OdySea ChillFest features a premium-sized ice skating area with ice skate rentals and daily family activities and events outside Scottsdale’s OdySea Aquarium. Skate with holiday mascots, enjoy scheduled evening shows, learn tips from skating pros and participate in other weekend events with falling snow and special effects. Guests can purchase s’mores kits to roast at new fire pits located around the ice rink throughout OdySea in the Desert’s holiday-themed, outdoor courtyard. The brand new OdySea Express train will be running, too. Your admission includes skate rental and 30-minute skating time. There will also be s’mores and fire pits sold separately by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at OdySea Aquarium, 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.
Whether you love them or are afraid that they’ll murder you in your sleep, puppets are pretty much a Christmas staple around this time of year. If you’re of the former state of mind, then we suggest that you go check out this cute puppet presentation of The Night Before Christmas – a joyful celebration of Christmas with stories, music, and an amazing array of puppets! Great for all ages. Admission is $7.00 per child and $10.00 per adult.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 West Latham Street, Phoenix.
Phone: (602) 262-2050
Why have a merry Christmas when you could have a merry Fishmas? Sea Life Arizona transforms into a water wonderland for the holiday season Watch Scuba Santa during his underwater dives, holiday crafts and more. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission ranges from $13.00 to $22.00 per person.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, No.145, Tempe.
Phone: (844) 423-3981
Ah, who doesn’t love The Polar Express? What if we told you that the Grand Canyon Railway transforms into a real-life Polar Express for the holidays? Pretty incredible, right? Experience the magic of The Polar Express, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg as The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Depot in Williams, AZ for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. You’ll want to be sure to call soon to make your reservations because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas! General admission for adults is $31.00 to $53.00, and children (ages 2-15) are $25.00 to $37.00.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, 235 N. Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams.
This new drive-through lights display is fully animated and synchronized to upbeat holiday music all at Goodyear Ballpark! More than 1.5 million LED lights will transform areas around the Goodyear Ballpark this holiday season all for your enjoyment. Go out and experience this new holiday tradition! Admission is $25.00 to $30.00 per vehicle depending on size.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear.
¡Feliz Navidad! The Central Phoenix Urban Ministry is going all out for the holidays and is celebrating the birth of Jesus, Mexican-style! You are invited to celebrate this incredible service with everyone, so please come to the Greenhouse and enjoy homemade tamales and ponche. There will also be piñatas for the kids and several different kinds of desserts. Everyone is welcome! This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Central Phoenix Urban Ministry, 1010 E. Polk St., Phoenix.
The South Mountain Environmental Education Center lights up the darkest night of the year with a simply gorgeous beautiful luminaria walk along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, with artwork and performances by local artists and youth. This activity is perfect for those of all ages, so be sure to bring the whole family along! No registration is required for this, and this event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix.
Phone: (623) 334-7880
This Christmas Eve join us under the stars for a very special community Christmas Eve service at Moon Valley Park! We’ll have activities for children, hot chocolate, cookies, enjoy singing Christmas songs together and a special message from Lead Pastor Bob Kerrey. This is going to be a great and memorable evening for the whole family under the stars! Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair! This event is free to attend.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Moon Valley Park, 502 W. Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix.
Phone: (602) 262-6575
Wildlights and Animal Sights is a holiday extravaganza that’s just perfect for the animal or nature lover in your family! The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has really outdone itself this year with all manner of excellent holiday decorations, music, light displays, concessions. Not only will you get to experience all of these awesome seasonal decorations, you’ll also get to see all of the fascinating exhibits that the Sanctuary offers all year long. Admission is $6.00 per person, or $4.00 for members.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd, Prescott.
This will be the 68th year for the Winterhaven Festival of Lights – one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country! You’ll find all kinds of great activities here, such as: lights, festive decorations, music, hay wagon and trolley rides here! The Festival of Lights celebrates the holiday season in Tucson and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over southern Arizona. Moreover, the Festival is one the most important events for the Community Food Bank in Tucson. In 2016, $21,527 and 46,492 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank through the Festival. Please bring a canned food item as admission.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Winterhaven Neighborhood, Tucson.
Break out of the traditional Christmas mold and experience the lights of the world! This international festival combines the Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern technology and lights. Lights of the World features different cultures and civilizations around the globe plus more than 30 carnival rides and games, a daily performance showcasing acrobatics, 3D light experience and more. Admission ranges from $15.00 to $18.00 per person.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.
The City of Peoria’s winter break camp provide licensed childcare at Frontier and Cheyenne Elementary Schools. Camps coincide with the Peoria Unified School District calendar. Camp also includes breakfast, snacks and scheduled field trips! This is the perfect Winter activity for your kids – so sign them up today! Admission is $25.00 per day for kids.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm at Frontier Elementary School, 21268 N. 81st Ave, Phoenix.
Are you ready to skate the weekend away? For the very first time at Westgate, both kids and adults can partake in the timeless holiday tradition of ice skating with the debut of “Skate Westgate”, a real ice rink that will be a cool retreat from the desert heat. There will be daily deals, themes, and promotions posted on Westgate’s website from participating Westgate restaurants and retailers, in addition, the skating. General admission (ages 7 and older) is $15.00 per adult, and children (ages 4-6) are $11.00.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 At Various Times at Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a glistening winter wonderland with a four-story musical tree, ice skating, Lagoon Lights, Princess Express Trains and Santa’s Secret Headquarters. Princesses Angelica and Noel, a huggable yeti named Shivers, squishable Graham (a walking s’more), Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie host a Christmas character farewell at 9 pm nightly in the Enchanted Plaza. Hours vary by day. For the public, self-parking is $55.00, which includes six attraction wristbands to ride the Princess Express Trains, Polar Glide slide, Frosty’s Ferris Wheel and the Christmas Carousel. Skating is $25.00 per person and prices vary for photos with Santa and a new Build-A-Bear pop-up shop.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 – All Day at Scottsdale Fairmont Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale.
This three-week holiday celebration in the heart of Carefree is sure to bring a smile to your face. This lovely Christmas spectacular includes a light display in the desert, visits with Santa, real snow, the Carefree Christmas Market, fireworks, live performances and more! Come on out and enjoy the beauty of the season. This event is free to attend, but fees apply to some activities.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St, Carefree.