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Cool temperatures offer great time to get out this weekend Dec 7-9

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60’s all weekend so what better time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather with friends or family. We have some fun holiday events for you this weekend including FREE haircuts, movies, art, shopping, and holiday lights, and of course, a food festival!

Friday, December 7: Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or need to take a break from shopping, the Scottsdale Quarter will show free Christmas movies over the next three weeks. The movies will be shown on Fridays within The Quad, near the fountain. Features include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Movies will start at 6 p.m. You can bring blankets, chairs, and snacks. This Friday’s feature will be How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and Frosty the Snowman, next Friday is The Polar Express, and in two weeks on December 21st is The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you go, Scottsdale Quarter – The Quad, 15059 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. scottsdalequarter.com/events-news

Fri-Sun Dec 7-9: The annual Phoenix Festival of The Arts is goin’ down all weekend long. Open until 5 p.m Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 7-9, at Margaret T Hance Park. It located on 3rd st between Roosevelt and McDowell. Over 125 art vendors and cultural organizations are scheduled to participate. It’s a perfect time to connect with the community and shop for holiday gifts. There’s live music, food trucks and best of all, its FREE to attend. phoenixfestivalofthearts.org

Sat Dec 8: Get holiday season ready with FREE wash & haircuts for Men + Kids at Bishops Cuts/Color in Phoenix on McDowell near 5th Aveunue and Gilbert on Market Street near Pecos. Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. More info at bishops.co/bishops-holidayshear-event.

Sat Dec 8: Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! The community is invited to take part in the holiday tradition at Tempe Town Lake for the 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Watch as 50+ festively-decorated boats float on the lake. Enjoy food from on-site food trucks, get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, and enjoy a glass of beer or wine while watching live entertainment on the main stage. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 7 p.m Saturday, December 8th. downtowntempe.com/events/boat-parade

Sat Dec 8: The 15th Annual Glow on Monroe Parade is this Saturday, December 8th from 630-930 p.m. It’s an Electric light parade featuring historic fire trucks, school marching bands, horse drawn carriages, and trucks of all sizes, all with dazzling lights. buckeyemainstreet.org/events/electric-light-parade

Sat Dec 8: World Bazaar PHX returns with more culture, cuisine, and community than ever! Experience over 50 different vendors selling food, art, and homemade goods from around the world at this free event – perfect for holiday shopping. Enjoy live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. World Bazaar PHX is near 19th Ave and Camelback at 1813 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix. Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. FREE to attend! visitphoenix.com/event/world-bazaar-phx/119065

Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Cooks from all around the state will show off what they can do with a traditional Mexican dish of steamed dough and filling at the Tamale Festival this weekend in Phoenix. Grocery chain Food City said the 17th annual celebration will begin Saturday, December 8th at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Washington Street between First and Fourth avenues. Sunday hours are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m, a panel of local celebrities will taste-test the entries and choose the winning “Best Tamale.” Admittance to the event is free. Tamales are a Christmas staple in the Southwest and often families band together to make them. Festivalgoers will see folklorico dance performances and the goods on sale from vendors and hear mariachi bands. Tamales won’t be the only treat on the menu: carne asada burritos, menudo and Mexican hot chocolate will also be available. Sales from the tamales, made by local faith-based groups, will go towards their organizations. The groups sold more than 700 dozen tamales at last year’s holiday party. Tamales are $2 each, or a dozen for $18.

Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Searching for unique gifts this holiday season? Do you enjoy arts and crafts? How about entertainment? Maybe you just want to get into the spirit of the season. Mesa Arts Festival downtown is this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 at Mesa Arts Center. The FREE event will take place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m each day. mesaartscenter.com

Nightly: The votes are in and the baby reindeer at the Phoenix Zoo finally has a name — Noel. The Phoenix Zoo announced the name that won its week-plus contest. Noel, a female reindeer, hauled in about 1,300 of the 2,500 or so online votes. Runner-up was Flurry, which got around 1,000 votes.  Caribae finished a distant third. Zoo workers had narrowed the choices to three names before turning over the final decision to the public. The 6-month-old Noel is one of four reindeer visiting the zoo for the holidays. She, Frosty, Snowflake and Velvet will be on their way shortly after the annual ZooLights display ends Jan. 13. The four will go back home to a petting zoo in Southern California. ZooLights run nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

Nightly: The tradition continues for the annual Festival of Lights in Ahwatukee. From 6-11p nightly, Chandler Blvd from 24th st. to Desert Foothills Pkwy features 1 million plus LED lights! folaz.org

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.




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