|12/6/2013 6:06:00 AM|
'Arizona's Christmas City' lives up to name with events
|Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary hosts “Wildlights and Animal Sights,” above, every Friday and Saturday in December. Below, the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village is open for viewing through Jan. 1 in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.|
|Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier|
The World's Largest Gingerbread Village is open and ready for all to tour during the holiday season. The village is in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 Highway 69 in Prescott Arizona 7 days a week. There is no charge to see the village. The annual whimsical village of over 100 houses is a fundraiser for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Today's the final day to enter The Daily Courier newspaper's Christmas lights contest at couriercontest.com.
NOW through FRIDAY, DEC. 20
Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery Holiday Gift Show, corner of Marina and Willis in Prescott, featuring local artists' works. pca-az.net; 445-3286.
NOW through THURSDAY, DEC. 26
20th annual holiday fundraiser at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 Montezuma St., benefits Yarnell Hill Recovery Group and Animal Disaster Services. The theme is "Mirrors: Reflecting the Souls of Two Communities Rebuilding Lives." Artsprescott.com; 776-7717.
EVERY FRIDAY and SATURDAY through DEC. 28
6-9 p.m. - "Wildlights and Animal Sights" at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road in Prescott. Holiday lights decorate the zoo and nocturnal animals will be out and about. $5. Heritageparkzoo.org; 778-4242.
NOW through MONDAY, DEC. 30
6-10 p.m. - Valley of Lights drive-through Christmas lights display along one-mile loop in Fain Park, 2200 N. 5th St. in Prescott Valley. Donations appreciated. Visit pvchamber.org.
NOW through WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1
"World's Largest Gingerbread Village" at Prescott Resort and Conference Center lobby, 1500 Highway 69. Open 24/7; free. 776-1666.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Christmas Bazaar at Arizona Pioneers Home, 300 S McCormick St, Prescott, AZ, 445-2181.
5:30-9 p.m. - Holiday Festival of Lights at Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 Civic Circle, features holiday songs, a giant Christmas tree lighting ceremony and night lights parade. 772-8857; pvchamber.org.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, DEC. 6-7
3-8 p.m. - Chino Valley Hometown Christmas at Heritage Middle School, 1078 N. Road 1 West. Decorated trees, craft show and vendors, entertainment, gingerbread decorating for children. Santa arrives daily at 3:30 p.m. in a Guidance Aviation helicopter. 636-2493
7-9 p.m. - "He is Born, Child Divine" dramatic Christmas musical featuring live animals at Grace Baptist Church, 2010 S. Highway 89 in Chino Valley. Free. 636-2949; cvgrace.com.
DEC. 6, 7 & 8
6-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, and 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 - Walk Through Bethlehem at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr., Prescott. Experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago through a 30-minute interactive guided tour. Free-will offering. Americanlutheran.net; 445-4348.
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
8-10 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa at the Prescott Gateway Mall food court, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Free Wildflower Bread Company breakfast. Reservations required; call 442-3684.
1 p.m. - 31st Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Prescott. This year's theme is "The Trees of Christmas."
3-6 p.m. - Get your picture with Santa at LeFebvre's Boutique, 101 E. Gurley. Donations benefit Arizona Children's Association. 308-6592.
4-6:30 p.m. - 59th annual Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza lighting ceremony. Musical groups and Biblical readings as the plaza lights come on at 6 p.m.
6-8:30 p.m. - Annual Frontier Christmas celebration at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St. Historical re-enactors show how Prescott celebrated Christmas during territorial times. $5; free for kids 15 and younger. 445-3122; sharlot.org.
7:30-9:30 p.m. - "Holiday Hits" Yavapai College Music Department bands concert at Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E.
Sheldon St. $7; free for kids 13 and younger. 776-2000; ycpac.com.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, DEC. 7-8
Noon-3 p.m. - Pet photos with Santa at Whiskers Barkery, 225 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. Photos $10, one dozen greeting cards $20. Proceeds benefit United Animal Friends. 778-2924.
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
1-3 p.m. - "Santa with the Animals" at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road in Prescott. Santa brings presents to the zoo residents, and he'll be available for photos. $8. Heritageparkzoo.org; 778-4242.
3 p.m. - Christmas concert with Esteban performing classical guitar with violinist Teresa Joy at the Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley
St. $25-$49. elksoperahouse.com; 777-1366.
3-4:30 p.m. - Handel's Messiah at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. 776-2000; ycpac.com.
MONDAY, DEC. 9 through WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18
Vote for your favorite Christmas decorations on local homes in The Daily Courier contest at couriercontest.com.
6:30 p.m. - "The Christmas Tree," a lighthearted one-act comedy, at El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St. Includes family-style tapas, beverages and desserts. Benefits Park Avenue Theater. $30/$18. 445-1070.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
7-9 p.m. - Prescott Opry's "A Country Christmas" at the Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. Featuring Nashville recording artist Will Rogers. $17. Elksoperahouse.com; 777-1370.
DEC. 12 & 19
4-6 p.m. - "Under the MistleTunes" free live holiday music by multiple local artists in the Gateway Mall food court. 442-3684.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
1:30 and 7 p.m. - "A Christmas Carol" presented at Trinity Christian School, 1077 Mogollon Road in Prescott. $5 advance; $7 at the door. 445-6306.
5:30-8:30 p.m. - Acker Night in downtown Prescott with more than 100 musicians performing in stores to raise money for musical scholarships. Donations appreciated.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
10-11 a.m. - Prescott YMCA Youth Ballet presents selections from The Nutcracker Ballet at the Prescott Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1537.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Winter Craft Faire at Mountain Oak School, 1455 Willow Creek Rd. in Prescott. Crafts for sale and to make, live music, puppet show, cakewalk and food vendors. Mountainoakschool.org.
Noon-1 p.m. - Family Hour Christmas Show at First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St. See jazz vocalist Clairdee for free as a preview to the Prescott Jazz Society's Dec. 15 SuperBall.
1-2 p.m. - "Christmas Ball Fashions through the Ages" with the ladies of the Elks Opera House Guild at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1526.
2 and 7:30 p.m. - "A Cowboy Christmas" at PCA, 208 N. Marina St., featuring cowboy poet Gail Steiger and Mary Kaye, the Western Music Association's Entertainer of the Year. $20. Pca-az.net; 445-3286.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - All-day "SuperBall" celebration of 20 years of the Prescott Jazz Society features 10 a.m. brunch at the Hassayampa Inn's Marina Room, 122 E. Gurley St. in Prescott, with the Foster Oden Trio, followed by jazz concerts across the street at the Elks Opera House at 1 and 5 p.m., and ending with its annual Christmas dinner and dance party at 7 p.m. back at the Hassayampa. Various prices. pjazz.org.
3-5 p.m. - Prescott POPS Symphony presents its "Snowflakes, Sleigh Bells and Sugar Plum Fairies" concert at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 1100 E. Sheldon Ave. in Prescott, with chorus and ballet dancers. Featuring a "mini-Nutcracker" and holiday chorus music. $24 for adults or $5 for youths. 776-2000.
5-8 p.m. - Holiday celebration with bluegrass music by Just 4 Mama, food and desserts at First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., benefits the Prescott Area Shelter Services. $10 or $5 for kids younger than 12. Prescottshelters.org; 778-5933.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, DEC. 14-15
7:30-9 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday - Christmas Cantata featuring voice choirs, bell choirs, instrumentalists and narrative at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. 778-1950.
TUESDAY, DEC. 17
7:30-9:30 p.m. - "A Swingin' Christmas" features a six-piece band and singers performing Christmas favorites at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. $26; $13 for students. ycpac.com; 776-2000.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18
3-4 p.m. - Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Prescott Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. 777-1509; prescottlibrary.info.
THURSDAY, DEC. 19
Noon - Lincoln School carolers perform on Yavapai County Courthouse south steps in downtown Prescott.
3:30-5 p.m. - Cookie house decorating at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. Register online at prescottlibrary.info; 777-1537.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, DEC. 20-21
6 p.m. - Christmas Choral Vespers features choirs, handbell choirs, instrumental ensembles and orchestra performing Advent and Christmas hymns and carols with audience participation at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Americanlutheran.net.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 20-22
3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - Elves Weekend features special discounts, refreshments and random acts of kindness by elves at downtown Prescott businesses. Go online to elvesdowntownprescott.com to participate in a coloring contest and enter to win a $500 shopping spree at Bashford Courts. Call 443-5220 for information.
SATURDAY, DEC. 21
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - "Storytellers at the Smoki" features four American Indian artists on the Winter Solstice sharing stories of their culture at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave. in Prescott. The Winter Solstice marks the day when native people start to tell winter stories. Also features warm cider and cookies. Free. 445-1230; smokimuseum.org.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Annual Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar at Grace Sparkes Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. in Prescott. More than 50 nonprofits will sell Christmas gifts.
7 p.m. - Christmas performance pays homage to three famous tenors at Elks Opera House, 117 E. Gurley St. 777-1370; elksoperahouse.com.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" free Christmas dinner at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane in Prescott. Transportation and delivery available. 778-4499
TUESDAY, DEC. 31
6:30 p.m.-midnight - Prescott Jazz Club's New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance at The Club at Prescott Lakes, 311 E. Smoketree Lane. $190
per couple or $95 per person. Mike Vax Orchestra and five-course gourmet dinner. 830-2462; prescottjazz.com.
10 p.m. and midnight - Whiskey Row Boot Drop to welcome the New Year on Prescott's historic Whiskey Row. Also featuring music and food. Visit bootdrop.net.
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