Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant
Come experience the delight at the annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant. The 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 7 p.m. December 1 and 2 at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek. The pageant features local youth and adults in the cast and choir; animal owners; and the ‘angels,’ all Kiwanis Key Club members, who place and then light the five-plus miles of beautiful luminaria leading to the peaceful pageant site.
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, 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. Community is what the whole pageant is about. Everyone is welcome.
Admission and parking are free. Because there is no built-in seating, bring a blanket to sit up close on the ground or a portable chair. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. A flashlight is useful because the Spur Cross Ranch is illuminated primarily by the moon and stars.
Directions: Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located approximately 35 miles north of central Phoenix. Interstate 17, State Route 51, and Loop 101 can all be used to reach the park. From the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road head north on Cave Creek Road about 2.5 miles to Spur Cross Road. Turn north for approximately 4.5 miles to the public parking area. After 3 miles the road turns to all-weather graded.