In the Neighborhood: December

In the Neighborhood: December

Posted 11/27/2013

santa-eop2_lChristmas carols have been playing on the radio for weeks, the mall Santa is already ho-ho-ho-ing and it’s a good bet you’ve started decking your halls with holiday finery – even before the Thanksgiving turkey has been carved. It’s clear we’re all more than ready to get the December festivities underway!

Fortunately, there’s plenty happening near your Maracay home to help you capture the holiday spirit. Check out this sampling and visit the monthly calendar of events on our website for a comprehensive list. Happy December!

Christmas Idea House
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7
Germann Estates, Gilbert (parking at 2697 E. Germann Road)
Call 480-649-XMAS for times and ticket prices

Desert Club hosts this popular event, which features a 9,000-square-foot home filled with holiday décor, gourmet treats and fun holiday gifts, all for sale to generate money for scholarships and local charities.

Tumbleweed Tree
4:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, Chandler

Hundreds of tumbleweeds make up the city of Chandler’s own special twist on the traditional Christmas tree. Opening day events include a Parade of Lights, tree-lighting ceremony and live entertainment.

Home Plate for the Holidays
5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear

Goodyear’s annual tree lighting ceremony, including carolers from local elementary schools, Santa’s arrival by fire truck, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 40 tons of snow, inflatables, reindeer games and much more. Shop of holiday gifts from local craft vendors and enjoy some favorite holiday treats.

4th Avenue Winter Street Fair
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15
316 N. 4th Ave., Tucson

400 arts and crafts booths, nearly 40 food vendors, plus live entertainment, face painting and more.

Buckeye Public Library Book Discussion Group
1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18
Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. 6th St., Buckeye

Discuss Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with like-minded book lovers.

Breakfast with Santa
8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon, Saturday-Tuesday, Dec. 21-24
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix

Pose for photos with Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus and feast on a delicious breakfast buffet at this festive event. $29.95 for adults; $18 for children 10 and younger.

Holiday Express with Santa at the Historic Train Depot
2 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave., Tucson

Write letters to the North Pole, watch the Polar Express movie, hear a reading from the book, and pose for photos with Santa in front of Locomotive 1675.

Noon Year’s Eve
9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31
The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

Celebrate the last day of the year with a family-friendly event that features a snow play area, snowball target practice, prize drawings, live music and games with Radio Disney, plus a cider toast to the New Year at noon. Free with regular admission to the zoo.

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