Those of us that celebrate Christmas have been accused of focusing more on the material than the spiritual. Images of people trampling others at Black Friday sales come to mind. Fortunately, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we understand that this is a season of giving true gifts rather than material gifts, of focusing on others rather than on ourselves, and of acting as Christ would act as he gave His gifts.
The holiday season is upon us, and December brings a parade of pageants to entertain and bring joy to families. These four events will take your Christmas from ho-hum to holly jolly!
Celebration of Christmas
“This Broadway-style musical theater performance features a full live orchestra and state-of-the-art technology with incredible special effects. Culminating in a beautiful nativity with a majestic kings’ procession, this year’s show includes exciting new dance numbers, professional acrobatic silk artists, awe-inspiring aerial stunts, flying angels, and so much more!”
Dream City Church has a deliberate focus on community and the arts. Their stage performances, including Celebration of Christmas, showcase amazing talent, dedicated high-level production, and family-friendly entertainment.
Tickets are available through http://celebrationofchristmas.org and performances are scheduled on December 6-9 and 13-19. Ticket prices range from $9 to $30, depending on seating needs and availability.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
“Based on the bestselling book, this delightful comedy is an American classic and one of the best holiday stories ever written. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem and fun collide when the Herdmans meet the Christmas story head-on. You won’t want to miss this great family entertainment for the holidays.”
This year marks the 22nd performance season for The East Valley Children’s Theater, which is a founding resident company for the Mesa Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online at Mesa Arts Center’s website, and from the Mesa Arts Center ticket office during regular hours. Performances are scheduled from November 29 to December 9 at the Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse, and tickets are listed for $15.
North Pole Experience
“Delight in the magic of the holiday season at Santa’s enchanting, 400-year-old workshop. Join us for an unforgettable North Pole experience inside the toy factory, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, Elf University, Santa’s Sleigh Hanger, and family time and photos with St. Nick himself.”
The North Pole Experience (or NPX) was voted best holiday experience for children by AZ Foothills Magazine and has been featured on Travel Channel.
Adult tickets start at $39 and children at $33, with additional rates for weekends and special event pricing for Christmas Eve. Tickets are available at http://northpoleexperience.com/ and be sure to check availability as Christmas approaches.
Live Nativity: A Walk Through Bethlehem
Put on by Grace Fellowship Church, the Live Nativity: A Walk Through Bethlehem is a free community event. All members of the community are invited to bring family and friends, and experience and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Visit the nativity program December 12-21, from 6pm-8pm nightly at 1300 N. Miller Rd., Buckeye, Az. 85326.
Visitors are invited to appreciate the displays and programing at their leisure and refreshments will be available at the Grace Café.
For more details, visit https://www.graceinbuckeye.com/live-nativity-a-walk-through-bethlehem/.