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!
Thursday, December 8, 5:30-8 pm @ Anthem Community Park
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.
Saturday, December 3, 5 pm in front of City Hall.
Official lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by the Light Parade, Santa and more.
Saturday, December 10, Bazaar: 12-8 pm, Anniversary Celebration 5-6 pm, Parade: 6 pm
Free cupcakes and hot chocolate before parade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Friday, December 2 and Saturday December 3, 5:30-8 pm
Saturday, December 3, 8 am-1 pm
Sunday, December 4, 12-1 pm
Sunday, December 4, 6-8 pm
Saturday, December 10,10 am-2 pm
Saturday, December 10, 5-7 pm
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, December 3, 2:30-5:30 pm
Santa and his elves, live entertainment, raffle, hot chocolate and cookies
Saturday, December 3, Lighting: 5:30 pm, Parade: 6:30 pm
Show Low Festival Market Place
Saturday, December 3, 7 pm
Downtown LDS Chapel, Show Low
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.
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.
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
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. Rules, Entry Form
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.