The first weekend of December, Cave Creek once again hosts the annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant, a long-time local cultural tradition. The pageant, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Carefree, will be held at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd., and begins at 7 p.m.
The Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant was started by the local 4-H Club in Cave Creek in 1952, as a re-enactment of the Christmas story showcasing the 4-H Club members’ animals. The tradition continues as 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.
A majestic-voiced narrator presides over the Christmas story with beautiful musical accompaniment provided by the pageant choir. Locals enact the roles of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angel, townspeople, shepherds and kings.
Volunteers handle all aspects of the pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement...