Holiday tradition: 'Celebration of Christmas' returns to Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's one of the must-see shows of the holiday season. And general admission is free!

Phoenix First Assembly is putting on its 36th annual Christmas show from Dec. 4 - 14. It's called "Celebration of Christmas." This large-scale musical performance features a live orchestra and choir, live animals, an amazing light show, and acrobatic silk artists.

3TV's own Heidi Goita got to experience the high-flying stunts first-hand Thursday, as she "flew" through the air like some of the performers do.

In this year’s show, a group of people discover the wonder of Christmas through their journey on the "Christmas Express." A special feature will have the audience looking back on the music and dance of the 1950s.

The story culminates with a live nativity, flying angels, and a 30 piece orchestra that fills the auditorium.

"This is our 36th year of doing the show," says artistic director Mark Stoddard. "It's played to almost two million people here in the Valley. Our auditorium is filled for 16 performances. And we've got hundreds of volunteer actors, performers, choreographers, tech people. It's just a huge operation."

The show is a family-friendly Christmas tradition for many in the Phoenix area. To learn more, visit or call 602-867-7117.

Reserved seats are available for purchase. All other seats are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Phoenix First Assembly Church
13613 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix, AZ 85022