2018 holiday events around the West Valley – AZCentral

If you’re not in the ho-ho-holiday spirit yet, it isn’t for lack of options. There are plenty of merry events, shows and activities in your neighborhood through Christmas and beyond. Here are a few: 

Pop concerts

“In the Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular”: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Demand pricing. 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.

James D. Gish, “A Merry Gishmas” cabaret: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave. $15-$18. 623-815-7930, theaterworks.org.

Classical and choral concerts

Phoenix Chorale, “A Chorale Christmas”: Dec. 14 at American Lutheran Church, 17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City. $18-$38. 602-253-2224, phoenixchorale.org.

Phoenix Symphony, Handel’s “Messiah”: Dec. 15 at American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd, Sun City. $35-$85. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.

Phoenix Boys Choir, Halle Holiday Concert Series: Dec. 16, American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd, Sun City. $20-$25; children admitted free. 602-264-5328, boyschoir.org.

West Valley Chorale, Handel’s “Messiah”: 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise. $15-$30. westvalleysymphony.org.

Plays and musicals 

Arizona Broadway Theatre, “Miracle on 34th Street”: Through Dec. 29. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Demand pricing. 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.

Brelby Theatre Company, “12 Days of Christmas”: Through Dec. 16. Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale. Free. 623-282-2781, brelby.com.

Theater Works, “A Christmas Carol” (play): Through Dec. 23. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave. $14-$36. 623-815-7930, theaterworks.org.

Arizona Broadway Theatre, “The Santaland Diaries”: Dec. 13-16. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Demand pricing. 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.

Theater for kids

Spotlight Youth Theatre, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical”: Through Dec. 16. 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale. $13. 602-843-8318, spotlightyouththeatre.org.

Ghostlight Youth Theatre, “Merry Cashmas”: Dec. 13-16. Ghostlight Theatre, 13541 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West. $12. ghostlightaz.com.

Theater Works PuppetWorks, “Saving Santa”: Dec. 15-22. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave. $6. 623-815-7930, theaterworks.org.


Westgate: Along with the ice-skating, there are a ton of festivities at the Westgate Entertainment District for everybody to enjoy, including a nightly snowfall. Through Jan. 13. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. $15 for general admission (includes skate rental), $12 general admission (bring your own skates). $12 for toddlers who can fit into size 8T to 12T skates; $12 military with ID; $99 for season pass. Call for times. westgateaz.com.

Events and activities

Glendale Glitters: There are glitter and lights galore until Jan. 12. Take your family to the 25th annual lights in Glendale and stick around for many other holiday-themed events throughout the season. 5-10 p.m. Festival nights Dec. 14-15 and Jan. 12. Murphy Park, W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Free. glendaleaz.com/glitters.

Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. $10-$80. santahustle.com.

Christmas in Color: The drive-through light show is 6 to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Dec. 31. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. $25-$30. ChristmasInColor.net. 

Breakfast with Santa

The Wigwam: The breakfast buffet with Santa includes holiday crafts. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23. $25; $12 for children, free for children under 3. 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. 623-935-3811.

Worth a drive

Zoo Lights: It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Phoenix Zoo, with tons of lights to look at. And, to add to the jolly festivities, the lights look like some of your favorite zoo animals. 5:30-10:30 p.m. through Jan. 13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $12.95-$23.95. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights.

Las Noches de las Luminarias: The Desert Botanical Garden will be lit up with luminaria bags as guests walk along the pathways and see the lights strewn throughout the garden. There will be live performances and great photo opportunities. 5:30-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-31. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $34.95-$39.95; $15.95 for children 3-12; free for children younger than 3. dbg.org/events.


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