You don’t need frigid winter weather to get in the spirit of the season. Enjoy holiday events in Phoenix, including concerts and performances, outdoor ice-skating rinks, open-air shopping markets and festivals, twinkling light displays and even a few places to watch it snow in the desert.

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS: SELECT DAYS NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 30

Eight thousand hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights will set the Desert Botanical Garden aglow for 21 magical evenings. Join a Southwest holiday tradition that features the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles.

THE POLAR EXPRESS: SELECT DAYS NOVEMBER 11-JANUARY 6

Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.

CITY STATE HOLIDAY ICE RINK: NOVEMBER 25-JANUARY 7

Get into the spirit of winter by skating on a real ice rink in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream, decorated with a massive holiday tree and thousands of twinkling lights.

WINTER WONDERLAND AT BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND: SELECT DATES NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 29

Guests will enjoy awe-inspiring 7 foot tall live angels throughout the conservatory in addition to festive décor and live holiday music.

SKATE WESTGATE: NOVEMBER 21-JANUARY 7

Partake in the timeless holiday tradition of ice skating on Westgate’s real ice rink. Back again this year is the ever-popular, horse-drawn carriage rides that are free to all guests. Adding even more magic to the holidays, snowfall happens twice nightly and Santa Claus is on-hand to listen to Christmas wishes.

PEORIA’S OLD TOWN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 1

Experience a snow day in Peoria at their annual holiday festival this December. Highlights include real snow, an appearance from Santa Claus himself, and a kids zone. Listen to live entertainment. participate in the tree lighting ceremony, and decorate cookies to get in the holiday spirit.

F.Q. STORY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & STREET FAIR: DECEMBER 2-3

Come enjoy a stroll through one of Phoenix’s oldest and most desirable historic neighborhoods, decorated for the holidays. This year’s tour features homes on Lynwood Street. Saturday night event features a holiday-inspired evening with carolers and beautiful streets lined with luminarias. Sunday’s event features a holiday street market and food vendors.

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AT THE FALLS: DECEMBER 7

The Falls Water Village will be transformed into one of the greatest holiday menageries of the season! Enjoy festive carols sung by the young students of Phoenix Yamaha Music School while meandering your way through treat stations, arts & crafts booths, games and more. Plus, bring your camera for photos with Santa Claus.

12K’S OF CHRISTMAS: DECEMBER 9

This family festival celebrates health, fitness and the joy of Christmas while supporting local animal rescue groups. The event includes a 12k run, 6k run/walk and a 1.2k Santa “Sled Run”, plus a Christmas Bazaar, Santa’s Pet Village with pet adoptions, and live Christmas entertainment in the park and along the race course.

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