Who doesn’t love a 70° December day? Get out and enjoy outdoor holiday events (or indoor arts and culture attractions) with these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Take a spin on an ice skating rink
These outdoor rinks prove you can have a little winter fun in the desert (with no snow-shoveling required). The Desert Ice Skating Rink at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is open to the public and features rink-side snowfalls in the evening. You can also strap on your skates at CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink in the heart of the city. Both rinks are made with real ice, and feature beautiful trees equipped with animated light shows.
Hear Them Ring at MIM (Musical Instrument Museum): December 19-20
What better instrument to represent the sounds of the season than a jingling bell? The Musical Instrument Museum celebrates everything that rings and chimes with a weekend of bell-inspired instrument spotlights, crafts, and performances. You can also chime in with your own tunes on Balinese instruments, and shop musical holiday gifts in the museum store.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 85050
The Wizard of Oz at Phoenix Theatre: Through December 27
If you’re looking for family fun, you’ll find Dorothy and friends at the Phoenix Theatre throughout the holiday season. Musical performances of this classic favorite run daily this weekend at select dates before and after Christmas.
100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix 85004
Glendale Glitters: Through January 9
16 city blocks sparkle with 1.5 million lights during this free annual holiday display. This weekend, you can enjoy a special entertainment lineup and kid-friendly activities such as a snow field and make-and-take crafts. Walking is the most common way to explore this winter wonderland, but romantics can settle in for a horse and carriage ride, available Sundays through Thursdays.
The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré: Through March 6
These aren’t your typical textiles. One of Phoenix Art Museum’s most recent exhibitions highlights the late Italian fashion icon Gianfranco Ferre and his trademark design: the white shirt. See 27 of his wardrobe works in a dramatic display in the museum’s massive Steele Gallery.
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004