A lake filled with festive boats, a park filled with artists and skies full of balloons and fireworks will be on tap at some of the top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Arizona Balloon Classic: December 13-15
The desert sky will fill with more than 20 hot air balloons this weekend in Gilbert. The sky will glow Friday and Saturday evening as the field illuminates with tethered balloons and a fireworks show Saturday night.  On Saturday and Sunday, spectators can get close to the balloons as they inflate and soar into the skies.

Arizona Balloon Classic

Arizona Balloon Classic

Carefree Christmas Festival: December 13-15
Downtown Carefree will transform into a winter wonderland this weekend with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling and more. Saturday night’s festivities will include the signature electric light parade and a fireworks show.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts: December 13-15
Come together with the community for this weekend for a three-day arts and culture celebration at Margaret T. Hance Park. The festival will feature dozens of performances, presentations and arts and cultural exhibitors with film, drama, music, mural making and much more.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Heritage Saturday at Rosson House: December 14
Take a trip back in time to territorial Arizona at downtown Phoenix’s historic Rosson House. Celebrate holiday traditions of the past by learning how to create homemade gifts and decorations such as bottle cap ornaments.

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade: December 14
Head to the banks of Tempe Town Lake Saturday evening as dozens of festively-lit boats will be on display at this free festival. Be sure to stick around for the evening’s fireworks finale!

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