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Christmas events: Week of Dec. 5

This week area residents and visitors can participate in the Christmas events in the area.

• Prescott Valley's Holiday Festival of Lights will start at 5 p.m. today at the Civic Center. Two elementary school choirs will sing Christmas songs. Then, Mayor Harvey Skoog will give a short speech and turn on the lights on the town's Christmas tree and those in and near the Civic Center grounds. The parade will follow at 6 p.m. It will go around the Civic Center. Santa Claus will bring up the parade's rear and then meet children in the Council Chambers. People also will be able to look at the trees entered in the Create-A-Tree on display in the Civic Center. The trees will remain on display during office hours until Jan. 2.

• On Dec. 5-7, people can take a 30-minute Walk Through Bethlehem guided tour at the American Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1085 Scott Dr. The first night of tours is Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Hours on Saturday are 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 1 on 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The tours are free, but donations are accepted.

• The First Baptist Church's Christmas Dinner Theater, which provides dinner and entertainment, is at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at 148 S. Marina St. in Prescott. Call 778-9790 for reservations and more information.

• The 38th annual Soroptimist Holiday Gala is at 6 p.m. today in the Quality Inn Resort & Conference Center at 4499 E. Highway 69 in Prescott. For more information about the organization's annual fundraiser call 776-0182.

• The First Nazarene Church will perform its 10th annual Christmas Extravaganza at 2110 Willow Creek Road in Prescott at 7 p.m. today and Friday, Dec. 12 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13. For free tickets and more information call 445-1136. Non-perishable food for Open Door requested.

• Area residents can learn to pick the freshest tree on the lot or plant and preserve the best living Christmas tree at the Freshest Tree Ever Garden Class at 9 a.m. Saturday at Watters Garden Center at 1815 W. Iron Springs Road in Prescott. The class is about one hour long. For more information, call 445-4159.

• The public can skate at Tim's Toyota Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday and from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Costs is $2 for children 12 and under, and $4 for skaters 13 and up. Skate rentals are $3.

• Prescott's Jingle Bell Run/Walk starts with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Goodwin Street side of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Activities start at 9:45 a.m. with the Reindeer Dash, followed at 10 a.m. by the Run/Walk. People run, walk and cheer in support of the Arthritis Foundation. Cost is $35 for adults and $10 for children. For more information call 1-800-477-7679.

• More than 20 Native American artists will be selling Kachina carvings, pottery, baskets, jewelry and artwork in the Christmas Indian Art Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Smoki Museum at 147 N. Arizona Ave. in Prescott.

• Prescott's 26th annual Christmas Parade is Saturday at 1 p.m. in Downtown Prescott will feature bands throughout the state and many kids from different schools marching. For more information, call 445-2000.

• At 6 p.m. Saturday, the Courthouse Plaza lights up in the traditional lighting ceremony. For more information, call 445-2000.

• Sharlot Hall Museum's Frontier Christmas Open House will begin after the Courthouse Lighting Saturday at 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. For more information call 445-3122.

• The Patti Bell, Family & Friends Christmas Show is set Saturday, Dec. 6 and 20 and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 21 at The Ridge Club at 6200 N. Highway 69 in Prescott. The $20 fee includes dinner, dancing and the Christmas show. The shows are set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 776-2600.

• The Yavapai College Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Roy Breiling, will perform a Holiday Instrumental Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. Cost is $5. For more information, call 776-2045.

• The "Come Ye Faithful" Advent Music Service will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday in the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 630 Park Ave. in Prescott. The service includes participation by the congregation. For more information, call 445-4536.

• The Holiday Choral Concert is Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. Cost is $5. For more information, call 776-2045.

• Enjoy stories by the fireplace with Santa at Story Time With Santa at Prescott Quality Inn & Suites at 4499 E. Highway 69 in Prescott. The story times will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. For more information, call 777-0770.

• The Territorial Elementary School Christmas Concert is Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Territorial School Gym at 1088 Mahan Lane in Chino Valley. For more information, call Jean at 636-3842.

• Santa Claus will be stopping at various stores in Downtown Prescott from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, Friday, Dec. 12; and Friday, Dec. 19. Businesses wanting to arrange a visit can call Stacey Nichols at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at 778-5135.

• For the second straight year, residents can view Christmas trees in Chino Valley businesses, organizations and individuals decorated at the Chino Valley Hometown Christmas from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 12 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 13 in the Heritage Middle School Gymnasium at Road 2 North and Road 1 West.

• The Prescott Fine Arts Association will perform its world premier of "Poinsetta Miracle" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at 205 N. Marina St. in Prescott. For more information, call 445-3286.

• Valley of Lights is open from 6 p.m. to midnight daily through Dec. 30, in Fain Park between Second and Fifth streets in Prescott Valley. The chamber asks people to give a freewill donation. Follow the signs off Highway 69. For more information, call 772-8857.

• The 35-foot Tree of Joy and Song performs on the half hour and hour from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly in Prescott Valley's Entertainment District through Dec. 30.

• Prescott Gateway Mall has the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program going on through Dec. 23 in front of Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The Salvation Army decorates the trees with numbered paper angel tags with the child's first name, age and gender. People remove one or more tags from the tree and buy appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

• Wild Lights & Animal Sights is at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary at 1403 Heritage Park Rd. in Prescott from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night through Jan. 2 and 3. Refreshments including cocoa, tea and coffee are available. Special appearances by Santa Claus, carolers, and animals; plus holiday activities. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

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