Originally Published: December 18, 2014 7:43 p.m.
Instead of sipping eggnog - or that hot toddy - and watching "A Christmas Carol" from your easy chair, only to wonder what awaits you in the Prescott area this holiday season, we're presenting here in Kudos KornuKopia your personal roundup of events of things to see and do. Enjoy!
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.
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.
THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 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. See story in this week's Kudos!
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. Besides having a wonderful time singing this glorious music, you will be benefiting the music scholarship fund of the Friends of Music, an auxiliary of the Yavapai College Foundation. Feel uncomfortable singing? No problem. There is plenty of room for a very enthusiastic audience of listeners. Dr. Will Fisher, Professor Emeritus from Yavapai College, will be the conductor. Over 40 million singers from 196 countries will perform this work during the Christmas season this year! Another 80 million people will listen to live performances. Proceeds from the concert will go directly to build a scholarship endowment managed by the Yavapai College Foundation. Tickets: $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. The Holidays wouldn't be complete without our favorite tunes being crooned by Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, and all the legendary artists whose music truly made it "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Set in the style of a classic television Christmas Special, this concert will put you "In The Mood" with such Yuletide gems as "Happy Holidays," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "White Christmas," and so many more. Featuring an amazing six-piece swing band and an all-star cast of vocalists boasting credentials ranging from Broadway to American Idol, "A Swingin' Christmas!" is an instant classic! Tickets: $22-$30. PrescottElksTheater.com. 928-777-1370.
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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 28
7 p.m. at the Elks Theatre - "Rave On! A Salute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Dion & the Belmonts" - Celebrating the music of the Winter Dance Party Tour (the final concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper), this live concert production honors their memory by capturing the rocking spirit of that final tour that also included Dion and The Belmonts. With hits such as "Peggy Sue," "La Bamba," "Chantilly Lace," and "A Teenager In Love" their music and legacy is remembered as they would have wanted- legendary performers rocking at the top of their game! The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is at 117 E. Gurley St. Tickets: 928-777-1370.
BEGINNING DEC. 30
Old Guyz Rule2 - an interview with seven of the old Prescott historians, offering conversations of their memories from "the old days." They are, from left: Rick Looney, Joanne Kuhne Looney, Yvonne Morgan, Wally Warren, Joe NcNally, John Olsen, and Cal Cordes. ACCESS 13 will show these two videos in parts One and Two for 30 days beginning Dec. 30 at these times: Part One - Mondays, 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. (Prescott Valley at 8 p.m.); Part Two - Thursdays, 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. Anyone not on CableOne, or in other towns, can watch online at: www.access13.org at the same times.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31
3 p.m. (doors open at 2) - The AZ Ice Peoria Figure Skating Program will be performing an on ice tribute to Disney's "Frozen," at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. Competive figure skaters will perform the title roles while skaters of all ages and abilities make up the supporting cast. Meet & Greet passes are available for $10 each. You'll be able to go backstage and meet the skaters in costume. Children with a Meet & Greet pass are welcome to bring one adult along with them for free. Tickets: $10 per person, General Admission Arena Seating; children younger than 2 get in free. Call 866-443-8849 or 928-772-1819, or visit the box office.
6:30 p.m. cocktails (cash bar), 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8-midnight dancing, midnight champagne toast - Jazz Summit's third annual New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance at "The Club at Prescott Lakes." Vocalist Dennis Rowland will be featured with the Mike Vax Orchestra. Vax, director, will provide the evening's entertainment with the best in jazz and promises that there will be plenty of music for dancing. Rowland was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, when he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. The cost is $95 for singles and $190 for couples. There is limited seating. Overnight stay packages are available. For tickets, contact Kristy: 928-277-1576. The Club at Prescott Lakes is located at 311 East Smoke Tree Lane. For more info, visit www.prescottjazz.com.
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. Pick up the Dec. 26 Kudos for more about the Boot Drop!
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