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Quad-city area 2016 holiday happenings

Ongoing

World’s Largest Gingerbread Village, Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 Highway 69. Participants from all over the city and state create decorative gingerbread houses. Grand opening at noon Saturday, Nov. 19. Display up through Jan. 2. Other special events: pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26; and cookie decorating Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Enchanted Christmas Tour of Lights returns to the Gateway Mall, Suite 302 - Nov. 25 through Dec. 30. Enchanted Christmas is an indoor tour of lights. Experience the magic of Christmas in warmth as you journey through 22 different themed rooms adorned with over one-half million lights, complete with a large Department 56 Village Display and model trains by Point of Rocks Model Railroad Club. Please note hours do vary by the day: Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays. $4 donation with a canned food or toy for Yavapai Food Bank. Children 5 and younger get in free. www.enchantedchristmasAZ.com.

Valley of Lights, nightly Nov. 24-Dec. 30 in Fain Park, Prescott Valley.

Wildlights, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. The park will be filled with thousands of lights, festive decorations and music. Light concessions, coffee and cocoa available for purchase in the gift shop. $4 members, $6 nonmembers. 928-778-4242, ext. 16.

Saturday, Nov. 26

21st annual Holiday Light Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Prescott. Prescott’s Holiday Light Parade kicks off the holiday season with a parade of brightly and festively lit floats. Parade ends at the Prescott Mile High Middle School football field, where there will be an after-parade event with a bonfire, holiday entertainment and more.

Small Business Saturday. Prescott Chamber of Commerce encourages shoppers to think local, shop local and dine local.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Walk Through Bethlehem, 1:30 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. An interactive, fun tour of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Free. 928-445-4348.

Friday, Dec. 2

Holiday Festival of Lights Parade and Create a Tree Display, Prescott Valley. Music and activities begin at 4:45 p.m.; parade starts at 6 p.m. Parade route goes around the Civic Center, 7501 Civic Circle.

Walk Through Bethlehem, 6 to 8 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. An interactive, fun tour of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Free. 928-445-4348.

“The Gift of the Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. A little girl’s curiosity sets an enchanted world in motion on a magical Christmas Eve. Ballet Victoria combines professional and local dancers for a charming, innovative approach to the classic Tchaikovsky holiday tale. 928-776-2000.

“In the Christmas Mood,” 7 p.m. at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. $22 - $25. 928-777-1370; www.prescottelkstheater.com.

Saturday, Dec. 3

34th annual Christmas Parade, 1 to 3 p.m. in downtown Prescott. Kick off the holiday season with Arizona’s Christmas City’s Christmas Parade. 928-445-1230.

62nd annual Courthouse Lighting, 5 p.m. Festivities begin with singing at 5 p.m. Lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m. 928-445-1230.

Frontier Christmas Open House, 6 p.m. at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St. Celebrate the holiday spirit and good cheer as the museum puts on its holiday finest. 928-445-3122.

Walk Through Bethlehem, 6 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. An interactive, fun tour of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Free. 928-445-4348.

“The Gift of the Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. A little girl’s curiosity sets an enchanted world in motion on a magical Christmas Eve. Ballet Victoria combines professional and local dancers for a charming, innovative approach to the classic Tchaikovsky holiday tale. 928-776-2000.

Sunday, Dec. 4

“Messiah” concert, 3 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. The joy of the season rings through loud and clear with Yavapai College’s combined choirs, special guest soloist and live small orchestra in a fresh performance of this timeless, inspirational holiday classic. 928-776-2000.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

“Music for a Winter’s Eve” concert, 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Warm up a cold winter’s night with an evening of audience favorites. Holiday music spanning all traditions will be represented, played by the YC Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, as well as the Trailblazer and Roughrider Jazz Bands. $8 general admission; $5 faculty and staff; youth 14 and younger free. 928-776-2000.

Friday, Dec. 9

Acker Musical Showcase, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Prescott. Acker Night has become a highlight of Arizona’s Christmas City events. More than 100 musicians performing all around downtown area shops. Acker Night is the primary fundraiser for art and music scholarships for local youth.

Saturday, Dec. 10

YMCA Nutcracker and Holly Jolly Christmas Dance Recital, 4 p.m. at the Prescott High School Ruth Street Theater, 1050 Ruth St. Prescott YMCA’s dance department presents its winter dance recital, with ballet students performing the classic Nutcracker Ballet and dance students in Holly Jolly Christmas. Tickets $15 at the door. 928-445-7221.

“Blue Christmas – a Rock n Roll Holiday Extravaganza,” 7 p.m. at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. $22 - $25. 928-777-1370; www.prescottelkstheater.com.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Prescott Pops: “Holiday Treasures,” 3 p.m. All seats $25; youth price $5. 928-776-2000.

“Esteban – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” 3 p.m. at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. $25 - $50. 928-777-1370; www.prescottelkstheater.com.

Thursday, Dec. 15

“It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical,” 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie of a man redeemed, a town restored and an angel getting his wings takes the stage in captivating story and song. Tickets $20-$30. 928-776-2000.

Friday, Dec. 16

“It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical,” 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie of a man redeemed, a town restored and an angel getting his wings takes the stage in captivating story and song. 928-776-2000.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Sparkes Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St., Prescott. More than 50 nonprofit organizations, clubs, schools, scout and service groups will offer high-quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances and more. Santa will be there from noon to 2 p.m. Free gifts for youngsters visiting Santa with an adult. Carolers will entertain with songs of the season. Stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com

“Light Up the Season,” 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the sculpture garden behind Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. Enjoy cookies, carols and luminaria. Free and open to the public.

“It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical,” 7 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie of a man redeemed, a town restored and an angel getting his wings takes the stage in captivating story and song. 928-776-2000.

“Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas,” 7 p.m. at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. $22 - $25. 928-777-1370; www.prescottelkstheater.com.

Sunday, Dec. 18

“It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical,” 3 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie of a man redeemed, a town restored and an angel getting his wings takes the stage in captivating story and song. 928-776-2000.

Thursday, Dec. 22

“Steve Annibale’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Show,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Palace Restaurant and Saloon Dinner Theater, 120 S. Montezuma St., Prescott. The Steve Annibale Quartet performs holiday favorites. Tickets $32. 928-542-1996; www.historicpalace.com.

Sunday, Dec. 25

“Don’t Spend Christmas Alone – St. Luke’s Gift to the Community,” St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd’s Lane, Prescott. A free event offering a full Christmas dinner and fellowship for everyone in the quad-city area who may be alone or feel alone on Christmas Day. 928-778-4499.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Whiskey Row New Year’s Eve Boot Drop, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day 2017, downtown Prescott. Historic Whiskey Row rings in the new year with the sixth annual boot drop. Fireworks, live music, giveaways, food vendors and the dropping of a 6-foot, lighted cowboy boot from the Palace building’s flagpole at 10 p.m. and midnight Free. 928-848-4182; www.bootdrop.com