Sixty-Third Annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant

DSC_5128The annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant, which was started by the local 4-H Club in Cave Creek in 1952, takes place December 4-6, from 7-9pm at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Area residents perform in the choir and in pantomime. There is a live, occasionally stubborn, donkey for Mary, and the Three Kings travel on horseback. Locals enact the roles of Mary, Joseph, infant Jesus, angel, townspeople, shepherds and kings. Volunteers handle all aspects of the Pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement and critter coordination.

Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Carefree ( and the Town of Cave Creek (, admission and parking are free. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Kiwanis Club. Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up close on the ground or a portable chair. Guests should wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful because the Spur Cross Ranch is illuminated primarily by the moon and stars.

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road. For more information, call 480.488.8400 or visit

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