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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2007 1:17 pm | Updated: 7:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

There are a lot of holiday events vying for your attention this season - here's a look at what you have to choose from.

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Theater

“That Holiday Feeling” iTheatre’s Holiday Cabaret is an evening of holiday music featuring songs that celebrate the season. Running 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, closes Dec. 15. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $16-$20. (602) 347-1071.

“Hooray for Holidays” An evening of holiday music and delicious food. Runs today through Dec. 15. Performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. North Valley Playhouse, 13043 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. $20-$35. (602) 765-1581.

“Coyote Dreams: A Very Arizona Christmas” A dinner theater comedy about Lena and Carl, two Minnesotans who visit Arizona to see if they really want to live here. 7 p.m. Saturday. Legend Trail Community Center, 34575 N. Legend Trail Parkway, Scottsdale. $50. (480) 488-1981.

“A Christmas Carol” A traditional dramatization of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life-altering Christmas in a musical production. Running 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, closes Dec. 22. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Admission: $16-$25. (480) 497-1181.

“A Christmas Carol” The miser Scrooge leaves the bah-humbugs behind after being visited by the spirits of Christmas in the Actor’s Theater musical production. Running 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, special show 7 p.m. Dec. 23, closes Dec. 23. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission: $20-$58. (602) 252-8497.

“A Shakespearean Christmas” Includes the words of Shakespeare, Elizabethan songs, beguiling characters and other merriment to fulfill all holiday wishes. Running 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, special show 3 p.m. Dec. 9, closes Dec. 15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $10-$32. (480) 644-6500.

“Coyote Dreams: A Very Arizona Christmas” A comedy and musical parody of holiday tunes telling the story of a Scandinavian couple from Minnesota who visit Arizona during the holidays to determine if they will make the move from the land of snow to the Valley of the Sun in this dinner theater Darknight production. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 27. Special matinee 1:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Patsy Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 4000 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $40. (480) 595-7346.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism” Sister hunts under the manger and over camel humps in her search for the Magi’s gold. Along the way, she gives her class a history lesson on the origin of nativity sets. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. Stage 2, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Center, northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Drinkwater Boulevard. $40.50. (480) 994-2787.

“Plaid Tidings” At first the band that died in an accident aren’t sure why they’ve returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they are needed to put a little harmony into the world. Running 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, special New Year’s Eve show 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, closes Dec. 31. The Copperstate Dinner Theater, 3801 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $40. (602) 279-3129.

“Sounds of Christmas” The annual Christmas show will take you on a trip through a song-and-dance holiday wonderland. Running 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, closes Dec. 25. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. $22-$54. (480) 325-6700.

“Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes” The performance, direct from New York City, will feature favorites “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Living Nativity” and more. Running 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. today , 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Sunday. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $22-$69. (480) 965-3434.

“A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail” Eeyore has lost his tail, and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood organize a search party to find it in time for the holiday party. Running 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays, special shows 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 21, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, closes Dec. 23. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. $18. (602) 253-8188.

“Babes in Toyland” A holiday story to delight children of all ages with a kid-friendly meal. Running 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 18, noon Sunday, Dec. 9, Dec. 15, Dec. 21 and Dec. 23, closes Dec. 23. Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa. $12-$16. (480) 325-6700.

“Christmas at Lost Canyon” Sweet little Sally Johnson is hoping for the perfect Christmas party but it isn’t easy in old-time Arizona. Running 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, closes Dec. 23. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. $6-$8. (602) 262-2050.

“Quiltmakers Gift” Experience the timeless, heart-warming tale that unfolds when a greedy king with a knack for receiving learns that giving fills the heart with so much more. Each performance includes a reading of the Quiltmaker’s Journey (prequel) just before the show and a craft corner where children are invited to create their own quilt square. Running 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Phoenix Theater’s Cookie Company, 100 E. McDowell Road. $15. (602) 254-2151.

“The Christmas Bus” Mrs. Frump has organized a holiday treat for the children in her orphanage, but has to deal with the Board of Trustees who think she has gotten too old and soft to deal with children. Running 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, special show 2 p.m. Dec. 15, closes Dec. 16. Fountain Hills Community Youth Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. $10-$12. (480) 837-9661.

“Joyful Noise” A story that looks at the gift of inspiration, the struggle of the artist against the “politics” of art as a business, and the redemptive power of forgiving oneself. Runs Thursday through Dec. 29. Performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Desert Rose Theatre, 1320 W. University Drive, Mesa. $12-$15. (480) 452-9649.

“The Eight Reindeer Monologues” Wait until you hear Blitzen, Dancer, Vixen and the rest spill the beans about press-loving Rudolph and how Santa gets all the credit. Mature audiences only. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $30, includes beverage and appetizers. (480) 350-8388.

“The John Davidson & Friends Holiday Show” The ’70’s heartthrob will perform with comedian Norm Crosby, Mary Lou Metzger, Jo Ann Castle and the Dick Parent Band. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Maricopa County Events Center, 19403 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West. $22-$53. (623) 544-2888.

“Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” The Arizona Jewish Theatre Company’s Curtain Call perform the tale of Hershel of Ostropol, who comes to save the village from the nasty goblins who have been robbing the villagers of their ability to celebrate Hanukkah. 7 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Cocopah Middle School, 6615 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale. $5-$10. (602) 264-0402.

“7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe” A no-holds barred Christmas variety show that will feature 10 acts in 70 minutes. Stick around after the show for Galapagos Improv. 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. $4-$8. (602) 663-4032.

Music

Baroque Christmas The Phoenix Symphony will celebrate the glory of the Baroque era, and the yuletide season, with music by Bach, Handel, Gluck and Vivaldi. 7:30 p.m. today , American Lutheran Church, 1830 W. Glenrosa, Phoenix, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Historic First Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Monroe St., Phoenix. $28. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Spire Music Christmas Celebration The Spire Chorus and Orchestra will present traditional carols and seasonal favorites including “O Holy Night,” “What Child is This,” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. $7-$12. (480) 965-3434.

Christmas Show The Spirit of Phoenix presents its annual Christmas show with special guests, the Scottsdale Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. 2 p.m. Saturday. Skyline High School Auditorium, 845 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. $18. (480) 947-7464.

“Home for the Holidays” Featuring traditional music as well as rare hymns and carols presented by the Sonoran Desert Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. $12-$15. (480) 820-2764.

G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” Cantemus will present the traditional Christmas portion and conclude with the 'Hallelujah Chorus’ of G.F.Handel’s most beloved work, Messiah, this holiday season. 4 p.m. Sunday. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Maryland, Phoenix. $12-$15. www.cantemusaz.org.

Brian Culbertson — A Soulful Christmas Jazz, holiday. 8 p.m. Thursday. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $55-$100. (602) 267-1600.

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza Rockabilly, holiday. 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 14. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $44-$79. (480) 644-6500.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show Holiday, camera friendly. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $30-$95. (623) 772-3200.

Christmas Mariachi Festival Holiday. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $42-$62. (602) 379-7800.

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $33-$303. (602) 379-2888.

Christmas with DuoWest DuoWest cello and piano duo joins with guest artist Steve Sugihara on flute, soprano sax and vocals for an evening of holiday favorites, new tunes and jazzy carols. 7:30 p.m. today. Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, 9590 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Admission: $20. (480) 650-2089.

Fifth annual Organ Christmas Concert Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall and the Arizona State University Organ Studio will perform a holiday concert. 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Organ Hall, Mill Avenue and Gammage Parkway, Tempe. $7-$18. (480) 965-6447.

Winter Music Extravaganza A concert featuring the Chandler-Gilbert Community College choral and instrumental ensembles. 7 p.m. Sunday, Chandler-Gilbert CC Performing Arts Center, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler. Free. (480) 732-7343.

Highlights from Handel’s “Messiah” The Phoenix Symphony will perform Christmas highlights, featuring the entire Christmas section and the “Hallelujah” Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $28. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tour Featuring Barbara Higbie, George Tortorelli, harpist Lisa Lynne, composer and pianist Liz Story and guitarist Sean Harness. 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $42. (480) 994-2787.

Our Hearts Rejoice! Members of the Four Seasons Orchestra will join with the Arizona Arts Chorale in an afternoon of holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley. $12-$15. (602) 222-2226.

A Ceremony of Carols The Phoenix Boys Choir concert will feature “Masters in the Hall,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Long, Long Ago,” “Nes Gadol Haya Sham (Home for the Holidays),” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “It’s the Holiday Season,” Variations on “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” and Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Shadow Rock Congregational Church, 12861 N. Eighth Ave, Phoenix. $10-$25. www.boyschoir.org.

Handel’s “Messiah”: The Complete Oratorio The Phoenix Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and guest soloists are featured in this annual tradition. 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25120 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $35, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $21-$51. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Dance

“Spirit of Christmas” Featuring the Christian Dance Company with a cast of more than 100 dancers, singers and guest performers. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Admission: $20-$22. (480) 782-2680.

“Snow Queen” The Center Dance Ensemble performs the retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. Running 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays, closes Dec. 16, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission: $12-$24. (602) 252-8497.

Events & Festivals

Holiday Arts Festival Original pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, tile mosaic, painting, photography, fused glass, dichroic glass, metal work, decorated gourds, perfume, tie dye, woven beadwork, Peruvian leather, and Mexican folk art are just some of the artwork being offered. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. Admission: Free. (480) 899-4249.

Breakfast with Santa The event includes breakfast, photos with Santa, a holiday singalong, a puppet show, and entrance to Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at the Rosson House in Heritage Square. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Phoenix Museum of History, 105 N. Fifth Ave. Admission: $15-$25. (602) 253-2734.

Artist Alley An amazing array of inexpensive hand-made ornaments, numbered prints, lots of locally made prints, wreaths, cards, crafts and gifts during the Saturday Afternoon Interludes. Opens Saturday, through Dec. 22. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. (602) 253-7887.

Southwest Holidays Featuring Linda Carter Holman, Alix Stefan, and Thom Ross. Through Dec. 27. Wilde Meyer Discoveries, 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. (480) 488-3200.

“The Polar Express” A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. 3:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon, 3:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, through Jan. 6. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $7-$19. (602) 716-2000.

Third annual Santa’s Theme Park Experience festive holiday lights, amusement park-style rides, a variety of foods, live entertainment and the big man himself. 4 p.m. Thursdays, and Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays, closes Jan. 6. Beginning Dec. 20, the park will be open daily at 3 p.m., closed Christmas Eve. Firebird International Raceway, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Gila River Indian Community. $15-$20. (602) 323-2000.

Las Noches de las Luminarias Experience the garden in a new light with distinct and exciting entertainment, undiscovered trails and intimate destinations that evoke the spirit and warmth of the holiday season. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Sundays, closes Dec. 23. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $13-$25. (480) 481-8188.

Twenty-second annual Poinsettia Festival A self-guided greenhouse tour that shows where the poinsettias have been grown and how to care for them in your home. A great backdrop for those holiday photos. Wagon rides and food. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday. Gardener’s World, 3401 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix. Free. (602) 437-0700.

APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade The fun starts with special exhibits, musical entertainment, and kids’ activities. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and features decorated watercraft lighting up the night with thousands of holiday lights and a fireworks grand finale. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Free. www.millavenue.com.

“The Polar Express” Kids of all ages are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their wish list as they enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus and fun holiday activities before “The Polar Express” begins. 9 a.m. Saturday. IMAX Theatre, Arizona Mills, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. $15-$45. (602) 926-1846.

“Joyeux Noel” The Foothills Film Society will present a screening of the film that tells the true-life story of a Christmas Eve truce by the Scottish, French and German soldiers during World War I. 7 p.m. Monday, Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. $9. (480) 488-1090.

Second Act: Holiday Magic Featuring musical performances by the Phoenix Boys Choir and the electro-acoustic duo, Sleepwalk, A Robot as well as magic tricks from AZMagicians, art by Sheri Compton, food and cocktails, and more. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $5-$10, or a new, unwrapped teddy bear. (602) 254-7399, Ext. 115.

Arizona Temple Christmas Lighting See hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights illuminate the garden and reflection pool with special musical performances each evening through Dec. 31, Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center and Gardens, 525 E. Main St. Admission: Free. (480) 964-7164.

A Danish Christmas The House’s holiday decorations interpret the Danish Christmas Story, “Peter’s Christmas,” a story by J. Krohn about a young boy’s Christmas in Denmark during the late 1800s. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, closes Jan. 5, Petersen House Museum, 1414 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Free. www.tempe.gov/petersenhouse.

Sixteenth annual ZooLights There will be 2.5 million lights, hundreds of lighted-animal displays, carousel rides, camel rides, wagon rides, Jengo the talking giraffe, plus there will be a new dancing tree show and more. Stingray Bay will be open with bamboo sharks and nurse sharks. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, through Jan. 6. Phoenix Zoo, 445 N. Galvin Parkway. $8. (602) 273-1341.

Holiday Lights at Pioneer Village There will be a dancing trees show featuring synchronized lights and music, food and warm drinks and festive holiday music. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 7. Pioneer Village, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix. $7. (602) 216-2461.

Second Act: Holiday Magic Featuring musical performances by the Phoenix Boys Choir and the electro-acoustic duo, Sleepwalk, A Robot as well as magic tricks from AZMagicians, art by Sheri Compton, food and cocktails, and more. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $5-$10, or a new, unwrapped teddy bear. (602) 254-7399, Ext. 115.

Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting Featuring Sherry Petta, Patterson Elementary School Chorus, the Dickens Carolers, tree lighting with the mayor and a visit from Santa Claus. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Freestone Park Amphitheater, 1015 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert. Free. (480) 503-6200.

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