With temperatures in the mid-70's, there's no reason to stay indoors this weekend. Winter arrives to Phoenix this weekend with outdoor markets, art festivals, and holiday shows:


Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

December 9

More than 50 festive floats sail across Tempe Town Lake this Saturday for the annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Let the path of luminarias guide you to the spectator viewing area, where you can watch the show while listening to live music or grabbing a bite from a local food truck.

Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
(480) 355-6060

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
Photo Credit: Festival of Lights Boat Parade Facebook


Phoenix Festival of the Arts

December 8-10

Over 150 art and food vendors gather downtown this weekend for the sixth annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Celebrate local artisans and the community at this three-day festival, where live entertainment takes place on three stages. Fuel up at a food truck before finding someone (or yourself) the perfect gift.

Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
(602) 254-3100

Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Photo Credit: Phoenix Festival of the Arts


Mesa Arts Festival

December 9-10

Original artwork from local, regional, and national artists is up for grabs at the seasonal Mesa Arts Festival. Roam through the market while enjoying entertainment on two stages, live artist demonstrations, culinary delights, and a family activity area.

Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa
(480) 644-6500

Mesa Arts Festival
Photo Credit: Mesa Arts Festival


Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Indian Market

December 9-10

Shop authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles from over 150 booths at Pueblo Grande Museum's Auxiliary Indian Market. This two day event offers hands on activities for both children and adults, live dance performances, authentic food, and more. 

4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix
(602) 495-0901

Pueblo Grande Indian Market
Photo Credit: Pueblo Grande Museum


Get Festive in Phoenix

Whether you opt to cozy up indoors for a live performance or head outdoors for a festival as you brave the 70 degree temperatures, there's no excuse not to get into the holiday spirit. Ring in the season with your whole crew this weekend:


  • Snow Queen at Herberger Theater Center: December 9-17
  • A Christmas Carol at Herberger Theater Center: December 9-10, 14-17, 19-24, 26-28
  • The Nutcracker at Phoenix Symphony Hall: December 8-10, 15-17, 21-24


  •  Stagecoach Christmas Village at Stagecoach Village: December 8-10
  • Christmas Lights at the Farm at The Farm at South Mountain: December 9 and 21


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