A Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim, Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Ghosts and the Cratchit family will all be present at the Herberger Theater this December. One of the Valley’s most cherished and anticipated holiday traditions returns to downtown on Dec. 9–28 as the Herberger Theater Center and Arizona Broadway Theatre present “A Christmas Carol: The Musical!”

Nothing invokes the holiday spirit better than Charles Dickens’ enduring tale of hope and redemption. Travel back in time with Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the importance of family, friendship and love. Everyone is sure to love the rousing musical numbers, splendid costumes and side-splitting Bah Humbugs!

“A Christmas Carol” will definitely get you in the spirit of the holidays!

The Herberger Theater is located at 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. For tickets and showtimes, visit Evct.org or call 480-644-6500.

Deer Santa

The All Puppet Players present a different kind of holiday story in “Deer Santa.” What happens when a very clumsy reindeer must ll in for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Find out in this wacky holiday comedy for audiences of all ages. Take your cousins, take your aunt(lers), bring along everyone “deer” to you—you’re sure to have a jolly good time!

Performances are at the Playhouse on the Park at Central Arts Plaza, 1850 N. Central Ave., on Dec. 9 and 16. To get tickets, visit Allpuppetplayers.com or call 602-254-2151.

Lights of the World

Experience 10 million lights in the heart of downtown Phoenix! Lights of the World brings its over-the-top holiday light show to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd. Learn about global cultures and cuisine while enjoying lights, carnival rides and more.

Celebrate Lights of the World from Nov. 16 to Jan. 2, 2018, from 5 to 10 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 26). Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for kids 3 to 13. Acrobatics show is an additional $8. For more information, visit Lightsoftheworldus.com or call 602-252-6771.

Annual Winter Wonderland Express

Enchanted Island Amusement Park is throwing its Annual Winter Wonder- land Express on Dec. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park will be lled with fresh snow to play in, and kids will enjoy the train ride and sled rides, too!

Santa Claus will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Enjoy free candy canes and hot cocoa, and take a picture in a gigantic snow globe. Enchanted Island is located at 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. For details go to Enchantedisland.com.

Great Arizona Puppet Theatre

Enjoy a magical show at the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre this holiday season. “The Night Before Christmas” has heartwarming stories, music and, of course, an amazing array of puppets! Performances are on Dec. 6–24.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Great Arizona Puppet Theater is at 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. All shows are playing at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. To buy tickets, go to Azpuppets.org.

Holiday Lights at the Phoenix Zoo

Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo are celebrating 25 years! Millions of twinkling lights will give the grounds a glow Nov. 22 to Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. SRP presents holiday lights like no other! Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights strung all over the zoo.

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Any-night tickets cost $17.95 for non-members. There are discounts for members and special value nights. For details and to buy tickets, go online to Phoenixzoo.org.

Phoenix Boys Choir

Hop on the sleigh with the Phoenix Boys Choir as we listen to the most endearing holiday songs and carols from around the world and pay tribute to the famous reindeer, Rudolph! Audiences will be filled with holiday spirit as the angelic voices of the PBC perform a delightful array of songs from Latin America, England, France, Germany, Austria and Poland. The choir will pay tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach with excerpts from his beloved Christmas Oratory, and of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the boys singing the Vienna Boys Choir version of Silent Night and Handel’s famous Hallelujah Chorus! Bring your family to this Holiday Extravaganza for all to enjoy!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Your favorite Peanuts characters will come to life on stage for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Arizona Broad- way Theatre Dec. 9 and 16. Will the commercialization of the season drown out the true meaning of Christmas? Families can enjoy live renditions of “Christmas Time Is Here” and Schroeder’s jazzy piano playing, not to mention Linus’ heart-warming message to his friends.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is part of Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Theatre for Young Audiences. Arizona Broadway Theatre is located at 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. For more information or for tickets, call 623-776-8400 or visit Azbroadway.org.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Go wild this holiday season and see the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona. Visitors to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium can see more than 600 avian, terrestrial and aquatic species. Check out the exhilarating 100 foot high Vertigo Swing, exciting roller coaster, breathtaking Soaring Eagle Zip Line and the Flying Scooter, too.

Zoo exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. World Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park.

For more information, go to Wildlifeworld.com or call 623-935-9453.