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Holiday Experience

2022 - SCOTTSDALE, TEMPE, & PHOENIX

Article by Gilbert City Lifestyle

Photography by Kristy Belley

Christmas at the Scottsdale Princess

Scottsdale

For the ultimate family holiday, head out to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort Christmas at the Princess event, the resort's lagoons are lit up with 5 million dazzling LED lights. You can either walk around or better yet, take a ride by one of the two Princess Express Trains and enjoy the glowing infinity tunnels, pirates' ships, and mermaids. Additionally, you can watch light and music shows in the Enchanted Plaza. No visit is complete without ice skating in the desert, roasting marshmallows, making s'mores, and visits with Santa.

November 18th, 2022 – January 2nd, 2023

7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Christmas at the Four Seasons

Scottsdale

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North  introduces new and returning winter programming this upcoming season with breakfast with Santa, a Holiday Glow Massage, and eggnog sampling. Guests will also have the chance for a ‘tuck in’ from one of Santa’s elves, including freshly baked cookies and an Arizona-themed storybook reading.

November 28th – December 24th, 2022

10600 East Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ


Nutcracker  Immersive

Scottsdale

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle is the ultimate holiday experience for the entire family!

For nearly 130 years, The Nutcracker has enchanted children around the world. Now your family can experience the timeless holiday tale like never before – brought to life on a majestic scale!

Your family will be enchanted by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sweeping music, including iconic selections like “The March of the Toys” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” as they are immersed in holiday wonder!

November 19th – December 31st, 2022

4301 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Holiday Lights @ McCormick – Stillman Railroad Park

Scottsdale

Immerse yourself in more than a million Christmas lights while riding a steam-powered locomotive of the Paradise & Pacific Railroad. The lights will shine from 6 pm through 9:30 pm. Apart from the holiday train, there will be a historical Charros Carousel and traditional Christmas refreshments such as hot cocoa.

November 25th – December 30th, 2022

7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Enchant Christmas

Scottsdale

Salt River Fields, Talking Stick Resort

Nov 25 – January 1

Presented by Hallmark Channel and brand new to Scottsdale for 2022,  Enchant is sure to dazzle, featuring larger-than-life light displays, ice skating, and The Village where you'll find tiny shops of artisan vendors, specialty crafts and boutiques.

Experience a world of adventure with awe-inspiring animated light sculptures, and discover our charming Village offering ice-skating, live entertainment, interactive games, dining, holiday shopping, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and so much more

November 25th, 2022 – January 1st, 2023

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdazzle

Old Town Scottsdale

Enjoy free signature events, culinary demonstrations and family activities in each of the Old Town districts, plus breathtaking public art installations and a stunning illuminated Christmas tree at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

November 26th – December 31st, 2022

7200 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Aps Electric Parade

Downtown Phoenix

Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season with the APS Electric Parade. The APS Electric Parade has been a Phoenix tradition for more than 30 years. This parade really lights up the night with brightly lit decorations and twinkling lights. The parade begins at 7pm.  The parade starts on Central Ave & Montebello in downtown Phoenix.

December 3rd, 2022

Central Avenue & Montebello, Phoenix, AZ


Zoo Lights

Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo is considered by many to be a favorite holiday destination, as it hosts one of the largest lighting displays in the Southwest. Millions of lights go on nightly at 5:30 pm and shine through 10:30 pm.

November 2023, 2022 – January 15th, 2023

@phoenixzoo

https://www.phoenixzoo.org/events/zoolights/

455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Las Loches de Las Luminarias

Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden

Each evening features more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias, thousands of white twinkle lights and live entertainment. New for 2022, guests can enjoy an extra layer of beauty with the bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Playing with Stars by Rotraut.

December 1 st - 4th, 2022 (Members Only dates)

December 9th -11th, 15th - 18th, 20th - 23rd, 26th -31st, 2022

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ

World of Illumination  - Candy Rush

Tempe

Tempe Diablo Stadium

World of Illumination, labeled the world's largest drive-thru animated light show. Set off to explore a mile-long corridor illuminated with millions of lights synced to your favorite Christmas tunes. 

The light shows run nightly from 6 pm through 10 pm.

November 16th, 2022 - January 1st, 2023

2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Tempe

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake is the Valley’s most unique holiday event and celebrated tradition. Enjoy holiday shopping, festive eats and treats, a dazzling boat parade featuring boats of all shapes and sizes and a spectacular fireworks show.

December 10th, 2022 4pm – 9pm

80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe , AZ

The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake is the Valley’s most unique holiday event and celebrated tradition. Enjoy holiday shopping, festive eats and treats, a dazzling boat parade featuring boats of all shapes and sizes and a spectacular fireworks show.

https://www.tempetourism.com/events/fantasy-of-lights-boat-parade/