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Arizona Holiday Events!

Meet Santa, play in the snow in Sunny Arizona, see a Christmas Parade or hear some great music. There are tons of options! Check out this list and find an event or activity to attend in a city near you! So many great holiday events going on around the state! These are just the city sponsored events and I am sure you will find something near you that fits into your schedule. Enjoy!


Holiday in the Park

Thursday, December 8, 5:30-8 pm @ Anthem Community Park


Apache Junction

Holiday Parade & Lights

Saturday, December 3, Events going on all day starting at 12 pm

Free Event! Walk – a-thon, SNOW! Santa, Live Entertainment, arts & crafts, tree lighting at the Focal Point, holiday light parade, petting zoo and inflatables.


Casa Grande

Electric Parade & Tree Lighting Event

Saturday, December 3,  5 pm in front of City Hall.

Official lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by the Light Parade, Santa and more.


Camp Verde

Christmas Craft Bazaar, Parade of Lights and Town 25th Anniversary Celebration 

Saturday, December 10, Bazaar: 12-8 pm, Anniversary Celebration 5-6 pm, Parade: 6 pm

Free cupcakes and hot chocolate before parade.


Chandler’s Parade of Lights,Unique Tumbleweed Tree and Annual Tree Lighting Festivities

Saturday, December 3, 4:30-9 pm, Parade @ 7 pm

Join us in celebrating a unique southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival also includes the beautiful Parade of Lights. This year marks the 55th Tumbleweed Tree built in Historic Downtown Chandler. Free admission.



Christmas Light Parade

Friday, December 9th, Santa: 5-7 pm, Festivies: 6-9 pm, Parade: 7 pm

 Santa Claus will be visiting the gazebo to take pictures and give out candy, the park will be lit and a variety of music and entertainment will be performed, and the Light Parade will begin. The parade will travel around the park, so everyone can enjoy the lighted vehicles and floats.



Gilbert Nights of Lights

Friday, December 9, 6-9 pm @ Gilbert Civic Center North Campus

Lighting of the Town’s trees located behind the lake off of Gilbert Rd and Civic Center Dr, will be outlining the lake with blue lights, outdoor tree lights and holiday décor that will transform the campus into a beautiful holiday scene fit for family picture taking.  Holiday entertainment, plenty of games, inflatable bounces, slides, free activities, vendors and sponsor booths.  Hot chocolate and other sweet treats will be available for purchase and Santa will be there visiting with all the children so don’t forget your camera.



Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend

 Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 6-10 pm

Concerts and performances. A whole weekend celebrating those giving back to the community. It’ll do your heart good to get into the spirit of giving by learning about and paying tribute to those selfless organizations that make our community a better place to live.


Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend

   Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10, 6-10 pm

Free Admission. Will feature a children’s snow field, so bring the mittens and sip hot cocoa, as you enjoy delightful winter fun not usually found in Arizona. The snowfield will allow kids the rare opportunity to create their own Frosty the Snowman. To make it even more magical, snow will fall at the snowfield throughout the evening as the children play. make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and more children’s entertainment, in addition to the regular horse-drawn carriages rides offered.


Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights

 Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17, 6-10 pm

Free Admission. Music performances. Bring your dancing shoes for a rockin’ good time in downtown Glendale. The event will also feature holiday arts and crafts, delicious food and beverage, horse-drawn carriages rides, inflatable rides and visits with Santa Claus. Bring your camera, or have Santa’s helper snap one for a small fee.



Home Plate for the Holidays

Saturday, December 3

Admission and parking are FREE! Play in more than 40 tons of snow, visit with Santa Claus, and shop for holiday gifts at the arts and crafts vendor booths! Listen to carolers from local elementary schools while enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride, or play on the inflatable activities! Small fee for some activities



Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland

2 weekends, December 3–4 and 10-11 (2-6 pm both weekends)

Visit Santa, go on an old-fashioned hayride, drink hot cocoa, eat cookies, and roast marshmallows.


Very Merry Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 10,  Parade starting @ 7 pm

Brilliantly lighted floats, candy for the kids and maybe an appearance from Santa! Be sure and join the Christmas entertainment after the parade at the City Complex.


Lake Havasu City

Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

 Friday, December 2 and Saturday December 3, 5:30-8 pm


“Get on Your Feet 5K” Jingle Bell Walk

Saturday, December 3, 8 am-1 pm


River Riders Motorcycle Club Toy Run

 Sunday, December 4, 12-1 pm


Wheeler Park Christmas Tree Lighting

 Sunday, December 4, 6-8 pm


Children’s Community Christmas Party

Saturday, December 10,10 am-2 pm


Christmas Parade of Vehicles

Saturday, December 10, 5-7 pm


Litchfield Park

Christmas in the Park

Saturday, December 10, Craft Show: starts @ 9 am, Parade: 10 am. All events @ Litchfield Park Town Center

Bring the entire family for this fun-packed day! Parade complete with marching bands, drill teams and floats. The day includes real snow, visits with Santa and live entertainment!



Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3rd, 4-8 pm, Tree Lighting: 5:45 pm

Festivities Include: Local Dance, Theatre & Choir Performances, Food, Arts & Craft Vendors, Hot Air Balloon Glow (weather permitting), Cookies & Cocoa, Kids Crafts, Santa & Mrs. Claus.



Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 17, Seating begins at 8:30 am

Pancake Breakfast, Picture with Santa, Goody Bag for Each Child and Holiday Activities. TICKETS MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED: $5.00 Adults, $5.00 Children -1 yrs and older. 


Holiday Activities for Youth

December 21, 22, 23, and December 28, 29, 30, 10am-Noon.

Fun craft and physical activities to keep your child(ren) occupied with the Fun & Fitness Mobile Unit. 2 different locations. Dates vary by location. See the flier for more details.


Oro Valley

Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 2, 6 -8 pm

Performances and activities. Activities and Fun Include: Meeting Santa, holiday arts and crafts, holiday cookie decorating, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Oro Valley Staff will be collecting money for our local Shop with a Cop program, aiding local families. Additionally, there will be a drop off point for food donations supporting the Interfaith Community Services. These donations will help families throughout the region.


Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts

Saturday, December 3, 9 am-4 pm

Sunday, December 4th, 10 am – 4 pm

During one of the busiest shopping times of the year, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, SAACA, will present a one-of-a-kind experience this season at Oro Valley Marketplace—where shoppers can discover local artwork and vegetarian-options for food in an eco-friendly shopping center.


The 7th Annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade

December 10, Starts: 8:30 am

The parade starts at Ironwood Ridge High School and travels east along Naranja Drive to Oro Valley Town Campus. Come join in the Festive Fun.  The Oro Valley Holiday Parade requires the cooperation and support of many organizations to produce a fun and exciting community event for the entire family.

**Go to: http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/ (click on Events – 3rd green tab to the right) for more information on the above events.



Woodland Park Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3, 2:30-5:30 pm

Santa and his elves, live entertainment, raffle, hot chocolate and cookies


Christmas Tree Lighting and Electric Light Parade

Saturday, December 3, Lighting: 5:30 pm, Parade: 6:30 pm

Show Low Festival Market Place


White Mountain Chorale Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, December 3, 7 pm

Downtown LDS Chapel, Show Low

Songs of Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 4, 4 pm

White Mountain Chorale @ Blue Ridge High School Auditorium




Saturday, December 3, 6 pm

Rain or shine, watch the procession of floats, marching bands, music, and of course, Santa Claus himself! This year’s theme:  North Pole Fantasy.Have you ever wondered what the North Pole would be like? Kids of all ages like to imagine what goes on the night before Christmas. Entries may depict the reindeer in their barn, Santa in his workshop or elves asleep after their work is finished. This fantasy theme is perfect for a lighted parade.


“Light the Rim” House Lighting Competition

Applications Due: December 9 and Judging: December 13 & 14

 The theme, “Light the Rim”, combines community spirit, and individual creativity by Rim Country residents. There is no charge to enter the contest. We want to get as many homes lighted, and entered to show off a brightly lighted Rim Country. Applications must be received by the Chamber, Chapman Auto Center or the Roundup by 12:00 noon, December 9th. Judging will take place on the evenings of December 13 and 14, and the lights must be lit during the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM on those evenings. Prize money for the event, donated by Chapman Auto Center, is as follows: 1st Prize – $250.00 2nd Prize -$150.00 3rd Prize-$100.00 A map and list of entrants will be placed in the December 16th issue of the Roundup;, and be available at Chapman Auto Center and the Chamber. 



Peoria’s Oldtown Holiday Festival & Gingerbread Competition

Friday, December 2, 5 -9pm

Nearly 20 tons of snow is brought in for kids young and old to play in. There’s also a choral competition, cookie decorating, make-n-take crafts, entertainment, craft market and so much more! Oldtown Peoria – 83rd Ave just south of Grand


20th Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Now until and December 12

Create your own gingerbread house and enter it in the 20th Annual Gingerbread House Competition. Houses can be dropped off at Peoria City Hall Lobby Information Desk Mon. – Thur., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. between Nov. 30 and Dec. 12. Judging will take place on Tues., Dec. 13. RulesEntry Form


Preschoolers, Pancakes and Breakfast with Santa

Tuesday, December 13, 9-11 am

Activities include:Pancake Breakfast, Pictures with Santa, Arts & Crafts, Bounce Houses. Peoria firefighters will serve pancakes and you can take a picture with SANTA! Please bring your own toy. Free with the donation of a new unwrapped toy.


Gingerbread House Party

Wednesday, December 14, 11 am-12 pm

For Ages 3- 6 yrs. Parent and child work together to design and create their own gingerbread house, complete with graham crackers, royal icing, gum drops, and  more! Each child will take home their very own holiday gingerbread house! Activities and goodies provided in course fee. @ Rio Vista Recreation Center. Fee: $15 Peoria Residents / $22 Non-Residents. To register call 623.773.7137 or online at the link above. Space is limited.


Prescott Valley


Friday, December 2, 5-8pm

Annual lighting ceremony and light parade. Holiday carolers, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, mistletoe, and the 10th annual holiday Creat-A-Tree display, compliments of the Arts and Culture Commission, are all part of the festivities in this inspiring event! 



Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 3, 8-10 am

For families interested in enjoying breakfast in this festive atmosphere. Breakfast will be served until 9:30 a.m. and the event will end at 10:00 a.m. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera if you would like a picture of your child with Santa Clause. This event is free of charge, so come for the pancakes, come for the crafts and most of all, come to see Santa Clause! Free!


 Sun City West

Meet Santa Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 20, 5:30-8:30 pm

The public is invited to a holiday event that includes trains, Santa and a holiday concert, all beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. The fun starts with the Model Railroad Club, for visitors to see the “Polar Express” and “Thomas the Tank Engine” display. From 6 to 7 p.m. children have an opportunity to visit with Santa in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall; and a concert will begin at 7 pm.



10th Annual Surprise Party

November 30-December 3

Tree lighting, Balloon Glow, Meet Santa, Arts and Craft Festival and the Surprise Party! Check the flier (the link above) for times of the many activities going on.



Voice Male Goes Christmas

Saturday, December 3, 7 pm

Voice Male, a six-man contemporary a cappella group that has been delighting audiences across the Mountain West for over 15 years with shows that can only be described as pure, spontaneous fun!  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Please, no refunds or exchanges.


Reindeer Round-Up (5K/10K Run and 5K Fun Walk)

Saturday, December 10, 8:30 am

Participants of each city sponsored 5K/10K run are awarded points to determine the overall 2011 City Champions. Medallions are awarded to gold, silver, and bronze winners in each separate group. There will be separate age divisions as well as separate male/female categories. All 5K Fun walkers receive a participation ribbon. Walkers who participate in all five races will receive recognition at the end of the series. Visit the site for pre-registration/day of registration fees.


Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade

Saturday, December 10, 6 pm

In past years, over one hundred floats have taken part in this annual evening event. This year’s parade winds through the Historic North End, travels up Main Street and finishes behind Lute’s Casino. Immediately following will be a post-parade reception put on by the City of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals.

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