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Arizona Christmas Events Guide 2021

Arizona Christmas Events Guide 2021

The beautiful weather makes an Arizona Christmas different than most of the country. It is an ideal winter destination. But how do you get in the Christmas spirit without all the typical winter wonderland landscapes? We’ve got you covered!

An Arizona Christmas offers everything from snow-covered pine forests in Flagstaff to a tumbleweed Christmas tree in Phoenix. Families can snuggle by the fire in Prescott or lounge by the pool with Santa Claus in Tucson.

Get in the holiday mood and enjoy Christmas Arizona style with these Christmas Events in Arizona. Updated for 2021!

Arizona Christmas Events in Phoenix

Arizona Christmas events in Phoenix
Las Noches de Las Luminarias , Photo Courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden

Who needs snow for Christmas in Arizona? Well, some of us…but don’t worry, you can find it in temporary locations around the Phoenix area and still enjoy the perfect 75 degree weather.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Enchanted Island, and Arizona Science Center all have festivals with real snow to play in. 

Experience a uniquely Phoenix holiday tradition of Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden where 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags line garden paths. This year’s event takes place on select days December 3- 31, 2021.

Find more holiday light displays at The Phoenix Zoo’s Zoolights. This year the spectacle runs on select nights from November 24, 2021 through January 15, 2022. From 5:30-10:30pm you can stroll the zoo and marvel at the beautiful lights. Advanced tickets are required.

Phoenix offers many Christmas performances at venues around the valley, including The Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona on December 10-24, 2021.

You won’t want to miss all the holiday events going on at Phoenix resorts! The Wigwam and Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort each host a festive Breakfast with Santa.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Westin Kierland Resort & Spa provide winter festivals complete with a spectacular animated light show every evening throughout the holiday season.

Find details on the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Phoenix.

Check for amazing deals on family-friendly hotels in Phoenix.

Arizona Christmas Fun in Tucson

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Photo Courtesy of Tohono Chul Park

Experience the peaceful serenity of Christmas in the desert by strolling through Tohono Chul Park during their Holiday Nights event. Gaze at the stars while surrounded by over a million twinkling Christmas lights and the sounds of holiday music. This year’s event will run December 10-11 and 17-18.

Find even more holiday desert beauty by visiting Tucson’s Botanical Garden’s Luminaria Nights, where you may even get a visit from Santa. 

Tucson hosts three unique variations of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, including a Southwest version performed by Tucson’s Regional Ballet December 4-5, 2021.

Whether you choose to bask in the glow of lighted animal sculptures during Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo or revel in the many live nativity performances throughout the city, Tucson is sure to get you in the holiday mood.

Here are even more Christmas Events in Tucson to explore.

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Classic Christmas Fun in Flagstaff

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Photo by Tiffany Vaughn

If you’re looking for a classic white Christmas in Arizona, head north to Flagstaff. The pine-covered mountainsides of the Arizona Snowbowl are the perfect place to get in some holiday skiing.

You can also take historic, holiday-themed tours at the Riordan Mansion and Lowell Observatory.

Want a real North Pole Experience? From the beautifully decorated Little America Hotel, your family can take a trolley ride to visit elves at the workshop and get photos with Santa. This year’s season opens November 13, 2021 and tickets should definitely be purchased ASAP.

Or head just 30 miles west to Williams to hop a ride on the Polar Express. The Grand Canyon Railway delivers passengers to Santa where he is waiting with his reindeer. This year’s season run November 12- December 30, 2021 and is sure to sell out so book early.

Use this guide to find the Top 5 Holiday Events for Families near Flagstaff

Check for amazing deals on family-friendly hotels in Flagstaff.

Visit Prescott, Christmas City

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Photo by Michael Wilson Photography, courtesy of Prescott Tourism Office

The town of Prescott is known as Arizona’s Christmas City. A festive parade kicks-off the season. The city center plaza sparkles with over one million holiday lights wrapped around trees and lampposts.

More lights decorate the grounds at Heritage Park Zoo during Wild Lights. This event takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings during the holiday season.

The Valley of Lights drive-thru holiday spectacular at Fain Park offers yet another dazzling light display. It runs December 5-9, 2021.

Delight your senses at Prescott Resort and Conference Center where you’ll find the world’s largest gingerbread village. Prescott also offers various Christmas plays, weekend carriage rides, holiday crafts boutiques, and much more.

We’ve got you covered with the best deals on hotels in Prescott, Arizona.

Enjoy a Relaxing Sedona Holiday

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Photo by flickr/marksontok

Imagine the beauty of red rocks dusted with white snow. Sedona’s breathtaking landscape and relaxing atmosphere make it a great place to spend the holidays.

6000 luminarias line the pathways of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village during the Festival of Lights on December 11, 2021. On this special night, visitors sip cider and hot chocolate while enjoying live music and a visit from Santa. 

Enjoy more live holiday performances at the Blazin’ M Ranch Christmas Show and The Nutcracker at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

And don’t miss bringing the kids to the annual free Breakfast with Santa at Sedona Hub in Posse Grounds Park. This event includes pancakes, entertainment, and of course, visiting Santa. 

Want to see all the work that goes into Christmas Day? Head over to nearby Clarksdale and take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad.

The Magical Christmas Journey brings families on a one hour train ride to the North Pole to pick up Santa. It runs Thurusday through Sunday in December and sells out every year so book early!

Plan your trip with our article about Family Fun in Sedona.

Check for great deals on hotels in Sedona.

Christmas in Lake Havasu City

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Photo by WikimediaCommons/InSapphoWeTrust

Over 500,000 lights reflect over the waters of Lake Havasu during the city’s annual Festival of Lights. View the lights by boat as you cruise through the Bridgewater Channel, or stroll under the glittering London Bridge. This events takes place November 27, 2021- January 9, 2022.

At the Annual Boat Parade (December 4, 2021), snuggle up on the shore with your family as you watch brightly decorated boats float over the water.

Try out some outdoor ice skating at London Bridge Resort, complete with twinkle lights overhead and a pine tree backdrop. Make sure to stick around English Village on weekends. Santa usually stops by to visit in the evenings.

Check out Trekaroo’s favorite hotels in Lake Havasu City.

Is there an Arizona Christmas event we missed? Does your business have updated information to share? Email [email protected] and tell us about it!

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Find more Christmas events near you! Trekaroo has guides for dozens of cities across the country.