When the turkey is gone and Thanksgiving is over, everyone’s attention quickly refocuses on Christmas. The stores in the Scottsdale malls are stocked with the latest fashions, coolest toys, and most popular electronic gadgets. Take a drive through the different Scottsdale neighborhoods and see which homeowner has the best Christmas lights and seasonal display. December is filled with fun and festive things to do. Attend some of the special events during the holiday season and catch the Christmas spirit!
The Dickens Carolers: Christmas Around the World
A special evening of classic Christmas carols and your favorite holiday tunes is set to take place on December 5, 2014 at the Bethany Lutheran Church at 4300 N. 82nd Street in Scottsdale. It is a real treat to get to hear the Dickens carolers. During this time of the year, the Dickens carolers, a professional ensemble of talented vocalists, are in high demand. They have a busy schedule filled with both public and private appearances. The hand bells will be rung during the “Carol of the Bells” and the Japanese taiko drums will make the “Little Drummer Boy” come to life. The group is open to requests so, if you have a favorite carol, or are dying to hear “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” don’t hesitate to ask. Donations will be accepted by the Bethany Lutheran Church but the event is Free. http://www.azdickenscarolers.com/performances.html
Scottsdale Promenade Holiday Event
A trip to one of Scottsdale’s more popular shopping, dining and entertainment venues is a must on either Saturday, December 6 or Saturday, December 13. The 2014 Scottsdale Promenade Holiday Event, located at 16427 Scottsdale Road, is great family fun. In addition to the chance to take photos with Santa, there will be an ice skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides and a cookie decorating demonstration where you can design your own Christmas cookies. If you missed the Dickens Carolers at the Bethany Lutheran Church on the 5th, you’ll get a chance to see them perform at the Promenade. The Free event is open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on both Saturdays. http://www.scottsdalepromenade.com
Holiday Music and Festivities at the Scottsdale Quarter
Come have hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus at the Scottsdale Quarter in Northern Scottsdale. Located at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, the premiere shopping and dining destination will be in full Christmas mode om Wednesday, December 10 and again on Wednesday, December 17. Held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., you’ll be entertained by some talented high school choral groups and be part of a live radio broadcast. Snow will be falling and there will be plenty of fun activities. http://www.scottsdalequarter.com
Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
From December 12, 2014 through January 3, 2015, you’ll have the chance to see one of Scottsdale’s largest and most festive winter displays of holiday lights and decorations. Railroad Park, located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, will have a tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa on opening night. Admission to the Railroad Park is free To get the most out of your visit and see the complete grounds, take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad. The one-mile ride on the 5/12 scale model train gives you a birds-eye view of the grounds. Kids will also love going round-and-round on the big carousel. There is a nominal fee for both rides. https://www.therailroadpark.com/events
Cowboy Christmas in Oldtown
On Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, and again on the following weekend, December 20 and 21, Oldtown will recreate the spirit of the holidays from the bygone era of the Old West. There will be free stagecoach rides, re-enactments of gunfights, and miniature horses dressed as reindeer. Santa will make an appearance, carolers will serenade you, and there will be plenty of free hot chocolate. The two-weekend event is held each day from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/cowboy-christmas/
Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
Stage 2 of the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts will be the venue for this live production that tells the story of the Nativity. Actress Patti Hannon puts a modern twist on the story by relying on the latest forensic science to solve the mystery of who stole the gold that the three wise men gave to the Baby Jesus. The performance at the 137 seat theater runs from Tuesday, December 16 through Sunday , December 21. There will be one evening performance on Tuesday through Friday and a matinee and evening performance on Saturday and Sunday. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second Street. http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org
A Merri-Achi Christmas
For one-night and one-night only, you will get to hear one of the greatest Mariachi bands of our time delight you with their original compositions that cover everything from classical and pop to jazz and Broadway tunes. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, and takes place in the 853-seat, state-of-the-art, Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Scottsdale may not have the snow and frigid temperatures of the north, but it becomes a winter wonderland around Christmas. Make sure you attend some of the events and don’t miss out on the fun!