholarships. ackernight.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 13

• 10 a.m. - Free Nutcracker Ballet selections by the Prescott YMCA Youth Ballet at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. Prescottlibrary.info.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Santa Paws at Olsen's for Healthy Pets, 711 Elrod Road, Prescott. Photo packages start at $15, with $5 per package donated to United Animal Friends. 458-5622.

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Mountain Oak School Winter Craft Fair, 1455 Willow Creek Rd. in Prescott. Mountainoakschool.org.

• 1 to 4 p.m. - Santa photos with family pets at Prescott Petco, 1931 E. Highway 69. Photo with holiday frame: $9.95. All proceeds benefit United Animal Friends. Pet food and beds will also be collected to distribute through UAF's Community Pet Food Bank. 708-0212

• 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - "A Cowboy Christmas" at Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. $20 via Folksessions.com or 445-3286.

• 2 p.m. - "Family Craftivity" at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane in Prescott. Make ornaments, Christmas tree blessing, Santa Claus. StLukesPrescott.org.

• 3 p.m. - "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi, at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott. A concert performed by the Granite Peak Choir with Linda Fine and Nicosia Garrsion as soloists. Accompanied by instrumental ensemble including Emily Nardo and Dr. Phil Kuhns. Admission is free; a freewill offering accepted. 541-0000.

• 7-11 p.m. - Christmas City Charity Ball to support six local charities includes music, food, dancing and raffles at Prescott Gateway Mall. $25 adults, $10 teens via 443-0067.

• 7:30 p.m. - The Folk Sessions 12th anniversary Holiday Concert "The 12 Days of Christmas" at Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. $12 via 445-3286 or folksessions.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 13-14

• "Comfort My People" Christmas Cantata at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. Performances at 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday and 10:30-noon on Sunday. Goodwill offering. 778-1950 and prescottumc.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 14

• 3 p.m. - "Jingle All the Way" by Prescott POPS Symphony at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $24 via ycpac.com or 776-2000.

• 4-9 p.m. - Christmas Celebration Dinner Show and Birthday Party Dance by the Prescott Jazz Society at Hassayampa Inn Marina Ballroom, 122 E. Gurley St in Prescott. $65 or $120/couple or $35 for show and dance only, via 237-7908 or Pjazz.org. RSVP by Nov. 21.

MONDAY, DEC. 15

• 5 p.m. - Old-Fashioned Christmas Show and dinner with the diverse Steve Annibale Quartet at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon, 120 S. Montezuma St. on Prescott's Whiskey Row. $28 via 541-1996 or historicpalace.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

• 1:30-3 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. - Cookie House Decorating at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1537 or prescottlibrary.info.

• 7 p.m. - A Classic Country Christmas at Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott. $22-$30. PrescottElksTheater.com. 777-1370.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 18-21

• 7-8 p.m. - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a Christmas comedy at Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. $10 shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 18-20 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 20-21.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 19-20

• 6 p.m. - "Alice in Winterland" by The Dance Studio at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $15 via ycpac.com or 776-2000.

• 6-7:30 p.m. - Christmas Choral Vespers featuring Vespers Choir, handbell choirs, orchestra and pipe organ at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr. in Prescott. Free will offering. 445-4348 and americanlutheran.net.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 19-21

• Elves Weekend in downtown Prescott at 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday and noon-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Special promotions, Santa, and enter to win $500 shopping spree. Elvesdowntownprescott.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking Stuffer Bazaar at Grace Sparkes Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. in Prescott. With more than 50 non-profits, Santa at noon-2 p.m., and free gifts for children.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Christmas Brass Band on Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott featuring more than 50 members.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

• 3 p.m. - Handel's "Messiah" sing-along with the Friends of Music Chorale, professional soloists, a chamber orchestra and the audience at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $17-$30 via ycpac.com or 776-2000.

• 6 p.m. - The Bolshoi Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" live from Moscow via satellite at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. $10-$15. Ycpac.com or 776-2000.

• 7 p.m. - "A Swingin' Christmas" at Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott. $22-$30. PrescottElksTheater.com. 777-1370.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24

• "A Christmas to Remember," a special family Christmas Eve service, 6 p.m. at Prescott Valley Bible Church, 6411 N. Robert Road, Prescott Valley. Free to the community, a meal, eggnog, hot chocolate and desserts followed by the message about the true meaning of Christmas. RSVP required: 775-0221.

CHRISTMAS DAY

• 11-2 - "Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner" at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane in Prescott. Free shuttles from Albertson's grocery store. 778-4499 and stlukesprescott.org.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

• Annual New Year's Eve Boot Drop on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott features fireworks, entertainment and lowering of the huge lighted cowboy boot at 10 p.m. and midnight. Free. prescott.org.