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Glendale kicks off the holiday season with its weekend-after-Thanksgiving festivities, but the fun doesn't end there. Every Friday and Saturday night until Christmas, the city features fun activities, concerts, foods, and horse-drawn carriage rides. About a million twinkling lights decorate the downtown area – even if you can't attend the weekend festivities, the decorations are still worth seeing! Other celebrations include Winter Wonderland and Gingerbread Nights. The closing ceremonies, held in January, are known as the Glitter & Glow Block Party. The final block party features huge hot air balloons placed across the busy downtown quarter, live music, and holiday-themed treats.
5850 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
Nothing says winter in the city like a freshly surfaced ice skating rink decorated with twinkling holiday lights. That's what visitors will find at the annual CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix event, which arrives in downtown Phoenix every year in December. Guests can rent ice skates and take a spin around the rink, snack on holiday treats like cookies and hot cocoa, enjoy the twinkling lights, and listen to the sweet sounds of holiday carolers - all in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The ice skating rink is located at the CityScape center and stays open until January. The ice skating rink is conveniently located near downtown shops and dining.
Lights of World
Inspired by the traditional lantern festivals of China, Lights of the World is a holiday-themed light and lantern festival that is being billed as the biggest in North America. The event, which runs through the early New Year at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, features dazzling lantern displays that highlight different cultures and civilizations around the world. More than 10 million lights make up the entirety of the displays. Apart from eye-dazzling light displays, Lights of the World also features carnival rides and games, and daily performances that run the gamut from acrobatics to live music. This family-friendly light festival was designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.
1826 W. McDowell Rd
ZooLights is one of the biggest holiday light displays in the Southwest. Approximately two-and-a-half million twinkling lights are strung throughout the zoo, and you'll also encounter numerous animated displays (new ones pop up every year too). The festivities include a carousel, camel and wagon rides, and a stingray touch tank. There is also an orchestrated light show that happens every hour. Both kids and adults will love enjoy exploring the various animal-themed displays. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and other holiday snacks are available at kiosks located throughout the zoo. The gift shop stays open late on ZooLights nights, with various animal-themed gift items available for purchase.
455 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Adult $8; Child (2 and under) Free
Winnie the Pooh Christmas
"A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail" has become a favorite annual holiday tradition for many Phoenix families. The play, a production of the Valley Youth Theatre, has been presented annually for nearly 20 years. The play is a thoughtful exploration of friendship and loyalty, starring everyone's favorite creatures form the 100 Acre Wood. Kids will love seeing stage incarnations of Christopher Robin, Piglet, Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Owl, Kanga and Roo and other woodland creatures as they search for Eeyore's lost tail. The show is presented throughout the month of December. Tickets sell out fast for weekend performances, so be sure to reserve your seats early.
525 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Handel Messiah's is an annual Christmas tradition around the world, bringing the popular "Hallelujah" chorus to lovers of classical Christmas music. The Phoenix Symphony, along with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, puts on a rousing rendition of the classic every December. The top-notch symphony, one of the best in the Southwest, puts on the holiday concert every December at venues and churches located across the Valley. Music Director Laureate Michael Christie leads The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus for a beautiful production of this spiritual classic. Be sure to check for specific times and venues, as the schedule changes every year.
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