The best way to spread Christmas cheer is hitting the town with your whole crew this weekend. Get in the holiday spirit with everything from a festive light show to a snowy winter wonderland (yep, snow!) in Phoenix:
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess invites you to their annual holiday transformation, featuring an ice skating rink, a Build-a-Bear workshop, s'more making stations, and even a four-story musical tree. Warm up inside Santa's Secret Headquarters to snap a pic with the man himself.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
Photo Credit: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Let a twinkling winter wonderland light up your night as 1.5 million lights illuminate the streets of historic downtown Glendale. Explore 16 blocks of festivities with holiday entertainment, tasty food, hand-crafted gifts, a petting zoo, and more.
Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Ave, Glendale
Photo Credit: Glendale Glitters
Lights of the World
Head to the Arizona State Fairgrounds for the largest light and lantern festival in North America, where light displays 18 to 60 feet tall tower over whimsical walk-through areas (Christmas Avenue, Deep Ocean Wonders, Forest of Dreams, and the crowd-favorite Dinotopia are just a few).
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix
Photo Credit: Lights of the World Lantern Festival
Pompeii: The Exhibition
Travel back in time at the Arizona Science Center's blockbuster exhibition. Guests are transported to a bustling commercial port and strategic military center of Pompeii where they can relive the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted. 200 ancient artifacts are on display for from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including floor to ceiling frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and more.
Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Photo Credit: Arizona Science Center Website
The weather is sunny and 75 this weekend, but snow is still headed to Enchanted Island. Hop aboard the Winter Wonderland Express Train and venture to a snow-filled paradise with fresh powder. Enjoy candy canes and sip hot cocoa, go sledding, meet Santa, and watch an evening light show.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix
Photo Credit: Enchanted Island