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The Holidays Start Here

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

ice-skatesFlash forward to next week: The turkey leftovers are dwindling, you’ve recovered from the crush of Black Friday shopping and now, the holidays are really here.

It’s time to celebrate.

The holiday season officially kicks off Downtown with the opening of the CityScape Phoenix Ice Rink in the middle of Central Avenue.

Join us Nov. 24 for a tree lighting event and the opening of the largest (and only) real outdoor ice rink in the Valley at 2 p.m.

This family friendly event will feature free 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.

Enjoy carols from the ASU Gospel Choir, Mountain View Presbyterian Church Choir and a performance from the Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet.

Don’t miss photos with Santa, a figure skating show and the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with Jimmy Eat World.

Stick around for ice skating, live music and specials on food, drinks and gifts.

If you go:
Where: City of Phoenix Tree Lighting – CityScape – 1 E. Washington St.
When: November 24 at 2 p.m. – Tree Lighting is at 6:30 p.m.
What: CitySkate ice rink grand opening. The rink is open from Nov. 24 – Jan 5. For hours and more information, click here.

Tequila, Ballet and 300 Cats

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The holidays are in full swing in Downtown Phoenix with a plethora of classic performances and events that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. with KTAR’s 25th Annual Christmas Carol at Orpheum Theatre. An all-star cast retells the classic tale in old-time radio fashion. Get to the theater early (doors open at 6 p.m.) and enjoy Dickens-inspired carolers.

mariachiYou can get into spirits of a different kind Saturday and Sunday at the Phoenix Tequila Fest and the 19th Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival, both at US Airways Center. While the all-day tastings and margarita challenge are obvious huge draws, there will also be food from Macayo’s, Dos Gringos, La Parrilla Suiza, and America’s Taco Shop. Mariachis provide Saturday evening’s entertainment and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers close the festival on Sunday with a 6 p.m. concert. Don’t forget that your event ticket gets you a free ride to and from on METRO light rail and the Sheraton is offering a special $89 room rate to festival goers. Call 800.325.3535 to make reservations.

winterventionMidwest and East Coast transplants can get their winter fixes in a couple of ways: CityScape’s skating rink is open daily 3-11 p.m. (over 1,000 people laced up their skates last weekend alone) and Warren Miller’s Wintervention makes its yearly stop at Orpheum Theatre Wednesday evening  at 8 p.m. Narrated by skiing legend Jonny Moseley and celebrating its 60th year, Wintervention’s HD visuals will have you hugging your snowboard.

iCollaborative presents That’s What Christmas Means, an all-new holiday cabaret playing Dec. 9-22 at Herberger Theater Center. Shows start at 8 p.m. but you can come down early and enjoy the nightclub setting of the Kax Stage.

Ballet Arizona presents Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker Dec. 10-26 at Symphony Hall. It’s Ballet Arizona’s 25th season sharing this wonderous tale and to celebrate they’ve amped up their production with sets but Carey Wong and costumes by Fabio Toblini.

The Downtown Ambassadors will host the second of three Festive Fridays this week at Arizona Center. Not only will there be free music by Soul Power and food by your favorite Arizona Center restaurants like 1130, Sam’s Cafe, and My Big Fat Greek Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but retailers will be on hand to help you with your holiday shopping.  

catsFinally, while it has absolutely nothing to with the holidays, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the 18th Annual Phoenix Feline Fanciers Cat Show, happening Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Phoenix Convention Center’s South Building. Think Best In Show, only for cats, with over 300 “fancy felines” competing for kitty gold. Many vendors will be on hand selling cat clothes, scratching posts, gourmet food, jewelry, and probably a whole mess of stuff you can’t imagine let alone dream you could buy.


Ice Rink Coming to CityScape for Holidays

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

rockefellerCityScape’s upcoming Weekend Block Party has dominated the Downtown news landscape recently, promising a mix of fun, food and music that is sure to entertain everyone involved.  Earlier this week, the Phoenix Business Journal reported an exciting development that will enhance the 2010 holiday season.  CityScape is planning to install an outdoor ice rink that is set to debut around Thanksgiving and stay open until the first week of January. Who says you can’t skate the desert? KTAR has additional details here: CityScape to add outdoor ice rink.

The Business Journal article also reports that a major tenant will occupy the remaining space in the office tower located at 1st Street and Washington.  For more information please visit:  Outdoor ice rink coming to CityScape | Phoenix Business Journal