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Top Ten Must-See Holiday Performances

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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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.

Santa Claus is Coming to Downtown

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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For Santa Claus, who goes by the alias Glenn Reathaford in the off-season, being jolly isn’t just a job description; it’s a way of life.

“When you’re doing something you truly enjoy, you’re bound to look happy,” he said. “I’ve never had a bad Christmas.”

While his primary residence is obviously the North Pole, Santa actually keeps a second home in Phoenix and works as a bus driver for Washington Elementary School District. But he admits it’s sometimes difficult to hide his true identity from the kids.

santacell“It’s just amazing, even when I’m in the grocery store they’ll look up at me and smile,” he said. “You start to learn what a celebrity feels like.”

As a public figure, Santa takes his job seriously. That includes a pretty extensive wardrobe of custom red velvet suits and what he calls “casual Santa attire.” He also maintains a strict hygiene regimen.

“It’s major work,” Santa said. “You don’t just transform to a good beard overnight, I use lots of oils, conditioners and protein treatments.”

Being the front man for Christmas is no small feat. From the second week in November to New Year’s Eve, he rarely gets a day off, especially in the three weeks leading up to The Big Day.

But even with all the hard work and long hours, seeing the way a child’s face lights up when they see him makes it all worthwhile.

“A smile makes a smile and that smile makes another,” Santa said. “It’s just contagious.”

To meet Santa in-person and catch that magical smile, come to Civic Space Park Friday, Dec. 5 for PJs in Park, a free double feature beginning at 6 p.m. with “The Polar Express,” followed by “Elf” at 8 p.m. Or visit him during one of his Saturday appearances at CityScape.

“I absolutely love the atmosphere being created Downtown,” Santa said. “It can become a tradition to go ice skating, eat dinner, drink hot cocoa and make a whole day of it – it’s just wonderful.”

Santa’s Schedule:
Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Civic Space Park
Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at CityScape
Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at CityScape
Saturday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at CityScape

Luminarias Downtown

Monday, December 24th, 2012

You see the soft glow of candle-lit paper lanterns throughout the Southwest during the holidays and this year, for the first time, you’ll see it in Downtown Phoenix.

To see the nearly 1,100 lights, join us Dec. 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. for a self-guided walking tour. Each luminaria will be lit with an LED candle – if everything goes according to plan, they should stay lit all night.

Here’s where you can find them (click on the picture or here to see the map in full size).

Luminaria Map for Facebook

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Spirits of the Season Competition Heats Up

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

cocktail-glassIt’s coming down to the final hours as 16 Downtown bars and restaurants fight it out to be named The Most Spirited Cocktail of 2012 in the inaugural Spirits of the Season competition.

With over 600 votes cast, this specialty seasonal cocktail competition is heating up as the five leading cocktails close in on the title.

Currently in the top five spots (in no particular order) are the Winter Wizard at Copper Blues, “Winter in Rio” Dulce de Leche Martini at Province Phoenix, Wild Turkey Cranberry Cobbler at The Duce, Santa’s Bellini at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar and the Pumpkin Smoretini at ICON Lounge.

The Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012 will be announced Dec. 21 and celebrated at a special happy hour at the winning establishment at 6 p.m. Look for the winner to be announced on Downtown Phoenix’s Facebook page.

Voting will take place online until Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. – so get those votes in while you still can.  All cocktails will be available through New Year’s Eve.

Participating restaurants include The Strand Urban Italian, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, ICON Lounge, Province, Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant, Copper Blues, Thai Basil Signature Downtown, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Networks Bar and Grill, The Duce, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Kincaid’s, Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, Hard Rock Café, Frank Murray’s Turf Irish Pub and 1130 The Restaurant.

For all things Spirits of the Season visit www.downtownphoenix.com/spirits

City Lights

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

luminariaYou see the soft glow of candle-lit paper lanterns throughout the Southwest during the holidays and this year, for the first time, you’ll see it in Downtown Phoenix.

On Dec. 24 multiple Downtown businesses and public spaces will be decorated with luminarias – also known as farolitos – to celebrate the season.

Traditional to neighborhoods in New Mexico, luminarias are a gesture of welcome stretching back to the 16th Century Spanish tradition of lighting small bonfires along roads during the final night of Las Posadas.

In a similar gesture, we welcome Downtown residents, visitors and families to discover our city by observing the luminarias on a self-guided walking tour starting at 5:30 p.m.

But, in order to make this inaugural year of Luminarias Downtown possible, we need your help! The Downtown Phoenix Partnership will be hosting a luminaria prep party on Dec. 15. from 1-4 p.m. in the Phoenix School of Law parking lot on the southeast corner of Adams St. and Central Ave.

Volunteers will decorate the bags and fill them with sand and tea lights. Food and drinks will be provided and all volunteers will receive one free pass to the CityScape Ice Rink.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact tmadeksza@downtownphx.org to register.

Please join us in bringing this Southwest neighborhood tradition to life Downtown.

What: Volunteer Luminaria Prep Party
When: Dec. 15, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Phoenix School of Law parking lot located on the southeast corner of Adams St. and Central Ave.
Please contact tmadeksza@downtownphx.org to register.

Sixth Annual Festive Friday

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but there’s only 12 shopping days left until Christmas. Before you panic (or if you already are) take a deep breath and join us for the sixth annual Festive Friday shop around from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Friday.

With over 30 vendors, a trolley doing all the driving and three locations – The Arizona Center, CityScape and the Adams Street Mercado – bursting with unique gifts you’ll be done with your holiday shopping and stress-free before the lunch hour is over.

And, as an added bonus, join us during the Wrap Up from 4 – 7 p.m. at The Arizona Center. Leave your gifts to be wrapped for a small fee (all proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater) while you board the Jolly Trolley and sample some Spirits of the Season cocktails.

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Shop in Winter Sunshine

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

trolleyFinish up your holiday shopping on your lunch hour.

Sounds impossible, but with the Jolly Trolley doing the driving and three outdoor markets bursting with unique gifts you’ll be done in time to enjoy lunch outdoors in the 70 degree sunshine, too.

Downtown’s sixth annual Festive Friday has expanded to three locations this year – including a mercado on Adams Street, a sidewalk sale at the Arizona Center and vendors at CityScape - and into an event that will see you right into happy hour.

The fun starts with the Downtown Shop Around from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the outdoor Adams Street Mercado for Latino and indigenous arts and crafts as live music and food.

Then, hop on one of the Jolly Trolleys circling between locations and head over to the Arizona Center for a sidewalk sale and music before venturing to CityScape for more gifts, food and drinks.

Before going home, visit the Downtown Wrap-Up on Adams Street or the Arizona Center to have your gifts wrapped for a small fee while you board the Jolly Trolley and head off to enjoy a Spirits of the Season cocktail. During your tour, stop at CityScape for CitySkate ice skating on Central Avenue.

At 7 p.m. Adams Street will transform into the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center After Party featuring live music, food and art.

If You Go:
What: Festive Friday
Where: Arizona Center, CityScape, Adams Street Mercado – Adams St. between First and Second streets
When: December 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Big Screen Big City

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

popcornPicture this: You’re in your favorite pajamas aboard Downtown’s own Urban Polar Express – the Light Rail – being whisked toward Civic Space Park for a double feature holiday movie showing under the stars.

Grab your friends and family and join us for PJs in the Park on Dec. 7 to experience the magic of Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the big screen in the big city.

Don your favorite holiday pajamas, grab two blankets – one to sit on, one to snuggle under – take the Light Rail to the Van Buren and Central Avenue or the Van Buren and First Avenue stop and claim your spot of grass at the park.

Polar Express, the heartwarming story of a boy who boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole, will start at 6 p.m. Bring your little ones because Santa will be on hand to give out bells after the movie.

For the older crowd, the misadventures of Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will begin at 8 p.m.

This event is free to attend and open to all.

Oh? And hot chocolate? Yeah, we got it. (And, it’s free!)

If You Go:

Where: Civic Space Park
When: Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Light Rail Stop: Van Buren and Central or Van Buren and First Avenue
Polar Express: G
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: PG-13

These holiday events and decorations wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. Thank you to United Healthcare, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, The City of Phoenix, Central Park East Associates, Snell & Wilmer, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Chevy Humphrey and NC Bookkeeping Services.

Toast to the Season

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Winter Wizard, The Grinch and The Other Reindeer.

The duce - wild turkey cranberry cobbler450x600No, no, these aren’t characters in an animated holiday movie, these are specialty seasonal cocktails you can find only in Downtown Phoenix.

From Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, 16 bars and restaurants Downtown will engage in a battle to be named the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012 – and you’re the judge.

Forget visions of sugar plums, this is Mekong Whisky, dulce de leche and spiked cranberry compote all served up for $10 or less.

Participating restaurants include The Strand Urban Italian, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, ICON Lounge, Province, Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant, Copper Blues, Thai Basil Signature Downtown, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Networks Bar and Grill, The Duce, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Kincaid’s, Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, Hard Rock Café, Frank Murray’s Turf Irish Pub and 1130 The Restaurant.

Voting will take place online at www.downtownphoenix.com/spirits.

Votes will be tallied on Dec. 20 and the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012 will be announced Dec. 21 and celebrated at a special happy hour at the winning establishment at 6 p.m. Look for the winner to be announced on Downtown Phoenix’s Facebook page.

All cocktails will be available through New Year’s Eve.

For all things Spirits of the Season, including maps and cocktail descriptions, visit www.downtownphoenix.com/spirits

Weekend Holiday Guide

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Downtowners!

rocking-horse‘Tis the season for glittering trees, hanging the holiday banners with care and gathering friends and family close. To get you in the spirit, head Downtown this weekend for markets, holiday plays and the official kick off to the season.

Here’s where to go:
Tree Lighting and Ice Rink Grand Opening
Ice skate on Central Avenue! This year the ice rink at CityScape will spill into the streets and Downtown is throwing a party to celebrate. Join us Nov. 24 from 2 – 8 p.m. for a tree lighting event featuring carolers, face painting, storytelling, cookies and hot chocolate for the little ones as well as a grand entrance by Santa to the horns of Bad Cactus Brass Band. Don’t miss photos with Santa, a figure skating show and the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with Jimmy Eat World.

Alternative Black Friday
Sleep in, avoid the madness and still get cool stuff! Market by Junk in the Trunk, with 30-50 local vendors. Live music, mimosa bar by Chloe’s Corner and brunch from Copper Blues, Chloe’s Corner and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Sneak peek at the ice rink after 3pm with ½ price skating. Patriots Plaza at 10 am. www.cityscapephoenix.com.

Ballet and Friends Presents: The Nutcracker
Originally choreographed by Slawomir Wozniak for the National Ballet in Warsaw, Poland, this classic production still enchants crowds with brilliant choreography and magnificent dancing. Orpheum Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

And if the holiday fever hasn’t set in yet, head over to Rose and Crown for their Barks and Brews beerfest for humans and their dogs.

Have a safe and happy holiday!