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Christmas Events around the Valley

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Here are some great family Christmas activities going on in the Valley, and links to a Vendor Fair page as well! You will want to keep this site bookmarked as I will be updating the events!

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Wigwam-300 Wigwam Blvd Litchfield Park

  • November 25th 5:30-8pm
  • tree lighting, musical performance and Santa
  • Free

Mesa Temple Garden Lights-525 East Main Street, Mesa

  • November 25th-Saturday December 31st
  • Musical concerts nightly and Christmas decorations and lighting
  • Free
  • Visitors center is open 10am-10pm

Maricopa Live Steamers




Peoria, AZ Old Town Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Competition 

  • December 5th 5-9pm
  • Santa
  • Snow
  • Crafters market
  • Kid zone
  • $100 price to best overall Gingerbread house!

El Mirage, Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Gentry Park, El Mirage

  • December 5th 5-9pm
  • Snow World
  • Polar Express Train
  • Photo with Santa
  • Face Painting
  • Food and Crafts
  • Petting zoo
  • FREE!

Goodyear, AZ Home Plate for the Holidays (1933 S. Ballpark Plaza) 

  • December 6th 5-8:30pm
  • Free
  • Mr and Mrs Claus
  • Tree lighting
  • arts and crafts
  • vendors
  • 40 tons of snow

Queen Creek, AZ Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade 

  • December 6th Festival 2-7pm
  • Parade-3pm
  • Tree lighting-6pm

Chandler, AZ December 6th 4:30-9pm Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Dr. A.J. Chandler Park
  • Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 7-8pm
  • Free

Surprise, AZ- 13th Annual Surprise Party December 5th and 6th

  • Surprise Recreation campus 15960 N Bullard Ave
  • Free!
  • Arts and crafts
  • Car Show
  • Gingerbread house Contest
  • Food Vendors

Phoenix, AZ Holiday Arts, Crafts and Vendor Fair at Villa De Paz December 6th, 10-2pm

  • Villa De Paz Elementary School- 103rd Ave and Camelback
  • Bounce houses
  • Raffle
  • Fames
  • Gift Wrapping

Phoenix APS Light Parade, December 6th 7pm

  • The parade starts on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road), heads south to Camelback Road, where it turns east to 7th Street where it turns south to the end point at Indian School Road
  • Mickey is the Grand Marshall, and people talk about this event ALL YEAR!

Surprise, AZ December 9th 6-8pm Mad Platter Pottery

  • Santa!
  • Snack and listen to The Night Before Christmas
  • Paint a Santa
  • Reservation required 623-214-3133
  • $25

Surprise, AZ December 12th 5-9pm Calvary Chapel Surprise NW corner of Greenway and Reems

  • Living Nativity Scene
  • Children’s arts and Crafts
  • Christmas Carols
  • FREE!

Carefree, AZ-A Carefree Christmas December 12th (10-9), 13th (10-9), and 14th (10-5)

  • Electrical light parade and fireworks
  • Pet parade
  • Holiday Food
  • Marketplace
  • Pictures with Santa

Wickenburg, December 12th 6:30pm Christmas Parade of Lights

  • Historic Downtown
  • merchants
  • Parade

Scottsdale, AZ December 12-Jan 04,2015. McCormick Stillman Railroad

  • Train Rides with Christmas lights ($2 per person, children under three free with adult)
  • Carousel Rides ($2 per person, children under three free with adult).

Litchfield Park, AZ Christmas in the Park December 13th, 9am-4pm

  • Free!
  • Litchfield Park Town Center
  • Craft Show
  • Parade at 10am
  • Real Snow
  • Santa

Glendale, AZ Pictures with Santa At Tolmachoff Farms December 13th and 20th 12-4pm


Scottsdale, AZ December 13, 14th, 20th, 21st 12-5pm Cowboy Christmas

  • 7241 E Main Street (address is approximate)
  • “Cowboy Christmas celebrates all thing Western with free stagecoach and wagon rides, re-enactments of gunfights and robberies, miniature horses dressed as reindeer and more!  The spirit of the holidays will come to life with visits from Santa, free hot chocolate and coffee, carolers and Christmas decor. “
  • Free!

Surprise, AZ December 13th and 14th 9am-noon Movie Theater Parking lot Corner of Litchfield and Waddell

  • Vendor fair
  • Elsa and Anna from Frozen
  • DJ and Dance Party

Surprise, AZ Free Family event at Radiant Church– December 13th 9:30am-11:30am

  • There is a carnival and they will be giving out things to children in need as well

Gilbert, AZ 12ks of Christmas-December 13th 8am-1pm

  • This annual family and pet-friendly event, winner of the Arizona Event of the Year Award, offers participants a choice of 1.2K, 6K or 12K run/walks, along with holiday music, shopping and a “pet village” featuring displays from rescue groups and vendors offering pet-related products.

Phoenix, AZ Heritage Square December 13th 1-5pm

  • . Enjoy a special reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Foyer of the Rosson House. Tour the house with your children, and each child will receive a special treat to take home. Children 12 and under free with Adult Admission. Admission for 13+ 7.50.

Tolleson, AZ Luces De Navidad (“Lights of Christmas”) celebration December 13th

  • Meet Santa
  • P.H. Gonzales Band
  • Rock Lobster Band
  • Meet and Greet with Peyton List
  • Hot tamale Eating Competition
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Parade at 7pm
  • Suerte Musical from Tuscon
  • Nathan Dean and the Damn Band

Avondale, AZ Avondale Holiday Celebration and Western Avenue Art Walk 6-9pm

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Musical Performances
  • Food vendors
  • Kids activity, Ferris Wheel, snow in the park

Mesa, AZ-Mesa Temple Garden Lights November 28th-December 31st, 5-10pm.


Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tatum BLVD Phoenix-November 24th 5-8pm. “The First Snowfall” with activities, games and Music




Peoria, AZ December 15-19th Mission Noel

  • Great for the whole family, help Santa get Ready for Christmas by being an Elf
  • Get Elf Traning and pack a toy for a needy child in another country and talk with Mrs. Claus

Surprise, AZ December 21, 2014 Cranmore Carpet Cleaning 10-2pm 13174 W Foxfire Dr. Unit 133 

  • Toy giveaway
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bounce House
  • Santa and Mrs. Klaus
  • Complimentary Food
  • Holiday Vendors
  • Food Drive


AZ Craft Shows WebsiteHas a ton of different events listed by date around the state!

Festival Net Also has a lot of different festivals that have activities for all ages. They are listed by date and location.


If you know of any events you’d like to have listed, please email me at [email protected]

1 Comment

  1. Avatar MARIA ROBERTS ROBERTS on September 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

    is this list up to date? TIA

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