santa sitings
santa sitings

Tuesday Mahrle

The Thanksgiving leftovers have been devoured and Christmas trees are making their appearances on your Facebook news feed. This can only mean one thing –  it’s officially the holiday season. We have santa sightings and holiday tree lighting ceremonies in multiple cities. If you’re not ready for the holidays, we have plenty of non-Christmas-related event too.

 

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights

November 30-January 6

The event’s centerpiece is a train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays. Take a ride on the historic Charros Carousel and visit the park’s one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building.

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S#!tfaced Shakespeare

November 30-December 30

S#!tfaced Shakespeare is a hilarious adaptation of an entirely serious Shakespearean play, with one entirely inebriated cast member. Audience members will vote from a selection of three plays and also for which actor they would like to see perform under the influence! The sober players then have to try and keep it together while nursing their fellow cast member through the play.

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Tempe Festival of the Arts

November 30-December 2

This urban fine art festival features visual artists from around the country. In addition, a section of the festival is dedicated to Cottage Arts, such as handmade seasonings, soaps, candles and sauces. There are two stages with live music all three days, a Kids Block including a K-12 exhibition, a wine tasting event and many other features that make it a festival for the entire family.

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Las Noches de Las Luminarias

December 1-December 31

This year, the Desert Botanical Garden will be aglow for 21 magical evenings and will feature more than 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights with sights and sounds.

Enjoy dinner at the Garden with family and friends, and stroll each path with a warm cup of cider or cocoa.

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Arizona Asian Festival

December 1-December 2

This festival connects community with the culture of Asia and allows attendees to visit educational marketplace booths depicting the life, culture and beauty of Asian communities. It is a unique extravaganza that includes artifact displays and hands-on activities such as a traditional fashion show, Asian cuisine, calligraphy, origami, performances, games and tea ceremony.

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Experience Brazil

December 1-December 2

Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil with vibrant musical performances, workshops, a Brazilian-inspired menu and more. Come learn about the origins of choros, bossa novas, sambas and other notable musical styles from Brazil.

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The APS Electric Light Parade

Saturday, December 1

The APS Electric Light Parade has long been an event where families, neighborhood groups and businesses from across the city come together and spread the job of the holidays to more than 100,000 spectators.

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Holiday Balloon Glow 2018

Saturday, December 1

Come enjoy 10+ hot air balloons, kids activities, live entertainment, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, a holiday gift bazaar and more! This is a free event with free parking located in the lot north of Macy’s.

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Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 1

Get ready to light up your night and ring in the holidays at the City Government of Chandler, Arizona’s 61st Annual #TumbleweedTree Lighting. The free evening kicks off with live performances, festive rides and a glowing #ParadeOfLights. The celebration culminates with the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree at 8 p.m.

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Kung Food Fest

Saturday, December 1

Master the art of devouring delicious Asian cuisine at Kung Food Fest in Downtown Phoenix. Featuring 11 local restaurants and food trucks, guests will enjoy a wide variety of delicious Asian cuisine, cooking demos, entertainment and games at Heritage Square.

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Bonus Santa Sightings

Peoria’s Old Town Holiday Festival

Friday, November 30

Real snow, jolly ol’ St. Nick and a kids zone are just three of the elements that will be entertaining festival attendees at Peoria’s annual Old Town Holiday Festival. Enjoy live entertainment including holiday-themed dances, the annual high school choral contest, theater acts, music and Peoria’s tree lighting ceremony.

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Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade

Saturday, December 1

Now in its 36th year, the annual holiday festival will take place on December 1 and feature carnival rides, live entertainment, food and beverage stations, commercial vendors, free photos with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and of course the community parade.

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