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Courtesy of Ballet Arizona

Five Holiday Spectacles to See in the Valley

It’s Christmas time, and while there are a million things to do — shop for gifts and wrap up year-end projects among other things — here are five holiday events that are worth taking a break from the whirlwind of the holidays to enjoy!


Zoo Lights

The Phoenix Zoo is putting all other Christmas decorations to shame for the 21st year. The Zoo is lit with more than 3.5 million lights to create 600 sculptures in the shape of the furry, scaly and feathered friends that usually reside at the zoo. There are no live animals on display, though you may run into a talking giraffe or see the komodo dragons. Tickets are available until January 12 for $9 to $14. Visit phoenixzoo.org or call 602-273-1341 for more information. The zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. in Phoenix


“A Christmas Carol”

Play House Park is putting on a Christmas classic. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the perfect show to help everyone get in the Christmas spirit — past, present and future. The whole family will take a visit with Scrooge to the spirits past, present and future until December 21 at 1850 N. Central Ave. Phoenix. For information visit swshakespeare.org


“The Nutcracker”

Don’t miss out on Clara’s Christmas adventure taking place now through December 24 at Ballet Arizona. Journey with Clara as she fights life sized mice, and pays a visit to the Sugar Plum Factory. Tickets to Tchaikovsky’s classic cost $43 to $135. For more information visit balletaz.org/performance/next-season-nutcracker/ or 2835 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.


Tree Lighting at the Temple

You may light your tree at home, but it looks nothing like the Annual Arizona Temple Lighting. For the 33rd year, thousands of lights are lit in the garden and then reflected by the pool to make a winter wonderland in sunny Arizona. Special musical performances will take place every night at 7 pm. For more information call 480-964-7164 or visit mesachristmaslights.com


Day Trip to the North Pole

For those who are interested in taking a Christmas day trip with the family there are many great attractions upstate Arizona. Experience the North Pole and get a behind the scenes look at Santa’s workshop. The elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for you. For more information about the North Pole, located at 2515 E. Butler Ave. in Flagstaff, visit northpoleexperience.com

The North Pole Experience at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff

The North Pole Experience Opens A New Portal In Flagstaff

As the season begins to change, the holidays seem to be on everybody’s mind, and what better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than helping Santa at his workshop?

Arizona’s North Pole Experience will be premiering its new portal location in Flagstaff, Ariz. Originally located in Greer, the North Pole Experience (NPX) is a chance to work side by side with Santa and his elves creating toys. This year, visitors will get to see a brand new part of Santa’s workshop that will be introduced personally by Santa himself.

Visitors arrive at the Little America Hotel where they will board the magic trolley. The trolleys are driven by Santa’s elves who sing Christmas carols with the people on board and then tell them what the magic words are to activate the portal to the North Pole. Once they’ve crossed through to the North Pole, families move through the toy hall of fame, where they are taken through old toys to the toys of today. Head elf Alabaster greets the visitors and then children are given the chance to work side by side with the elves creating teddy bears. The toys that are created by visitors to the workshop are given to children in need this holiday season.

The next step is for families to listen in at Elf University and find out what it takes to be an elf. Children learn right from wrong and what they need to do to be a successful elf. At the end of the day, children get to meet Santa and get a tour of a never-before-seen part of his workshop. Santa will sign autographs and children can tell him what they want for Christmas.

Tickets for adults are $55 per person while children 18 months and up are $49 per person. For visitors who would like to stay in the Little America Hotel, room prices start at $99 or guests can partake in the all-inclusive North Pole Experience Package, which includes a one-night stay at the Little America Hotel, dinner at the NPX buffet and the famous NPX breakfast with Santa. The package starts at $455 for a family of four.

The North Pole Experience begins on Nov. 16th and will be open on Christmas Eve and Dec. 27. NPX is the only interactive Christmas experience in the United States. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit northpoleexperience.com.

The North Pole Experience at Little America Hotel

2515 E. Butler Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 352-4386 | Local: (928) 779-7900

Flagstaff Adventures - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Flagstaff Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Flagstaff Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Lowell Observatory

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 774-3358
Sitting atop Mars Hill in Flagstaff, on the Mogollon Rim, Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope is the 5th largest telescope in the continental U.S. — and one of the most technologically advanced. Come for daytime guided tours, solar viewing, multimedia shows and evening gazing.

Meteor Crater

Interstate 40, Exit 233,
Winslow, AZ 86047
(800) 289-5898
The most well-known, most-preserved meteorite crater on Earth, Meteor Crater is the result of an asteroid collision about 50,000 years ago. It’s nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. Come for its outdoor observation trails, indoor viewing, interactive discovery center and more.

Sunset Crater Volcano

Off U.S 89, on Sunset Crater –
Wupatki Loop Rd.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 526-0502
When this volcano erupted 900 years ago, the surrounding landscape was reshaped, where twisted Ponderosa Pines and an array of wildlife now coexist. Hike the trail through the lava flow and cinders, located near Flagstaff.

North Pole Experience

2515 E. Butler Ave.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(888) 469-8819
Families can enjoy a magic trolley ride to the North Pole, build toys with Santa and his elves, attend Elf University, visit Mrs. Claus’ bakery and more. Recently relocated to Flagstaff from Greer, the North Pole Experience has partnered with The Little America Hotel, which is always decked out in more than one million Christmas lights.

Arizona Snowbowl

Off Hwy. 180, on Snowbowl Rd.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 774-0729
When Flagstaff transforms into a winter wonderland, residents and visitors alike flock to Arizona Snowbowl for snowshoe hiking, skiing, snowboarding and more. With 25 rooms in a cabin setting, the Ski Lift Lodge & Cabins are also an ideal place to stay, whether in the winter or summer.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012