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PHOENIX Magazine Editors’ Picks for December and January

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Something to Do

Christmas at the Princess  

More than 6 million holiday lights illuminate your path as you ice-skate, roast s’mores, slide down an ice luge and snap selfies with Santa Claus and a slew of other spirited holiday characters like Graham, Shivers, Princess Noel and Peppermint Penguin. Call for times and ticket prices. Nov. 18-Jan. 2. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 585-4848,

Something to Eat


Raving over the molecular reimagining of Indian food classics by rising chef Karan Mittal, PHOENIX dining critic Nikki Buchanan made this fine dining restaurant in Chandler the No. 1 pick in our Best New Restaurants of 2022 feature. Planting “one foot in India’s deep culinary traditions and the other in the modern world,” the chef “brings an elegant sensibility to this East Valley venture,” Buchanan writes. “Take his chaat—India’s favorite snack food—transformed by a shimmering orb of yogurt mousse foam dusted with dried raspberry powder and supported by crisp-fried shiso leaves. Everything is too beautiful to eat, too delicious to leave a crumb on the plate.” 3491 W. Frye Road, (480) 534-7178,

Somewhere to Go

Take a “Santa Cruise” to the North Pole

You’ve done the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, but have you been to the actual North Pole? On its luxury cruise ship Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions offers a 16-day, one-of-a-kind exploration of the Arctic Circle that will warm the heart of any Christmas enthusiast—but it’s not just for Santa stalkers. “An expedition with Le Commandant Charcot will interest a purposeful traveler—ones that are looking for transformative experiences on a small ship and want a deeper understanding of the places they visit,” says PONANT CEO Navin Sawhney. With four departures slated for the summer 2023 Arctic season, the cruise begins in Longyearbyen, Norway, where temperatures drop 40 degrees below 0, and sails along the icy coast of Spitsbergen before arriving at the Geographic North Pole. Tickets start at $35,960.

Someone to Know

Iconic Arizona

In addition to profiles of Valley music promoter Stephen “Psycho Steve” Chilton and Phoenix Symphony conductor Tito Muñoz, the November/December issue of PHOENIX includes colorful write-ups of 15 iconic Arizonans—four of whom our editors and readers picked to populate a theoretical “Arizona Mount Rushmore.” So whose likenesses did we digitally carve into the granite of Camelback Mountain? Was it Muhammad Ali? Sandra Day O’Connor? The distinctive walrus moustache of George W. P. Hunt? We’ll cop to one finalist: Mr. Arizona himself, Barry Goldwater. To divine the identities of the other three Arizonans, pick up the latest issue of PHOENIX.


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