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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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December 7, 2016

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Google Maps A Christmas Carol (Dec 1-24). The dramatization of Ebenezer Scrooge's life-changing Christmas Eve. Call for times. $18-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W Page Ave, Gilbert. 480-497-1181 or

Google Maps A Christmas Story (Tues-Sun through Dec 28). Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There's just one problem, everyone thinks he'll shoot his eye out! This nostalgic Christmas musical is a delight for all ages. Times vary. $44-$98. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria. 623-776-8400 or

Google Maps All Saints' Episcopal Day School Open House. Faculty, admissions officers and parent ambassadors are on hand to answer questions for this preK-grade 8 private school. 9-11am. Free. RSVPs suggested. 6300 N Central Ave. 602-274-4866 or

Google Maps Baby Splash Swim Classes. Babies 6 months & under (with an adult). 30-minute water acclimation classes in a heated indoor pool. Call for specific class times. Free. Preregister. Hubbard Family Swim Schools, 1061 N Dobson Rd #101, Mesa. 602-971-4044 or

Google Maps Billy Elliot (Wed-Sat through Dec 24). The inspiring celebration of a boy who trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. 7:30pm Tues-Sat, 2pm Sun. $41-$86. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-254-2151 or

RAK Event Of The Day

Google Maps CitySkate Ice Rink (through Jan 8). All ages. Frozen rink, holiday lights, music and hot chocolate. 11:30am-1:30pm and 5-11pm Mon-Fri; 3-11pm Sat-Sun; closes 6pm Sat Dec 24; 5-11pm Sun Dec 25. $15/person (includes skate rental). CityScape Phoenix, between First Avenue and First Street, between Washington and Jefferson Streets. 602-772-3900 or

Google Maps FLAGSTAFF: The North Pole Experience (Nov 18-Dec 28). 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. $38-$55; $32-$49 children; packages available including meals and hotel stay. Little America Hotel, 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. 888-NPX-SANTA (679-7268) or

Google Maps Lights of the World Lantern Festival (through Jan 29). A magical world of light and cultural entertainment. Explore more than 75 stunning displays of global cultural and cuisine. 5-10pm Mon-Thur, 5-11pm Fri, 3-11pm Sat-Sun. $24; $14.99 ages 3-12. $10 parking (cash only). Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd, Chandler AZ. 480-502-5600 or

Mamma Mia (Tues-Sun Dec 6-11). The ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA's greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love and friendship. 7:30pm Tues-Sat, 2pm Sat, 1 and 6:30pm Sun. $20-$125. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe. 480-965-3434 or

Google Maps Nightly Snow Fall at Desert Ridge Marketplace (through Dec 31). Who says it doesn't snow in Arizona?! Join Desert Ridge Marketplace every night during the holiday season for magical snowfall. Watch as the fountain and fireplace become a living snow globe. 7pm and 8pm (no snow on Thanksgiving or Christmas). Free. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix.

Google Maps Nightly Snow Fall at Tempe Marketplace (through Dec 31). Proof that it really does snow in Arizona! Join Tempe Marketplace every night during the holiday season for magical snowfall. Watch as the District Stage becomes a living snow globe. 7pm and 8pm. (No snow on Thanksgiving or Christmas). Free. Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

Google Maps PBS Storytime at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Bring the kids to enjoy holiday classic story time with Mrs. Claus. Enjoy dancing, exercises by The Little Gym and special guest PBS characters. Tonight's character is Curious George. 5-7pm. Free. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix.

Google Maps People's Choice Competition.Phoenix Premium Outlets partners with The Art Institute of Phoenix to host a window display design contest. Shoppers are encouraged to visit and vote for their favorite. 10am-midnight. Free. Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler. 480-639-1766 or

Google Maps PRESCOTT: Arizona's Largest Gingerbread Village (through Jan 1). 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. 928-776-1666 or

Google Maps SEDONA: Red Rock Fantasy (Dec 1-Jan 1). Beautifully lit holiday trees, a walk through Tinsel Town, shopping options, Santa, performances. Free trolley Fridays and Saturdays in December (excluding Christmas weekend). Dusk to 9pm nightly. Free. Tlaquepaque, Sedona.

Google Maps Temple Christmas Lights (nightly through Dec 31). Celebrate the birth of Christ with thousands of lights, illuminated palm trees and flower gardens. 5-10pm. Free. Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 E Main St, Mesa.

Google Maps The Elves and the Shoemaker (Wed-Sun Dec 7-24). Holiday-themed version of the traditional tale with Santa sending his elves to help the hard-working shoemaker. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 ages 12 and younger. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or

Google Maps TUCSON: Zoo Lights (Dec 7-23). Light displays, animal-theme light sculptures, falling snow and more. 6-8pm. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson. 520-791-3204 or

Google Maps Wednesday Tumble Time. Ages 1-6 (with an adult). Unstructured play time with gymnastics equipment, in foam pits and on trampolines. 12:30-1:30pm. $10 (cash), $12 (debit/credit), adults free. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3110 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix. 602-992-5790 or

Google Maps WILLIAMS: The Polar Express (through Jan 7). A magical train ride based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic. Train departs at 5:30 and 7:30pm daily; select dates also offer 3:30pm "matinee" departures. $32-$45; $21-$35 ages 2-16; packages available including meals and hotel stay. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams. 800-222-6966 or

Google Maps ZooLights (through Jan 8). The Phoenix Zoo celebrates 25 years of this bright holiday tradition. Enjoy millions of lights, holiday trees and lakeside music-in-motion shows. 5:30-10:30pm. $12.95-$19.95 (member discounts available), ages 2 & under free. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-914-4333 or

data updated wed dec 07, 2016 @ 02:00 am

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