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  • Phoenix: Desert Botanical Gardens

    Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13, 19-23 and 26-30: Desert Botanical Gardens is celebrating its 37th year of Las Noches de las Luminarias. The gardens will come to life with the soft glow of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the vibrant sounds and sights of 10 entertainment groups. Enjoy dinner at the garden with family and friends and stroll each path with a warm cup of cider or cocoa. The Southwest elegance and beauty of the garden at night will remind you of what the season is all about. This year when you purchase your tickets, you will have the opportunity to help those in need by donating to Season for Sharing during the checkout process. Season for Sharing funds agencies that help at-risk children and families improve education, aid victims of violence and serve the elderly. For more information and to buy your tickets, call 481-481-8188 or visit and click on events.

  • Sedona: Festival of Trees

    Dec. 4-6: At this holiday event at Tlaquepaque, area artists and galleries will have art-inspired vignettes. The trees will all have different themes and incorporate different materials. Some are indoor and others are outdoor trees. Kick off your holiday season with a beautiful-themed tree already pre-decorated. The trees will be on display on the second floor terrace at Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit and check their bids through 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Proceeds benefit “Toys for Tots” via the Sedona Marine Corps League. Be sure to join us on the last day of this event for our holiday wrap-up party and final silent auction bidding from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Vote for your favorite tree while listening to live music and enjoying great edible delights and tasty libations. Raffle winners will be announced during the party and tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. This event is open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Cottonwood: Blazin’ M Holiday ShoW

    Blazin’ M Ranch is offering a family holiday show. With nearly a million people entertained and fed in the past 20 years, they have scheduled a special holiday show on select dates Nov. 28-Dec. 27. The holiday show features an abundance of comedy and festive cowboy and traditional songs to put you in the spirit of the season. Their wranglers will literally “deck the barn” with holiday-themed decorations for everyone’s enjoyment. Plan now to bring everyone from the oldest to the youngest family members and friends to enjoy great food and outstanding entertainment featuring songs of the season as well as a very different and festive rendition of their signature “Ghost Riders” in the sky. To choose your date and make reservations, visit

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