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December 21, 2014

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Google Maps A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec 10-22). All your favorite Peanuts characters come to life onstage. Call for times and prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria. 623-776-8400 or azbroadwaytheatre.com

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Google Maps A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Thur-Sun Dec 5-21). Musical adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. 7pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $15-$20. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills. 480-837-9661 or fhtaz.org

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A Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday (Dec 13-21). The Phoenix Boys Choir performs traditional classics and seasonal favorites. Call for times. $18-$28. Locations vary. 602-264-5328 or boyschoir.org

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Google Maps A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail (Dec 5-23). Holiday musical featuring Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Roo and the gang from the beloved children's stories. Call for times. $18. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N 1st St. 602-253-8188 or vyt.com

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Google Maps Arizona's Largest Gingerbread Village (through Dec 31). More than 100 edible castles, estates, houses and electric trains. Cookie decorating for the kids. Free. Prescott Resort & Conference Center lobby, 1500 E Hwy 69, Prescott. 928-445-8315 or prescottresort.com

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Google Maps Breakfast with Santa. All ages. Holiday breakfast buffet, cookie decorating, story time with Mrs. Claus, photos and a visit from Santa. 8am, 10am & noon. $29.95 adults, $18 ages 10 & under. Reservations required. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Rico's American Grill, 7677 N 16th St. 602-997-5850 or pointehiltonsquawpeak.com

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Google Maps Christmas at the Princess (through Jan 4). Four-story musical tree, skating rink, train, lights, Nativity Garden light show, carousel and photos with Santa (Nov 28-Dec 21). 5-9pm. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale. 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

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Google Maps Circus Today (Sept 12-Jan 4). Features Arizona artist Mark McDowell who showcases the classic imagery often associated with circuses: acrobatic performers, animal acts, sideshow curiosities and the iconic big top tent. 10am-5pm Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Thur, noon-5pm Sun. Free. Mesa Arts Center Museum, 1 E Main St, Mesa. 480-644-6567 or mesaartscenter.com

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Google Maps CitySkate Ice Rink. All ages. Frozen rink, holiday lights, music and hot chocolate for sale. 11am-1:30pm and 4-11pm. $12/person (includes skate rental). CityScape Phoenix, between 1st Ave & 1st St between Washington & Jefferson Sts. cityscapephx.com

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Google Maps Concerts at The MIM (Dec 2-21). Ben Watt Dec 2; Dakhabrakha Dec 5; Brad Mehldau Trio Dec 7; An Irish Christmas in America Dec 8-9; Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo Dec 10; Tower of Power Dec 11; Songs & Stories Dec 14; Home for the Holidays Dec 15; Christmas with Lunasa Dec 16; Esteban with Teresa Joy Dec 17; Holiday Jazz Celebration Dec 20 and Hear Them Ring Dec 20-21. Call for prices and times. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd. 480-478-6000 or mim.org

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Google Maps Cowboy Christmas (Sat-Sun Dec 13-21). Western Shootouts, miniature horses dressed as reindeer, free stagecoach and wagon rides, carolers, Cowboy Santa and more. Noon-4pm. Free. Old Town Scottsdale, Indian School to 2nd St and Scottsdale Rd to Brown Ave, Scottsdale. 480-994-1366 or experiencescottsdale.com

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Google Maps Family Tumble Time. Ages 1-12 (with an adult for ages under 6). Unstructured play time in the gym. 10-11:30am. $5-$8/child, parents free. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3110 E Thunderbird Rd. 602-992-5790 or arizonasunrays.com

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Google Maps Fishmas! All ages. Storytime, snow flurries, Santa Sharky, crafts and more. 10am-6pm. Included with admission: $18 adults, $13 ages 3-12; discount if purchased online. SEA LIFE Arizona, 5000 S Arizona Mills Circle #145, Tempe. 480-478-7600 or visitsealife.com/arizona

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Google Maps Game-Day Parties. All ages. Live entertainment, Cardinals Cheerleaders autograph sessions, inflatables, photo boards and stands and more. Times vary. Free. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale. 623-385-7502 or westgateaz.com/cardinals

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Google Maps Hairspray (Fri-Sun Dec 12-21). Follow Tracy Turnblad as she fulfills her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show. Presented by Greasepaint Youtheatre. 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E 2nd St, Scottsdale. 602-889-7609 or greasepaint.org

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Google Maps Holiday Display. All ages. Hundred of thousands of lights decorate the center. Holiday movies will be shown 7pm Nov 13 and 9:30am Nov 15 & 16. Lights will remain lit nightly until Jan 2. Free. Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E Elliot Rd, Tempe. 480-345-6461 or pollacktempecinemas.com

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Google Maps Holiday Lights (Dec 12-Jan 3; excluding Dec 24-25 & 31). Train ride through holiday lights and displays plus visits with Santa (Dec 12-23). 6:30-9pm. $3 train and $2 carousel rides, under 3 free (with paying adult). McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. 480-312-2312 or therailroadpark.com

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Google Maps Holiday Lights and Ice (Thur-Sun through Jan 3). Enjoy the holiday light display and skating on the only outdoor synthetic ice rink in the West Valley. 4-10pm Thur-Fri, noon-10pm Sat-Sun. $8 adults, $5 ages under 10; price includes skate rental. The Wigwam Resort, 300 E Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park. wigwamarizona.com

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Holiday Open House Tours. All ages. Tour 16 G-scale garden railroad layouts. Proceeds benefit train activities in the Phoenix area and Cardon Children's Medical Center railroad. 5:30-8:30pm. Donations. Valleywide. azbigtrains.org

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Google Maps Holiday Season Concert (Sun Dec 21). West Valley Symphony performs holiday favorites with a special appearance by the West Valley Youth Orchestra. 3pm. $15-$25. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N Parkview Pl, Surprise. 623-707-8844 or westvalleysymphony.org

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Google Maps Jeeper's Creeper's: Bugs in Art (Oct 3-Jan 25). Test your knowledge and learn all about bugs through fun and challenging puzzles, games and art-making activities. 9am-4pm Tues-Sat, noon-4pm Sun. $8 ages 1 & up. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa. 480-644-4332 or ideamuseum.org

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Google Maps Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (Sat & Sun Nov 23-Dec 28). The story of the beloved high-spirited kindergartner and her adventures as her class puts on a holiday program and has a Secret Santa gift exchange. Recommended for ages 5 & up. 1 & 4pm Sat, 1pm Sun; preview Sun Nov 23 at 4pm. $12 & up. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz.org

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Google Maps Las Noches de las Luminarias (Nov 28-29, Dec 5-6, 12-13, 19-23 & 26-30) . Thousands of hand-lit luminarias, food, live entertainment and holiday shopping. 5:30-9:30pm. $30 adults, $12.50 ages 3-12, 2 & under free ($25 adults, $10 ages 3-12 members). Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy. 480-481-8188 or dbg.org

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Google Maps Live Nativity. All ages. Nativity story, photo booth with nativity costumes, petting zoo, tractor pulled hay ride, leather crafts and refreshments. 6-8pm. Free. Boulder Mountain Community Church, 9390 E McLellan Rd, Mesa. 480-986-0006 or bmcchurch.org

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Google Maps Mary Poppins (Nov 19-Dec 28). Musical adventure with a magical nanny. 7:30pm Tues-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $30-$75. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E McDowell Rd. 602-254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com

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Google Maps Meet Me in St Louis (Thur-Sat Dec 18-Jan 3). The beloved MGM movie musical explodes on stage. Presented by Copperstar Repertory Co. Call for times. $22-$24. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com

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Google Maps Mesa Temple Christmas Lights (through Dec 31). Hundreds of thousands of lights, nativity scene, live entertainment and visitors' center. 5-10pm. Free. Mesa Arizona Temple and Visitors' Center, 525 E Main St, Mesa. 480-964-7164 or mesachristmaslights.com

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Google Maps Miracle on 34th Street (Wed-Sun through Dec 25). Tells the story of a young girl, her practical mother, a handsome neighbor and a certain red-suited man who unites them all. 7:30pm Wed-Sat, 1:45 & 7:30 Sat-Sun. $15-$55. The Palms Theatre, 5247 E Brown Rd, Mesa. 480-924-6260 or thepalmstheatre.com

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Nightly Snowfall (through Dec 24). Out of thin air, fluffy white flakes will float down from the sky. 7 & 8pm. Free. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale (westgateaz.com), Desert Ridge Marketplace (shopdesertridge.com) and Tempe Marketplace, Tempe (tempemarketplace.com).

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Google Maps Nutcracker Ballet (Fri-Sun Dec 19-21). The Southwest Youth Ballet brings a favorite holiday story to life. Accompanied by the Chandler Symphony. 7pm Fri, 2 & 6:30pm Sat, 3pm Sun. $10-$30. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert. 480-279-7190 or higleyarts.com

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Google Maps Season of Fun (through Dec 31). PaintScaping where 3-D images and animations set to holiday music are projected onto the buildings; Holiday Family FunFest includes visits with Santa, holiday craft-making, cooking decorating, games, face painting, train ride, magic shows, holiday character appearances, live entertainment and the Kierland SnoPro (skiing and snowboarding simulator). PaintScaping shows 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8pm nightly; Family FunFest 5-8pm Fri-Sat through Dec 20. Free for PaintScaping; $10 ages 3 & up for Family FunFest. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale. 480-624-1000 or kierlandresort.com/celebrate-season-of-fun

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Google Maps Snow Queen (Sat-Sun Dec 6-21). The Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale performed by Center Dance Ensemble. 2 & 7pm Sat, 2 & 5pm Sun. $14-$28. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St. 602-252-8497 or herbergertheater.org

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Google Maps Solstice Celebrations. All ages. Celebrate the shortest day of the year with visitors sharing Irish traditions, carols and Irish music. Celebration starts at 4pm. $5 adults, under 12 free. The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Ave. 602-258-0109 or azirish.org

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Google Maps Spirit of Christmas (Sat-Sun Dec 13-21). More than 100 dancers, horse and carriage, champion hoop dancer and special guest performers. Proceeds benefit Paz de Christo Child Crisis Center. 2 & 7pm Sat, 2 & 6pm Sun. $24-$28. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Ave, Chandler. 480-782-2680 or chandlercenter.org

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Google Maps Spy Studio (Sept 23-Jan 18). Students from Boulder Creek, Paradise Valley and South Mountain High Schools stretched their imaginations and technology skills to create futuristic spy gadgets. Noon-5pm Tues-Wed & Sun, noon-9pm Thur-Sat. $7 adults, $5 student, ages 15 & under free. The SMoCA Young @ Art Gallery, 7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale. 480-994-ARTS (2787) or smoca.org

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Google Maps Ten-in-One (Sept 12-Jan 25). A reference to sideshow attractions, focuses on artists whose works embody the circus aesthetic with a contemporary twist. 10am-5pm Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Thur, noon-5pm Sun. Free. Mesa Arts Center Museum, 1 E Main St, Mesa. 480-644-6567 or mesaartscenter.com

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Google Maps The Festival of Lights. More than a million white lights throughout the desert landscape. 5:30-11pm. Free. Ahwatukee Foothills, Chandler Blvd from 24th St to Desert Foothills Pkwy. 480-270-4365 or folaz.org

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Google Maps The Marvel Experience. All ages. A first-of-its-kind attraction that covers more than two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes utilizing the latest interactive technology, including augmented reality, multi-person gaming and RFID progress tracking. Ticketed entry times. $27.50 & up. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale. themarvelexperiencetour.com

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Google Maps The Night Before Christmas (Wed-Sun Dec 10-28). Celebration of Christmas with stories, music and an amazing array of puppets. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults, $7 ages 12 & under. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org

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Google Maps The North Pole Experience (Nov 21-Dec 27). Take the Candy Cane/Snowball Express to Santa's Workshop where you can assist the elves in toy making, tour the factory, get treats from the bakery and take photos with Santa. Call for times. $44-$55 adults, $38-$49 for children; packages also available for meals and hotel stay. The Little America Hotel, 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. 888-NPX-SANTA (679-7268) or northpoleexperience.com

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Google Maps The Nutcracker (Dec 12-28). The captivating story of a little girl's Christmas Eve Fantasy performed by Ballet Arizona. Music performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Call for times. $25 & up. Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St. 602-381-1096 or balletaz.org

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Google Maps The Nutcracker (Fri-Sun Dec 19-21). Youth American Ballet Company presents this magical story. Call for times. $15 & up. Desert Ridge HS Performing Arts, 10045 E Madero Ave, Mesa. 480-814-9232 or youthamericandanceacademy.com

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Google Maps The Polar Express (Nov 7-Jan 3). Magical train ride based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic. 5:30 & 7:30pm train departs; select dates also offer a 3:30pm "matinee" departure. $39 adults, $25 ages 2-15; packages also available for meals and hotel stay. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams. 888-848-3511 or thetrain.com

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Google Maps The Quiltmaker's Gift (Fri-Sun Dec 6-21). This musical play celebrates the value of generosity and the spirit of community. 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. $14-$35. Theater Works, 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria. 623-815-1791 or theaterworks.org

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Google Maps The Wizard of Oz (Fri-Sun Nov 14-Dec 21). Follow Dorothy's magical journey down the yellow brick road. 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 1 & 3pm Sat-Sun. $15. Reservations recommended. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-483-1664 or desertstages.org

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Google Maps Winter Wonderland Express (Sat-Sun Dec 20-21). All ages. Tons of fresh snow, holiday train ride, sledding, candy canes, hot cocoa and visits with Santa. 10am-7pm; Santa available 11am-5pm. Call for prices. Enchanted Island, 1202 W Encanto Blvd. 602-254-1200 or enchantedisland.com

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Google Maps Winterhaven Festival of Lights (Dec 13-27). Lights, festive decorations, music, hay wagon and trolley rides. 6-10pm. Free with canned food donation. Winterhaven neighborhood, enter off of Ft Lowell Blvd or Prince, Tucson. winterhavenfestival.org

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Google Maps ZooLights (through Jan 11). 3.8 million lights, 700 unique animal light sculptures, "Music in Motion" dancing tree show and more. 5:30-10:30pm. $10 & up ($8 & up members), ages 2 & under free. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Pkwy. 602-273-1341 or phoenixzoo.org

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data updated sun dec 21, 2014 @ 02:00 am

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