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Free Christmas and Winter Events 2016

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Back by popular demand- Here are FREE events here in the Valley!

Multi Day Events

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

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 (activities have cost)

Free Holiday Carriage Rides-Westgate 6751 W Sunset Blvd

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

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

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)

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

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

Winter Wonderland-Macaroni Kid

  • December 9th-6-9pm
  • 17081 W Greenway Rd Ste 120
  • vendors, food, pictures with santa

Wickenburg Parade of Lights-260 Yavapai Street, Wickenburg

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

December 10th

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

Fantasy of Lights Boat ParadeTempe Lake

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

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.

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

The Real Christmas SurpriseCalvary Chapel Surprise 15610 W Greenway Rd

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

Hometown Christmas ParadeHistoric Glendale (see Glendale Glitters)

  • December 10th
  • community parade at 11am

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

  • Saturday, December 10th 5-8pm
  • Fun and games, kids crafts, food trucks, PJ Party, Glow fun, outdoor movie, DJ, Bounce house, cake walk, vendor faire and $3 beer garden for adults!

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

December 11th

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

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

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

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 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

Christmas Under the Stars-Litchfield and Acoma (park)

  • Thursday December 22nd from 6-8pm
  • Hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, Christmas Music, Petting zoo, A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie

December 28th

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

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