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Christmas and Winter Events 2016

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Christmas time in the Phoenix Valley is amazing with all of these wonderful events! Be sure to get your calendar ready so you don’t miss an amazing time!

November and Ongoing Events

Santa At Superstition Springs Center-6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa

  • November 3rd-December 24th

Santa HQ Scottsdale Fashion Square7014 East Camelback Ave,  Scottsdale

  • November 12th-December 24th Food Court
  • Check out the fun with Santa HQ
  • Festival of Trees and Wreaths on Display at Dillard’s Court
  • cowboys and Cookies with Santa, Saturday December 3rd 10am-2pm

Holidays at Heritage Square-113 N 6th Street Phoenix

  • November 17th-December 31st
  • Decorations, Holiday Tea and Tour November 25th, December 11th, 14th and 15th
  • Kids’ Ornament Workshop November 27th
  • Historic games and activities during Snow Week-December 26th-31st
  • Crochet a Snowflake Workshop December 29th

Lights of the World Lantern FestivalRawhide 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler

  • November 18-January 29th
  • Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Fridays 5pm-11pm, Saturdays and Sundays 3pm-11pm
  • Adults (13+)24.99, Seniors 65+ 19.99, Military members 19.99, Youth 3-12 14.99, Kids 0-3 Free
  • Parking $10
  • 30 carnival rides, games, performances, dance, concerts

Park West Mall Visit Santa-9744 West Northern Avenue-Peoria

  • Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Starting November 18th-December 24th.

City Skate Phoenix50 West Jefferson St, Phoenix

  • November 18th-January 8th, Monday-Thursday 5pm-7:30pm and 8-11pm, Friday 11:30am-1-30pm and 5pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm-11pm, Christmas Eve closes at 6pm, Christmas Day open 5pm-11pm
  • $10 per person 11:30am-1:30pm, $15 per person 5pm-11pm, Student and Military discount and children 8 and under ($10 per person), 3 and under free
  • Christmas tree and scenic area, Tree lighting Saturday November 26th

Christmas at Bass Pro Shop1133 N Dobson Rd Mesa

  • Pictures with Santa, Crafts, fun and more
  • Currently-December 3rd Monday-Friday-Santa 5-8pm, Crafts 5-7pm, Saturday-Santa 10am-8pm, crafts 3-5pm. Sunday Santa 10am-5pm
  • (starting December 4th-22nd)Monday-Friday-10-8pm pictures with Santa, 5-7 Crafts, Activities-all day, Saturday-Santa 10am-8pm, crafts noon-5pm, Sundays-santa 10am-5pm, Crafts noon-5pm
  • December 23rd Santa 10am-8pm crafts 3-7 and 24th- Santa 10am-5pm, crafts 3-5pm

Skate Westgate

  • November 22nd 7pm-12am, November 27th-December 18th Sunday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5pm-12am, December 19th-January 8th-Monday-Sunday 3pm-12am

Zoo Lights PhoenixPhoenix Zoo

  • November 23rd-January 8 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Lights around the zoo and performances

Rawhide Snowy Christmas5700 N Loop Rd Chandler

Start:November 22 @ 10:00 amEnd:December 23 @ 4:30 pm

  • November 24th-December 3rd-Rawhide opens at 5pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays
    • 6pm Santa Arrival
    • 615 Tree lighting
    • 7pm-snow show
    • 8:30pm snow show
  • Sundays
    • 6pm Santa arrival
    • 6:15 Tree lighting
    • 6:20 Snow
    • 7:15 Snow

Christmas at the Princess-7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale

  • Christmas tree, holiday characters, Ice skating, Enchanted plaza, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Tree and Forest and Smores land, Lagoon lights, photos with Santa, Princess express train, shopping, Christmas Carousel, Nativity Garden
  • Self parking and non hotel Guests $35 per vehicle, Entry to S’mores land including new polar glide, carousel and train is $5 per person. Skating, photos with Santa and shopping and dining are priced separately

Glendale Glitters-58th and Glendale Avenues

  • Spectacular Weekend Friday and Saturday Nov 25th and 26th and Holiday weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) December 2&3rd, 9&10th, 16th &17th)
  • Visit historic Downtown Glendale, music, lights dance, kids rides, Santa Claus, children’s snowfield, holiday craft and gift booths and festival food

Free Holiday Carriage Rides-Westgate 6751 W Sunset Blvd

  • Fridays and Saturdays November 25th-December 24th 5-9pm
  • WaterDance Plaza

Gingerbread House CompetitionPeoria Community Center 8335 W Jefferson St

  • November 28-30th 8am-9pm to drop off
  • Winners will be chosen and houses will be on display during Old Town Holiday Festivals

Skate Westgate

  • November 22nd 7pm-12am, November 27th-December 18th Sunday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5pm-12am, December 19th-January 8th-Monday-Sunday 3pm-12am

December 9th

Santa Claus is coming to Town-Park West 101 and Northern

  • December 9th 5:30-8:30pm
  • Visit Santa, take a ride on the holiday train, horse drawn carriages, decorate cookies, make an ornament
  • hot chocolate station, lighted gingerbread stilt walkers, balloon artists, face painters, DJ
  • First 300 children to arrive will be given Harkins Theatre passes
  • Free (but encouraged to bring a non perishable food item, toy or household item)

El Mirage Christmas Tree Lighting-Gentry Park 14010 North El Mirage Rd

  • December 9th 5-9pm
  • kids zone,music food concessions available for purchase
  • free admission
  • santa

McCormick Stilman Railroad Holiday Lights-7301 East Indian Bend Rd

  • December 9th-January 1st (excluding December 24th, 25th and 31st) 6:30-9pm
  • Winter wonderland of live musing, tree lighting and visit from Snta (at park nightly until December 23rd).
  • Train rides and carousel-$2 per ride (children 2 and under free with adult)

A Carefree Christmas -100 East Street Carefree, AZ

  • Friday December 9th, 10am-9pm, Saturday December 10th 10am-9pm, Sunday December 11th 10am-5pm
  • Snow sculptures
  • free Holiday Festivities
  • live entertainment
  • Electric Light parade (December 10th at 6pm and Fireworks following the parade)
  • Holiday food and gift market
  • snow
  • Pet parade and pictures with Santa
  • free

Wickenburg Parade of Lights-260 Yavapai Street, Wickenburg

  • Friday, December 9th 6:30pm
  • floats, music and fun
  • free

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 9th 7pm, 10th 3pm and 7pm, 11th 3pm and 7pm, 14th 7pm, 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

December 10th

Breakfast with Santa at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix215 N 7th Street Phoenix

  • 8am-9pm
  • $20 Per Person for members, museum admission included. $30 per person for non members, museum admission included
  • Pre registration required

Santa at Jubeelieve965 E Van Buren St 114-115 Avondale, AZ

  • Santa and photographs
  • Free Photos with paid admission
  • 10am-12pm

A Rockin’ Holiday and Santa TooSurprise Towne Center 13716 W Bell Rd

  • December 10th 12pm-3pm
  • Cover band, Free concert, Free Photos with Santa, Giveaways, face painters, balloon artists, arts and crafts
  • Prize Wheel
  • Fire Department
  • Free event, please bring non perishable food donation

Very Merry Fun Faire-4220 N 103rd Ave-Villa De Paz Golf Course

  • December 10th 5pm-8pm
  • Fun and games, kids crafts, bounce house, DJ, Face Painter, Outdoor movie, Golf putting, food trucks, glow fun, $3 beer garden for adults, vendor faire and cake walk

Fantasy of Lights Boat ParadeTempe Lake

  • December 10th 7pm
  • fireworks at 8pm
  • 50 boats
  • Luminaries, Santa Claus
  • Food concessions, live musics, restroom
  • free

Cookies and Crafts with SantaCountryside Recreation Center 15034 N Parkview Place

  • Two times available 10am-12pm or 1pm 3pm Saturday December 10th
  • 3 (potty trained)-9 years old
  • limit of 25 participants
  • Resident fee $10, Non Resident $20
  • visit with Santa while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. Holiday Themed games and crafts

Visit Santa and his Elf-Main library peoria

  • Saturday December 10th, 11am Free tickets available at 10:30am
  • Santa and his elf want to see you. They will be here to read stories talk about the North Pole and answer all your questions about himself. Fun for all ages.

10th Annual Santa’s Workshop Foothills Center Glendale 5600 W Union Hills Drive

  • Saturday, December 10th 10am-12noon.
  • Purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) fo friends, familiy or pets.
  • Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap selection in holiday paper

Hometown Christmas ParadeHistoric Glendale (see Glendale Glitters)

  • December 10th
  • community parade at 11am

The Real Christmas SurpriseCalvary Chapel Surprise 15610 W Greenway Rd

  • December 10th 3pm-7pm
  • Living Nativity
  • Free

Christmas in the ParkLitchfield Park Town Center

  • December 10th
  • 9am-4pm
  • Craft Show at 9am, Parade at 10am, real snow, activities, Santa and live entertainment

Luces De Navidad Tolleson -8601 W Van Buren St Tolleson

  • December 10th and 11th
  • Meet Santa, Hot tamale competition, Parade at 7pm on December 10th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 10th 3pm and 7pm, 11th 3pm and 7pm, 14th 7pm, 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church-Live Nativity-14650W Bell RD

  • Live nativity
  • 4pm, 430pm, 6pm, 630p and 7pm
  • Indoor event
  • Christmas Village display, crafts and photo display

Loop of Lights-San Tan Valley-Waverly Subdivision @ Pecan Creek South and North Carolina Ave

  • 95+ homes participate
  • December 10-25 (shut off if raining)

Winterhaven Festival of LightsFt Lowell, Tucson, Country Club and Prince entrances

  • December 10th-26th
  • No entrance fee
  • Drive through night is on the 26th, other nights walking only
  • can food donation
  • port a potties around neighborhoods

December 11th

Breakfast with Santa-Dave and Busters Glendale-

  • Sunday December 11th 8am-11am
  • 19.99 per person (tax and gratuity additional)
  • breakfast buffet, video game play, and photos with Santa
  • Proceeds to benefit Boy Scouts of Arizona
  • Surprise AZ Mom Exclusive giveaway on Facebook Starting on Black Friday

A Musical Celebration for the Holidays-Civic Center Library Auditorium Scottsdale

  • December 11th 2-3pm
  • Concert violinist with classical and holiday music for the family

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December  11th 3pm and 7pm, 14th 7pm, 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

December 13th

Holiday Fun at Buckeye Library (Downtown)-310 N 6th Street Buckeye

  • December 13th at 5pm
  • Story and Santa, with crafts and hot cocoa
  • free

Gingerbread StorytimeCivic Center Library Scottsdale

  • December 13th 10am-10:45
  • Ages 0-5 limit 15 children. Special holiday themed program that will include a craft. Pick up ticket.

December 14th

Puppets at the TeagueVelma Teague Branch Library

  • December 14th 11am-11:30am
  • Gestive storybook themed puppet show
  • Todders 18 m-3 years

Holiday Story Time at Desert Ridge Marketplace-District Stage

  • December 14th 5pm-7pm
  • Free hot chocolate and cookies from California Pizza kitchen
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Dancing and exercise.
  • Guest Character Clifford

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 14th 7pm, 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

December 15th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

December 16th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 14th 7pm, 15th 7pm, 16th 6pm 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

December 17th

Celebrate the Season at the LibraryNorthwest Regional-Surprise Library 16089 North Bullard Ave

  • December 17th 11am-11:45
  • Lakeview area of the library and listen to Willow Canyon High School Choir

Sounds of The Season-Desert Ridge Marketplace District stage

  • December 17th 11am-5pm
  • various holiday dance, music and performing arts programs

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 17th 3pm and 7pm, 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

Enchanted Island Amusement ParkAnnual Winter Wonderland Express

  • December 17th and 18th 10am-7pm
  • Ride the holiday train to a snow filled enchanted Island (5 tickets or unlimited ride wristbands apply)
  • Play in tons of fresh snow and Sled Riding
  • Enjoy Christmas Decorations
  • Take pictures in a human size snow globe
  • Visit with Santa for Free at North Pole and enjoy Free cocoa and Free candy canes 11am-5pm each day

Santa Claus at Playgrounds Cafe-8190 W Union Hill Drive Glendale

  • December 17th 5:30-7:30
  • 18 per person (early bird), $20 at the door
  • includes pictures with Santa, cookies and Hot cocoa, Santa Christmas Story, Christmas cookie decoration

December 18th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 18th 3pm and 7pm, 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

Enchanted Island Amusement ParkAnnual Winter Wonderland Express

  • December 17th and 18th 10am-7pm
  • Ride the holiday train to a snow filled enchanted Island (5 tickets or unlimited ride wristbands apply)
  • Play in tons of fresh snow and Sled Riding
  • Enjoy Christmas Decorations
  • Take pictures in a human size snow globe
  • Visit with Santa for Free at North Pole and enjoy Free cocoa and Free candy canes 11am-5pm each day

December 19th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December 19th 7pm 20th 7pm.

Story Time with Santa-Something special Aviation Cafe 6801 Glen Harbor Blvd Glendale

  • Take your own photos and stay for story time!(no professional photographer)
  • December 19th 10:30-11:30 am
  • Free story time (food available for purchase in the cafe)

December 20th

Celebration of Christmas-Dream City Church-13613 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix

  • Broadway Style music theater performance with live orchestra, special effects.
  • Majestic kinds procession and so much more
  • tickets $7.00-$23.00 7pm,
  • Performances December  20th 7pm.

December 21st

Holiday Story Time at Desert Ridge Marketplace-District Stage

  • December 21 5pm-7pm
  • Free hot chocolate and cookies from California Pizza kitchen
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Dancing and exercise.
  • Guest Character  Super Why and Wonder Red

December 22nd

Winter Break Movie AfternoonEl Mirage Library 14011 N 1st Ave

  • December 22nd 1pm
  • movie and refreshments

Family Movie Day and Craft-Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library 495 E Western Ave, Avondale

  • December 22nd 11:15am-1:15pm
  • Movie and craft

December 26th

Snow Week-AZ Science Center/Heritage Square 600 E Washington St, Phoenix

  • December 26-January 1st
  • 60 tons of snow and kid friendly events

December 28th

Chabad West Valley Menorah Lighting-Westgate Fountain Park

  • Wednesday December 28th 5pm Fountain Park
  • Activities, raffle prizes, games and live entertainment

Crocheted Snowflake for kids-Heritage Square 113 North 6th Street Phoenix

  • December 29th 1-2:30pm
  • Must know chain stitch, slip stitch and single crochet stitch
  • ages 12 and up, parents may drop off or join in
  • materials and hooks included, $12 per person

Snow Day Fun with FunergyDesert Ridge Marketplace Sandbar Parking Lot

  • Saturday, January 14th 10am-1pm
  • Snow Day, 40 tons of snow, entertainment, cookie decoration, giveaways

December 31st

Noon Year’s Eve-Makutu’s Island-6919 West Ray Road, Chandler

  • 10am-until 4pm
  • Balloon drop at noon.
  • Dance party from 11:30am until noon
  • Child admission includes entry to Makutu’s Island, a slice of pizza, a small drink and 10 tokens
  • $15.99 per child (1-17), 1 free adult with each child. Additional adults are $6.00

Noon Year’s Eve Phoenix Zoo-455 Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

  • Saturday December 31st 9am-noon
  • 30 tons of snow, snowball targets, countdown to noon ball drop, and toast with cider or juice
  • live music, dancing, games and prizes
  • regular zoo admission

 

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Kathy on November 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for posting this! It is truly appreciated.

    • Vicki Vicki on November 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Kathy!!

  2. Avatar Kim on December 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for such a great list of events, Vicki! Two live nativity options in Surprise – I’m excited about that! 🙂

    • Vicki Vicki on December 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you Kim!! <3

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