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Arts & Culture Family Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Spotlight Fara Illich December 5, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And sound like Christmas. And feel like Christmas (brrrrr.) So put on your boots and woolen mittens and get into the spirit with an amazing holiday performance in Downtown Phoenix. We sorted through the list, checked it twice and selected the top ten must-see events of the season.

Two Old Broads Do Santa – Lunch Time Theater at the Herberger Theater Center

Dec. 2-18, 2014

Patti Davis Suarez and Judy Rollings serve up a sassy rendition of Christmases past, present and future. Fill your lunch hour with lots of laughs and reminisce over stories that will warm your heart.

Holiday Pops – Phoenix Symphony Hall

December 5-7, 2014

Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz leads the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus in a blend of popular seasonal favorites, mixed with breathtaking classics. With over 200 of the Valley’s most talented artists in one concert, including the Desert Bells Bell Choir and the Phoenix Girls Chorus, “Holiday Pops” is sure to spread cheer to you and yours.
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theater
December 5-23, 2014

Delighting Valley families since 1995, “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail” has become a Downtown Phoenix holiday tradition. Meet Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet and all your favorite characters in the Hundred Acre Wood for a musical celebration of silliness, fun and adventure.
Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen – Herberger Theater Center
Dec. 6-21, 2014

Sit back and take in the splendor of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and performed by the unbelievably talented Center Dance Ensemble – resident modern dance company at the Herberger Theater.

Sylvie’s Holiday Dream – Orpheum Theater

Dec. 6-7, 2014

Take a journey back to your childhood, as you get lost in Sylvie’s dream of becoming a famous ballerina. Performed by DanceMotion, one of the Valley’s premiere youth dance companies, this show is an absolute treat for the whole family.
The Nutcracker – Orpheum Theater
Dec. 12-14, 2014
Follow little Clara on Christmas Eve to a fantastical dream world where toys become larger than life. Phoenix Ballet’s traditional choreography mixed with a dynamic and colorful flair is sure to dazzle people of all ages.
The Nutcracker – Phoenix Symphony Hall
Dec. 12-28, 2014

Let the magic of “The Nutcracker” take you to a place of beauty and wonder as more than 150 Ballet Arizona performers dance to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The costumes, choreography and music make this a must-see holiday classic.
Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – Comerica Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Celebrating its 14th season, Christmas Pudding brings together the best rock musicians, dancers and comedians in today’s entertainment world. Benefitting Cooper’s faith-based nonprofit Solid Rock and The Rock Teen Center, this year’s lineup is sure to rock you into the giving spirit.
Spirit of the Season – Herberger Theater Center
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Jeffrey Hattrick and Nicole Pesce return for their annual holiday concert that spans from jazz to classical. This performance is bound to touch your soul and warm your heart.

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas – Comerica Theatre

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

The Piano Guys mix classically- influenced instrumentals with stunning visuals. In this Christmas special, four ordinary guys from Utah entertain with sing-along favorites like “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” and more.
*Top photo courtesy of Ballet Arizona.