By Tuesday Mahrle

It’s arrived! The last weekend before Christmas. Is your gift shopping done? What will you make for Christmas dinner? Are the guest bedrooms ready for in-laws, cousins, aunts? We push that all aside and look at the entertaining things to do this weekend. We found plenty of holiday music events and some activities that will keep you distracted from the big day.

 

ZOOMTOWN Lights

December 20-December 31

ZOOMTOWN Lights is the only light show in Arizona that allows guests to drive inside the newly modernized Raceway and onto the same pit road used by NASCAR’s most elite.

The light show will feature sparkling displays throughout an approximately 1.6-mile course for guests to enjoy from the comfort of their own vehicles.

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Home for the Holidays with James D. Gish

December 21-December 23

Enjoy an intimate evening with James D. Gish, Phoenix Theatre’s leading man from West Side Story, Newsies and Godspell. Direct from solo shows in Las Vegas & New York City, James is back by popular demand and live on-stage.

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Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular

Friday, December 21

The Chandler Center for the Arts brings the electrifying sights and sounds of DRUMLine Live, a full marching band performing holiday classics with the energy of hip-hop, jazz, soul and Motown.

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Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera “Live in Stereo”

Friday, December 21

Jason Mraz is an American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene in 2000. In 2002, he released his debut studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”.

In partnership with Live Nation, Mesa Arts Center presents Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera Live in Stereo. With special guest Gregory Page.

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Arizona Vegan Festival

December 22-December 23

The Arizona Vegan Festival will feature various musicians, classes, and activities for all attendees. Enjoy live cooking demonstration, pictures with Santa, pet adoptions, free yoga and a dozen featured speakers.

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A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

December 22-December 23

It’s the 23rd anniversary of Valley Youth Theatre’s Christmas tradition! Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Baby Roo and, of course, Winnie-the-Pooh organize a search party throughout the snow-covered Hundred Acre Woods to help poor Eeyore find his lost tail.

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Native Art Market

December 22-December 23

Native Americans artists gather from several different tribes to share with the public their unique artwork. Every weekend you can meet with the artists and learn about Native American art and culture while shopping quality, Native, handcrafted products.

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Java Jingle Crawl

Saturday, December 22

The Java Jingle Crawl features tasting stops and individual shopping experiences at several of the popular locally owned coffee shops in Historic Old Town. Enjoy a tasting at each shop and entertainment such as a vintage car shows, coffee demos, live music, discounts on purchases and more.

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South Mountain Aglow

Saturday, December 22

The Judith Tunell sidewalk trail lights up with luminarias for the Winter Solstice.

As you wander among the luminarias, enjoy local musicians, food trucks, our Make & Take Market and last-minute gift shopping from local artisans.

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December Pop Up Cat Cafe

Sunday, December 23

Whether you are looking to meet a kitty to add to your family or just want to relieve some stress by spending time with cuddly kittens, the pop up cat cafe is the place for you! Spend an hour or two playing with, petting and cuddling adoptable kittens from La Gattara Cat Cafe.

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