Ready to get into the holiday spirit? The largest holiday tree in America has its tree lighting this Saturday night. One hundred eighty strings of LED lights, 6,000 ornaments will all be part of the decorations on this extraordinary 27-foot-wide tree. Watch the magic at Outlets at Anthem.
How about hopping on a train to the North Pole and Santa’s workshop? The North Pole Experience has officially kicked off the season. On this train ride, you will meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, while sipping hot cocoa and enjoying all kinds of delicious cookies.
The Phoenix Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary. You can check out photos from the past and create zoo exhibits of the future. Or how about getting a photo taking with one of the six-foot tall bunnies that line the Children’s Zoo entrance? Head to the zoo on Saturday and Sunday to join the party.
Love crafts? The Phoenix Craft Rave is a chance to make unique art projects with the artists themselves. Everything from cards, to jewelry, to holiday-focused gifts and crafts. Very budget friendly, you won’t have to spend more than $15 per project.
Have you heard of the upcoming Hitchcock movie staring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren? At a special Hitchcock party, you can win screening passes, enjoy Hitchcock theme cocktails for $4 and enjoy all kinds of posters and t-shirts and more. Not enough? How about a shot at reenacting the infamous “Psycho” Shower scene? Head to Hotel Valley Ho Friday night.
How about taking your dog to the Desert Botanical Garden? Why should you? Because this Saturday is Dog’s Day in the Garden. There will be dog presentations galore! You can learn about pet nutrition, obedience training and watch dog treat baking demonstrations. Afterwards, go for a walk on the trails.
Where: Phoenix Zoo
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days
Cost: $20 (Adults) $10 (Children)
Founded by Robert Maytag in 1961, the Phoenix Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend.
Where: Phoenix, Encanto Park
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
More Info: 602-254-1200
Take a hayride, or a pony ride. There’s a rock climbing wall to test your skills, tons of games, face painting and a Barrel Wagon ride. Great for kids.
Where: Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho Lobby
When: Friday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Screening passes will be given away along with posters, t-shirts and the chance to win VIP seats to an advance screening. It all takes place in the lobby. While there, make sure to get a Hitchcock-themed cocktail.
Where: Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It’s all about the dogs. Take a walk through the pet-friendly garden, watch presentations on how to make sure your dog is a happy member of your family. Please note, the Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to refuse entry to or remove any dog thought to be dangerous to other dogs or visitors.
When: Nov. 16 though Dec. 27
Cost: Start at $99
Sells out quickly! Starts in Flagstaff, Arizona, where a train ride will take you to an authentic Santa workshop.
Where: Outlets at Anthem
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free Event
180 strands of lights and 6,000 ornaments. American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips will be there to entertain.
Where: Scottsdale Studios
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. - Midnight
First 100 people get a swag bag! Also giveaways throughout the day, live music and food and beverage available for purchase.
Where: Phoenix, Biltmore Fashion Park
When: Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free Event
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie. This week, Big with Tom Hanks.
Where: Chandler, Tumbleweed Park
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $25 Registration Fee
You can bring the family out for a day of tail waggin' activities, including: Great Chandler Dog Walk, Concert for Critters, Pet Contests, Raffle Prizes, Interactive Demonstrations, Dog Massages, Pet Psychic, Mini Bark Park, and other pet-friendly vendors.
Where: Gilbert, Higley Center for the Performing Arts
When: Nov. 17, 8 pm.
Cost: Start at $20
The Osmond Brothers are in town for one night only.
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