2020 Arizona Holiday Events {Things to do for Families}


The Starbucks holiday drinks are out, the holiday radio music is starting soon, we will all do decorating the tree and putting up our lights so soon (if we haven’t already)! This year is definitely going to look different than previous holiday seasons, but we all should celebrate the season (the safest way possible). Time to pack up the family (plus masks!), head to some holiday events, and get all those fabulous instagram pics posted.

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is visiting the ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo. This year they have a drive-thru option. We love this idea and can’t wait to try it out!

Please visit each event website before planning your trip, because after the last 7 months we all know “things” can change quickly.


The Phoenix Zoo


455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008


  • Zoolights: November 7, 2020 – January 31, 2021 | 5:30 – 10:30 p.m
  • On ZooLights Walk-Thru nights last entry is at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets on-sale online now! Nights are already filling up!


The Princess Hotel

Christmas at the Princess

7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


  • Open November 20th – December 31st
  • Hours: 4-10 Pm Peak Days | 5-10 Pm Off-Peak Days
  • Admission: $60 per car, other packages available

Every winter, the resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 4.5 million sparkling LED lights during Christmas at the Princess. Go ice skating and watch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores together. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus and meet the cute holiday characters. 

Scottsdale Kierland Shopping Center

Santa and Activities

15205 N Kierland Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

  • Open December 4th – December 24th
  • Hours: Vary daily
  • Admission: Visit with Santa is free, picture packages available for purchse

Reservations available. Santa will be located in center plaza. Rest assured, he and his elves have made every effort to provide a memorable – and contact free – experience. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.

Salt River Fields

Drive thru holiday lights

7555 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

  • Open November 23rd – December 31st
  • Evening hours 5:45 p.m.- 10 p.m. daily
  • Tickets range from a general admission of $35 to a $355 carriage ride for 12

Celebrate the season with this unique and dazzling 1.2 mile drive thru light show experience! With more than 5 million lights, this treasured family holiday tradition is ready to dazzle with music instead of just traditional still displays. 


World of Illumination Lights

Artic Drive-thru Light Show

2200 W Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ 

  • Open November 14th – January 3rd
  • Evening hours 6PM-10PM
  • Weekday tickets $29 per vehicle
  • Weekend & Holiday Tickets $39 per vehicle
  • Online Tickets Only – No Tickets Sold At Gate

Explore World of Illumination’s Arctic Adventure at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where you’ll meet 32-foot tall Sunny the Snowman and his tundra-bound friends. You’ll be delighted by your favorite holiday music and polar Christmas characters — a reminder you’re not in the desert anymore. Nostalgic and memorable, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a storybook adventure for kids of all ages.

Vertuccio Farms

Lights at the Farm Festival

4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212


  • Open November 14th – January 3rd
  • Hours: SHOW RUNS NIGHTLY FROM 5:30PM – 10:00PM
  • Admission: $11.00 ONLINE, $13 AT THE GATE
    WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS $10 AT THE GATE & $5 SKATE (VALID ONLY 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, AND 12/9)

Lights at the Farm and Vertuccio Farms have partnered together to bring Arizona’s Largest Walk-Thru Synchronized Light Show. Come on out and unwrap new traditions and make memories with your family and friends as you make your way through the dazzling lights, larger-than-life lighted displays, mesmerizing tunnel of lights and so much more. Welcome to Lights at the Farm!

Mother Nature’s Farm

Snow Day

1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233


  • Open Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 6:00
  • Admission: $10 per person 

Ticket cost includes the snow hill all day, the hayride, spider web crawl, maze, air bounce and the animals, the adults are $5.00 to tag along. Maneau’s Munchies will be open on the weekends for snack food, etc hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy, chips, soda and hot drinks.

They have fresh cut Douglas Firs and Noble Firs for sale. Bring the family for the hunt for the perfect tree for your holidays!


World of Illumination Lights

Rockin Christmas

6797 N. 93RD Ave Glendale, AZ

  • Open November 6th – January 3rd
  • Evening hours 6PM-10PM
  • Weekday tickets $29 per vehicle
  • Weekend & Holiday Tickets $39 per vehicle
  • Online Tickets Only – No Tickets Sold At Gate

A full-throttle musical extravaganza, where your favorite tunes come to life

Turn up the holiday spirit with World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas at Westgate Entertainment District. In this mile-long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. Featuring millions of colorful lights, the world’s largest drive-through light show is a mesmerizing experience sure to rock your holidays.

Tolmachoff Farms

Christmas on the Farm

5726 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85303


  • Open: Info coming soon

Christmas trees and pictures with Santa.


Mortimer Family Farms

Santa at the Farm

12907 E. State Rte. 169 Dewey, AZ 86327


  • Open December 5th & 12th, 2020
  • Hours: 10am – 3pm
  • Admission: At the Door: $10.00 per person, Online Tickets: $8.00 per person, 
    Two year olds and younger are free

Want a little getaway that will give you all the fall feels? This patch is for you! Slap on your plaid and head up to Dewey, AZ (only about 1.5 hours from Phoenix). Bonus: you get admission to the Farm park, cookie decorating, ornament making, visit with Santa and hayrides.


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Hope you and your family have the most magical holiday season in what most certainly is the strangest year all of us have ever had. Regardless we are all in this together! 


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