By Karen Blue
Arizona Lights Up the Holidays
Check out many more holiday light attractions throughout our beautiful state of Arizona @ visitarizona.com/like-a-local/arizona-lights-up-the-holidays/ -or- phoenixlocalevents.com/events/list/page/2/
Christmas at the Scottsdale Princess
Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter. Go ice skating and catch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Stage a selfie with Santa and meet the cute cast of holiday characters. With kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, this is where new traditions are created together.
DATES: November 17, 2023 through January 6, 2024
For more information: christmasattheprincess.com/
Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo
ZooLights is back for another sparkling season at the Phoenix Zoo. Shining bright with illuminated displays and millions of twinkling lights, it’s the perfect backdrop for any holiday event. ZooLights is open to the public from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 through Sunday, January 14, 2024.
To purchase tickets: phoenixzoo.org/events/ZooLights/
Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches De Las Luminarias
Garden lights on winter nights is a must this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminaria-lit trails and twinkling holiday lights. Musical performances, entertainment and festive food and drinks available for a picture-perfect night.
DATES: Nov. 24, 25 | Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 19-23, 26-30
TIME: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
PRICE: Members: Adult $34.95, Youth $14.95 | General Admission: $39.95,
To purchase tickets: ticketing.dbg.org/events
Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza
Developed by the City of Scottsdale officials as a way to bring the community together in a fun and magical way, Scottsdazzle serves as the area’s signature holiday event spanning two months and offering something for everyone when it comes to celebrating, shopping and dining. Scottsdazzle kicks off Saturday, November 25th with the signature Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony. Check out the Events page to see all the activities and events taking place at various locations around Old Town through December 31, 2023. Free.
For more information: scottsdazzle.com/events/
Enchant Christmas, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Touted as the world’s largest Christmas light maze and village, the sprawling 10- acre event, presented by the Hallmark Channel, features an immersive walk-thru light maze created from more than four million sparkling lights, an impressive 100-foot-tall holiday tree, a unique ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits and a village marketplace with crafts, gifts, festive culinary treats and holiday cocktails. Tickets required.
DATES: Friday, Nov 24 – Dec. 30 2023, Salt River Fields
For more information: enchantchristmas.com/scottsdale-az-salt-river-fields
APS Electric Parade
DATE: Saturday, December 2, 2023. Parade starting location: Central Ave. and Montebello Ave. Parade Starts at 7 p.m. Parade ending location: 7th St. and Indian School Rd. Free.
The Nutcracker Ballet @ the Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
Dances to Tchaikovsky’s famous score are held at the enchanting Orpheum Theatre. Let this magical, authentic production transport you back in time.
Complete with acrobatic feats, dancing mice, a snowfall on stage and the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy, it’s a sight to cherish for the entire family. Let the holidays begin and see why audiences have been raving about Phoenix Ballet!
DATES: Friday, December 8, 2023 – Saturday, December 23, 2023 ($20-$125)
Glendale Christmas Parade
DATE: Saturday, December 9, 2023 @ 11am-1:00 pm
City of Glendale | Free
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake
DATE: Saturday, December 9, 2023 @ 4-9 pm
Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ
Fiesta Bowl Parade
DATE: Saturday, December 16, 2023 @ 10am-12 pm