Holiday Events Around the Valley


NOV 15 Anthem Tree Lighting (ANTHEM) Features the certified 115ft Tallest Christmas Tree in the Nation! Plus enjoy national artists, special guests and fun for the entire family! Outlets at Anthem, 5pm, 623-465-9500.

NOV 27 Thanksgiving Day Parade (FOUNTAIN HILLS) The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona, featuring floats, horses, marching bands and a Grand Marshall. Parade starts at 9 am at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards, 480-837-1654.

NOV 28 – DEC 25 Miracle on 34th Street (MESA) Based on the timeless movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Wilson (“The Music Man”). This holiday treasure will warm your heart and fill you with Christmas cheer. The Palms Theatre, for dates, times and tickets call 480-924-6260.

Best Air Tours Grand CanyonNOV 28 – 29 Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend (GLENDALE) The stunning display of about 1.5 million lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. Enjoy holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children's wonderland and snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more, free, 5-10 pm, 623-930-2299.

NOV 29 Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade (TEMPE) Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District. The parade includes as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Parade starts at 3rd & Mill Ave, free, 6 pm, 480-355-6060.

DEC 5 28th Annual Old Town Holiday Festival (PEORIA) Take a stroll through Old Town Peoria and enjoy all the holiday activities featuring live entertainment, a visit from Santa, 20 tons of snow, crafters market, kid zone, a choral contest and live Nativity. South of Peoria and Grand avenues, 5-9pm, 623-773-7000.

DEC 5 – 6 Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights (GLENDALE) Bring your dancin' shoes to Murphy Park, and dance to holiday music and oldies. The park will be packed with music, lights, kids' crafts and entertainment. Also, be sure to stick around for the dance troupe performance. Murphy Park, free, 6 – 10pm, 623-930-2299.

DEC 5 - 6 13th Annual Surprise Party (SURPRISE) Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, balloon glow and live entertainment on Friday night. Saturday, December 6 is full of activities including an arts & crafts show, classic car show, elephant rides, petting zoo, pictures with Santa and more. Surprise Recreation Campus, free, 623-222-2000.

DEC 6 Stroll in the Glow (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Over 60,000 twinkling lights and ornaments adorn the trees and median of Avenue of the Fountains. Stroll the avenue under the twinkling lights and visit the shops and boutiques. Santa and his elf arrive, so have your list ready! 6pm, 480-837-1654.

DEC 6 APS Electric Light Parade (PHOENIX) Spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands, and performance groups. Central Ave. from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th St., 7th St. south to Indian School, 7 pm, 602-262-6862.

DEC 6 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights (CHANDLER) Since 1957 Chandler has been the only city in the southwestern United States to have a tumbleweed Christmas tree! Enjoy live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa. A.J. Chandler Park, free, 4:30 pm – 9pm, 480-782-2735.

DEC 12 – 13 Winter Wonderland Weekend (GLENDALE) Features a children’s snow field, so don't forget to bring the mittens! Sip hot cocoa while basking in delightful winter fun, right here, in Arizona! The snowfield offers kids the opportunity to build their own Frosty the Snowman plus other fun activities. Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, free, 623-930-2299.

DEC 12 – 14 Carefree Christmas Festival (CAREFREE) Enjoy late night shopping and free concert on Friday, the electric light parade and fireworks on Saturday, and pet day on Sunday. Other events include visits with Santa, Nutcracker Ballet excerpts, horse-drawn carriage rides, a farmers market, a North Pole mailbox and much more. Downtown Carefree, Easy Street, Parade night Dec 8th @ 6pm, 480-488-3381.

DEC 12 – JAN 3 Holiday Lights (SCOTTSDALE) All Aboard Arizona's most unique holiday event! Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays turning the Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Santa will be at the park through December 23. (Park Closed Dec 24th, 25th & 31st). McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, 480-312-2312.

DEC 13 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade (TEMPE) Features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes and a top notch fireworks show. Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, 5pm, free, 480-355-6060.

DEC 13 27th Annual Christmas in the Park (LITCHFIELD PARK) Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment. The Christmas parade begins at 10 am and concludes with the arrival of Santa. From 11 am until 3:30 pm, enjoy Elf's Alley, pictures with Santa, pony and train rides, plus more! Litchfield Park Town Center, 9 – 4 pm, free, 623-935-9040.

DEC 19 – 20 Spirit of Giving Weekend (GLENDALE) Celebrates and showcases the numerous community organizations and non-profits which continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Valley residents. Plus enjoy 1.5 million holiday lights! Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, free, 623-930-2299.


Best Holiday Events in SedonaALL DECEMBER
Holiday Central Sedona 2014 (SEDONA) Sedona transforms into a winter wonderland for all of December with events and entertainment taking place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 30; including Holiday Lights, Ice Skating Rink, Photos with Santa, Jingle Bell Run, Breakfast with Santa and so much more, 928-204-1123,

NOV 22 – DEC 31 World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a fantastical village of more than 100 delicious structures in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. Grand Opening with Carolers and cookies on Nov 22nd, free for viewing 24/7 through Dec 31, 800-266-7534.

NOV 28 - 29 Wildlights and Animal Sights (PRESCOTT) Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary will be lighted with festive holiday decorations and spectacular light displays and concessions will be available during event times, 6pm – 9pm, 928-778-4242.

NOV 29 Light up the Mountain (JEROME) Musical and theatrical performances throughout the afternoon, luminaries, a reading of The Night Before Christmas at The Barlett Hotel, gift baskets filled with offerings from Jerome merchants will be raffled, 2-7pm, 928-649-3847.

NOV 29 Holiday Light Parade (PRESCOTT) Kick in the holiday season with festive bands, floats and more for the whole family! Bring your chairs and dress warmly. Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 6pm – 7:30pm, 800-266-7534.

DEC 4 - 6 Festival of Trees (SEDONA) Area artists and galleries will have Art inspired trees vignettes. The trees all have different themes and incorporate different materials and will be up for silent auction and on display in the 2nd floor Terrace at Tlaquepaque, 11-7pm, 928-282-4838.

DEC 4 – 28 (Thu-Sun) Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds (SEDONA) Enjoy a fantastic walking holiday light display every Thursday through Sunday. Located at Posse Grounds Park in the picnic ramada area, 6pm-9pm, 928-282-7098.

DEC 5 Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit (SEDONA) Live entertainment, activities and refreshments from 5-7pm at the Canyon Breeze Plaza in Uptown with the 20' holiday tree. Come hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and visit with Santa, 5-7pm, 928-204-2390.

DEC 6 Parade & Courthouse Christmas Lighting (PRESCOTT) Ring in the holiday season in Arizona's Christmas City with our 32nd Annual parade at 1pm, which is followed by our 60th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony at 6pm. Musical groups at 4pm. Prescott Courthouse Plaza, free, 800-266-7534.

DEC 7 Esteban Christmas Concert (PRESCOTT) Come join Esteban and his daughter, Teresa Joy, for a heartfelt Holiday concert that will ignite the excitement and joyous feelings of the Holiday Season. Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, tickets 928-777-1370.

DEC 12 Acker Musical Showcase (PRESCOTT) Enjoy over 100 musicians performing all around downtown area shops, 5:30-8:30 pm, free, 800-266-7534.

DEC 13 Festival of Lights (SEDONA) A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5 pm. Ride the free trolley from the Uptown Municipal Parking lot to Tlaquepaque with continuous service from 3pm - 8:30pm, 928-282-4838.

DEC 13 A Cowboy Christmas (PRESCOTT) One of Prescott’s favorite cowboys, Gail Steiger will host a matinee and evening concert of Cowboy songs and stories, featuring The Rusty Pistols, Reno and Sheila McCormick. Prescott Center for the Arts, 2pm & 7:30pm, $20, 928-445-3286.

DEC 20 Holiday Sweet Stroll (SEDONA) Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers, roasted chestnuts, sweet treats, special give-a-ways and more. Tlaquepaque, 3-7pm, 928-282-4838.

DEC 31 Whiskey Row New Years Eve’s Boot Drop (PRESCOTT) Head on down to historic Whiskey Row to enjoy entertainment, amazing fireworks and fantastic local vendors. The illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered from the 40-foot high Palace Building’s flagpole at 10pm and again at midnight, 800-266-7534.

DEC 31 New Years Eve Party (CAMP VERDE) Ring in the New Year at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel! Call 800-381-SLOT for reservations and event details.


Twin Arrows CasinoALL MONTH – Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Experience North American wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Visitors will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to adorable bear cubs. Bearizona is sure to be a memorable adventure your family will share! Open seven days a week. Show your Grand Canyon Railway Polar Express ticket for special savings (not valid with any other offer), 928-635-2289.

NOV 7 - JAN 3 Polar Express Train Rides (WILLIAMS) Experience the magic of the Polar Express, the classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, as the train departs Williams Depot to the “North Pole” with a visit from Santa. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-THE TRAIN.

NOV 21 Holiday Lighting Ceremony (FLAGSTAFF) The celebration includes a dramatic entrance by Santa, Christmas carolers, face painting, balloon sculpting, crafts, cookies and cider, train and sleigh rides, a travel-themed raffle and more. Little America Hotel, 4:30pm – 8:30 pm, 480-779-9679.

NOV 28 - 29 Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration (FLAGSTAFF) Lowell Observatory will extend open daytime hours and offer indoor programs and building tours. Call for details 928-233-3211.

NOV 29 Parade of Lights & Official Tree Lighting Ceremony (WILLIAMS) Colorful light parade starts at 6:30pm down historic Route 66. Enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade. 2nd St & Route 66, 800-863-0546.

DEC 13 Santa’s World Of Wonders (WILLIAMS) Recreation Center, 10 – 1:30pm, call 928-635-1496 for details.

DEC 14 Christmas in the Mountains! (FLAGSTAFF) See and hear our annual extravaganza featuring holiday music for choirs, handbells, brass, percussion, and organ complete with special lighting and holiday decorations. Ardrey Auditorium, NAU Campus, Adults-$20, Seniors-$18, Students-$8, Children 12 & under are Free, 3-5pm, 928-523-5661.

DEC 26 – 31 Winter Holiday Celebration (FLAGSTAFF) Lowell Observatory will extend its open hours and offer indoor programs and special tours during the day. After dark, numerous telescopes will be set up for viewing celestial objects, (closes at 5pm on 31st), 928-233-3211.

DEC 31 The Great Pine Cone Drop (FLAGSTAFF) Ring in the New Year in classic Flagstaff tradition as the giant, LED-Lighted Pine Cone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel. 10pm for families & again at Midnight, 928-779-1919.

DEC 31 NYE Party (FLAGSTAFF) Ring in 2015 at Twin Arrows Casino Resort! Call for details 855-946-8946.


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NOV 21 - 23 Holiday Artisans Market (TUCSON) Over 100 of the Southwest's finest artisans display their wares and help you find perfect holiday gifts in the courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art. Free admission to museum all 3 days, 10 – 5pm, 520-624-2333.

NOV 28 Bisbee Festival of Lights (BISBEE) Live nativity, parade, dancers, tree & street lighting in Old Historic Bisbee, free, 520-432-3554.

NOV 28 - 29 Tohono Chul Holiday Nights (TUCSON) The Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a million holiday lights and a special desert snowman. Highlighted by live music, holiday treats, and shopping, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, tickets 520-742-6455.

DEC 5 – 6 Luminaria Nights (TUBAC) Fiesta de Navidad is Tubac’s annual celebration of the Historical Season! The streets are lined with luminaries and the stores are open until 9 pm, 520-398-2704.

DEC 5-6 & 12-13 Tohono Chul Holiday Nights (TUCSON) The Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a million holiday lights and a special desert snowman. Enjoy live music, holiday treats, and shopping, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, tickets 520-742-6455.

DEC 5-7 & 12-13 Luminaria Nights (TUCSON) Tucson Botanical Gardens’ paths are lined with luminarias for the holidays, and the gardens are filled with musical entertainment and festive refreshments, 5:30 pm – 8:30pm, tickets 520-326-9686.

DEC 6 Santa Landing (TUCSON) Pima Air & Space Museum hosts the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter, with photo opportunities (bring your camera), crafts, and gifts for the kids. Museum opens 8:30am, Santa arrives around 10am, reservations 520-618-4850.

DEC 12 Luminaries (TOMBSTONE) Come walk stand in the same courtroom as many defendants have. The event is open to the public and the staff welcome all to its open-house. Tombstone Historical Courthouse, 6pm-8pm, 888-457-3929.

DEC 12 - 14 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair (TUCSON) 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two stages, street musicians, jugglers, carnival food, a kids' art area, face painting and more. Between Ninth St. and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue, 10 am to dusk, free, 520-624-5004.

DEC 13 Christmas in Tombstone (TOMBSTONE) Enjoy a light parade, tree lighting, and fireworks, Allen Street and Medigovich Field, 888-457-3929.

DEC 19 - 21 Sports Card Show (TUCSON) Don't miss this special Sports Card Show going on during mall hours. Find great gift ideas for the Sports Lover on your list! Shop, Dine, Play and Save! Foothills Mall, Ross Court, 520-219-0650.

DEC 20 Downtown Parade of Lights (TUCSON) Holiday-theme street parade with decorated floats, vehicles, and entertainers. Visit Santa Claus at the Historic Train Depot plus horse-drawn carriage tours. Downtown Tucson, 6:30pm – 8pm, free, 520-837-6504.

DEC 31 New Year's Eve Gala with Rick Braun & Friends (TUCSON) This new year's event, themed "A Night in New Orleans", features world-renowned trumpet player Rick Braun along with top-caliber jazz musician headliners plus gourmet dinner and a silent auction. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 7pm, $199+, 520-903-1265.

DEC 31 New Year's Eve Celebration (TUCSON) Ring in 2015 at Arizona’s only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond casino resort - Casino Del Sol Resort. Call for details and packages 855.SOL.STAY.

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