Happy Thanksgiving! Our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend include the return of two holiday traditions and a stress free alternative to Black Friday shopping in downtown Phoenix.

ZooLights (November 28 – January 12)
Though the animals may be asleep, the zoo comes alive each night during the holidays. The Phoenix Zoo’s annual tradition returns bigger and better this year with 3.7 million lights and more than 700 light displays, plus the new Wizard of Oz Music in Motion show.

ZooLights Phoenix Zoo


Arizona International Auto Show (November 28 – December 1)
Gearheads, head downtown this weekend to the Phoenix Convention Center for the Arizona International Auto Show. Check out the latest cars, trucks and hybrids, and get behind the wheel of the latest models from automakers such as Ford, Lincoln and Volkswagen. On Sunday, admission is free for children age 12 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market (November 29)
There’s no need to wake up early and fight the crowds this Black Friday. Head to CityScape Phoenix from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for this vintage market featuring more than 20 local vendors. Unwind at the mimosa bar at Chloe’s Corner, enjoy brunch specials at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, and lace up your skates at CityScape’s outdoor ice rink.

Las Noches de las Luminarias (Opens November 29)
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Phoenix without Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden.

This holiday tradition returns Saturday with 8,000 luminarias, creating a peaceful glow through the garden’s paths. Complementing the luminarias this year is the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit.

Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden (Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez)

The Phoenician Resort 5K Turkey Trot (November 30)
After you’ve had a couple days to indulge on turkey and leftovers, burn off some of those calories with a leisurely 5K through the Phoenician’s Canyon golf course at the foot of Camelback Mountain. Wear your best Thanksgiving costume for a chance to win prizes.