Oh, the weather outside is frightful… but not in Phoenix! The holidays have arrived and our city is gearing up for an exciting and festive holiday season. There are events for all ages happening all throughout the valley. Whether you are interested in tree lightings, holiday shopping, or events filled with holiday cheer, you will be immersed in the holiday spirit after experiencing the celebrations happening in Phoenix.
The holiday season would never be complete without a visit to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Their eighth annual Christmas at the Princess festival runs from November 22nd to December 31st and includes chances to make holiday memories with a meet and greet with the one and only Santa Claus and his holiday friends, a one-of-a-kind light show on their four-story Christmas tree, marshmallow roasting and s’mores, and rides on the Princess Express Train around the decorated resort lagoons. Whether you are a guest of the hotel or not, all are welcome to join the holiday events that may soon become holiday traditions.
A celebrated Downtown Phoenix tradition, the CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink is taking over CityScape and kicking off with a welcome back party on November 25th and runs through January 7th. Skate the night away while under the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. Don’t forget to grab a cup of hot cocoa and say hi to Santa while you’re there! The Phoenix Art Museum will also host a special installation, performances, pop-up shop, and more during CitySkate called PhxArt Project: CityScape. You won’t want to miss any of the excitement happening at this event.
See over 50 million lights designed in displays such as a gingerbread house, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty, just to name a few. Lights of the World is located at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and runs from November 16th to January 2nd. With cutting edge technology, the lights and lanterns of the festival showcase different cultures and civilizations around the world in 11 exhibits and 75 displays.
In addition, you can indulge in authentic foods, carnival rides and games, acrobatics, dancers, and music concerts. Your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Light of the World, so let your wonder wander and spend an evening enjoying the holiday lights. Who says Phoenix can’t have a white Christmas? There are many places around the Valley that have snow day activities that include real snow for all to enjoy!
Snow Week at The Arizona Science Center runs from December 26th to January 1st and will have 75 TONS of snow! Join in on the science experiment demonstrations, ice-themed shows in the Dorrance Planetarium and Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater, and hands on activities in CREATE at the Center. On December 9th at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Snow Much Fun Day will have activities you can’t miss! Play in 40 TONS of snow, have breakfast with Santa, or decorate a gingerbread house with your friends and family. These events will surely spread holiday cheer for the young and the young at heart!
Let’s not forget the West Valley, as they are also full of holiday spirit! Glendale Glitters is an award winning event and is the largest free holiday light display in Arizona. The kickoff weekend is November 24th and 25th and goes through January 6th. Fun for the whole family, the event lights up 16 blocks of the historic downtown Glendale neighborhood. Every weekend you will find fun holiday themed performances, delicious food, shopping at boutiques and collectible stores, horse drawn carriage rides, petting zoos for the kids, and more! Grab your coats and scarves as you enjoy the crisp air and beautiful lights at Glendale Glitters.
The hustle and bustle of Phoenix can be overwhelming, especially during the holidays. Luckily, there are so many places just outside the Valley that offer fun and excitement! Take a stroll off the beaten path to Tombstone, a ‘Town Too Tough to Die”, and relive classic western history. Not only can you see Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, and the Birdcage Theatre, but also the infamous O.K. Corral. The Tombstone Historical Courthouse and the Boot Hill Cemetery are also fascinating stops that are full of history about Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, and other famous Tombstone legends. Join DETOURS on Tuesdays and Saturdays as we tour this historic Southern Arizona town!
There’s not another minute to waste! The holidays are here and we are excited to welcome you to the beautiful state of Arizona. We hope you are able to experience the holiday magic our city is full of. Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you again next year!