Tis the season for holiday happenings

Holiday tree

With enough holiday events to make your head spin like a dreidel, the city of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University have teamed up to bring you a Winter Wonderland Celebration on Dec. 4. The celebration begins downtown and makes its way over to the north campus of NAU.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., luminarias will be lit around Heritage Square and lining Route 66. Santa and the mayor will arrive by fire truck at 6 p.m., followed by a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and visits with Santa.

Flagstaff’s First Friday Artwalk coincides with the holiday celebration and this month features a chili cook-off. Grab some grub and stroll over to NAU to view thousands more luminarias lining central and north campus leading to the large pine tree next to the Blome building. The tree will be lit at 7 p.m. with festive holiday lights. Members of Mortar Board, a service organization of seniors, will serve hot chocolate and cookies.

A free showing of The Polar Express follows at 7:30 p.m. in Prochnow Auditorium. Or purchase tickets in advance to see NAU’s Theater performance of A Christmas Carol at 8 p.m. at the Clifford E. White Theater.

Also on campus, Flagstaff Symphony will perform The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. at Ardrey Auditorium.