Ongoing, Downtown Scottsdale
Now in its ninth year of operation, this Saturday farmers market at 1st Street and Brown Avenue features about 100 local growers and specialty food producers. You’ll find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, seasonal items such as cider and apples, flowers, meats, eggs, cheeses, and breads. The market is family-friendly and well-mannered pets are welcome. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Dec. 1-3, Symphony Hall
Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday Sing-Along, guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Dec. 1-17, Theatre Artists Studio
This interactive holiday show is performed in the style of The British Panto – audience participation is essential to the action and resolution of the play. Perfect for the whole family, the story takes audiences through a magic cupboard to help save Father Christmas from the wicked Snow Queen. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. $25. www.thestudiophx.org.
Dec. 2-29, Butterfly Wonderland
This month, Butterfly Wonderland becomes Winter Wonderland with blue, white and silver decor donning the venue. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-24) and from Tuesday to Friday, Dec. 26-29, you can view amazing, 7-foot living angels with expansive wings, adding an ethereal aura to the whimsical conservatory. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission. www.butterflywonderland.com.
Dec. 3, Chateau Luxe
As a fundraiser for the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation, this family-friendly event will welcome attendees with a live piano accompaniment and mimosas, followed by formal tea service, holiday kids crafts, and a raffle. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $50-$62. www.scottsdaleballetfoundation.org.
Dec. 3, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue’s seventh annual brunch and auction will feature Champagne, brunch, a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Letitia Frye, inspiring stories, and adorable pets. KEZ 99.9’s Melissa Sharpe will emcee and Sandy Day, the vice chairman of Lulu’s Fund, will be presented with the Pet Champion Excellence Award. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $85. www.lostourhome.org.
Dec. 4, Mountain Shadows
Arizona Cardinals’ Running Back David Johnson will host his first annual Mission 31: Possible, An Evening with David Johnson. Guests will mix and mingle with Johnson and his teammates as they indulge in an evening featuring a cocktail reception, food, and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit Mission 31 Foundation, which provides opportunities to ill children and their families by offering support and life-changing experiences. 6-9:30 p.m. $350. www.davidjohnson31.org.
Dec. 6, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
An annual holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah makes its return, played by The Phoenix Symphony. The acclaimed Hallelujah chorus highlights these performances, which will feature Tito Muñoz as the conductor, as well as The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists. Dec. 7-10. 7:30 p.m. $34-$69. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Dec. 7, Celebrity Theatre
Join Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett at this one-of-kind concert. Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, who has been touring with her father, will open the performance with a collection of jazz and pop standards. Doors, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $78-$138. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Dec. 8-10, Margaret T. Hance Park
More than 150 art and food vendors are scheduled to participate in this sixth annual festival. Festivalgoers will enjoy fare from local food trucks, live entertainment, a hands-on community mural project, and a family zone. Dogs are allowed. Times vary. Free. www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.
Dec. 9, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
This 19th annual gala will feature professionally designed and decorated holiday trees and other festive items. There will also be a silent auction, dinner, and the signature live tree auction. Kechi O, a 2017 finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will perform and speak about her experience as a plane crash survivor. All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Burn Foundation. 6-10 p.m. $400. www.azburn.org.
Dec. 10, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
The 27th annual Poinsettia Tea will feature tea, scones, sandwiches, desserts and entertainment by the North Valley Chorale. Destry Jetton, Arizona Midday host and executive producer for Channel 12, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. All proceeds will support Duet’s health and aging services. 2-4 p.m. $70. www.duetaz.org.
Dec. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Now calling Phoenix home, world-class baritone and recording artist David Britton and his musicians will celebrate the season with an enchanting evening of Christmas music. 8 p.m. $19-$39. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Dec. 16, Arizona Biltmore
The 2018 Flower Girls will take to stage for this 64th annual event, which will include cocktails, a raffle and a fashion show with holiday attire from Dillard’s. Proceeds will benefit community healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly, including Barrow Neurological Foundation, The Board of Visitors Ryan House, and Maggie’s Place. 11 a.m. $150. www.boardofvisitors.org.
Dec. 19-24, ASU Gammage
This month, ASU Gammage will welcome the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Cinderella. From the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, the musical puts a contemporary twist on the classic tale. With elaborate scenes and an outstanding cast, the show will transport you back to your childhood while inviting you into Cinderella’s enchanting world. Showtimes vary. $20-$205. www.asugammage.com.
Dec. 21, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from Windham Hill Records’ Winter Solstice series as well as its many solo releases. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Dec. 23, Comerica Theatre
A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Lindsey Stirling has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with more than 7.8 million YouTube subscribers and numerous Billboard chart-topping hits. She will bring her Christmas tour – Warmer in the Winter – through Phoenix, just in time to get you in the spirit. 8 p.m. $35-$350. www.comericatheatre.com.
Dec. 26, Chase Field
Enjoy a college football must-see! The 29th annual Cactus Bowl will feature the winning Pac-12 team versus the winning Big 12 conference team. Teams were not yet announced at press time. 7 p.m. $10-$120. www.fiestabowl.org.
Dec. 30, Central Phoenix
Celebrate the Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30, 2 p.m.) at the 47th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade. Take in the vibrant floats, giant balloons, local celebrities, and marching bands as they make their way along the two-mile parade route through Central Phoenix. 9 a.m. Free; reserved seating, $25. www.fiestabowl.org.
Dec. 31, AZ Air Time
Kids ages 7 to 17 are invited to a New Year’s Eve sleepover event with all-night trampoline races, dodgeball, movies, music, dance contests, karaoke, dinner and snacks, a New Year’s toast with sparkling cider, and a light breakfast. Drop off, 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; pickup, 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Advanced registration is required. $99 per child ($10 off for siblings). www.azairtime.com.
Dec. 31, Arizona Biltmore
The Phoenix Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve gala will celebrate its 70th season with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program will include performances by The JJ’s Band and The Phoenix Symphony, plus a Champagne toast. 8 p.m. Individual, $750; table of 10, $7,000. www.phoenixsymphony.org.