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CALENDAR of HOLIDAY EVENTS

Ongoing

The Polar Express - Grand Canyon Railway, afternoons and evenings, through Jan. 3, at Grand Canyon Railway Depot, Williams. Adults must accompany the children. For information, call 888-484-7245, www.TheTrain.com.

Santa Claus is in town! - Prescott Gateway Mall, through Dec. 24. For information and times, visit ThePrescottGatewayMall.com.

Enchanted Christmas is an Amazing Indoor Holiday Tour of Lights. Open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through Dec. 30, at their new location at the Prescott Gateway Mall, Suite 302. Experience the Magic of Christmas in the warmth as you journey through our 22 different themed rooms adorned with over 1/2 million lights, complete with a large Department 56 Christmas Village Display and model trains by Point of Rocks Model Railroad Club. A $3 donation with a canned food or toy for Yavapai Food Bank and Old Town Mission. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.enchantedchristmasAZ.com.

Free Holiday Carriage Rides, from noon to 4 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2016. Pick up is at Springhill Suites, downtown Prescott. For information, visit www.visit-prescott.com.

WildLights, an annual holiday display of lights, 6 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 2, at Heritage Park Zoo, 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott. Visitors can walk the grounds after dark, enjoying more than 20,000 lights, visit the animals, holiday music, warm refreshments, and holiday-themed activities. For information, call 928-778-4242 or visit www.HeritageParkZoo.org.

Valley of Lights, 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30 at Fain Park in Prescott Valley. The most amazing, spectacular holiday lighting display in all of Arizona. It's a beautiful selection of artistic lighting on display along a 1 mile loop in the gorgeous Fain Park area. This holiday presentation is viewed from the comfort of your car and we promise there will be a surprise around every corner.

World's Largest Gingerbread Village. Open 24/7 through Dec. 31 at the Prescott Resort Lobby. For information, call 928-776-1666, www.PrescottResort.com.

Thursday, Dec. 17

Cookie House Decorating, 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. Decorate graham cracker houses at the Eighth Annual Cookie House Decorating event. For the whole family. Register online, at the Youth Desk or call 928-777-1537. Presented with funding from the Friends of Prescott Public Library. www.prescottlibrary.info.

Friday, Dec. 18

The High Mountain Chordsmen perform Christmas "sing out," 10:30 a.m. at Prescott Nursing and Rehab, 864 Dougherty St. For information, call Charlotte at 928-778-9667.

The High Mountain Chordsmen perform Christmas "sing out," 11:15 a.m. at Boulder Gardens, 860 Dougherty St., Prescott. For information, call Charlotte at 928-778-9777.

The High Mountain Chordsmen perform Christmas "sing out," 2 p.m. at Arizona Pioneers' Home, 300 S. McCormick St., Prescott. For information, call Lark Cyr at 928-445-2186.

The High Mountain Chordsmen perform Christmas "sing out," 3:30 p.m. at Alta Vista Retirement Community, 916 Canterbury Drive, Prescott.

For information, call Joel Harberson at 928-772-6000.

Christmas Choral Vespers at American Lutheran Church, 1086 Scott Drive in Prescott will be performed Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Prelude begins at 5:50 p.m., open seating, freewill offering. Directed by Minister of Music, Jim Klein and featuring vocal and handbell choirs, orchestra, organ, soloists, and congregational singing. For additional information, call 445-4348.

A musical mantra meditation, called kirtan, followed by a vegetarian dinner, to help bring in the holiday cheer will be at Yoga Sutras, 124 S. Granite St., next to Wild Iris Coffee Shop, Prescott. Kirtan is chanting ancient sanskrit prayers or mantras, of divine names of God, accompanied by Indian musical instruments. This kirtan will feature members of the Red Rock Rishis of Sedona. Many people suffer from anxiety and depression over the holidays. Meditation is well known even by clinical psychologists, to be helping in relieving such conditions. Says Dr. Daniel Goleman PhD., associate editor for Psychology Today and author of Varieties of Meditative Experience, "The ability to handle stress increases with the practice of meditation. In a culture like ours, in which inner spiritual growth is totally neglected in favor of materialistic pursuits, we might have something to learn from the ancient sages of India." Admission is $10. Reservations requested by calling 928-308-7340.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Last Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prescott Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. More than 50 nonprofits will offer high quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances and more. 928-778-3747; www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com.

Prescott Holiday Native Art and Craft Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Yavapai Gathering Center, 530 E. Merritt St., Prescott. Follow signs off N. Montezuma Street, north of downtown. Shop local southwest native art and crafts for all your holiday gifts. Meet the artists, learn how gifts are made, listen to live native music and enjoy homemade frybread. For information, visit facebook.com/prescottnativeartshow.

Christmas Choral Vespers at American Lutheran Church, 6 p.m. at 1086 Scott Drive in Prescott. Prelude begins at 5:50 p.m., open seating, freewill offering. Directed by Minister of Music, Jim Klein and featuring vocal and handbell choirs, orchestra, organ, soloists, and congregational singing. For additional information, call 445-4348.

"Christmas with the Rat Pack," 7 p.m. Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott. Holiday music never had it so good as when it was being crooned by legendary "Rat Pack" members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Pour yourself some eggnog and get ready to be transported back to a Vegas-style lounge for a night of swingin' Christmas songs. Featuring an amazing six-piece band and talented cast of vocalists, "Christmas with the Rat Pack" is an instant classic! Tickets are $22 - $25. 928-777-1370; www.prescottelkstheater.com.

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. With their Emmy award-winning PBS special now airing across the country, it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America's favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut five years ago on NBC's "America's Got Talent," The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. For more information and tickets, go to www.ycpac.com or call 928-776-2000.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Santa Claus in downtown Prescott, from 1 to 4 p.m. through Dec. 23, at the Holiday Courtyard, 120 S. Montezuma St., Prescott.

Monday, Dec. 21

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Friday, Dec. 25

Don't Spend Christmas Alone Feast, Fellowship, Entertainment, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott. No cost. Free shuttle from the former Prescott Haggen parking lot. 928-778-4499.

Saturday, Dec. 26

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Monday, Dec. 28

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Winter Break Crafts for Kids, 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, second floor. Celebrate winter break with easy, do-it-yourself, make-and-take crafts in the Children's area during regular library hours. This is a free event. For information, call 928-759-3044.

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