By Elizabeth Liberatore
Through Jan. 1, 2018, Downtown Scottsdale
Scottsdazzle is a month-long celebration of cheer and merriment with live music, entertainers, unique events, and stunning decor. In addition to two Scottsdale Public Art installations, PRISMATICA and Reflection Rising, festivities will include free concerts along the canal (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23), a Cowboy Christmas festival (Dec. 9), and a holiday-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk (Dec. 14). On Dec. 16, be sure to take a stroll down “Sugar Plum Avenue” (5th Avenue) to see holiday decor and enjoy live entertainment, aerial performances, and interactive activities including an art mural. Full event details and times can be found online. Free. www.scottsdazzle.com.
Dec. 8, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
Phoenix Youth Symphony will join forces with Phoenix Theatre Guild to offer holiday shoppers a 5,000-square-foot space full of different boutiques selling one-of-a-kind treasures. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a vintage couture fashion show featuring Fashion by Robert Black and Ella Zahlan as well as jewelry by Alan Anderson. Holiday Prelude XXXII is Phoenix Youth Symphony’s biggest annual fundraiser that raises money for art programs. 10 a.m. $90-$125. www.phoenixyouthsymphony.org.
Dec. 9, Celebrity Theatre
Alice Cooper and a troupe of other rock stars will rock your holiday season with a show unlike any other while raising funds for a good cause. The show will also debut the winners of Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, which gives young rockers the opportunity to be the event’s opening act. Proceeds will benefit Solid Rock Teen Center, Cooper’s nonprofit that enriches the lives of teens through music, dance and self-expression. 7 p.m. $120-$750. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Dec. 14, Wrigley Mansion
Phoenix Theatre invites you to an elegant evening that’ll leave you feeling merry and bright. This holiday event pays homage to Valley philanthropists whose generosity helped make the organization’s Applause! Gala in October a reality. Guests will raise a glass to benefactors such as Nancy Hanley, Lynne Love and Martha Martin and enjoy a variety of global wines from Tarbell’s. For tickets and to RSVP, call 602.889.6309. 6 p.m. $250 per couple. www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Dec. 14, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Capping off the resort’s winemaker dinner series is Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, a Napa Valley winery best known for its sparkling wines and pinot noir. The event will showcase Domaine Carneros Brut, Taittinger Brut La Francaise, Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé, Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, and Taittinger Nocturne Demi-Sec with a winery representative on hand to answer questions and share information. Guests will enjoy a wine reception with appetizers before sitting down for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Reservations required; call 480.444.1234. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $95++. www.scottsdale.hyatt.com.
Dec. 22, The Phoenician
Desert Foundation Auxiliary’s 52nd annual Desert Ball is a celebration of family and friends, and it’s a tradition that gives back to the community. The Phoenician will be draped in beautiful floral arrangements and decor as 12 Valley debutantes are presented to the community. Event highlights will include a gourmet dinner and live music by The Hamptons Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maddie’s Daddy Foundation and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS). 6:30 p.m. $250-$400. www.desertfoundationauxiliary.org.