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Holiday events

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Right, Santa Claus receives a hug while making his way through the crowd after a Guidance Aviation helicopter brought him in for a visit at the Ruger Airpark Industries building Friday afternoon in Prescott. Clients, co-workers, and employees of the three area Yavapai Exceptional Industries facilities converged on their airpark location to welcome Santa Claus and have their photo taken with him. This is the third year that YEI and Guidance Aviation partnered together to fly Santa Claus in for a visit.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Right, Santa Claus receives a hug while making his way through the crowd after a Guidance Aviation helicopter brought him in for a visit at the Ruger Airpark Industries building Friday afternoon in Prescott. Clients, co-workers, and employees of the three area Yavapai Exceptional Industries facilities converged on their airpark location to welcome Santa Claus and have their photo taken with him. This is the third year that YEI and Guidance Aviation partnered together to fly Santa Claus in for a visit.

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. 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.

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.

NOW through JAN. 3

• Fridays and Saturday, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHRISTMAS DAY

• 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.

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