Who needs a white Christmas when you’ve got blue skies and beautiful weather for the holidays? Here in Phoenix, Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids helps people reconnect to the sounds of their lives. To celebrate this holiday season, we’ve put together some picks of great things to hear in Phoenix this month.

Las Noches de Las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden, through December 30

The desert at dusk is a sight to behold, and this December, the Desert Botanical Garden will feature more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and monumental sculptures by artist Jun Kaneko. The Christmas tradition of luminaria bags came from Spanish colonialists who were inspired by Chinese paper lanterns. Luminarias are made of simple brown paper bags, weighted down with sand, and illuminated from within with a candle.

The Desert Botanical Garden’s magical ambiance includes 10 entertainment ensembles, including Simply Three. This family-friendly event includes dining options. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as the sun begins to set! Learn more here.

Holiday Ice Rink, Downtown Phoenix, through January 7

Ice-skating in the desert? Don’t miss it! At CityScape Phoenix (1 E. Washington Street), from December 1 to January 7, skate on real ice in the heart of downtown Phoenix! Decorated with classic, cozy Christmas items next to a 36-foot holiday tree, skaters can work on their twists and flips, while onlookers can sip a cup of hot cocoa. This family-friendly activity includes photos with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays, 4pm to 8pm), as well as pop-up art events with on-site performances by Saskia Jorda and an installation by Joe Pagac, as well as live music. Entry to the ice rink is $15/person. For more information, go here.

Phoenix Symphony December Events

This December, the Phoenix Symphony offers four incredible events throughout the month. Between December 1 and December 3, Holiday Pops brings Phoenix Symphony conductor Scott Terrell and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus together to showcase our favorite holiday favorites. Holiday Pops also includes a Holiday Sing-Along!

Between December 6 and December 10, catch the annual holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, featuring conductor Tito Munoz, Shannon Mercer (soprano), Avery Amereau (mezzo soprano), Lawrence Wiliford (tenor), and William Berger (baritone), backed by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Get in the holiday spirit with the classic, “Hallelujah.”

Tired of the same old Nutcracker performances? Check out A Cirque Nutcracker, a collaborative performance between the world-renowned Cirque troupe and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Taking place at the Mesa Arts Center, A Cirque Nutcracker defies all expectations, with soaring dancers, hula hoops, strong men, contortionists, jugglers, and more – all 40 feet above the stage! A Cirque Nutcracker runs from December 15 to December 24.

On New Year’s Eve, join the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for a New Year’s Gala, which also happens to commemorate the orchestra’s 70th season! Taking place at the McArthur Ballroom at the Arizona Biltmore, the gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner feast, dancing with the full Symphony Orchestra, and ringing in the new year with a champagne toast!

To view the Phoenix Symphony’s full slate of December programming and to buy tickets, visit their website.

Herberger Theater Center December Events

The Herberger Theater Center is home to six resident theater companies (Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, Arizona Opera, Childsplay Theatre, and Arizona Broadway Theatre), and is proud of support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix.

This December, don’t miss the Center Dance Ensemble’s production of Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen, running through December 17. Set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, this classic Hans Christian Andersen story will melt your heart.

From December 9 to December 28, Arizona Broadway Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical, the classic Charles Dickens tale set to music. Follow the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge as he travels through his past, present, and future while learning the true meaning of Christmas.

For a more detailed schedule and ticket information for these events, visit the Herberger Theater Center’s website.

Visit Us at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids

Have you experienced changes in your hearing abilities? There’s no reason to live with untreated hearing loss. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of hearing. Schedule a comprehensive hearing exam and consultation with us at Arizona Balance and Hearing Aids.