By Elizabeth Liberatore
Dec. 7, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
When Phoenix Theatre Guild and Phoenix Youth Symphony pair up, magic happens. Holiday Prelude, now in its 33rd year, is nothing shy of magical. This annual fundraiser is Phoenix Youth Symphony’s biggest of the year. Guests will enjoy a pre-spring 2019 fashion show by Escada, a luncheon, prize drawings and holiday boutique shopping. Purchase one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone on your shopping list from over 20 holiday vendors. This festive celebration raises funds for both organizations hosting. 10 a.m. Fashion show tickets, $90-$125. www.phoenixyouthsymphony.org.
Dec. 8, Arizona Biltmore
Dreaming of a white Christmas? So is Ryan House. Join them for their holiday signature event, a White Christmas Gala. Held in The Gold Room of Arizona Biltmore, this elegant soiree celebrates the organization for providing unparalleled care for children and families navigating life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and festive dancing to the musical White Christmas written by Irving Berlin. Gentleman are encouraged to tap into their inner Bing Crosby and don a white dinner jacket or tuxedo. Ladies, wear an evening gown that would make Grace Kelly proud. 6:30 p.m. $500. www.ryanhouse.org.
Dec. 13 and 20, Phoenix Public Market
Phoestivus is inspired by the famous Christmas markets in Germany (called Weihnachtsmarkt) and Seinfeld’s Festivus, a parody and secular holiday celebrated in the show. Phoestivus returns to Phoenix Public Market, offering shoppers locally grown and produced gifts from more than 130 local vendors. Running the gamut is everything from prepared foods to jewelry to homemade holiday decorations. There will be a Phoestivus Ale (brewed by Phoenix Ale Brewery) on order as well as other fun happenings, like Phoestivus Reindeer (baby goats all dolled up) and a hipster Santa. 5-10 p.m. Free. www.phxpublicmarket.com.
Dec. 14, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Scottsdale Leadership is all about developing community leaders, and the Valley is full of them! The Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon is a celebration that honors and recognizes the accomplishments of effective community leaders, both young and established. This year, Diane Cusack, Suzanna Walden-Wells and Adway Gopakumar will be the afternoon’s honorees. Attendees – over 400 are expected this year – will enjoy a luncheon, reception and raffle. 11 a.m. $110. www.scottsdaleleadership.org.
Dec. 22, The Phoenician Resort
Desert Foundation Auxiliary (DFA) 53rd annual Desert Ball is a celebration of family and friends, and it’s a tradition that gives back to the community. DFA will proudly present a group of 19 debutantes to the Phoenix community this month. Attendees will enjoy everything from a cocktail hour to a presentation to plenty of dancing to commemorate the newly inducted debts. Proceeds from the 53rd Annual Desert Ball will benefit two local nonprofits, For the Love of Travis and Kids in Focus. 6:30 p.m. $400. www.desertfoundationauxiliary.org.
Dec. 31, Arizona Biltmore
Back by popular demand is the Phoenix Symphony’s extravagant New Year’s Eve Gala. Guests will ring in 2019 with music by The JJs Band, enjoy a cocktail reception, three-course dinner and the opportunity to dance into the New Year with the full Phoenix Symphony orchestra. There will be other surprises sprinkled throughout the night, including a Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight, decadent desserts and more. Proceeds from the celebration support the Symphony's education and community and health and wellness programs. 8 p.m. $500. www.phoenixsymphony.org