Holiday LightsWinter celebrations kick off in Flagstaff on Saturday evening with Little America Hotel’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony & the magical North Pole Experience (NPX). The 19th Annual holiday lighting event is from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. The light switch will be flipped on at 6:30 p.m. with over a million lights displayed on Little America’s 500-acre property.  Visitors can enjoy the display for the entire holiday season to the New Year.  The celebration on Saturday includes Christmas carolers, face painting, balloon sculpting, crafts, cookie decorating, a travel-themed raffle, and a dramatic entrance by Santa. The Little America Holiday Lighting Ceremony is free.

The North Pole Experience takes families on a trolley ride from Little America to Santa's workshop at the North Pole, where families work side-by-side with Santa and his elves, building toys and then visiting Santa's main factory floor.  Attend Elf University, and visit Mrs. Claus for cookies and snowman soup in the bakery. There’s also Santa's mailroom, and top-secret sleigh hanger. Tickets and lodging packages for The North Pole Experience available at various price levels with dates through December 27th.

What would a play about thought look like? How could a theatrical experience get an audience to wonder about what the mind does? How do we even begin to think about what we are doing?  Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) presents On Thinking on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).  The production is a movement-dance-theatre multimedia collage. Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (3401 North Fort Valley Road).  $5 in advance; $10 at the door, $2 fee for credit cards.

Premiering on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.), with dates through December 8th, the Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre presents Spring Awakening – a New Musical. It’s a rock musical about the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.  Based on the book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  Music by Duncan Sheik.  NAU’s Clifford E. White Theater.  Tickets.

Now in its twelfth year, the It’s Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibition is open now through December 20th at the Coconino Center for the Arts.  This popular exhibition showcases works by the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona. The annual juried show features over fifty original works of art.  The galleries at the Coconino Center are open Tuesdays through Saturdays

The intelligence, cleverness and beauty of ravens will take flight during The Day of the Raven at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join artists, authors, and naturalists as they explore the wily wonder and mythology of these fascinating birds.  Enjoy poetry readings, fine art, hands-on activities and a presentation by the Audubon Society.  For kids, too!  Free with museum admission.

See NAU’s Men’s Basketball Lumberjacks take on San Diego Christian on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the NAU Walkup Skydome.  Tickets $6 - $8.  Season schedule and tickets.

Bowl with a frozen turkey on the Ice Bowling Lanes at the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Keep-Your-Neighbors-Fed Turkey Bowl on Saturday at the Jay Lively Activity Center (ice arena – 1650 N. Turquoise Drive).  Join the annual food drive and bring non-perishable food items for free admission. Win prizes. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the Northern Arizona University School of Music presents a Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Concert: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major.  Known as his "happy" symphony, this piece borrows heavily from Dvorak's favorite music, Bohemian folk melodies. It is rich, romantic, and cheerful, all at the same time, regarded by many as his greatest work.  NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. $8 general, $5 seniors, free with NAU ID and for those 17 and under.  Tickets.

A new exhibition continues at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) -- Nampeyo :: Namingha - Tradition & Transition.  The heritage of a Hopi/Tewa family unfolds, telling the story of artistic expression in the family descended from the Hopi/Tewa potter Nampeyo. Through May 14, 2014.  Included with regular museum admission.

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