The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Phoenix


I can’t even begin to tell you how fun it is to see all the wonder and the magic in my children’s eyes as they get to experience Christmas this year. From now until New Years, we are surrounded by holiday festivals, local markets, Christmas trees, and lights!  Hopefully this is getting you into that holiday spirit. For us it’s the Christmas lights that do it – hands down! Whether you’re up for a drive through some local neighborhoods or you’re into more of the big time light shows, there’s something for everyone in the valley this winter. 

phoenix-2Here are the best places to see Christmas lights in Phoenix into the beginning of 2017.  

  • Christmas at the Princess: Through 1/1/17 with an ice skating ring, snow, the Princess Express Train and over 3 million lights! Admission $20, Parking $35. The Princess has been holding this event for several years now and this is at the top of our list! Visit website for more info HERE.
  • ZooLights: Through 1/8/17 they’re celebrating 25 years of ZooLights this year. $13-$20 General Admission, children 2 and under FREE. We’ve been several times and we’ll be going again this year.  The zoo is one of our favorite places to visit. Visit website for more info HERE.
  • Glendale Glitters: Through 1/7/17 in downtown Glendale. Admission is FREE. More info and schedule HERE.
  • Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Gardens: Dec. 9-11th, 16-18th, 20-23rd, 26-31st. Admission is $30 and $12.50 for ages 3-12. I’m planning this as a date night for my hubby and me. There’s live music, beautiful scenery and wine… need I say more?! More info HERE.
  • CitySkate in Downtown Phoenix: Through 1/8/17. A real ice skating ring, a 36 foot Christmas tree and Christmas themed movie nights. General admission is $15, ages 4-8 $10, ages 3 and under FREE, discounts for military and seniors. Movie schedule and more info HERE.
  • Carefree Christmas Festival: December 9-11th 10 am-9 pm Fri & Sat, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Fresh snow, lights, seasonal shopping, and an electric light parade Saturday night. I’ll be there Saturday night for the light parade, my hubby will be driving one of the trucks in the parade! Website and more info HERE.
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights: Opening night December 9th through 1/1/17 Admission is $4, kids 2 and under FREE. Enjoy a festive train ride though displays and Christmas lights. This park is so much fun to go to on a normal day, so we can’t wait to visit with the added bonus of all the lights! Visit website HERE.
  • Snow Much Fun Day at the Phoenix Children’s Museum: December 10th 9 am-4 pm. Admission $10, 1 and under FREE. There will be 20 tons of snow to play in and the museum opens extra early for a ticketed breakfast and pictures with Santa, $20 per person for members and $30 (including museum admission) for non members. Love love love the Children’s Museum and it’s a great place to hit up for a group play date or if it’s cold or rainy outside. More info and tickets HERE.
  • And while this one isn’t lights I wanted to be sure to include the Grinch Party at Playtime Oasis because it looks like so much fun! Sunday, December 18th either 10 am-noon or 1:30-3:30 pm, $12.50 per person. Admission includes a story, craft, snack, games and more. Visit webpage HERE.

What are your favorite places to go with the family during the holidays?  Any favorite holiday traditions you would like to share? I’d love to hear them all! My in-laws would always take the kids out on Christmas Eve to look at lights in their PJs, and in my family we always had a huge breakfast Christmas morning while we played with our presents. I can’t wait to make our own family’s holiday traditions that my babes remember when they’re older. Happy Holidays everyone!



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