Flagstaff homes sparkle with holiday decor. New-fallen snow on the pines and a chill in the air mean winter is finally here. The snow is good for the ski resort and for those who simply like the season!
It’s becoming a Flagstaff tradition – A High Country Cowboy Christmas. It’s a winter’s night of songs, stories, poems and western humor, Friday evening at the Orpheum Theater. You’re invited to tie up your horse, and come inside by the fire where neighbors are tuning their guitars and banjos. Arizona’s finest western entertainers present a program of seasonal songs, original music, stories and cowboy poetry. Admission $10. Part of the proceeds benefit the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show at 7:00 p.m.
The Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of Michael Paller's: A Christmas Carol continues on Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.). This fresh approach to the classic tale faithfully conveys the magic of Dickens. On Christmas Eve in 1843 friends and family gathered at Dickens' home ask him to tell a story, but he refuses to work on Christmas Eve. If there is going to be a story, each must take a part in it’s telling. And so the story unfolds with the cast of 10 playing over 40 parts. Tickets $15 - $20. Dates through December 20th. Doris Harper White Playhouse (11 W. Cherry Ave.).
See the Winter Wonderland in the Theatrikos playhouse lobby. Kids can have pictures taken with Santa two hours before each performance. Admission is free, pictures are $5.
On Saturday morning, enjoy the free, all-ages film, Elf, with Will Ferrell and James Caan. 10:00 a.m. at the Orpheum Theater. Kids can catch a movie while mom and dad shop downtown!
The Flagstaff School of Music presents its Christmas Recital Concert on Saturday morning at Peace Lutheran Church (3430 N. Fourth St.). Two performances – 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. It’s free!
On Saturday afternoon, The Flagstaff Youth Chorale presents its Holiday Concert – The Seasonal Sounds of Singing. It’s a free event at the Coconino High School Auditorium (2801 N. Izabel St.) at 3:00 p.m. Donations are welcome.
Delight in a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride through the winter forest at Hitchin’ Post Stables (4848 Lake Mary Rd.). Sleighs leave the main stable area on the hour and head off through the forest with horses trotting and sleigh bells jingling for a 30-minute ride. The sleigh ride takes you to the cowboy camp for Dinner in the Pines (ribeye steak or grilled marinated chicken breast) with all the trimmings. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee by the campfire. See the Hitchin’ Post website, or call (928) 451-6743 for reservations and pricing details. Dates through March 15th.
Holiday Tours at Flagstaff’s Historic Riordan Mansion are underway at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (409 W. Riordan Rd.). Celebrate Christmas in a traditional fashion by touring the Riordans' historic homes decorated as they would have been 100 years ago with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with hand-made ornaments. Tours are every hour on the hour, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Special tours with live music on December 24th. The park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on Christmas Day. Regular park admission applies.
Flagstaff’s famed Lowell Observatory celebrates its Holiday Skies Program, now through December 23rd. The program explores various astronomical interpretations of the Star of Bethlehem and covers the constellations and astronomical objects visible during the holiday season. The observatory is open during its regular hours, Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special Holiday Skies presentation is 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Regular admission applies. It’s a great place to go while the kids are out of school!
The North Pole Experience™ for a Christmas adventure of a lifetime that takes families on a trolley ride through the magic portal to Santa’s massive, 400-year-old workshop in the middle of the forest. Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole Experience is a complete, hands-on experience for children. Families work side-by-side with the elves, building toys and interacting with the workshop bustle. They receive access to Santa’s main factory floor with soaring toy slides and ceilings, attend Elf University, visit with Mrs. Claus and enjoy cookies and snowman soup in the bakery.
Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express (Williams, AZ; 20 minutes west of Flagstaff) continues with a special chance to experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The story comes to life on a train journey to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole” – where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Dates through January 3rd. Complete details and reservations.
Arizona Snowbowl is open for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Ski Arizona’s second highest peak. The recent storms dumped 31 inches of new snow on Snowbowl! Visit the Snowbowl website for the latest snow and ski conditions.
Flagstaff Nightlife: Find out about entertainment all around town in the dance clubs, brew pubs, honky tonks, theaters, and other hot spots. Visit the Flag Live! website for all of the weekend details.