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Holiday Events in Phoenix

You don’t need frigid winter weather to get in the spirit of the season. Enjoy holiday events in Phoenix, including festive lights, luminarias and more.

Holiday Lights

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Snowland Snow Globe Holiday Light Experience

Nov. 17 - Dec. 31 

Inside the Snow Globes at Snowland, guests can enjoy their very own hot cocoa bar with all the fixings, as well as a cookie decorating kit, perfect for warming hearts in a private winter wonderland. Take part in festive holiday games to play and enjoy a glittering 30-minute light show featuring dancing holiday lights choreographed to seasonal music. 

Great Wolf Lodge

World of Illumination

Cosmic Sleighride | Reindeer Road 

Nov. 18 - Dec. 31

World of Illumination, the producer of the world’s largest drive-through animated light show, presents three all-new theme parks in the Phoenix metro area, featuring spots in Tempe and Glendale.

Diablo Stadium | Desert Diamond Casino

 

Lights at The Farm

Dec. 1 - Dec. 30

Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show. Ten acres of festive light displays. Keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment. Skating is available for an additional charge.

Vertuccio Farms

 

Sparkling Surprise

Dec. 1 - Jan. 2

Sparkling Surprise is a free experience featuring a spectacular display of close to 200,000 holiday lights designed to bring joy to residents and visitors! The area is illuminated each night from 5:30 to 10 p.m., through January 2. Participants can enjoy a new 40-foot-tall, 18,000 light Christmas tree, giant candy canes, Santa’s sleigh, light features on the lake and so much more! 

Surprise Recreation Campus

 

ZooLights

Nov. 22 - Jan. 14

This season promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before, with all new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and brand-new music and light show that will take you around the world.

Phoenix Zoo

 

Glendale Glitters

Nov. 24- Jan. 1st

The excitement of Glendale Glitters includes the Murphy Park lights and displays, performances in the amphitheater, the Hometown Christmas Parade, Movies by Moonlight, and additional events held by the downtown merchants.

Murphy Park

 

Enchant at Salt River Fields

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31

Experience a world of adventure with awe-inspiring animated light sculptures, and discover a charming Village offering ice-skating, live entertainment, interactive games, dining, holiday shopping, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and so much more.

Salt River Fields

 

Pratt Brothers Christmas at Rawhide

Nov. 24 - Dec. 24

'Tis the season and the Pratt Brothers Christmas will be celebrating the holidays for an entire month at Rawhide. From November 24 - December 24, attendees will enjoy a truly magical holiday experience across 15 acres of land featuring 6 million lights, a holiday express train ride, a nightly parade, jaw-dropping stunt shows, holiday shopping, a dazzling gingerbread house light show, live entertainment, one-on-one time with Santa Claus himself, and much more.

Rawhide Western Town

 

Mesa Temple Christmas Lights and International Nativity Display

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31

The event – previously called one of the “must-see holiday lighting extravaganzas in the United States” – has drawn over a million visitors annually from across Arizona and far beyond to partake of the Christmas spirit on these temple grounds. This event, one of the largest known volunteer-driven Christmas lighting displays in the country, has been a beloved community tradition in the area since 1979.

Mesa Temple

 

Sea of Lights

Dec. 1- Jan. 1

Guests can explore the first annual Sea of Lights event, as Arizona’s largest and only underwater light spectacular, featuring thousands of twinkling lights woven throughout SEA LIFE’s underwater wonderland.

SEA LIFE Arizona

 

Phoenix Christmas Lights Tour

Dec. 1-31

Come enjoy the sights and sounds as they were meant to be enjoyed with a preplanned route hosted by Spirit of Arizona Tours to see some of the best displays across Greater Phoenix.

Spirit of Arizona Tours

 

Holiday Nights in Lights

Dec. 1-22

Bring the entire family to walk The Wigwam's festive light path Fridays in December before Christmas Day. While admiring our holiday displays, be dazzled by princesses, donning their winter dresses while caroling holiday favorites. End the night at Litchfield Lawn with s'mores and hot chocolate.

The Wigwam

 

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Dec. 3-31, Select Dates

Enjoy live music performances, entertainment and thousands of dazzling hand-lit luminarias at the Garden with family and friends. For 44 years, the Garden’s trails sparkle during this iconic holiday tradition, and it will remind you of what the season is all about. This year, the event will shine extra bright with the inclusion of Fernando Botero: El Maestro in the garden.

Desert Botanical Garden

 

Riparian After Dark

Dec. 8-19

The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow! Stroll around the walkways at the Riparian at Water Ranch with thousands of holiday lights and displays at every turn. This is a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature to experience the thrill of night time at the Preserve.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

Activities

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Polar Express

Nov. 10 - Dec. 30

Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a jingle bell for every good boy and girl. 

Make this a family holiday tradition, and call today to make your reservations. The ride lasts a little over an hour, with the train leaving each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Grand Canyon Railway

 

Blazin’ M Ranch Holiday Hoedown

Nov. 24 - Dec. 30

This year, come see impersonations of celebrities including Elvis, Reba, Jerry Lee Lewis and more at the one and only Holiday Hoedown at the Blazin’ M Ranch! There will even be selfies with Santa – by donation, with proceeds going to the Old Town Mission. 

Along with a delicious all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner and live show, guests will be immersed in the frontier experience with a wood-carvings museum, the Copper Spur Saloon, shooting gallery, axe throwing, mechanical bull, tractor-pulled wagon ride, ropin’, Red Garter Old-Tyme photo studio, and unique Western shops.

Blazin’ M Ranch

 

Colorful Christmas

Nov. 18 - Jan. 7

Crayola's Colorful Christmas Crew is back with a challenge. Can you help Santa and his friends save the holiday? Plus, enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures as you go!. Make handmade gifts from the heart, complete a seasonal scavenger hunt and more.

Crayola Experience

 

Tyler, the Creator's Golf Wang Holiday Pop-Up

Dec. 2 - Dec. 24

Golf Wang celebrates the holidays with a world tour of holiday shops. From December 2nd until December 24th, Golf will host a holiday shopping experience in Phoenix. 

4524 N 7th St

 

DTPHX Winter Wanderland

Dec. 9

Enjoy a full day of holiday programming in the walkable, urban neighborhood of downtown Phoenix at a family-friendly celebration of downtown's rich performing arts, history, and culture. Downtown will be transformed into a "Winter Wanderland," with free holiday performances, over-the-top holiday lights and décor, delicious food, drinks and merriment. Get in the spirit with DTPHX! 

Downtown Phoenix

 

Christmas at the Princess

Nov. 17 - Jan. 6

Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter as the resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 6 million sparkling LED lights. Savor the splendor of the season and discover the place where Christmas cheer lives all season long. Go ice skating and watch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores together. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus and meet our cute holiday characters.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

 

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, Select Dates

Schnepf Farms becomes a winter wonderland, complete with a skating rink, World of Illumination train ride, reindeer hayrides, and mini-golf. To top if all off, the East Valley farm even has the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course.

Schnepf Farms

 

Winter Waterland at OdySea Aquarium

Nov. 24 - Jan. 7

Visit Arizona’s only SeaTREK Santa who takes center stage, interacting with guests as he appears underwater in the Deep Ocean exhibit. Pose with family and friends for professional photos that feature this jolly sea-loving Santa for the perfect holiday keepsake. Participate in a SeaTREK Santa Scavenger Hunt and send him an adoring letter right from the OdySea Aquarium Discovery Desk (and he’ll write back!). Don’t miss a very special trip on SeaTREK Santa’s sleigh to hear his entertaining, enchanted holiday sea-life narration while riding Voyager as it becomes an oceanic Christmas cruise full of yuletide lights and songs.

OdySea Aquarium

 

The Magical Christmas Journey to the North Pole

Nov. 2 - Dec. 24, Select Dates

Take a winter wonderland train ride in the Verde Canyon, complete with luminaries, letters to Santa and a live bald eagle. 

Verde Canyon Railroad

 

White Christmas

Dec. 22

Catch a classic film in the timeless space of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West.  Weekly film viewings were an essential part of life at Taliesin West, and special rooms were created just for these screenings. Watch White Christmas (1954) in the Cabaret Theater and discover why film was so essential to life at Taliesin West.

Taliesin West

 

Holiday Bricktacular

Dec. 1- Jan. 1

Learn to build a LEGO® Ornament in the Creative Workshop, meet a life-sized LEGO® Santa, explore the tiniest winter wonderland in Miniland, and snap a pic in a giant LEGO sleigh.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

 

Snow Week

Dec. 26 - Jan 1, Select Dates

Snow Week returns for its eleventh year at Arizona Science Center. With a snowstorm of activities — including the return of the beloved Snow Hill — there’s something for everyone in the family.

Arizona Science Center

Holiday Concerts & Performances

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Herberger Theater Center

Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, Select Dates

The holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Holly Jolly Christmas," Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer™ features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. 

Herberger Theater Center

 

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 30 - Dec. 23

A Christmas Carol is a spectacular, heart-warming version of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption magically brought to life. This production is rich with traditional carols, stunning costumes, and memorable characters that are guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for everyone. Now celebrating its 21st year in Gilbert!
 

Hale Centre Theatre

 

Showstoppers Live! Holiday Spectacular

Dec. 1 - Dec. 23

One of Casino Arizona's all-time favorites returns for a Holiday treat that'll have everyone rockin' around the Christmas tree! Go back to the music of yesteryear as America’s greatest tribute performers recreate all the greatest hits of your favorite legends including Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Elvis and more!

Casino Arizona

 

Elf the Musical

Nov. 22 - Dec. 30

When Buddy, a stowaway orphan turned would-be elf, realizes he’s a larger-than-average human, a journey unfolds to find his birth father and true identity. Although New York City and his family unveil some harsh realities, Buddy’s heartfelt determination proves to everyone the real meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved 2003 film, and coming back to The Phoenix Theatre Company for a second time, this musical adaptation is a sugary treat the whole family will enjoy during the holiday season. 

The Phoenix Theatre Company

 

Sister's Christmas Catechism

Dec. 6 - Dec. 27; Select dates

It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.")  Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. 

The Phoenix Theatre Company 

 

Jarabe Mexicano: A Bordeño Soul Christmas

Dec. 7 

This bilingual holiday program brings together songs from both sides of the border and beyond with the passion that Jarabe Mexicano is known for. From classics by Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee, and Elvis to Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Tony Camargo, and a breathtaking Spanish rendition of Schubert's "Ave Marfa" in honor of Mexico's Lady of Guadalupe, it will truly be a Feliz Navidad!

Tempe Center for the Arts

 

A Drag Queen Christmas

Dec. 7 

Get ready for Host Miz Cracker plus your favorite queens performing live on stage. There will be Winners, Fan Favorites, OGs, Miss Congeniality, plus queens from Season 15 and All Stars 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Arizona Financial Theatre

 

Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding

Dec. 9

Renowned as one of Phoenix’s ‘Signature Holiday Events,’ Christmas Pudding will bring together Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Quiet Riot and Sixwire for  the 21st Annual Fundraiser to benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers in Phoenix & Mesa.

The Solid Rock teens will be performing, including the 2023 winners of Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Music and Dance Competition,  the Bucket Brigade, the Solid Rock Dance Company, and a few Christmas surprises.

Celebrity Theatre

 

Scrooge!

Dec. 10 - Dec 30

From the enchanting world of the Oscar-nominated film “Scrooge” emerges ATC’s Christmas musical extravaganza, crafted by none other than the illustrious Oscar-, Grammy-, and Tony-nominated composer Leslie Bricusse. Prepare to be mesmerized by songs that rival the brilliance of Bricusse’s compositions for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” 

Tempe Center for the Arts

 

The Nutcracker

Dec. 8-24, Select Dates

Ballet Arizona returns to Symphony Hall in grand fashion with this holiday classic. Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker as Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is masterfully performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles mischievous mice and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Symphony Hall Phoenix

 

Jane Lynch's A Swingin' Little Christmas 

Dec. 14

Join actress, singer, playwright, and author Jane Lynch, along with Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and The Tony Guerrero Quintet, for their holiday spectacular A Swingin’ Little Christmas.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

 

Cirque du Soleil 'Twas the Night Before...

Dec. 15-24

“‘Twas the Night Before…” is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine.  This festive show is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, thrilling acrobatics and hugely lovable characters that is fast becoming a new tradition for families to cherish.

Arizona Financial Theatre

 

Merry-Achi Christmas

Dec. 16

Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México® perform treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook in this holiday fiesta. 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

 

A Winter's Evening with Ryanhood

Dec. 22

An evening of songs and storytelling, heartstrings and laughter, A Winter’s Evening with Ryanhood is a live holiday show based on the Tucson duo’s record On Christmas, which showcases their high-energy, big-harmony, dueling acoustic guitar approach.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

 

Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas

Dec. 29-31

The Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist returns on a holiday tour celebrating music, love, and family. “Jim Brickman is a worldwide sensation with his soulful piano playing.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Holiday Meals & Cocktails

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Holiday Pop-Ups at Cham Pang Lanes | Ghost Donkey | Palma

Nov. 15 - Jan. 9

This holiday season, see Châm Pang Lanes turn into Candy Cane Lanes; Ghost Donkey turn into Blitzen; and Palma turn into your Tiki Christmas dreams, with festive decor and delicious limited time holiday cocktails.

Cham Pang Lanes | Ghost Donkey | Palma

 

Saguaro Summit Ski Lodge

Through Jan. 6

Enjoy festive cocktails, over the top décor and holiday-inspired bites at Blue Hound’s annual holiday pop-up bar.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

 

Miracle at Floor 13

Nov. 30 - Jan. 7

Miracle Bar is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails, and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.

Floor 13 Rooftop Bar

 

Breakfast with Santa at Litchfield's at The Wigwam

Dec. 2-24, Select Dates

Have a merry morning with a served holiday breakfast buffet in Litchfield's and crafts for the kid's to enjoy at the table or to take home. Santa himself will be joining for pictures during breakfast.

Litchfield's at The Wigwam

 

Christmas Take-Home Dinner From the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Dec. 6 - Dec. 20

Perfect for a family of four, this festive take-home meal prepared by the culinary experts at the Princess, and includes holiday staples featuring a maple and bourbon-glazed ham, braised short rib and jus, roasted garlic and butter-whipped Yukon gold potatoes, roasted winter squash and more. Complete the meal with a hand-crafted beverage offering add-on featuring a a Pistachio Couqito.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

 

Apres Chalet

Nov. 30 - Dec. 23

Join friends and colleagues for a fun holiday pop-up bar experience completed with over-the-top holiday décor and holiday-inspired craft cocktails served festive glassware. Indulge in delicious holiday themed cocktails, cozy up with s’more by the fire, and enjoy an elegant après ski-inspired holiday lounge experience.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

 

Christmas at Litchfield's

Dec. 24-25

Enjoy an array of holiday classics, thoughtfully prepared by Executive Sous Chef Chris Knouse, with a three-course pix fixe menu and optional enhancements. You can enjoy Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day dinner, or Christmas Day Buffet. 

Litchfield's at The Wigwam

 

Christmas Dinner at Carcara 

Dec. 24 - Dec. 25

Enjoy a Christmas dinner at Carcara, featuring a special holiday menu and festive cocktails. Regular menu available.

Carcara

 

Christmas Dinner at The Canal Club

Dec. 24 - Dec. 25

Savor delicious holiday cuisine  at The Canal Club. Their special Christmas dinner menu. featuring serrano ham wrapped pork tenderloin and steamed crab claws, will only be available on December 24th & 25th. The main dinner menu will also be available.

The Canal Club at The Scott Resort & Spa 

 

Holiday Celebrations at Royal Palms

Dec. 25

Feel festive and cheerful with holiday joy at Royal Palms Resort & Spa. Indulge in a relaxing retreat, taking in the bold and beautiful decorations, specially curated menus, flavorful cocktails and cheer spread throughout.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Ice Skating

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Skate Westgate

Nov. 7 - Jan. 11; Select dates

Skate Westgate hosts 3,500-square-feet of real ice in the heart of the district’s plaza in Fountain Park. Onsite tickets and skate rentals will still be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket booth located near the ice rink, single-use and season passes are available.

Westgate Entertainment District

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