Tough Mudder

ISM Raceway:

7602 South Avondale Boulevard., Avondale, AZ Date:

December 7-8, 2019

Time: Vary

Price: $65-$189 Note:

Check websites for times Features:

  • Endurance event
  • Three options: Tough Mudder Classic, Tough Mudder Competitive, and Tough Mudder 5K
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Ariana Grande

Talking Stick Resort Arena: 201 East Jefferson Street., Phoenix, AZ

Date: December 12, 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Price: $45-$275+


  • Vocal powerhouse live on stage
  • Opening act: Social House
  • Clear bag policy

Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field: 401East Jefferson Street., Phoenix, AZ

Date: December 27, 2019

Time: 8:15pm

Price: $30


  • Formerly known as the Copper Bowl
  • Big-12 vs. Pac-12 matchup

Cocktails Under the Cosmos

Mountain Shadows: 5445 East Lincoln Drive., Paradise Valley, AZ

Date: December 10, 2019

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Price: $45


  • Astrology themed event with a chance to admire the galaxy through a telescope
  • Bites and cocktails
  • Focus on Sagittarius with all other zodiac signs invited


Phoenix Public Market: 721 North Central Avenue., Phoenix, AZ

Date: December 12-19, 2019

Time: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Price: Free


  • Inspired by Germany’s Weihnachtsmarkt and Seinfield’s Festivus for the Rest of Us
  • Holiday market with more than 200 local vendors
  • Hipster Santa

Trivia Night at SMoCA

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: 7374 East Second Street., Scottsdale, AZ

Date: December 10, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

Price: $10

Note: Price includes first drink


  • Comedian Anwar Newton hosts
  • Pop culture focus

A Christmas Story

Desert Stages Theatre: 7014 East Camelback Road., Scottsdale, AZ

Date: Through December 22, 2019

Time: Vary

Price: $28 for adults, $22 for seniors and students

Note: Tickets and times


  • The Christmas classic comes to life
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Bring the Little Ones

Tree Lighting and Movie

Carefree Desert Gardens: 101 Easy Street., Carefree, AZ

Date: December 6, 2019

Time: 5:00pm

Price: Free


  • Santa lights a 26-foot-tall Christmas tree
  • Entertainment by the choirs of Carefree Unified School District
  • A screening of the holiday film Elf

Tempe Festive of the Arts

Tempe: Mill Avenue District

Date: December 6-8, 2019
Time: 10:00am-5:30pm
Price: Free


  • More than 350 artists from across the country
  • Live entertainment, street performers, a chalk mural exhibition, wine and beer tastings
  • Children’s activities

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

Valley Youth Theatre: 525 North First Street., Phoenix, AZ

Date: December 6-23, 2019

Time: Vary

Price: $20

Note: Check website for times


  • All your favorite characters from Hundred Acre Wood help Eeyore find his lost tail
  • A focus on friendship, sharing, caring, and joy
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Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Tempe Town Lake: 620 North Mill Avenue., Tempe, AZ

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 4:00pm, parade begins at 7:00pm

Price: Free


  • Dozens of festively decorated boats lit up on the lake
  • Street vendors and Santa Claus
  • Fireworks finale

Fiesta Bowl Parade

Phoenix: Central Avenue south of Bethany Home Road, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Minnezona

Date: December 28, 2019

Time: 9:00am

Price: Free, $30 for reserved seating


  • Women in Sports theme featuring Amy Bockerstette, Julie Ertz, Jessica McDonald, Allysa Seely, and Diana Taurasi as grand marshals
  • Colorful floats, helium balloons, marching bands, equestrian units
  • 2-mile parade route

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Desert Botanical Gardens: 1201 North Galvin Parkway., Phoenix, AZ

Date: Through December 31, 2019

Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Price: General $34.95/$12.95 Members $29.95/$10.95

  • Luminaries line the garden trails, buildings, and courtyards
  • Wild Rising exhibit: More than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful, recyclable plastic
  • Carolers, drinks, and food
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Holiday Lights

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: 7301 East Indian Bend Road., Scottsdale, AZ

Date: Through January 5, 2020

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Price: Train Rides $5, Free for children 2 and under

  • Thousands of lights displayed throughout the park
  • Festive Christmas decor
  • Food and refreshments available for purchase
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