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Santa Sightings: 7 Valley spots to meet the man in red

While Santa visits your home on Christmas Eve to leave presents, he rarely sticks around to chat — Kris Kringle does keep a busy schedule, after all. Fortunately, he makes plenty of appearances before Christmas where you...
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6 outdoor ice rinks in the Valley – no, really!

Even with our lower winter temperatures, Phoenix will never get "cold" as those who live north of us understand the term. In the Valley of the Sun, the temperature might dip below freezing once or...
Tempe Festival of Lights Opening Night Parade

Valley light festivals that brighten up the holiday season

Even in the Valley of the Sun, the light doesn't last long in the winter evenings. Fortunately, that gives us an opportunity to shine our own lights, whether incandescent or LED; in bright white or...

5 ways to see ‘The Nutcracker’ this season

Even after more than 100 years, the magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker, the Rat King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other delightful dancing characters — backed by Tchaikovsky's masterful score — spellbinds audiences around the world....

7 laid-back shopping alternatives to Black Friday

Thanks to Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. With deep discounts on a range of products, you can save a bundle on Christmas gifts or just pick up...

Avoid cooking and cleanup: 9 restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Perhaps the most anticipated meal in America, the Thanksgiving spread maintains a firm grip on us year round. Just the thought of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, ham, rolls, green beans, pumpkin pie...

Upcoming holiday performance highlights in the Valley

If the composers Peter Tchaikovsky and George Handel were alive, they’d be very wealthy men. Every winter, their music — specifically Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah" — blankets the land. They epitomize Christmas for many people....

Discounts for veterans on Veteran’s Day

We can never truly repay our military veterans for their sacrifices and dedication to our country's freedom. However, some businesses do what they can with discounts for veterans around Veterans Day. We've rounded up some of...
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Veterans Day parades and celebrations around the Valley

Every November 11 we set aside the day to honor our military veterans for the sacrifices they made and danger they faced on our behalf. Beyond a fervent "thank you" to the veterans in our lives,...
Balloon Spooktacular

13 best Valley Halloween parties you shouldn’t miss

Halloween can bring both frights and delights in the form of zombies, ghosts, haunted houses, horror movies, carved pumpkins, fun costumes and tons of candy. Not bad for a day that began as a...

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