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Events Around the Valley This Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 20-26)

This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for November 20-26.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations. Information for EVENTS should be submitted at least eight weeks before the first of the month it is to be published. Log on to

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo
November 22 – January 14

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo, the Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition, is back with millions of twinkling lights, all new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and a brand new music and light show!

Fantasy of Lights Street Parade, Downtown Tempe
November 24

A holiday tradition enjoyed by generations — the Downtown Tempe Fantasy of Lights Street Parade features a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, Santa photos and so much more!

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden
November 24 – December 30

Experience the beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias this holiday season with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the Desert Botanical Garden.

27th Annual Hidden in the Hills
Nov. 24-26

The state’s longest-running art tour is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind gift or something to tie the room together. Take a self-guided studio excursion through the Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale, where more than 160 nationally recognized and up-and-coming artists’ work in various mediums, styles and price ranges will be displayed and available for purchase. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check the website for a map of participating galleries. (480) 575-6624,

Nov. 25-Dec. 31

Santa will kick off Scottsdale’s holiday extravaganza with a tree-lighting ceremony along the waterfront at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25. Then boys and girls can meet the North Pole’s most famous resident every Saturday morning at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Grown-ups can stroll to enjoy the holiday artwork or participate in a bicycle scavenger hunt. Check website for a list of events and times. Old Town Scottsdale, (480) 312-7177,

Desert Farm Lights
Now through December 31

West Valley holiday lovers no longer need to head across town for Christmas cheer. The event features illuminated mazes, bounce houses, obstacle courses and a gingerbread slide. Stop by Santa’s Workshop afterward. Kids can also say hi to the North Pole’s most famous resident. 5:30-10 p.m., $20, 14629 W. Peoria Ave., Waddell,

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Now through December 24

When the Christmas Eve weather gets too foggy for Santa, the time for games is over. There’s only one reindeer who can guide the big guy’s sleigh, and his name is Rudolph. Based on the popular television special. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $13-$35. Herberger Theater Center Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 480-921-5700,

World of Illumination
Now through January 1

Countless colorful lights will twinkle to the music on your car radio as your drive through this immersive 1-mile light show. Tempe will have a Cosmic Sleigh Ride theme, while Reindeer Road will be the theme of Glendale’s display. Check website for times and ticket prices. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe; and Desert Diamond Casino, 9431 W. Northern Ave., Glendale;

Steel Magnolias
Through November 21

Don’t forget to bring plenty of tissues to this show about a group of small-town Southern women who share an unbreakable bond, despite their various backgrounds and struggles. The play served as the inspiration for the 1989 film of the same name starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277,

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Through November 26

Pioneering chanteuse Billie Holiday sings and tells stories about her life – and becomes increasingly inebriated and incomprehensible – in a raggedy Philadelphia bar, just months before her untimely death in 1959. The setlist includes the captivating “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” contemplative “God Bless the Child,” and the haunting, controversial “Strange Fruit.” Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151,

Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures
Through Jan. 7

The Los Angeles-based photographic artist has explored crucial issues, including migration, labor and gender, for more than three decades. This survey of her work allows audiences to discover the through-line that connects her pieces. Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale,

“The North Star Changes: Works by Brenda Mallory”
Through Feb. 5

“Everything has multiple uses” is the theme of this exhibition by award-winning artist Brenda Mallory, and “even something as permanent as the North Star can be altered.” For Mallory, fabric dipped in beeswax can become a living organism full of color, texture and patterns. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848,


Bruce Springsteen
Nov. 30

The Boss has left his residency on the Great White Way and is hitting the road with his band for a tour that includes songs from last year’s soul song covers album “Only the Strong Survive.” Fans can expect Springsteen to dust off some deep cuts as well. 7:30 p.m., $75-$350, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (602) 379-7800,

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks
December 8

Christmas comes early for fans of the Piano Man and the reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. The ‘70s singer-songwriters are teaming up for an unforgettable concert. 7 p.m., $67.50-$346.50, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400,


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