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With the holidays in full swing, it’s time to get out there and celebrate the season. So text your friends, grab a coat, and go enjoy these fun-filled holiday-themed events.

Home For The Holidays

Date & Time: Dec. 12, 3-6 PM

For your listening pleasure, the Mesa Art Center presents Home For The Holidays. A night of holiday classics performed by the phenomenal Salt River Brass. Enter a makeshift winter wonderland and enjoy festive renditions of all your seasonal faves like The Nutcracker Suite, O Holy Night, and Carol of the Bells. You can even get in on the act during the Holiday Sing Along! So grab your tickets here and get those vocal cords ready.

Spirit of Christmas at Chandler Center of the Arts

Date & Time: Dec. 11 & 18, 2-7 PM; Dec. 12 & 19, 2 PM

From a live brass band to live dancers, The Spirit of Christmas at Chandler Center of the Arts is a four-night event presented by Tempe Dance Academy and featuring performances by over 100 dancers ranging in age from 3 to 21, with additional attractions that include musicians and a champion hoop dancer. They even get a horse and carriage in on the act! Purchase your tickets here.

Phoenix ZooLights

Date & Time: Through Jan. 15 (hours vary)

When the sun goes down, the fun begins at Phoenix ZooLights. This annual event sees the Phoenix Zoo adorned with literally millions of bright, festive holiday lights, including not one but two light shows set to music on the main lake. You can take your time and go for a leisurely walk through these amazing sights or stay in your vehicle and be part of a caravan traveling through the zoo itself. This awesome event is open until Jan. 15, but hours vary, so be sure to check the schedule before purchasing your tickets.

For more articles about fun-filled activities around Gilbert, be sure to check out the Vistara at SanTan Village blog.