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Arizona Holiday Events & Activities



Arizona Holiday Events & Activities


World of Illumination

Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale

Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

World of Illumination

Nov 6 to Jan 3:  This holiday season, enjoy World of Illumination — the largest drive-through animated light show in the world. Located at Tempe Diablo Stadium and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, this one-mile long drive-through event features millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, all synchronized to your favorite holiday music. Special attractions range from a 36-foot tall animated snowman at the Tempe location to a 500-foot long super tunnel in Glendale. World of Illumination is open nightly from 6:00-10:00 pm beginning November 6 in Glendale and November 10 in Tempe. $29 plus fees per vehicle, Mon.-Thurs. excluding holidays. $39 plus fees per vehicle, Fri.-Sun. and holidays. Purchase of ticket and online reservations are required.


455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix.  

2017 Phoenix Zoo ZooLights – Dave Seibert Photo

Walk-Thru ZooLights – Select Nights Nov 7 to Jan 31:The Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition, ZooLights presented by SRP, is back featuring millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and our new Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring 66 creatures including polar bears, mammoths, peacocks and more. Walk-Thru tickets are not valid for any Cruise ZooLights nights. Please see website for daily schedule. $16 per person for members and $20 per person for general admission. Children two and under are free. Advanced online ticket purchase is highly encouraged. 5:30-10:30pm.

Cruise ZooLights – Select Nights Nov 12 to Jan 28: This year, there’s a NEW way to feel the magic of the holidays at the Phoenix Zoo. Cruise ZooLights is our drive-thru experience that is not to be missed! For the first time in the history of the Zoo, experience all of the festive sights and sounds from the comfort of your own vehicle. Please see website for daily schedule. Price Per Vehicle: $60 per vehicle for members; and $75 per vehicle general admission Tickets and add-ons must be pre-purchased online. All tickets are date specific and subject to availability. Cruise times are from 5:30 to 9:30pm.


Old Town Scottsdale

Scottsdazzle in Old Town

Scottsdazzle in Old Town

Nov 7 to Dec 21: The city of Scottsdale is pleased to announce the return of its popular holiday extravaganza with new events and added protocols to ensure a safe and welcoming environment in which guests can ring in the holidays in any way they feel comfortable. The city’s signature holiday celebration features all-new activities in addition to favorite events of the past reimagined in a way that adheres to current CDC and state guidelines. Scottsdazzle begins on Thursday, November 6 with Canal Convergence and runs through December 21 with celebrations surrounding the winter solstice. In addition to dedicated events, Old Town will receive its annual blanket of holiday transformation of enhanced décor and dazzling lights sprinkled throughout the streets that remain through January 3, 2021. Local retailers and restaurants are also getting in on the festive spirit by offering guests incentives to shop, sip, and nibble throughout the season.

Lights at The Farm

4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa.

Lights at the Farm

Lights at the Farm

Nov 14 to Jan 3:  Our unique Christmas Light Show will dazzle with over 2 million lights! Each display synchronized to a variety of Christmas classics that will have you singing along. Stretched out over 10 acres, this dazzling light walk along will take you through a spectacular interactive journey that will delight your senses and put you in the perfect Holiday mood. Take photos with giant holiday ornaments a dazzling Christmas Tree. Watch the kiddos light up with joy as they are showered with snow like flakes when they visit our Illuminated Barnyard Animal Friends Display. And for the more adventurous, we have an 80 ft length skating rink available to top off your night. Nightly from 5:30-10pm.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

24610 E Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

Nov 24 to Dec 31: Experience the wonder of Christmas at Schnepf Farms, a new kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the Illumination Express train ride, a Christmas carousel, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, hayrides to reindeer, pictures with Santa, snow globe mini golf, a beer and wine garden, and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course. This all-in-one holiday attraction opens November 24 and runs through December 31 from 5:00-10:00 pm. Children under age 2 are free. Tickets are $15 per person online, $17 per person at the door, online reservations are encouraged.

Nightly Snowfall at Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

Nightly Snowfall at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Nov 27  to Dec 31:  Desert Ridge Marketplace is transformed into a living snow globe with safely-spaced snowfall. Be mesmerized as magical snow falls from above every evening at 7PM & 8PM near AMC Theatres. Swing by anytime on Christmas Eve with snow every hour on the hour.  *Excludes Christmas Day

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.

Nightly Snowfall at Tempe Marketplace

First Snowfall – Nov 27: Join us for our first enchanted, magical safely-spaced snowfall of the year as we safely ring in the holiday season from 7PM to 8PM!

Nightly Snow Fall – Nov 27 to Dec 31: Watch as Tempe Marketplace transforms into a winter wonderful dream filled with holiday cheer! Every night at 7PM & 8PM. On Christmas Eve take a peep at snowfall every hour on the hour! (Excludes for Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Candy Cane Lane from Dec 2 to 31:  Safely stroll along the path of Candy Cane Lane this holiday and embark on a yummy winter-paradise by H&M and CPK that’s filled with gigantic goodies, sweets and classic candy treats, plus take a slide down an exclusive life-size fruit rollup slide!

Winter Waterland® at OdySea Aquarium

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

Winter Waterland at OdySea Aquarium

SeaTREK Santa, Nov 27-29, Dec 5-6, Dec 12-13, Dec 19-24: Guests better watch out… jolly ol’ helmet-diving SeaTREK Santa is making a splash again this holiday season! Interact with this fun-loving underwater Santa through the Deep Ocean exhibit where he will make two daily underwater appearances on select dates from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve. Every appearance kicks-off with a live reading of OdySea’s ever-popular oceanic original, “T’was the Night Before FISHmas” at the window of the Deep Ocean exhibit. Kids (and kids-at-heart) will enjoy the salt-water spin on the holiday classic as an OdySea Aquarium Elf reads loud and clear for all to hear! SeaTREK Santa makes his appearance right as it the story concludes!

OdySea Voyager Holiday Ride Thru Experience: Nov 27 to Jan 3: All is merry & bright inside the Voyager exhibit this season as OdySea Aquarium creates a first-of-its-kind seated holiday ride-thru experience for guests. Voyager transforms from submarine mission to an underwater Christmas cruise as guests ride through a variety of yuletide aquarium displays featuring peaceful stingrays and sea turtles, playful sea lions, and majestic sharks enjoying sunken holiday treasures, treats and toys in their exhibits while festive décor and music changes with each rotation.

Christmas in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

Christmas in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland

Nov 27 to Dec 25: Bring family and friends to a seasonal holiday experience “Christmas in the Rainforest,” featuring an abundance of butterflies from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. See Butterfly Wonderland decked in festive décor and enjoy live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the butterfly conservatory by violinist Jonathan Levingston on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12. Don’t miss the weekly holiday specials in the Butterfly Treasures gift shop, the perfect place to find unique holiday gifts. Butterfly Treasures features fine jewelry, apparel, plush animals, and special holiday decorations to fill everyone’s wish-list. Daily 9am to 5pm.

Holiday Lights at the Railroad Park

7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale

Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman RR Park

Nov 27 to Jan 3: Experience the magic of the holidays on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad at the most unique holiday event in the Valley, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. The park’s historic steam locomotives will take you through a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays that will leave children and adults alike grinning from ear to ear. Opening Night festivities will be held on Nov 27 with Mayor Jim Lane riding on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad for the tree lights ceremony. Attendance will be limited on all nights, to allow for social distancing and to create a safer space for participants to enjoy the event. There will be three, one-hour time slots to choose from each night. The plaza will be fenced off to control the flow of attendance and rides will operate at 50% capacity. Families will have one hour to explore and there will be an announcement letting you know when there are 15 minutes remaining to the visit. Nightly from 6:30-9pm. $15 per person, ages 2 and under are free. Tickets can only be purchased online via Active Net beginning Nov. 1.

Mother Nature’s Farm

1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert

Mother Nature’s Farm

Dec 1 to 24: The farm will have fresh cut Douglas Firs and Noble Firs for sale. Bring the family for the hunt for the perfect tree for your holidays!

Dec 12: Our annual snow day returns Saturday, December 12th from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Bring your mittens and a snow tube, grab your friends and neighbors to come join the fun at Mother Nature’s Farm. $10.00 and includes the snow hill all day, the hayride, spider web crawl, maze, and the animals.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

Santa Claus Is Coming to HD South

Dec 5:  Santa will be making his annual visit to HD SOUTH and you do not want to miss out on the fun!  Come join us for a magical photo opportunity with Santa. There will be festive and joyous decorations, live entertainment, and merry music.  Children will not be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap, but they will be able to see him in his whimsical chair from behind a delightful holiday-themed railing.  They will also be able to stand in front of the railing and have their picture taken with Santa in the background!  All children are encouraged to bring their letter to Santa, we will have special elves on site to collect those letters and pass them along to St. Nick himself.  With paid event admission, every child will receive a special goodie bag stuffed with toys and prizes. This is a timed and ticketed event with limited capacity.  Facial coverings will be required, and adequate physical distancing will be adhered to.  Tickets are $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.  Accompanying adults and children under 2 do not need to purchase a ticket.  All tickets must be purchased in advance, tickets will not be available at the door.  Event time is 8:30 to 11:30am

Photos with Santa at Your Local Macerich Shopping Center

Photos with Santa at Your Local Macerich Shopping Center

Santa wouldn’t miss his visit for anything! Santa and his elves will return to your local Macerich Shopping Center this holiday season. Rest assured, he’s made every effort to give kiddos a joyous, contactless experience. Reservations Preferred. Visit the websites below for specific hours and to reserve your spot:

Arrowhead Towne Center: Nov 20 to Dec 24


Biltmore Fashion Park: Dec 4 to Dec 24


Chandler Fashion Center: Nov 20 to Dec 24


Desert Sky Mall: Dec 4 to 6, Dec 8 to 24


Kierland Commons: Dec 4 to 6, Dec 8 to 24


Paradise Valley Mall: Dec 1 to 6, Dec 8 to 24


SanTan Village: Dec 4 to 6, Dec 8 to 24


Scottsdale Fashion Square: Nov 20 to 22, Nov 27 to 29, Dec 1 to 6, Dec 8 to 24


Superstition Springs Center: Dec 4 to 6, Dec 8 to 24

Merry Main Street

N. Center St & W. Main St.

Merry Mainstreet in Downtown Mesa

Now to Jan 2: For the sixth consecutive year, Merry Main Street will bring holiday revelry to Downtown Mesa. Mesa’s Christmas Tree will be glowing each night, the nearly four-story tall tree will once again be located on Macdonald at Main Street. Merry Main Street will again feature the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink with more than 5,000 square feet that will attract skaters taking to the ice under the stars. This year, to provide a safe and healthy environment for all patrons, tickets must be pre-purchased for a specific day and time. There will be a maximum of 50 skaters at one time. The area around the ice rink will be adorned with vintage holiday decorations not used in downtown Mesa since 1967. Santa’s sELFie Village returns along with free visits from Santa himself. Updates and specific times for events are available at


*Due the COVID-19 virus we recommend visiting websites for current status of all events.

Please check event websites for pricing and special information.




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