In two short days December, a.k.a., the most wonderful time of the year begins. While here in Phoenix we probably won’t get a White Christmas, there are plenty of fun holiday festivities to get you in the mood. One of my favorite things to do with friends and family this time of year is t0 visit the many spectacular light shows we have in the Valley.
The most popular and well-known holiday attraction in the Phoenix Area, Phoenix ZooLights draws visitors from all over the Valley and beyond to see the millions of lights and magical displays that light the paths of the Phoenix Zoo.
Glendale Glitters boasts about 1.5 million LED lights that stretch sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. In addition to the many lights, visitors can watch live performances, get crafty for holiday gifts, pick up great food, and even visit a petting zoo. And the best part? It’s free!
City Lights Movie Nights @ CityScape
Have family coming to town and not sure what to do with them? Take a trip downtown to visit CitySkate, an ice-skating rink in the middle of Downtown Phoenix. Join them for movie nights, skating, and special visits from Santa.
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Great for both kids and the young-at-heart, the park is offering train rides take you through their winter wonderland of lights starting December 9th.
Winter Wonderland @ Buttery Wonderland
Enjoy living holiday lights at Scottsdale’s Butterfly Wonderland, where the atrium will be decked out with lights, luminarias, crystals, and living angel statues.
Las Noches de las Luminarias
For those of you who find all the LED Christmas lights a little overwhelming, Las Noches de Las Luminarias may be for you. For 20 days this December, the Desert Botanical gardens will glow, lit by the candles in eight-thousand luminarias.
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade @ Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Town Lake will be transformed on the night of December 10th, as more than 50 boats, all heavily decorated, sail by. The event is complete with lots of family-friendly activities and to top all off, a round of fireworks.
Electric Light Parade
Join Phoenix in celebrating the 30th annual APS Electric Light parade this Saturday, December 3rd, when giant floats featuring intricate ligth displays will cruise down two miles in Downtown Phoenix
The Ahwatukee Festival of Lights
The annual tradition of Million White Lights will continue this year, lighting up a stretch of Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee. It all starts with a kick-off party this Saturday, December 3rd at Desert Foothills Park
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