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Holiday Lights 2009


11/13-12/23  WILLIAMS: Polar Express - Grand Canyon Railway, during a one-hour evening train journey, guests enjoy treats and a reading of the classic Christmas story on the way to the North Pole, Santa boards the train at the North Pole and presents young passengers with bells representing the spirit of Christmas, sing carols on the return, $14-26, 6:30 & 8 pm, 800-843-8724 or

11/19-1/2     SEDONA: 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of Lights - Los Abrigados Resort, more than a million holiday lights create 60 different themed displays to stroll thru while enjoying holiday music, "dancing lights" show with lights synchronized to classical holiday music, dusk, $2-5, Sun-Thu 5-9 pm, Fri & Sat 5-10 pm, 928-282-1777 or 800-521-3131 or 

11/20-12/20   SCOTTSDALE: The Snow Queen – Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251), part of the Children’s Theatre Productions, heartwarming musical adaptation by Gerry Cullity, based on the beloved classic from Hans Christian Andersen, a tale of sadness, redemption and the power of love, for all ages, $12-15, 7:30, 1 & 3 pm, 480-483-1664 or

11/21-12/27  PRESCOTT: 17th Annual Arizona's Largest Gingerbread Village - Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 100+ edible & enchanting castles, estates, houses, electric trains, cookie decorating for the kids, free, 928-776-1666 or

11/26-1/3   GLENDALE: 2009 U.S. Bank Arizona Celebration of Lights. This year’s event will be held on the Community of Joy campus at the northwest corner of 75th Avenue and Loop 101 in Glendale, Arizona. Monday – Thursday: 6-9 p.m. General admission is $15 per vehicle. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 6-10 p.m. General admission is $15 per vehicle. DISCOUNTS/    $2 discount per vehicle with donation of three cans of food or a new, unwrapped toy. PROMOTIONS:    $2 discounts on Mondays for seniors; Tuesdays for military personnel and Wednesdays for teachers, fire and police personnel (ID must be presented for discount).(602) or 424-7530

11/26–12/30  PRESCOTT VALLEY: Valley of Lights - Fain Park, drive through thousands of lighted & animated displays, 6 pm - midnight, 928-772-8857 or

11/26-1/10   PHOENIX: 18th Annual ZooLights - Phoenix Zoo, to celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new Komodo Dragon exhibit, a new life-sized lighted Komodo display will debut this year, 600,000+ lights, music of the season, lighted animal exhibits, live animals are not on exhibit, $7-9, 6-10 pm, 602-273-1341 or  

11/27- 12/31  MESA: 30th Annual Arizona Temple Christmas Lighting – hundreds of thousands of lights in the garden and a lighted reflection pool, free, special music performances each evening at 7 pm, lighting from 5:30 pm, 480-964-7164 or

11/27- 1/1    LAKE HAVASU CITY: 13th Annual Festival of Lights - English Village and London Bridge, more than one million lights on display, free, 6-10 pm, 928-855-0888 or 800-2HAVASU or

11/27-1/2     SHOW LOW: Show Low Shines - holiday lights and, Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony, Electric Light Parade, Santa at Gingerbread Lane, Santa’s POOLar Party, 888-SHOW LOW or

11/28-1/1     AHWATUKEE: Festival of Lights - the light display boasts more than one million white lights artistically displayed amongst desert landscape as well as a variety of community events from charity golf tournaments, microbrew and wine tasting festivals, kick-off events and hayrides on 11/28,

11/28-1/1     TEMPE: Mill Avenue Holiday Lighting Display - Mill Avenue District, festively-lighted trees line Mill Avenue, free,  

11/28-1/4     FLAGSTAFF: Annual Holiday of Lights Festival - Little America Hotel, 2 million+ lights illuminating trees & creating a true winter wonderland, opening with cookies & cider, local choir groups, Santa, 800 luminarias, 6 pm, 928-779-7979 or 800-435-2493 or


12/1-12/12        SNOWFLAKE/TAYLOR: 8th Annual 12 Days of Christmas & Annual Christmas Lighting – Heritage Park, festivities begin on 12/1 with the lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony, Taylor’s Santa visit is on 12/3, 928-536-4331 or

12/2-12/23         CLARKDALE: Santa Claus Express - Verde Canyon Railroad, Fridays – visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or

12/3-12/30         PHOENIX: 32nd Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias - Desert Botanical Gardens, 7,000 lit luminarias line the garden pathways, musical entertainment each night, additional buffet dinner is available, $25, 5:30 pm, pre-register, 480-481-8188 or 480-941-1225 or  

12/4-12/20         TUCSON: Zoo Lights – Reid Park Zoo, twinkling lights and jingle bells, Santa Claus, and holiday decor, music, and refreshments, $1-4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, 6-8 pm, 520-791-4022 or

12/6-1/1       TUCSON: Menorah Exhibit – Tucson Jewish History Museum,  a collection of menorahs (a nine-branched candelabrum used in celebration of Chanukah) of all sizes and shapes on loan from private individuals from throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona at the only museum in Arizona devoted to Jewish history, $5, children under 10 are free, 520-670-9073 or

12/11            PRESCOTT: 20th Annual Acker Night – more than 80 downtown businesses open their doors to host musical groups of every genre, turning Prescott’s downtown into a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment, 5:30 -8:30 pm, 928-776-4456 or 

12/11            TOMBSTONE: Annual Celebration of the Lighting of the Luminarias – Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, free night of finger foods and live music, 6-8 pm, 520-457-3311 or

12/11           TUCSON: Las Posadas Procession –Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School, (440 S. Main Ave. 85701), since 1936, Schoolchildren walk through Barrio Historico neighborhood reenacting the Christmas story, free, 5:30 pm food and music, 7:30 pm procession begins, 520-225-1200 or

12/11            WICKENBURG: 14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights - parade route in the historic district, 6:30 pm, 928-684-5479 or

12/11            YUMA: 7th Annual Electric Lite Parade & Tree Lighting - Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, 6:30 pm, 928-782-5712 or

12/11-12/12      GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or

12/11-1/2     SCOTTSDALE: Holiday Lights 2009 - McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 50,000+ lights & seasonal displays  decorate the train route, $2, 6:30-9 pm, Santa through the 23rd, closed 12/24-25 & 31st, 480-312-2312 or  

12/12            CAMP VERDE: Christmas and Cactus Holiday Extravaganza – Historic Downtown, make ornaments 11 am – 2 pm, breakfast with Santa 8-10:30 am, listen to lively holiday music, shop at a bazaar and hometown stores and wreath sale  9 am – 8 pm, and the day concludes with a light parade at 6 pm, 928-567-9294 or

12/12            FLAGSTAFF: 11th Annual Northern Lights Holiday Parade - Historic Downtown, nighttime electric light extravaganza, watch the "northern" lights that decorate a variety of cars, trucks, floats and people, free, 6 pm, 928-774-4505 or  

12/12            GLOBE: Christmas Light Parade - historic downtown, free, 6 pm, 928-425-9340 or 800-804-5623 or

12/12            LITCHFIELD PARK: 22nd Annual Christmas in the Park – Litchfield Park Town Center, annual kid's Christmas celebration with holiday parade, marching bands, snow, musical entertainment, kid's games, arts & crafts, fireworks, free,

12/12            PALOMINAS:  14th Annual Palominas Unorganized Christmas Parade –Palominas Fire Station, Palominas Rd to Palominas Trading Post on Hwy 92, this 6/10th of a mile parade has grown into a highly celebrated and anticipated social event, features farm tractors, goats, vintage vehicles, horseback riders, fire trucks and maybe Santa, parade participants throw candy, stop and talk to friends and family, 9 am, 520-417-6960 or   

12/12            SEDONA: 36th Annual Festival of Lights - Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, dozens of entertainers including musicians and dancers, 6,000 luminarias, free, 3-8 pm, 928-282-4838 or  

12/12           SEDONA: Christmas in the Park - Sedona Heritage Museum, free museum admission, book signing, holiday music, old-time decorations, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 928-282-7038 or

12/12            ST. JOHNS: Electric Light Parade - Main Street, 6:30 pm, 928-337-2000 or  

12/12            TEMPE: APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade - Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, free hands-on kids activities and live entertainment at 3 pm, Santa arrives at 5:30 pm, Main Stage Concert by as many as 85 tuba player who comprise “Tuba Christmas”; Light-Up-A-Luminaria display, METRO Light Rail’s Grand Illumination at 6:55 pm, decorated and lighted boats of all sizes and makes parade at 7 pm, free,

12/12            TUCSON: 15th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights – Armory Park, holiday parade with commercial, non-profit, community entries, Santa, lighted vehicles, floats, music, food and musical groups, free, 6 pm, 520-837-6504 or

12/12-26      TUCSON: Winterhaven Festival of Lights –(entrances into the neighborhood during the Festival are off  Ft Lowell and Prince),  walk-through nights every night, drive-through on select dates, donations for Tucson Community Food Bank, 520-881-4483 or

12/13            TUCSON: Winterhaven Run Through the Lights - Winterhaven Square, non-competitive, 5K fun run through the lights of the Winterhaven
neighborhood, flat, paved course, closed to automobiles, festive, holiday attire is encouraged, free, 6 pm, 520-326-9383 or

12/18-12/19      GLENDALE: Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, free, 6-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or

12/18-12/20      PRESCOTT: Elves Weekend Downtown – strolling carolers, musicians, promotions, elves prancing with random acts of kindness, a drawing for a $500 shopping spree,

12/18-12/20      SEDONA: Pilgrimage to Bethlehem – Uptown Sedona and on the grounds of the Wayside Chapel, Christmas concert and living nativity, a musical re-enactment, Mary rides through on a donkey accompanied by Joseph and the “Ancient Bethlehem Market” begins at 2 pm, performance includes shepherds, street vendors, Magi and live animals, concert at 4:30 pm, 928-204-9419 or

12/20            GLOBE/MIAMI: Festival of Lights - Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park, luminarias, 1400 luminaries are lit up around the ruins, there will be holiday music, Native American storytellers and dancers, Santa, free, 5-9 pm, 928-425-0320 or 800-804-5623 or   

12/22-12/24      FOUNTAIN HILLS: Luminaria Lighting - along the Main Streets, creates the illusion of an old Spanish village, free, 6 pm, 480-837-1654 or

12/24            SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR: Annual Christmas Eve Community Luminaria Lighting - Main Streets, 

12/31            FLAGSTAFF: New Year's Eve Pinecone Drop - downtown, a Flagstaff tradition, big countdown at 10 pm & 12 am, live entertainment on Heritage Square, coffee, hot chocolate vendors,  free, 928-607-2347 or 800-842-7293 or or


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