Browse an outdoor arts festival and take in the sights and sounds of the holidays with these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Holiday Pops: December 4-6
Kick off the holidays with a concert full of carols and classics performed by The Phoenix Symphony. The family-friendly program features sweeping orchestrations paired with the voices of The Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Don’t forget to warm up your own vocal chords—there’s a chance for the audience to get in the spirit and sing along.
Symphony Hall, 72 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix 85004
Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts: December 4-6
The weather’s warm, the sun is shining and more than 400 vendors are setting up shop for this three-day outdoor festival. 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 with contestants’ creations at the chalk mural contest.
Mill Ave and University Dr, Tempe 85281
Christkindlmarkt: December 5-6
Downtown’s historic Heritage Square will transform into Christkindlmarkt, a free festival featuring all of the cheer—and none of the wintry weather—of a German Christmas market. Enjoy Central European cuisine such as gingerbread, bratwurst and warm drinks while you shop hand-crafted gifts and ornaments.
113 N 6th St, Phoenix 85004
PJs in the Park: December 4
Civic Space Park is welcoming pajama-clad moviegoers for a showing of “Polar Express” and “Home Alone.” Grab a lawn blanket, your favorite PJs and free hot chocolate to get cozy under the stars. There will be a few holiday treats in store, including a surprise visit from Santa between movies.
Civic Space Park, Phoenix 85004
Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen: December 5-6
The “Snow Queen,” a Hans Christian Andersen story brought to life by the Center Dance Ensemble, returns for its 25th year of performances. While not a classic holiday tale, this musical production is a popular seasonal favorite and an experience for the family. If you miss it this weekend, the show takes the stage again the next two weekends in December.
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix 85004