Top 10 Family Fun Christmas Outings!



While planning out your calendar of events for the bustling month of December, why not look outside of your Phoenix comfort bubble for some fabulous Christmas events happening all over the desert! Though most of these are nice and close for us Phoenix dwellers, sometimes we need to look a little past our own neighborhoods and experience some jaw dropping, magical events that the whole family can enjoy!

1) Phoenix First Assembly: Celebration of Christmas Musical! December 5th-15th! This broadway performance features, dancing, singing, flying angels and live animals!! Such a fun treat to take the kiddos to!

2) Zoo lights at the Phoenix Zoo! This spectacular light display runs now through January 12th! A long running valley tradition brings families together for a fun night of muscial dancing lights and a man made snow sledding hill!


3) Glendale glitters: Another city tradition celebrating 20 years this Christmas! This award winning magical light display comes alive every friday and saturday night! Stretching 16 blocks along Downtown Glendale and features performers from local schools and dance companies. Illuminating with over 1.5 million lights this remains the largest FREE light display in Arizona.

4) Polar Express: Take a train to the North Pole! Vistors of all ages with enjoy hot chocolate and cookies on a magical ride to visit Santa! The train runs through January 4th!

polar express

5) Deer Valley Airport Restaurant: While grabbing a bite to eat at the restaurant located at the Deer Valley Airport Santa will ditch the sleigh and arrive in style on a helicopter!! Such a fun sight for the kiddos!! He is scheduled to visit December 19th 10-noon and December 20th 3-5!

6) Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker: A fun and entertaining ballet performance that is sure to dazzle any audience as it tells the traditional story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nutcracker. The show runs through December 24th at Symphony Hall


7) Miracle on Main Street at Kierland Commons. December 14th and 21st. The fun begins at noon as the Center Plaza welcomes Santa for pictures, Story telling with Mrs. Claus, a gourmet s’mores station, a magical snowfall and free horse drawn carriage rides until 9pm! Check out their site for the times of each event!

8) Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake. A FREE dazzling parade of boats all decked out in festive Christmas lights! Over 50 watercrafts get into the Christmas spirit at this fun family event! Saturday December 14th 

fantasy of lights

9) Breakfast with Santa at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak!! Monday December 23rd. Grab a delicious buffet breakfast, enjoy activities with Mrs. Claus and storytime with Santa!

10) Celebration of Lights. Originally this fantasic drive through light display was hosted by Community Church of Joy. As of last year they moved it to a bigger location off of 99th ave and 101. This is a great way to give back during the Christmas season as they donate to three valley charities. Each vehicle is charged $15 but gets a discount with every toy or canned food donation. What started as a small community church event has now grown to one of the top light displays in the valley.

With all that Christmas fun being said, why don’t we help you guys out in deciding where to go, and give away a FAMILY 4 Pack to Zoo Lights?!?!



1) “Like” our Facebook page HERE if you haven’t already and “Like” the Phoenix Zoo’s Facebook page HERE too!

2) Leave a comment telling us who in your family would be most excited to win the tickets!

3) For an EXTRA entry, SHARE this giveaway with your friends on Facebook and leave an additional comment here saying you did!



Giveaway ends Thursday December 12th @ Midnight, and winner will be announced Friday morning!

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Born and raised in the valley, Mandi has been married to the love of her life David since 2007. They have been blessed with two beautiful girls, Gracelyn born 2008 and Briella born 2010. Mandi finds so much joy in being a stay at home mom and enjoys hosting play dates, dinner parties and organizing get togethers with her friends. When she isn't busy studying for her Doula certification, you can find her tied to her hot glue gun or elbow deep in ribbon designing simple, elegant girly hair accessories for her little online store Jolie Fille Bowtique. She is loves fancy coffees, good storms and outdoor adventures! She looks forward to every holiday and loves to celebrate big as each one approaches. When she’s not playing dress up with her babes, she loves DATE NIGHTS with her man, thrifting with friends, and thinking up creative ways to make and capture fun memories! She feels so blessed for this life God has given her and desires to share His amazing joy with everyone she meets! You can keep up with her family on their blog


  1. Thanks for posting this! I was looking for a drive thru lights display so I think we will try Celebration of Lights! So many fun Xmas events in the Valley–we may run out of time to do them all!

  2. We go to Zoo Lights (with the Hardings,hi Rachel) every year but I think the boys would be extra excited this year as my 3 year old ooohhhsss and aaaahhhhsssss over everything light up right now!!

  3. What a great list, thanks! I think both of our boys will be extra excited to attend zoo lights. We went every year when I was growing up, and we would love to continue the tradition. This is our first Christmas together as a blended family, and unfortunately our boys will both be with their other parents this year – one is gone 12/21 – 12/30 and the other is gone 12/31 – 1/18. Our boys are devastated that they’ll go almost an entire month without their brother, and this would be an awesome treat to take them to before they have to separate! Considering the cost for a family of 4 is almost $60, we decided to forego going this year and pick a name off the Christmas Angel tree instead. Thanks for all you do ladies!

  4. Both my boys would be ecstatic to win the tickets to zoo lights because they love Christmas lights and have never seen the Zoo lights!! We are from a different state as well, and will be in AZ for 3 weeks!! woohoo!!!

  5. Oh my goodness zoo lights is so fun!! My daughter (Emma) for sure would love it the most. Anytime we’re driving around town and she sees lights she’ll yell “drrights”. She tries 😉 But it scares me every. time. She would love it!

  6. SHARED IT! And not just for obvious reasons. It’s written by the incredible Amanda Noland so it of course needed to be shared 😉 Love you gurrrl.

  7. Liked both pages!

    My four year old daughter would absolutely love this the most but I think our two year old son is at an age that he would appreciate it too! <3

  8. My 3 year old Cailee who has a genetic eye disease and is losing her eye sight. I think this would make her ooooooh and ahhhhhhh for sure because she could SEE them! She is low vision in low light but loves the animals and still wants to just be normal to experience it all with her 7 siblings…

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