Holiday events take place in the Phoenix area this season

Check out some of the festive events happening in the Valley this holiday season – see some light shows, ice skate, and maybe even pay a visit to Santa!


Sugar land

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is celebrating the holiday season with “Sugarland”, an interactive display of Christmas decorations for downtown visitors to enjoy…Take a selfie in the candy sled in front of a backdrop of decorated Christmas trees, slide down the fruit roll, slide up, climb over giant marshmallows spilling a life-size cup of hot chocolate and dance through the candy canes at any time of the day or night.


Glendale shines

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

Skate west gate

“Children and adults alike are invited to participate in a timeless holiday tradition – ice skating outdoors on our real ice rink! Make magical memories with your loved ones as you glide through an unforgettable winter wonderland. All skill levels are welcome, whether performing pirouettes or for the first time put on skates.”

World of Enlightenment – Enchanted Safari

“Get ready for a wild holiday adventure. Travel across land, sea and air to hear the ringing of the jungle. A myriad of exotic animals will be there to greet you, from peacocks to piranhas. Fly among the clouds as you fly with reindeer outrun a T-Rex as you whiz past a lost land.

“Your journey ends at Santa’s Bazaar, where all your new animal friends will be decorating the hallways! Make sure to buckle up – it’s a jungle out there.”

Litchfield Park

Holiday nights in Lichten

“Bring the whole family to walk the festive light trail of The Wigwam on the Friday in December before Christmas Day. As you admire our Christmas shows, be dazzled by princesses, donning their winter dresses as they sing Christmas favourites. End the night at Litchfield Lawn with s’mores and hot chocolate.”


Arizona Lights at Night

“Grab your family and your friends and bring the Christmas spirit to life with this festive light show. Embark on a journey through endless lights, perfectly lit with life-size candy canes, snowmen… and Christmas trees galore.”

Lights on the farm

“Lights at the Farm and Vertuccio Farms have teamed up to bring Arizona’s largest Walk-Thru synchronized light show. Come out and discover new traditions and make memories with your family and friends as you make your way through the dazzling lights, greater than – life-lit displays, mesmerizing light tunnel and much more.”

Cheerful Main Street

Check out this collection of events taking place in Mesa this holiday season, including a Winter Wonderland skating rink, visits with Santa, a 40-foot Christmas tree, and a winter train experience.


Cityskate holiday rink

“Located in Patriot’s Park, this true outdoor rink will feature glittering lights, festive decor and a variety of fun festivities for the whole family to enjoy.”

Las Noches de las Luminarias

“Enter a desert wonderland this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening of sparkling luminaria and twinkling Christmas lights. Musical performances, entertainment and holiday cheer along the garden’s iconic pathways for a perfect night.”

Sock skating at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

“Slide into fun at this annual event at the museum! Kids and adults alike will love skating on white, smooth tiles reminiscent of ice, but without the cold!”

World of Lights – Rockin’ Christmas

In this mile-long symphony of sound and vision, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old-fashioned. With millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is an enchanting event sure to rock your vacation.


“There’s adventure everywhere with the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition, ZooLights! This season promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before, with all-new animal lanterns and light shows, an enhanced Santa experience, and our brand new music and light show that lets you see the world goes around!

PLUS, guest access to ZooLights includes access to Dinosaurs in the Desert, the can’t-miss dino-mite experience!”

Queen Creek

Christmas at Schnepf farm

“Christmas has arrived at Schnepf Farms! Experience a winter wonderland like no other with seasonal food, fun and festivities for the whole family. Take a ride on the World of Illumination Express, hop on a covered wagon to visit Rudolph or travel through the magical workshop from Santa Claus.”


Annual Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza

“Enjoy a month-long holiday extravaganza with beautiful scenery, the best restaurants and shops, and over 45 incredible events. It’s a party you don’t want to miss!”

Events include sing-alongs and tree lighting, meeting Santa and more.

Christmas in the rainforest

“This year, the Butterfly Conservatory sparkles and shines like never before with an all-new display of Christmas lights and seasonal accents as part of the attraction’s annual Christmas in the Rainforest event. Stay warm and cozy as you stroll through a lit conservatory filled with the colors of the season next to the real stars of Butterfly Wonderland: thousands of beautiful, fluttering butterflies that sparkle with the holiday spirit!”

Enchant at Salt River Fields

“Begin your adventure in our spectacular story-themed Christmas lights maze… Soar through a dazzling forest of Christmas lights… Explore our village with small shops of artisan vendors, specialty crafts and boutiques.”

Winter Waterland

“Be part of the wonder and magic at OdySea Aquarium as it transforms into an enchanting Winter Waterland® amid incredible holiday decor and festive music.”


Desert Farm Lights

“The Desert Farm Lights Experience… is West Valley’s largest WALK-THRU Christmas experience! The experience is a half million dollar grassroots project with a passion behind the idea that West Valley families deserve incredible Christmas experiences too. Nothing beats the Desert Farm Lights Experience of over 40 miles in all directions.”


World of Enlightenment – Candy Rush

“Sugar plum fairies. A giant gingerbread village. Candies as far as the eye can see. World of Illumination presents Candy Rush, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show, featuring larger-than-life Christmas characters and treats. This mile-long journey features millions of colorful lights and enchanting holiday music – a must-see treat for all the family.

(Photo by Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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