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Holiday Happenings 2016

The holiday season is here and the is SO MUCH to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix Valley! Parades, festivals, Santa and so many lights! All of these events are family friendly and many of them are free to attend. Browse through our list to start making plans and click on the links for more information. 

Are you looking for some holiday shopping? Take a look at our Guide to Local Holiday Markets. 

Twinkling Lights

November 23-January 8 Phoenix Zoo Lights @ The Phoenix Zoo 

November 27-January 9 Glendale Glitters @ Downtown Glendale 

December 6-31 Birkett Winter Wonderland @ E Valley Vista Dr.

December 9-January 1 Holiday Lights @ McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Fun Festivals

November 22-January 1 Christmas at the Princess @ Fairmont Princess Resort 

November 26-January 8 City Skate @ CityScape 

November 27-December 23 Winter Wonderland @ Butterfly Wonderland 

December 1 Hot Cocoa Stroll & Tree Lighting @DC Ranch Market Street 

December 3 Stroll in the Glow @ Downtown Fountain Hills

December 9-11 Carefree Christmas Festival @ Downtown Carefree 

December 10-20 Christmas at the Farm @ The Farm at South Mountain

December 10  Christmas Festival @ Arcadia City Church 

December 25 Chanukah Character Breakfast @ Valley of the Sun JCC

Merry Performances

December 2-4 & 9-11 Winter Wonder @ Scottsdale Bible Church 

December 8-11 & 14-20 Celebration of Christmas @ Dream City Church

Holiday Parades

December 5 APS Electric Lights Parade @ Downtown Phoenix

December 10 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade @ Tempe Town Lake 

December 10 Carefree Christmas Electric Light Parade @ Downtown Carefree

Visit with Santa

November 12-December 24 Santa’s Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shop

November 19-December 24 Santa Photos @ Kierland Commons

November 26 The Santa Social @ The Scottsdale Quarter 

December 3, 10 Photos with Santa @ The Promenade Scottsdale

December 3, 10, 17 Cookies with Claus @ Four Seasons Troon North

December 3, 10 Breakfast with Santa @ Children’s Museum of Phoenix 

December 16 Crusin with Santa @ Shops at Norterra 

Fun Runs & Races

December 4 Hot Chocolate 15K/5K @Salt River Fields

December 10 AZ Santa Run @ Victory Lane Sports Park

December 10 12K’s of Christmas @ Freestone Park

December 11 Santa Hustle 5K/Half Marathon @ Glendale

December 17 Jingle Bell Run @ Rose Mofford Park

December 17 Gingerbread 5K @ Road Runner Sports Tempe

Giving Back

Many of us are so incredibly blessed, especially during the holiday season. Here are some ways to give back to those who may need some extra love and support this year. 

Take a Bite out of Hunger Food Drive – December 3 & 10 at The Promenade Scottsdale 

Salvation Army Angel Tree – Buy a gift for children who may not otherwise receive any 

Phoenix Rescue Mission – Help with Thanksgiving meal delivery or toy drives/wrapping/volunteering at Winter Wonderland Christmas event