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Día de los Muertos Celebration

Oct. 22 – Nov. 7   |   8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ

Ofrenda, or “offering,” is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. To honor those who have passed away, an altar is placed in the home and adorned with photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles, food and drink. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. View original Ofrenda installations by Arizona artists that have been created specifically for this exhibition.

Chiles & Chocolate Festival

Nov. 10 – 12   |   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ
Chiles & Chocolate Festival is the ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy weekend. Sample and shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy fiery live performances of Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance on Boppart Courtyard.


Dec 15   |   6 p.m.
Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ
BRIAN SETZER belongs to an elite group of artists who’ve had four super successful phases of his career, from the Stray Cats, to solo albums, The Rockabilly Riot to BSO. The BSO show seamlessly encompasses music from all these phases. “The music I play in the big band is rock n’ roll with a jazz influence,” says SETZER. “What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again.”

 The Polar Express Train Ride

Nov. 2017 thru Jan. 2018   |   3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Williams Train Depot
Williams, AZ

Here is a very special chance for you and the entire family to experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Depot in Williams, AZ for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition. Call today to make your reservations because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas! Please check website for specific dates the Polar Express is offered and to make reservations.