In the Neighborhood: Things to do in December

In the Neighborhood: Things to do in December

Posted 11/25/2014

2106654035_0b039491f5The holiday season has officially arrived and with it, some very welcomed, cooler weather. Although Arizona winters may not be white, that simply means we can enjoy the holidays outdoors, (without having to shovel the driveway first)! Here are a few December events around your Maracay Homes neighborhood to help get you in the holiday spirit.
 
Packages from Home Collections
Dec. 1-22, all Maracay Homes neighborhoods in metro Phoenix
 
Maracay Homes is partnering with Packages from Home this holiday season to support our military personnel who are serving overseas. Want to help? It’s easy! Just click on Packages from Home and purchase as many items from the needs list as you can. Then, drop off the items at any Maracay Homes community in the Valley. Your donations will be made into care packages for service men and women who can’t make it home for the holidays.
 
Eastmark Fall Friday Concert Series (extended)!
6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5
Eastmark, 10100 E. Ray Road, Mesa
 
By popular demand, Eastmark is adding another concert to its Fall Friday Concert Series in December with a high-energy performance from the band Affinity. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to bring their blankets, low-back chairs and tapping toes to the Eastmark Great Park to enjoy the free show. As part of the holiday season, Eastmark is also encouraging donations of new and gently used items clothing, school supplies and toys for Mesa United Way’s Helen Hope Chest and doggie stocking-stuffers and donations for Arizona Humane Society’s holiday drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Community and Visitor’s Center through Dec. 15.
 
20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival
6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20
Historic Downtown Tucson, 17th Street & Stone Avenue
 
The Downtown Parade of Lights celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with plenty of sparkling lights, themed floats and family-friendly fun. After the parade, tour scenic downtown and take the little ones to visit Santa at the Historic Train Depot. Free.
 
Peoria’s Old Town Holiday Festival & Gingerbread House Competition
5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5
Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street
 
Get into the holiday spirit at Peoria’s Old Town Festival, presented by Sears Vacations. The 28th annual event will feature live entertainment, festive activities and 20 tons of snow! Yes, snow in the desert. Take a stroll, do some crafting and listen to the choral contest. There’s fun for the entire family to enjoy. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase.
 
Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend
6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13
Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale avenues
 
Arizona may be a desert, but on Dec. 12 and 13, Glendale is turning downtown into a “frozen” wonderland! The “Winter Wonderland” weekend will feature an ice skating rink (with skates to rent on site), crafts, face painting, musical entertainment and more! Even better, special guests Santa Claus and characters from the movie “Frozen” will also be there. Both evenings will conclude with a movie, “The Polar Express” on Friday and the Walt Disney favorite, “Frozen,” on Saturday.

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