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Fresh off a monster Block Party Weekend that delivered 30,000 people to the mixed-use entertainment and retail district over a three-day period, CityScape officials on Tuesday shed light on numerous events planned for its first holiday season in Downtown Phoenix.
November 27 / Tree Lighting Ceremony & Skating Rink Opening
An ice rink? In the desert? Yup, that’s right, CityScape is bringing a Rockefeller Center-style ice rink to the new Patriot’s Park later this month. Having contracted a firm out of Tempe that specializes in putting real ice where it doesn’t necessarily belong, CityScape officials say construction will begin soon that will transform the interior plaza into a faux winter wonderland complete with holiday tree that the public is encouraged to help decorate with homemade or donated ornaments. (Note: This promises to be a huge night in Downtown with comedian Jim Gaffigan performing at Comerica Theater and Roger Waters playing US Airways Center.)
December 3 / 26 Blocks & Ear Candy Productions Charity Event Sponsored by Apple
Details are still emerging, but CityScape officials say they are in talks with four Valley radio stations to bring a “major musical act” to this event, which will benefit Ear Candy Productions, a local charity that puts musical instruments in the hands of in-need youth. Apple will also be on hand to help unveil a new 26 Blocks iPhone application. Block Party Weekend left no doubt that CityScape is more than capable of hosting a big-time concert (see the inset photo of Friday’s Macy Gray crowd, courtesy of CityScape), so the Downtown community will be eagerly awaiting updates on who might play this event.
December 17 / Festive Fridays
Join the Downtown Ambassadors and CityScape as they celebrate the holiday season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy music, games, food and fun at this completely FREE event.
December 31 / New Year’s Eve Bash
Officials confirmed that CityScape will host a New Year’s Eve party. Juicy details coming soon.
In addition, CityScape hosts a free concert series every Friday night. Visit CityScape online for details.