November in Arizona means getting back outside and enjoying this wide-open space we call home. It's time to shift into the holiday spirit, and these are four great places where you can start the season off right.
Desert Farm Lights
Light up the holiday season with Arizona's inaugural Desert Farm Lights. It features three acres of festive, illuminated displays, a Christmas maze, bounce houses, photos with Santa, snow and more. Nearly one million lights welcome guests from November 25 through January 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. Created by local influencer Shanelle Kunz in partnership with Justice Brother's Ranch and Christmas Light Decorators. Tickets are $12 to $15.
14629 W Peoria Ave, Peoria
Christmas on the Farm
Christmas is in the air early at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale. There's something magical about the smell of fresh-cut pine trees. Enjoy plenty of that, plus some holiday cheer and a cup of hot chocolate with a visit to the 6-acre, family-owned farm. It opens mid-November through Christmas Eve. See the website for pricing and the current schedule.
5726 N 75th Ave, Glendale
Park West Market
Park West Market offers a great way to celebrate local small businesses and find those unique gift items to suit even the pickiest person on your gift list. The weekly market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with great food vendors, you'll find local artisans selling items from soaps and candles to artwork, macrame, jewelry and more. Food trucks are on hand for you to nibble while you shop. Live music each week.
9744 W Northern Ave, Peoria
Lake Pleasant Sunset Dinner Cruises
Sit back, relax and watch the sun setting from the waters of Lake Pleasant as you dine. Lake Pleasant sunset cruises are ideal for November and December evenings. Each menu includes either BBQ dinner or Prime Rib and Salmon, depending on the night. The 105-minute sunset cruise includes a buffet-style dinner by Dillon's with relaxing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. There is a full-service bar and all ages welcome. Make reservations in advance.
Pleasant Harbor Marina, 8708 W Harbor Blvd, Peoria