9 fun holiday attractions around the Phoenix area

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With the temperatures still in the 80’s, it’s kind of hard to get into the holiday mood.

Despite the heat, there are plenty of holiday events around the Phoenix area. 

[RELATED: Spectacular Phoenix-area neighborhood holiday light displays]

From Glendale Glitters to Christmas at the Princess, there's family fun available for everyone.

Here’s a list of 9 cool winter wonderland attractions you and your family will love! 

Illumination: Symphony of Light 

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This 1-mile long, 25-minute spectacular drive through attraction has over 1.5 millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music and culminates at the Holiday Boulevard, a winter playland that includes an impressive walk-thru ornament, giant snowman, Santa’s village, bounce houses, food trucks, selfie-stations and more.  The attraction will run nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from November 15 through January 14 and a portion of each admission will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Date: Nov. 15 to Jan. 14

Cost: To purchase advance tickets at $29.50, visit www.illuminationaz.com. Tickets are also available at the gate at a cost of $32.00 per car. 

Address: Illumination is located at 27701 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix, conveniently located off of the service road at I-17 Freeway, just north of Jomax Road.

Website: www.illuminationaz.com

[RELATED: Spectacular Phoenix-area neighborhood holiday light displays]

Lights of the World

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The largest light and lantern festival in North America lights up downtown Phoenix November 16 through January 2 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Lights of the World promises an unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. The festival includes over 11 exhibits, 75 stunning displays extending from 18 to 60 feet, over 30 carnival rides, games, 3D light experience, daily acrobatics performances and much, much more.

Date: Nov. 16 to Jan. 2

Cost: $15-$18 per person. Acrobat show is $8 additional. Parking will be $12 per vehicle and its cash-only.

Address: Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Ave and McDowell Road

Website: www.lightsoftheworldus.com

Glendale Glitters

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This holiday lighting event boasts more than 1.6 million lights throughout sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest FREE holiday light display in Arizona. Glendale Glitters kicks off on Friday, November 24 and runs through January 6. On Friday and Saturday evenings, December 1 to  16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., families can enjoy holiday entertainment, crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, food and more.  The lights will be on from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. the rest of the night through Jan. 6.

Date: Nov. 24 to Jan. 6

Cost: FREE!!!!

Address: Historic Downtown Glendale- 58th Ave and Glendale Avenues

Phone: 623-930-2299

Website: www.glendaleaz.com/glitters/

Christmas at the Princess

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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is set to be more magical and spectacular than ever! This high-class resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert during their Christmas at the Princess festival November 22 to December 31.  The six-week celebration includes a four-story musical tree, carnival rides, ice skating, Santa’s Secret headquarters, holiday characters, Copper Canyon Village Light show, Build-A-Bear workshop at S’mores land, a lagoon light show and more.

Date: Nov. 22 to Dec. 31

Cost: For the public, self-parking is $55 (comes with up to six attraction wristbands) or walk-up wristbands are $20 per person.

Address: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale

Phone: 480-585-4848

Website: www.scottsdaleprincess.com

Winter Wonderfest AZ: Christmas Festival in Phoenix

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Pack up the family and head to the Winter Wonderfest AZ, a holiday destination at Chandler’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Starting Black Friday (Nov. 24) and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Christmas from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., the park transforms into a shimmering, awe-inspiring winter wonderland reminiscent of the North Pole. Vistors can play in the snow, take a tour of Santa’s house and toy workshop, take a ride in a 6-story ferris wheel and other carnival rides, play in the bounce houses, shop for holiday gifts from over 50 craft vendors and more.

Date: Nov. 24 to Dec. 25

Cost: General admission is $20. VIP access is $49 and a season pass is $69

Address: Winter Wonderfest will be held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S Maricopa Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226

Website: www.winterwonderfestaz.com

Phoenix ZooLights

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This long-standing tradition hosted by the Phoenix Zoo is now in its 26th season. Holiday revelers can enjoy the Zoo’s three-story tree, two Music in Motion shows including Dreams of Fireflies by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and guests can get their picture taken with Santa near the Zoo’s Leapin’ Lagoon splash pad each night. Special to ZooLights this year is the Desert! Encounter, a prehistoric creature around every corner. Entertainment groups such as carolers and bell choirs will entertain the crowds on Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout December.

Date: November 22 – January 14, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Cost: prices vary, $12.95-$21.95

Address: 455 N. Galvin Parkway

Phone: 602-286-3800

Website: www.phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights

Mesa Temple Christmas Lights

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Come celebrate the birth of Christ at the 38th annual Christmas Lights of the Mesa Arizona Temple Gardens. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of thousands of colorful lights, uniquely lit palm trees and flower gardens, a nativity scene and a display of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. In addition to the Garden Christmas Lights, the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds will also offer nightly Christmas concert performances by local individuals and music groups. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. This annual display, provided by volunteers, is free of charges each evening of the holiday season.

Date: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly, November 24 – December 31

Cost: Free

Address: 535 E. Main St

Phone: 480-964-7164

Website: www.mesachristmaslights.com/

Las Noches de las Luminarias

The Desert Botanical Gardens is transformed into a magical holiday display with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags lining the pathways along with thousands of white twinkle lights. In addition to the spectacular light display, visitors can enjoy live entertainment with 10 unique music ensembles every night. Sculptures by Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko will be featured throughout the Garden’s trails. Visitors will also be able to honor the memory of a loved one by sponsoring a luminaria bag that includes a personal message. Sponsorship begins at $100 per bag.

[SLIDESHOW: Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden]

Date: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., November 24-25, December 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-30

Cost: Adults: $30 | Children (3-12): $12.50, children under 3 free

Address: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phone: 480-941-1225

Website: www.dbg.org

Festival of Lights

As soon as the last morsel of turkey is gone and the dishes are done, visitors in one Ahwatukee Foothills neighborhood are treated to a holiday light display of more than a million white LED lights.

Chandler Boulevard from 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway is decked out with miniature white lights and with clusters of white strands high amongst the treetops. This signature event in the Ahwatukee Foothills lights up the community and brings in tour buses of people.

Date: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. November 25 – January 1

Cost: Free

Address: Chandler Blvd and 24th Street

Phone: 480-466-8335

Website: www.folaz.org/

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