Greater Phoenix enjoys blue skies and highs in the 60s and 70s during the winter months. Winter nights in the desert can get chilly, though the temperature rarely dips below freezing.
Explore our seasonal highlights below, or view our full event calendar here.
2018 dates TBA: See millions of lights, hundreds of sparkling displays and more activities throughout the Phoenix Zoo.
November 24-December 30, select days: Thousands of luminaria bags and twinkling lights illuminate the Desert Botanical Garden. (Photo: Adam Rodriguez)
November 25-January 7: Skate on a real ice rink on Downtown Phoenix's Central Avenue, transformed with a massive holiday tree and thousands of twinkling lights.
2018 dates TBA: A stunning, free display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale.
December 1-3: Shop 400 artist booths, enjoy live entertainment, street performances and food and drink along Mill Avenue.
December 9-10.Guests can shop over 100 booths of American Indian fine art and collectibles along the Pueblo Grande Museum's interpretive trail.
Select dates November 10-January 8: The Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express departs the Depot in Williams, AZ for a journey to the "North Pole."
December 30: Catch the college football action between University of Washington and Penn State at the annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
December 26: The Cactus Bowl kicks off with an exciting college football match between UCLA and Kansas State.
January 13-21: The world-renowned car auction returns with hundreds of classic, collector, and exotic vehicles up for bid and display.
January 13-14: Live bands every mile, local cheer teams, and themed water stations add spirit as you run through the city.
January 29-February 4: The highest-attended event on the PGA Tour returns to TPC Scottsdale—home of the world-famous 16th hole.
February 10-11: Be awed by the athleticism and artistry of those competing in this annual Heard Museum event.
February 9-11: Before Valentine’s Day, find a delicious delight for the senses at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire.
February 10-April 1: Indulge in medieval revelry (and a giant roasted turkey leg) at this festival's arts village, jousting ring and more.
February 16-18: Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Chinese culture and cuisine at this annual festival.
February 15-25: Enjoy exciting competitions, an international cuisine court and more than 300 vendor booths.
February 11-25: The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival presents a wide array of entertaining, provocative and educational independent films with Jewish themes.
Celebrate the season with holiday events in Phoenix, such as outdoor ice skating, twinkling light displays, performances and even snow in the desert.
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