Holiday Happenings {2018}


The holiday season is here and the is SO MUCH to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix Valley! Parades, festivals, Santa and so many lights! All of these events are family friendly and many of them are free to attend. Browse through our list to start making plans and click on the links for more information. 

Twinkling Lights

November 14-January 5 Illumination Symphony of Light @ Phoenix & Tempe

November 21-January 13 Phoenix Zoo Lights @ The Phoenix Zoo 

November 23-January 12 Glendale Glitters @ Downtown Glendale 

November 30-January 6 Holiday Lights @ McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

December 1-31 Birkett Winter Wonderland @ E Valley Vista Dr.


Fun Festivals

November 20-December 31 Christmas at the Princess @ Fairmont Princess Resort 

November 21-January 6 City Skate @ CityScape 

November 23-December 28 Christmas in the Rainforest @ Butterfly Wonderland  

November 30 & December 2-9 Carefree Christmas Festival & Chanukah Menorah Lighting @ Downtown Carefree

December 1 Stroll in the Glow @ Downtown Fountain Hills

December 2 Chanukah Carnival @ Chanen Preschool  

December 25 Chanukah Character Breakfast @ Valley of the Sun JCC

Merry Performances

November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9 Winter Wonder @ Scottsdale Bible Church 

December 6-9 & 13-19 Celebration of Christmas @ Dream City Church

Holiday Parades

December 1 APS Electric Lights Parade @ Downtown Phoenix

November 23 Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade @ Downtown Tempe

December 8 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade @ Tempe Town Lake 

December 8 Carefree Christmas Electric Light Parade @ Downtown Carefree

Visit with Santa

November 10-December 24 Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shop

November 23-December 24 Santa Photos @ Kierland Commons

November 25-December 2 (Saturdays) Photos with Santa @ The Promenade Scottsdale

December 1 & 8 Breakfast with Santa @ Children’s Museum of Phoenix 

December 14 Crusin with Santa @ Shops at Norterra 

Fun Runs & Races

December 2 Hot Chocolate 15K/5K @Salt River Fields

December 8 AZ Santa Run @ Victory Lane Sports Park

December 8 12K’s of Christmas @ Freestone Park

December 16 Santa Hustle 5K/Half Marathon @ Glendale

December 15 Jingle Bell Run @ Rose Mofford Park

Giving Back

Many of us are so incredibly blessed, especially during the holiday season. Here are some ways to give back to those who may need some extra love and support this year. 

St. Vincent De Paul Adopt a Family – Provide Christmas dinner and a gift for a family in need. 

Salvation Army Angel Tree – Buy a gift for children who may not otherwise receive any 

Phoenix Rescue Mission – Help with meal delivery or toy drives/wrapping/volunteering at Winter Wonderland Christmas event