Holiday events, activities in the quad-city area
NOW through DEC. 24
Prescott Gateway Mall Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Collecting non-perishable food at 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 Rd. in Prescott. Special adoption rates.
NOW through Dec. 30
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 info.
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 Rd. in Prescott. Christmas lights and décor all over the sanctuary. Reduced $5 admission. Heritageparkzoo.org or 778-4242.
SATURDAY, DEC. 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jeans and Coat Drive at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott. Receive 50 percent off general admission will donation of new or gently used pair of jeans or a coat. 778-4242; www.HeritageParkZoo.org.
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.
10 a.m. Wreaths Across America Veterans Remembrance Ceremony takes place at the Prescott National Cemetery. This year, 907 wreaths were sponsored.
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.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Holiday Cookie Decorating classes, Prescott Valley Public Library, CakeWorks Library Café, 7401 E. Civic Circle. Decorate fun and tasty gifts perfect for the holiday season for ages 5 and up, ages 5-9 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10. Participants need to bring a cookie sheet and boxes to take home finished projects. Pre-registration required, https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/Prescott-Valley/reg.php.
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.
SATURDAY and 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.
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.
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 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. 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.
5:45 p.m. - "Children Should Be Seen and not Heard," a Christmas Caper, at 3845 N. Viewpoint Drive, Prescott Valley. Dinner theatre with Italian Christmas dinner. Tickets: $10 per person. Tickets and information: Tillie at 710-5113.
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 and 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.
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; americanlutheran.net.
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.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - "Don't Spend Christmas Alone Dinner" at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane in Prescott. There is no charge. Free shuttles from Albertson's grocery store in Prescott. 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.