Holiday Events in Phoenix 2022

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Every year, we have readers ask us about holiday events in Phoenix. Since Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the USA, there are a plethora of holiday-related festivities...and many Tucson residents enjoy making the drive up to the Valley for a short day trip or staycation.

We've tried to narrow down the picks on this page to holiday events that are worth driving for. These events include concerts, plays, light displays, breakfasts and brunches, and hotel packages.

Events are organized alphabetically by city within the Phoenix metro area. Depending on where you live in Tucson and where are you are heading in Phoenix, you're looking at a drive between 90 minutes and 2.5 hours.


Glendale is a suburb slightly northwest of Phoenix. The population is just shy of 250,000 and holiday events within Glendale tend to be of a smaller scale. Glendale Glitters, however, makes our list for a fun, free light display in a charming downtown area.

Glendale Glitters in Downtown Glendale

  • Location: Downtown Glendale
  • Dates: November 21, 2022 - January 7, 2023
  • Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm Nightly (Nov 21: 6:00pm-10:00pm)
  • Parking: FREE Parking all season long is available at the City Hall Parking Garage and the Bank of America Parking Garage.
  • Cost: Free.

The excitement of Glendale Glitters includes the Murphy Park lights and displays, performances in the amphitheater, the Hometown Christmas Parade, Movies by Moonlight, and additional events held by the downtown merchants.


Mesa is the 35th largest city in the United States (right behind Tucson at #33). As such, you'll find several larger-scale holiday events to go to.

Arizona Lights in the Night Drive-Thru Event

Arizona Lights Night Drive Thru Mesa | Holiday Events in Phoenix 2022
  • Location: 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa, Arizona
  • Dates: November 23, 2022 through January 2023
  • Hours: November: Sun-Thurs 6:00pm-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 6:00pm-9:00pm | December: Sun-Thurs 6:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Cost: $39.95+ per vehicle

Grab your family and friends and bring the holiday spirit to life. Embark on a 15-20-minute journey through endless lights and life-sized candy canes, snowmen, and Christmas trees.

Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms

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  • Location: Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona
  • Dates: November 23, 2022 through December 30, 2022
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm | Fri-Sat 5:30-10:00pm
  • Parking: Parking is free.
  • Cost: Admission is $15-$18 per person; Skating (synthetic surface) is $10 per person/session, including skate rental

Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show, featuring 10 acres of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Christmas displays. The larger-than-life displays are covered in more than 3 million LED and RGB lights, synchronized with popular holiday music. The entire light show is lit with energy efficient RGB/LED lights, keeping power consumption to a minimum.

In addition to holiday lights and music, Lights at the Farm offers family fun, including skating on an outdoor NHL-grade synthetic skating rink, a miniature golf course, a pallet maze, games for the family, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Premium local food and beverage vendors are on-site with delicious holiday treats for purchase, including cocoa, fudge, cookies, pancakes, and popcorn. A rotation of local food trucks will also be on the property with different meal options served nightly.

Be sure to snap a photo next to the cornstalk Christmas tree, which is more than 30 feet tall and is the first and only of its kind in the world. It is a rendition of a traditional Christmas tree with an agricultural twist. The eye-popping display is constructed with a custom steel frame, covered with more than 5,000 live corn stalks, and illuminated by 13,000 LED lamps.

Merry Main Street in Downtown Mesa

  • Location: Downtown Mesa
  • Dates: Kicks off on Nov 25, 2022, at 6 pm and runs through Jan 7, 2023
  • Hours: See website for complete calendar.
  • Parking: Parking in downtown Mesa is free (there are some time limits during weekdays).
  • Cost: Free admission and parking. Some activities are fee-based.

Merry Main Street activities will be in full swing in downtown Mesa, Nov. 25 through Jan. 7. There are numerous opportunities for all to shop, eat, and play!

  • Ceremonial Tree Lighting. Kick-off a season of cheer with live music at 5 pm and official tree lighting at 6 pm.
  • Santa’s Merry Makers Marketplace. Looking for the perfect holiday gift this season? There is no place like Downtown Mesa! Join the elves Nov. 25 and 26 to shop from local crafters and artisans. Then, continue your shopping with the many unique stores along Main Street.
  • Jack Frost's Food Truck Forest. Start (or end) your journey along Merry Main Street at Jack Frost's Food Truck Forest at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., across the street from Mesa Temple Lights.
  • Winter Wonderland Ice Rink. Downtown Mesa features a 6,000+ square foot ice skating rink, which is open daily for thousands to enjoy the amazing winter weather while skating under the stars. Cost is $10/person and includes one hour of skate time and ice skates.
  • Visits with Santa. FREE visits with Santa Fridays and Saturdays! Bring your cell phone or camera for pictures.
  • Mesa Santa Express. Sing songs, enjoy cookies and, best of all, meet Santa on Mesa's Light Rail car! Wear your pajamas and enjoy the season in this childlike and festive tradition.
  • Holiday Happenings at the MAC. The internationally acclaimed Mesa Arts Center comes alive with holiday shows throughout November and December.


Most Tucson people think of "Phoenix" as all of the suburbs on this page combined into one because you can seamlessly drive between cities without even knowing it. The below events, however, are in Phoenix proper.

ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo

  • Location: Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dates: November 23, 2022 through January 15, 2023
  • Hours: 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Parking: Free parking is available at the Phoenix Zoo in the main Papago Park parking lot off of Galvin Parkway. If the main lot is full, additional free parking is available at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium, located at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Priest.
  • Cost: $25-$35/person. Ages 2 and under are free.

All-new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and a brand-new music and light show that will take you around the world! PLUS, guest entry to ZooLights includes admission to Dinosaurs in the Desert, the not-to-be-missed dino-mite experience!


Queen Creek, which is just southeast of Chandler and Gilbert, is a smaller community with a population of 68,500.

Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade

  • Location: Festival activities will take place around the Queen Creek Library at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.
  • Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Hours: 2:00pm-7:00pm. Parade is at 3:30pm. Tree lighting is at 6:00pm.
  • Cost: Free admission.

Queen Creek’s hometown holiday event features a parade, carnival, tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment by talented locals, free photos with Santa, a kid’s zone, food and commercial vendors! Bring the whole family and start the holiday season off right!


Scottsdale is know for its pristine streets, lush landscaping, and luxurious resorts. Unsurprisingly, Scottsdale's holiday events are among the best in the state.

Christmas at the Princess

  • Location: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dates: November 18, 2022 through January 2, 2023
  • Average Nightly Rate: Overnight stays begin at $679+/night. Alternatively, guests can also opt to visit for the day ($20 for a General Admission Wristband or $80 for 4 General Admission Wristbands).

Christmas at the Princess is arguably the best Christmas event in the state of Arizona! Beginning in mid-November, the resort transforms into a winter wonderland with festive decorations, an ice skating rink, Santa’s Secret Headquarters, The Princess Express Train, The Village, Snow Mountain, Alpine Skate Trail, The Chair Lift, S'mores Land, Holiday Character Experiences, Twinkle Town, Nativity Garden Narrated Light Show, and over 6 million twinkling lights!

ENCHANT at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

  • Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dates: November 25, 2022 through January 1, 2023
  • Hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm Nightly
  • Cost: $34/adult (ages 18-64); $20/child (ages 3-17); $31 for military and seniors

Experience a world of adventure with awe-inspiring animated light sculptures, and a charming Village, offering ice-skating, live entertainment, interactive games, dining, holiday shopping, and Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

  • Location: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dates: November 25, 2022 through December 30, 2022
  • Hours: 6:00pm-9:30pm
  • Closed: December 24th and 25th
  • Cost: $15 per person; FREE admission for children 2 years old and younger. The ticket fee is for a one and a half hour block of time from 6:00-7:30pm or from 8:00-9:30pm. Ticket includes unlimited train and carousel rides.

Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays. No trip to the park is complete without a spin on the historic Charros Carousel or a cup of hot cocoa from Hartley’s General Store. Santa will also be at the park on select nights.

Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza in Old Town Scottsdale

  • Location: Old Town Scottsdale
  • Dates: November 26, 2022 through December 31, 2022
  • Hours: See website for complete calendar.
  • Parking: Parking in Old Town is free! On-street parking has no meters or fees, just time limitations.
  • Cost: Several Scottsdazzle events are free and family-friendly! See the calendar for pricing of specific events.

Enjoy a month-long holiday celebration with festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping, and drinks.


Home to Arizona State University, Tempe is a hip and walkable town adjacent to Phoenix.

Holidays at Tempe Marketplace

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  • Location: 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona
  • Date: November 23, 2022 - December 31, 2023
  • Hours: See the website for full calendar and hours.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Cost: Free admission.

Nightly Snowfall: Experience snowfall every night at 7:00pm and 8:00pm near The District Stage at Tempe Marketplace, starting November 24th! Watch as snow magically falls from the sky, turning Tempe Marketplace into a living snow globe. Plus, enjoy snowfalls every hour from 11am-8pm on Christmas Eve.

Candy Cane Lane: Step into a delicious holiday dreamland filled with giant gumdrops, larger-than-life lollipops, colossal chocolates, gigantic gingerbread men, and a hot cocoa pond, complete with massive marshmallows. Capture sweet holiday moments at this edible-inspired art installation with nearly 100 treats, towering four-feet to eight-feet tall.

Holiday Skating: Enjoy free holiday skating near Dave & Buster’s for children 5 and older. Skates are provided, just bring socks.

Starry & Bright Star Tunnel: Cozy up this holiday season and venture through the beautiful life-sized Starry + Bright Star Tunnel!

Which holiday events are you looking forward to in Phoenix?

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