After the Thanksgiving table’s cleared, get out and enjoy the city with family and friends at these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

CitySkate Grand Opening & Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 26

The holiday ice-skating season at downtown’s decorated CitySkate rink kicks off Saturday with a ceremony, performances and, of course, a chance to take a spin on the ice. Local performing arts organizations will take the stage from 5 to 6 p.m., and Santa and more characters will be around for photo ops prior to the show and tree lighting.

CityScape Phoenix, 1 E Washington St, Phoenix 85004
(602) 772-3900

CitySkate_Night Central Ave


Holiday Light Displays

It’s the first weekend for popular holiday light displays around Greater Phoenix. Gather up the fam and take an evening stroll through these displays to get in the spirit of the season:

  • ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo
  • Glendale Glitters, a free display in Downtown Glendale
  • Las Noches de Las Luminarias in the Desert Botanical Garden
  • Ahwatukee Festival of Lights and its Kick-off Party (Saturday)
  • Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade in Downtown Tempe (Saturday)

See even more on our holiday events blog post.

Skate Westgate

Westgate Entertainment District is transforming into a winter wonderland for the first year of Skate Westgate, including a real ice rink, free horse-drawn carriage rides and nightly snowfall. The district’s restaurants and retailers will also have deals and promotions for shoppers and diners.

6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale 85305
(623) 385-7502

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Horse-drawn carriage rides at Skate Westgate

Artisan & Local Shopping

Forego the crowds on Black Friday for CityScape’s Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market, featuring more than 30 local vendors with vintage-inspired goods, jewelry, decor and more gifts. Throughout the weekend, you can also browse local arts & crafts at Phoenix Flea Market, find an American Indian-crafted ornament for your tree at Heard Museum’s artisan Ornament Marketplace, shop vendors and enjoy food at the Jackalope Indie Market, or find juried fine art at the Stagecoach Village Arts Festival.

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