Things To Do In Phoenix December 2017

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LIGHTS OF THE WORLD

Nov. 16, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018 

While there is a Christmas zone, this isn’t just about Christmas. This huge festival of lanterns and lights celebrates regions and cultures of the world in downtown Phoenix. It’s on USA Today’s list of Top 5 Over-the-Top Holiday Lights. Closed on Dec. 26.

lightsoftheworldus.com

ZOOLIGHTS AT THE PHOENIX ZOO

Nov. 22, 2017 – Jan. 14, 2018

Each year the Phoenix Zoo puts up an amazing holiday display called ZooLights. This event is about holiday lights, music, and lighted animal sculptures, not live animals. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 phoenixzoo.org

CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS

Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2017

 The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess puts on its holiday dress and transforms itself into a sparkling winter wonderland for this event. Skate on real ice on the resort’s Desert Ice Skating Rink and check out the Christmas tree light show against the resort’s facade. And who wouldn’t love to make a furry friend at Build-a-Bear Workshop? 

 scottsdaleprincess.com

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS

Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2017

 Each year during the holiday season the Desert Botanical Garden lines the paths of its extraordinary landscape with thousands of luminarias. You can get a bite to eat at the Patio Cafe and get a glass, bottle, or flight of wine. Live entertainment every night as a soundtrack for this one-of-a-kind experience. This is a ticketed event, and it is smart to book in advance. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

 dbg.org

 GLENDALE GLITTERS

Nov. 24, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018

 1.5 million multi-colored twinkling holiday lights throughout a 12-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court districts. Lights will shine brightly every night from 5 to 11 p.m. 

 glendaleaz.com/glitters

MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Dec. 1 – Jan. 7. 2018 

 Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays that turn the Railroad Park in Scottsdale into a winter wonderland. On opening night, Dec. 1, 2017, you’ll also be treated to a visit from Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, and live entertainment. Santa will hold court in a historic train car until Dec. 23. You can ride the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through this holiday spectacle from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 4, 24, 25, and 31.

therailroadpark.com

ILLUMINATION SYMPHONY OF LIGHT

Nov. 15, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

 This 1-mile long driving attraction will feature millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music throughout 14 acres of the newest state of the art holiday lights and displays. Bounce houses, food trucks, selfie stations and more.Times: Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Cost: $29.50 – $34.50 per car/

 illuminationaz.com

WESTGATE’S HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING 

Nov. 21 – Dec. 24, 2017

 Westgate Entertainment District is lighting its 33-foot tree on Nov. 21 followed by snowfall. Throughout the holiday season, there will be ice skating, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and a nightly snowfall, plus photos with Santa.

 westgateaz.com/holiday

DOWNTOWN MESA’S MERRY MAIN STREET

Nov. 24 – Jan. 5, 2017

 Throughout the holiday season, you can visit downtown Mesa and take part in their holiday festivities. Four-story Christmas tree, skate around their outdoor ice rink, and take pictures at “Santa’s Selfie Village.” Downtown Mesa, Main Street between Country Club and Mesa Drive Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (ice rink hours vary)Admission: $10 for one hour of skating.

 merrymainst.com

THE 19TH ANNUAL FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE

Saturday, December 9th

 The floating units enter Tempe Town Lake at the Tempe Town Lake Marina and make their way to the north shore. The U-shaped parade route travels west to the buoys east of Tempe Center for the Arts, where they begin to make their way back east on Tempe Town Lake along the north shore. 

 downtowntempe.com

APS ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

 Grab some hot chocolate and head down to central Phoenix to watch as dozens of lighted floats make their way down Central Avenue for the 30th edition of the APS Electric Light Parade! Parade begins at 7 p.m.

 Phoenix.gov

CHANDLER’S TUMBLEWEED TREE

December 2, 2017 

3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 85225 Chandler has one of the more interesting and festive holiday light displays in the Valley – a 25-foot tree made from 1,000 tumbleweeds! 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parade – 7pm; Tree Lighting Ceremony – approx. 8pm 

ChandlerAZ.gov

CAREFREE’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE & FIREWORKS

Dec. 1 – Dec. 23, 2017 

Head north to Carefree for their annual “Have a Carefree Christmas” festival. There will be 35 tons of snow to play in, a gift market, visits with Santa, an electric light parade, carolers and more! Easy Street in downtown 

 Carefree.christmasincarefree.com

AHWATUKEE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Nov. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

 The beautiful white Ahwatukee lights can be seen on Chandler Boulevard from 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway every. They are worth going the long way home to see.

folaz.org

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