Get in the spirit of the season with these art festivals, seasonal events and cultural attractions on our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
The Nutcracker at Phoenix Symphony Hall: Select days from December 11-27
‘Tis the season for Ballet Arizona to take the stage for The Nutcracker, a Phoenix holiday tradition. See hundreds of talented and costumed performers enact this favorite holiday classic set to music by the Phoenix Symphony.
75 N 2nd St, Phoenix 85004
Phoenix Festival of the Arts: December 11-13
Gather downtown with vendors, artisans, and cultural organizations for a three-day festival celebrating art and the local community. It’s the place to nosh on food truck fare and find a handcrafted, made-in-Phoenix holiday gift. You can also catch performances on the outdoor stage and inside the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St, Phoenix 85003
Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market: December 12-13
Contemporary American Indian art is the spotlight of Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary’s annual market. Browse more than 100 artisan booths and stay for cooking demonstrations, performances and native foods.
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
ZooLights: Through January 10
If you haven’t taken a stroll through the Phoenix Zoo’s twinkling winter wonderland (or if you’re dying to see it again), it’s a great weekend to visit this must-see Phoenix holiday event. The animals will be sleeping, but families, couples and friends can enjoy a night illuminated by millions of lights and 3D displays.
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008
The 101 Cultural Route: Taliesin West and Musical Instrument Museum Tours: Through January 31
Experience two of Phoenix’s top cultural attractions in one day with this special deal (you’ll save $7 off admission costs). Begin your adventure with a tour of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and an architectural masterpiece. Then, take a short drive on Loop 101 to the Musical Instrument Museum for a self-guided exploration of global music, instruments and famous artists. Reservations must be made online through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.