The weather’s pleasantly cool, the sun’s shining and more than 400 vendors are setting up shop for a three-day outdoor festival along Tempe’s Mill Avenue. Whether you’re looking for big-budget masterpieces or an affordable gift, the artisans’ booths offer a diversity of arts and crafts. You can also enjoy local beer, wine and a festival food court, or snap a photo of street performances or contestants’ creations at the chalk mural contest.
Mill Avenue and University Dr., Tempe 85281
Through January 1
This resort’s annual winter transformation is open to the public, and a hit with families.. Surround yourself with holiday cheer and activities, including a four-story musical tree, real ice skating rink, train rides around the resort’s lagoons, Santa’s Secret Headquarters and S’mores land marshmallow roasting, brilliant lagoon lights and more displays and holiday characters to encounter.
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale 85255
Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
You know The Nutcracker—now get to know the Snow Queen. This weekend is the opening of Center Dance Ensemble’s popular production at Herberger Theater Center, a holiday tradition and performance of a classic Hans Christian Andersen story. (Can’t make it over the weekend? Check out an abridged Lunch Time Dance Theater version on your lunch break, December 9 or 16).
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix 85004
F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour & Holiday Street Fair
One of Phoenix’s oldest historic neighborhoods is dressed up for the holidays and open for tours. Visit Saturday evening, and you’ll also be treated to caroling and luminarias-lined streets. Sunday morning and afternoon, the tours continue next to a holiday street market with gift and food vendors.
9th Avenue and Lynwood St, Phoenix 85007
Taste of Arizona
Think you can handle another feast after Thanksgiving last week? Then head to Taste of Arizona, a food truck sampling event offering everything from BBQ, poutine and pizza to waffles, crepes and cupcakes. Admission includes access to purchasing food from the trucks and a beer and wine garden, plus a kid’s zone, chef demos and music.
Mesa Riverview Park, 2100 W Rio Salado Way, Mesa 85201