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Peacock from ZooLights 2013, photo from phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

ZooLights is back + more to do this week

11/24-1/11: ZooLights
The annual ZooLights event is opening this week at the Phoenix Zoo. Opening on Nov. 24 and closing on Jan. 11, ZooLights features almost 4 million LED lights spread throughout the zoo and formed into the shapes of many of its popular animals. By day, the zoo’s animals will be out and wandering about as usual, but at night the zoo will transform into a lit-up, animal-themed wonderland for the holiday season.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. daily, $8-$18

11/28-29: Glendale Glitters
The lighting tradition in the city of Glendale is kicking off this weekend when the display of 1.5 million lights in historic downtown will be lit for the first time this holiday season. The award-winning largest free light event in Arizona has been going on for 21 years and will remain lit through Jan. 10.
Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Avenues, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, 5 to 10 p.m. both evenings, free

11/29: Jay Leno
After retiring from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno is hitting the road and getting back to his comedic roots with a stand-up comedy tour.  As a famous late night host, his audience is used to seeing him interviewing celebrities and commentating on current events. Leno used to do stand-up when he first began his career, and now is getting back too it after leaving The Tonight Show in February.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $35-$225

11/30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The famous group is heading out on their Winter Tour 2014, performing “The Christmas Attic”, performing rock versions of popular Christmas songs. The performance not only brings out the Christmas spirit, but a show full of lights, lasers, and special effects as well.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32-$67

11/30: “The Polar Express”
The Phoenix Symphony is putting on the music from The Polar Express with assistance from the Phoenix Girls Choir on Sunday. The special includes a narration of the holiday classic and sing-along versions of popular holiday songs. The Instrument Petting Zoo will be there for those who arrive early.
Symphony Hall, 1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m., $11+

Harrah Ak-Chin Casino Resort

Spend The Holiday At The Harrah's Resorts

A Holiday To Be Waited On, At The Harrah’s

We do it every year; the entire family comes over, we spend all week prepping the house, putting up the lights, followed by a day or two of cooking and a mess of leftovers and holiday wrapping paper strewn across the house. This ultimately leads to the question, why not have someone else do all of this for us?

A growing trend in the hospitality industry is the holidays. Not just for out of town guests or for those who want to get away for the holiday, but also for families who would rather enjoy Christmas dinner at their favorite resort or have a Hanukkah stay-cation.

No matter the rhyme or reason, it’s a time to enjoy the company of those we love, and this year, resorts across the region are inviting guests to celebrate.

Some examples of resorts spreading the holiday cheer, aside from serving up some delicious holiday cocktails, include:

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort

Guests can stay, play and celebrate at this 40,000-square-foot casino, which recently underwent a $20 million expansion with the addition of a 152-room hotel tower.

Holiday dining is available in Agave’s Restaurant, the Copper Cactus Grill, as well as the the famous seafood buffet is available every Friday and Saturday, including Christmas Eve.

For the family that plays and stays together, Harrah’s also boasts the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Poker®, Keno and the Ak-Chin Bingo Hall, which provides the latest in Bingo technology.

Harrah’s Rincon San Diego North

Winner of the AAA Four-Diamond Award, three of the Harrah’s Rincon restaurants will be serving holiday feasts to please any palate. For an upscale dining experience, guests can indulge in a four-course Christmas dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jon Palsson. A four-time winner of the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence, this fine dining fare will be available for $75 per person on Christmas day.

For a more casual atmosphere, guests are invited to indulge in The Buffet, where holiday traditions meet modern food theatre, or enjoy the Christmas Special for $28 per person at The Café.

A top resort-gaming destination, the casino also offers state-of-the-art amenities and the unparalleled customer service — a sure fire holiday success.

Harrah’s Laughlin

The holidays are a magical time and because of that Harrah’s Laughlin is featuring various Christmas dining specials in addition to featuring a live magic show complete with animals, dancers, escapologists and comedy magicians, called Masters of Illusion, performing every night at 8 p.m., December 26-29 for $25-$35 per person.

In addition, The Fresh Market Square Buffet, voted best in Laughlin for seven years; the Range Steakhouse, which features first-class service and spectacular views; and Harrah’s Beach Café will all be featuring Christmas menus this holiday season.


Whether guests are staying or going, the holidays are trending at resorts across the nation — and Valley-wide. While Scottsdale has only gotten a few sprinkles of snow this year, resorts are going all out to bring more holiday cheer and less holiday chores.