Weekend Shenanigans

Right now is a beautiful time to be in the Phoenix Valley. The weather is cool enough to warrant wearing sweaters and boots but not cold that you are thinking of shoveling snow. It also means that there are a plethora of amazing events going on if you are looking for fun things to do.

For example the ice rink at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix is officially open. If you want the pleasure of ice skating outside without the hassle of snow, this is the place to go. The rink will be open until January 8, 2017. General admission is $15 but they do have specials. Therefore I would check their website for additional pricing options. Along with ice skating Santa plans on showing up throughout the month of December and with the beautiful Christmas tree on display, this is a picture worthy place to tell Santa your wishes for Christmas. If you’re like me, where I’m falling down simply looking at the ice, I would suggest attending one or all of the ice skating lessons available throughout the week. The AZ Coyotes are making an appearance providing clinics for the budding hockey player you know. And Paw Patrol will also be in attendance for picture opportunties with the little ones.

If you get hungry from all that skating, there are several options for cuisine at CityScape. Whether it’s a quick bite to eat at Five’s Guys , a sit down at Squid Ink Sushi Bar, or some sweets at Fractured Prune Doughnuts, there are options covering a variety of culinary palates. If you have time I would head over to Copper Blues for food, beer, and live music. They have over 50 beers on tap, flexible menu, and great live cover bands, including 34 North.

34 North band works with talented artists throughout the Phoenix valley, bringing you, the listener, a wide array of music. Whether you’re looking for rock, ballad, or a little bit of R&B, 34 North has you covered. They even take requests, therefore you’re not limited to their play list.

If a holiday play is what you are looking for, I would head over to Dream City Church for their Celebration of Christmas. Featuring a full orchestra, talented performers, and an inspirational message, the whole family will have a magical time.The show opens December 8th and runs through December 20th. Check their website for more information.

Looking for free entertainment with great music, dance, and a touch of humor, drop by Scottsdale Bible for their Winter Wonder performances. The show opened yesterday and runs through December 11th. Go to their website for specific performance dates and times.

Enjoy traditional classics done right, I would take a trek to Gilbert to see A Christmas Carole at Hale Theatre. One of my personal all time favorite productions, Hale Theatre does an amazing job each year bringing A Christmas Carole to the valley. And I’m not the only one who agrees. The show has been very popular, selling out time and time again. However there are still a few seats available. I wouldn’t wait if you’re interested in going.

There are many more events to list, like the Black Theatre Troupe’s rendition of the Black Nativity, the Phoenix Symphony’s production of Handel’s Messiah, Holiday Pops, Cirque de le Symphonie’s Holiday Spectactular, Ballet Arizona’s production of the Nutcracker, and Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. This isn’t the time to stay indoors. With only four more weekends left this year, let’s go out and have some fun. The options are endless.

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