Radar: To Do in PHX 12.15-12.18

Photo courtesy of cirquedusoleil.com.

We’re here to bring you a holly jolly weekend! Perhaps you want have some warm whiskey at the cool North Pole. Maybe you’re into something sweet and sour before a lovely Knight. Whatever your tastes are, feel certain that Phoenix is your place for active living. Note: Some descriptions courtesy of event hosts and edited for clarity.


Whiskey Tasting at the North Pole at Porters Western Saloon
Head upstairs to be transported into a winter wonderland and enjoy four different bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Accompanied by light snacks, the tasting selections will include Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blanton’s Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, and W.L. Weller 12 Year Bourbon. $80. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 3944 N Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ; porterswesternsaloon.com // @porterswesternsaloon

Barbara Seville’s Sweet & Sour Drag Show at Wok n’ Roll
Thursday night will be a wild one, full of colorful performances from local drag queens, dancing and singing to your favorite hits throughout the restaurant. During the show, you’ll be treated to table service, with drinks and dinner delivered as usual. Our special menu for the evening will include plenty of champagne and cocktails, delicious finger-food appetizers, cooked to order Chinese and fresh Sushi along with creative Specialty Sushi Rolls and of course dessert. $5. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 2801 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ; woknrollaz.com


Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Twas the Night Before… at Arizona Financial Theatre
“‘Twas the Night Before…” is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine.  This festive show is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, thrilling acrobatics and hugely lovable characters that is fast becoming a new tradition for families to cherish.  Come discover what happens beforeSanta drops in! Join Isabella, a teenage girl, jaded by the craze surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world of this iconic poem where she meets colorful characters of this timeless classic. $53+. 7:30 p.m.; 400 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ  

Gladys Knight at Celebrity Theatre
It will be a Knight to remember! Tix start at $45. 8 p.m.; 440 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ; celebritytheatre.com // @celebtheatrephx


Ganbatte Matsuri Outdoor Anime Festival at State Farm Stadium (South Lawn)
Ganbatte Matsuri is an outdoor anime festival event hosted at Sportman’s Park on the South Lawn at the iconic State Farm Stadium! Join us for a curated event with one of the biggest outdoor anime marketplace in Arizona! We will have performances such as the powerful Taiko Drum as our event opening with Kpop dance performers, and more community performances! Love Genshin? We will have an exlcusive Genshin impact themed popup with cosplayers and special guests maybe even a couple voice actors(TBA)! Exclusive Gashapon machines by Gachax2! Fill your belly while you’re here with some of our food vendors (vendor list TBA). We will have an art installation and backdrops for all the selfies you can take by yourself and friends! Japanese family friendly activities will be hosted by our friends from the Japanese outreach initiative! Throughout the event we will have multiple activities and things to keep you busy such as our scavenger hunt and hourly raffles! Last, but not least we will have expanding our line up with a curated car show with a 2-step show off! Tix start at $29.99. Noon to 9 p.m.; 9600 W Sportman’s Park, South Glendale, AZ; ganbattepopup.com // @ganbattepopup

First Annual Arizona Christmas Boxing Tournament at PHX Fire Boxing Gym
This is the perfect event for anyone feeling stressed about the holidays. Free. Noon; 11501 North 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ; phxfiregym.com


Traditional Italian Christmas Market at Arizona American Italian Club
Bring the whole family our for a chance to explore and experience a little taste of Italy at Christmas time this year. Free. Noon to 4 p.m.; 7509 North 12th St., Phoenix, AZ; azaiclub.org

Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Dinner at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel
Get ready for nightmares and fright this holiday season with our “Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Dinner!” $79; 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 1100 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ; foundrehotels.com

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