Local events for the holidays
Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Deck the Mall & Santa's Arrival. Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd. 928-442-3659. Santa arrives while busy elves get the mall ready for Christmas shopping.
Nov. 27, 6 p.m. - Prescott Holiday Light Parade. Historic downtown Prescott. Dozens of lighted floats circle the courthouse in this annual favorite.
Throughout November - Holiday Art Show. Mountain Artists Guild, 228 S. Alarcon. 928-445-2510.
November through Dec. 3 - Gifts Galore. Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St. 778-8888.
Now through Jan. 2 - World's Largest Gingerbread Village. Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 E. Highway 69, 928-776-1666. Dozens of meticulously executed village homes and businesses play backdrop to the circling train. Open 24/7.
Nov. 26 through Dec. 24 - Visit with Santa at the Mall. Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd., JC Penney Court, 442-3659.
Nov. 26 through Dec. 24 - Salvation Army Angel Trees at the Mall. Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd., 442-3659. Select the name of a needy child from the Angel Tree.
Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 - 6:30 to 9 p.m. - Wildlights Holiday Display. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road. 778-4242. Visit the animals at night under the beauty of the wild holiday lights. Friday & Saturday nights through Dec. 31.
Dec. 1 - 5 to 8 p.m. - World AIDS Day Wreath Auction. Wreath auction, free admission. Appetizers provided by Monk's Restaurant. Cash Bar. Monk's Restaurant, 123 N. Cortez St. 928-458-0405.
Dec. 3 & Dec. 4, 6 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m. - Walk Through Bethlehem. American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. 445-4348. A long-time favorite of the community, depicting the birth of Christ with live animals and an authentic replica of the villages of that era.
Dec. 3, 6 p.m. and Dec. 4, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - "Ebony Scrooge...A Modern Carol". Local children and their families perform in this play. Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave. 928-499-8664.
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. - A Cowboy Christmas Concert. Featuring Gail Steiger, Tony Norris, Sue Harris and Warren Miller, this quartet will share Christmas poems, stories and songs from the prairie and ranches. Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St., 928-445-3286. $15.
Dec. 4, 1 p.m. - 28th Annual Christmas Parade. Historic downtown Prescott is the site for the annual hometown Christmas Parade, complete with floats, children's groups, dogs, classic cars, bands and more. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and lasts about two hours.
Dec. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. - Frontier Christmas Open House. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St. 928-445-3122. Step back in time with Sharlot Hall Museum's living history interpreters as they revive the spirit of Christmas past. Seasonal entertainment, plus refreshments in front of a roaring fire. $3 for museum members; $5 for non-members; children under 18 free.
Dec. 4, 6 p.m. - 56th Annual Courthouse Lighting. Courthouse plaza, historic downtown Prescott. Historic downtown Prescott's signature Christmas event - the lighting of the courthouse and plaza. Includes children's choirs on the steps of the courthouse, as Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett reads the story of the first Christmas just before the plaza explodes in the beauty of nearly one million Christmas lights.
Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. - Stars of the Season Family Planetarium Program. Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1500. Seating is on the floor and limited to 25 per program, so reserve a free space for each member of your family. Shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visit www.prescottlibrary.info/ for details.
Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. - Celebrating the Seasons around the World. Includes holiday treats from different cultures and information about countries around the world. Open to children grades 6-12. Prescott Public Library - 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1537. www.prescottlibrary.info/.
Dec. 8, 4 to 7 p.m. - Wyndham Garden Anniversary Party with Santa Claus. Bring a toy for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Prescott. Visit with Santa Claus. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 4499 E. Highway 69. 928-777-0770.
Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m. - Visit with Mrs. Claus. Meet Mrs. Claus for stories and an insider's view of the North Pole. Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1537. www.prescottlibrary.info.
Dec. 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Acker Musical Showcase in historic downtown Prescott. Featuring hundreds of talented musicians entertaining for free in dozens of venues around the square. An enduring Prescott holiday tradition that grows more popular each year.
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. - Dancing to the Lights Cantata. Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., 928-778-1950.
Dec. 12, 1 to 3 p.m. - Santa with the Animals. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road. 928-778-4242.
Dec. 12, 3 p.m. - Prescott POPS: Merry Christmas and All that Jazz. Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St. 928-776-2000.
Dec. 17, 6 to 10 p.m. - Wyndham Garden Community Christmas Party. Buddy Moeck's Swing Band. Traditional buffet menu. Family seating, tables of 10. Reservations required. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 4499 E. Highway 69. 928-777-0770.
Dec. 17 & 18, 6 p.m. - Christmas Choral Vespers, American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. 928-445-4348. Prelude begins at 5:50 p.m. An annual pre-Christmas musical tradition of AELC's Music Ministry. Advent and Christmas music by Vesper Choir.
Dec. 17 & 18, 7 p.m. and Dec. 18 - 2 p.m. - "Where in the Woods Is Our Elf?" Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St. 928-778-7888. The musical includes ballet, singing, and a mystery to be solved.
Dec. 17 - 7:30 p.m. - Plaid Tidings. Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St. 928-776-2000. Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid.
Dec. 18 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar. More than 50 nonprofit agencies selling low-cost high quality merchandise to raise money for their agencies. Live entertainment. Gifts from Santa for children with adults. Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. 778-3747.
Dec. 19, 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. - A Musical Sleigh Ride. A choreographed production of song and dance. Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St., 928-777-1359, www.elksoperahouse.com
Dec. 22 - 10 a.m. - Cookie House Decorating. Come decorate a graham cracker house. All ages are welcome. Children under 5 will need grownup help. Call 777-1537 to register. Two times - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., 777-1537. www.prescottlibrary.info/.
Dec. 25 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" dinner. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane, Prescott. 928-778-4499. Free (donations are accepted). Full Christmas dinner for those who are alone or feel alone. Transportation for those who need it (in Prescott). Home delivery for homebound in the tri-city area.
Nov. 25-Christmas - Valley of Lights. The chamber sponsors the event, which features a display of animated lights in Fain Park.
Create-A-Tree. Applications are available for the ninth annual Create-A-Tree display in the library. Clubs, church groups and businesses create displays, and the public casts votes on their favorite tree.
Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. - Festival of Lights. The chamber event takes place in conjunction with Create-A-Tree, the annual Festival of Lights Parade and the Civic Center lighting ceremony. The festivities begin at 5:30 Friday, Dec. 3, and Santa will arrive on the first floor of the Civic Center.
Dec. 17, from 4-8 p.m. and Dec. 18, from 3-8 p.m. - Chino Valley Hometown Christmas. Participants are asked to decorate a holiday tree and/or create a holiday-themed display. Heritage Middle School's gymnasium, 1076 N. Road 1 West. Admission is free for visitors. To participate, there is a $10 entry fee per tree and a $20 entry fee per display. Artificial trees only. Electricity is limited to low-watt, decorative lighting, such as Christmas tree lights. Any other electrical requirements must be requested and approved in advance. Submit an entry commitment form to: the Chamber of Commerce, 175 E. Road 2 South, P.O. Box 419, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, by Fri., Dec. 10. For more information, call 636-2493 or e-mail the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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