Radar: Things to Do in PHX This Week

Enjoy a wine and donut pairing this week at Chin Up Donuts. Photo from facebook.com/chinupdonuts.

Your week, planned: Don’t miss our top picks for what to do in and around Phoenix.

December is here which means the holiday season is upon us! There are a ton of things happening this chilly winter week, so bundle up as you head out there and enjoy festive happenings throughout Phoenix. Happy holidays!




Festival of Trees Arizona at Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

The first annual Festival of Trees is here! All funds will be donated to The Phoenix Dream Center, supporting over 100 human trafficking survivors each year hear in Arizona. There will be food, fun, music, Santa, and over 15 magically and uniquely decorated trees with some some additional raffle items to bid on. $39. 6 p.m. 7380 East 2nd Street Scottsdale, AZ; scottsdaleperformingarts.org // @scottsdalearts


Whiskey Tasting at the North Pole at Porters Western Saloon

Get into the holiday spirit with a whiskey tasting at the North Pole! Celebrate the holiday festivities with a whiskey tasting at the Christmas Pop up Bar the North Pole, above Porters Western Saloon. Enjoy allocated whiskeys from High West Distillery out of Park City, Utah. $70. 6 p.m. 3944 North Brown Ave Scottsdale, AZ; porterswesternsaloon.com // @porterswesternsaloon



Bricks & Brews! at The Joy Lush Club

The Joy Lush Club and Paperback Brewing Company are teaming up for another Bricks & Brews night! Come build your own Creator LEGO while you sip on the incredible SANTA WAS A WEREWOLF IPA from Paperback. Each ticket comes with one draft and one LEGO kit of your choice, either a snowman or a holiday train. $15+. 6 p.m. 24 West Camelback Rd. #Suite D & E Phoenix, AZ; thejoylushclub.com // @thejoylushclub

Wine and Donut Pairing with Sam Somm + Chin Up Donuts at Chin Up Donuts

Who doesn’t love wine and donuts? Join Samantha Sommelier at Chin Up Donuts for wine and donut pairings featuring a handful of their scratch-made brioche donuts in their most popular flavors and the perfect wines to pair from your favorite approachable wine expert. You’ll recieve four brioche donuts from Chin Up Donuts and four glasses of wine paired by Sam. $45. 6 p.m. 7021 East Main St. Scottsdale, AZ; chinupdonuts.com // @chinupdonuts



Holiday Garden Party at Pueblo

Garden Sessions is rounding out the year with a Holiday Session. Pueblo is taking their garden sessions to new heights with Goods from Dutchie, Tipsy Turtle, WYNK & Sunday Goods. DJ JME LEE will be spinning tunes in the garden and Testal is back with their delicious burritos! $35+ 7 p.m. 1025 Grand Avenue Phoenix, AZ; pueblo.life // @pueblo.life

December Cookie Decorating Class at The Black Sheep Coffee+Tea+Smoothies

Interested in learning more about decorated sugar cookies? Dessert Valley Sweets is here to help! This class will cover the basics to sugar cookies, do some piping practice with royal icing, talk about the best ways to decorate sugar cookies, and cover the general concepts around dough and icing. Everything you’ll need is provided in class along with a live in-person instructor so just bring a smile and maybe an apron. $55. 6 p.m. 5717 West Glendale Avenue Glendale, AZ; @dessertvalleysweets



6th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl®: Scottsdale at El Hefe Scottsdale

The 6th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl® is coming to town Saturday December 9th, 2022 from 12pm-8pm!! Put on your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes! It’s the most wonderful crawl of the year! Everyone who signs up gets a 16oz color changing Santa stadium cup for all your drinks. $14. 12 p.m. 4425 North Saddlebag Trl ##101 Scottsdale, AZ; xmasbarcrawl.com // @12barschristmascrawl

Scottsdale Holiday Cocktail Fest at Wasted Grain

Whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or more of an Ebenezer Scrooge, you’re sure to find a cocktail that tickles your holiday fancy at this one of a kind event in Old Town! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so spend it laughing, singing and having fun all while drinking ALL the drinks. $29+. 1 p.m. 7295 East Stetson Dr Scottsdale, AZ; oldtownfests.weebly.com




Holly-Jolly Painting Party at Marshall Way Bridge

Hosted in partnership with The Brush Bar, guests are invited to use their holly-jolly spirit to get creative with a special painting party happening on the Marshall Way Bridge. Participants will receive an individual supply kit with everything needed to create this “Holiday Cactus” 12×16-inch work of art. Put it under the tree for yourself or make a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special! $50. 10 a.m. 7124 E Stetson Dr Scottsdale, AZ; thebrushbar.com // @thebrushbar

Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano’s Little Italy Scottsdale

Tell Santa all of your wants and wishes, and don’t forget to capture that legendary photo at Maggianos! Listen to Italian holiday classic songs as you enjoy the breakfast buffet. You’ll even hear a special story from Santa that will leave you in a gleeful spirit. Event is for children up to 12 years old and all children must be accompanied by at least one adult. $25+. 8:45 a.m. 16405 North Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ; maggianos.com // @maggianoslittleitaly



Rest & Reset Sound Ceremony at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale

Enjoy an evening of relaxation, creating memories, healing, and releasing what no longer serves the best version of ourselves. Moving into 2024, leave the past behind! Join Serenity, sound and energy therapist, for a beautiful sound meditation ceremony. Move into the next season with clear intentions. Laying down or sitting on a mat, give the weight of the body up well guided through a light meditation, into a beautiful sound ceremony. Enjoy the vibration of crystal bowls, gongs, and more. $35. 6 p.m. 5445 East Lincoln Drive Paradise Valley, AZ; lifewithserenity.com // @life_w_serenity

Tinsel Time Mixer and Toy Drive Phoenix at Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest, Phoenix Campus 

Wear your most festive attire or your most creatively “ugly” holiday sweater to win a prize! This Holiday Networking Event will span BBB’s Business and Community Center (BCC) and ignite sparked by BBB modern coworking space. Get in the holiday spirit with festive-themed networking, elf-on-a-shelf scavenger hunt, festive cookie and ornament decorating, and more! To celebrate the season of giving by giving back to the community, we will host a Toy Drive to serve the Zoe Foundation’s 2023 Toy Drive. Donation. 4:40 p.m. 1010 E. Missouri Ave Phoenix, AZ; bbb.org // @bbbpacificsw


Holiday Ornament Painting at JoJo’s Scottsdale

Get ready for the holiday season at JoJo’s with ornament painting! Ticket price includes the ornament and all painting supplies needed. Winter Wonderland Specials include Santa’s Milk & Cookie Flight, Festive Cocktails, Spiked Ciders, and their Winter Wonderland Shake and Peppermint Party Hot Chocolate. $11. Multiple Times. 15037 N Scottsdale Rd Suite J150 Scottsdale, AZ; jojosshakebar.com // @jojosshakebar

Drunk Shakespeare at The Rose Theatre

Calling all Shakespeare fans! The stage is set in a hidden library. Five professional actors meet as members of The Drunk Shakespeare Society. One of them has 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean tragedy. Everyone must be 21+ in order to attend. $39+. 7:30 p.m. 455 North 3rd St #Suite 1010 Phoenix, AZ; drunkshakespeare.com

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Shrek Trivia Night at Snakes & Lattes Tempe

Join fellow ogre enthusiasts for a night of laughter, camaraderie, and brain-bending challenges that will test your Shrek knowledge to the max. Tickets are priced and sold by table and teams only needs to purchase one table that fits your team size. Get your team together and show them who owns this swamp! $20+. 8 p.m.
20 West 6th St Tempe, AZ; snakesandlattes.com // @snakesandlattestempe


Drag Bingo Night with Barbra Seville at Butler’s Easy

Drag bingo is back, but with Barbra Seville as its host this time! Pull up and enjoy a night full of delicious cocktails, laughter, and two hours of games, prizes and great times. Bingo isn’t just for your grandparents anymore. Free. 7 p.m.
8375 North 7th St. Phoenix, AZ; butlerseasy.com // @butlerseasy


Cactus Flower Creations at Cactus Flower Florists

Learn about the success of the Cactus Flower’s family business and how their unique design workshop will enable you to create and decorate a fresh holiday wreath. Their beautiful wreaths come in smelling of the holidays and you get to adorn yours with holiday decoration accents, pinecones, berries and a stunning bow. You will find your inner designer and learn from the creative team at Cactus Flower on how to build, arrange and care for your design to have it last as long as possible. $75. 3 p.m. 10822 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ; cactusflower.com // @cactusflowerflorists


Holiday Makers Market at Rise Uptown Hotel

Time to pick up some holiday goodies! Check off everyone on your list with some of our favorite local makers. Shop handmade goodies, sip mimosas and bloody marys from Lylo, and snag some stunning permanent jewelry from LINK X LOU (appointments will be available here). Plus, enjoy a free yoga class on the lawn at 9 a.m. with desert mvmt (sign-up here). This event is free to attend and will be held on our event lawn and in the parking area. Free. 9 a.m. 400 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ; riseuptownhotel.com // @RiseUptownHotel


Elf Brunch at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Get ready to indulge in a deliciously festive experience at the Elf Brunch! The Elf Brunch at FOUND:RE Phoenix is coming, and it’s bringing a sleigh-full of mouthwatering delights that even Buddy the Elf would approve of. Featuring a four course menu from Papa Elf’s Breakfast to Buddy’s pasta, this event promises to take your taste buds on a whimsical adventure. You will also enjoy a screening of the movie “Elf” while delighting in all this Christmas cheer. $54.57. 12 p.m. 1100 North Central Ave Phoenix, AZ; foundrehotels.com // @foundrephx


Do Better Comedy Open Mic Monday at The Joy Lush Club 

Do Better Comedy is anti-racist, anti-misogynist and LGBTQIA+ friendly creating safe spaces for all genders in comedy. This is a safe space for all genders to work on their jokes. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. There is no cover, but a drink minimum per person with non-alcoholic beverages available. Free. 7:30 p.m. 24 West Camelback Rd Suite D & E Phoenix, AZ; thejoylushclub.com // @thejoylushclub


Holiday Celebration at Marcellino Ristorante

Seated at a beautiful and cozy island with the wood burning oven aglow, enjoy a perfect evening to welcome in the holiday season creating conversation and camaraderie with Chef Marcellino and his staff. Inspired by his hometown, Chef will present exceptional Italian wines complimented by delicious cuisine, innovating Italy’s century’s old dishes with his very own flair. Dario Soldan will be our Sommelier perfectly pairing wines, discussing their characteristics, origins and why they pair so perfectly with each course. $135. 5 p.m. 7114 East Stetson Drive Scottsdale, AZ; scottsdazzle.com // @oldtownscottsdale



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