Christmas at the Princess
Enjoy the holiday season and the finer things in life all in one place at the ninth annual Christmas at the Princess Festival. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess turns into a winter spectacular with all kinds of activities. There is a Build-A-Bear Workshop and a desert ice skating rink. The plaza has a one-of-a-kind HD video show. With the resort’s Christmas tree’s 70,000 LED lights, dance to 17 classic holiday songs. Santa will be there for pictures, plus S’Mores Land, Lagoon Lights and the Princess Express Trains for the kids.
Nov. 26 to Dec. 31
It just isn’t the holiday season until Glendale Glitters lights up the West Valley, and that starts this weekend. The family-friendly event is Arizona’s largest light display, with more than 1.6 million twinkling lights covering 16 blocks. On select nights, there are horse and carriage rides, holiday entertainment, snow, hand-crafted holiday merchandise, and more. The event is free, but parking is not.
[WATCH: Gina Maravilla gives us a sneak peek]
Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1
5 to 10 p.m. (That’s when the lights are on)
CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink Grand Opening
Some may have hit the ice in downtown Phoenix last weekend, but this weekend is when the 10th annual CitySkate starts to shine. The official grand opening is Friday with the tree lighting ceremony and special appearances from favorite movie characters and professional figure skaters. The Christmas tree is in the center of the rink and surrounded by hundreds of thousands of lights. Santa will appear every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Session 1: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday only)
Session 2: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Session 3: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
World of Illumination
Get smothered in holiday lights at World of Illumination, the largest animated light show in the world. Nearly 2 million lights are synchronized to holiday music. Families stay in their cars for a 25-minute drive-through that will delight the eyes and ears. The Tempe location has a 500-foot long super tunnel while the Glendale location has a 36-foot tall animated snowman. Tickets start at $23 per vehicle.
Nov. 25 to Jan. 5
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade
It’s that time of year for parades, and Tempe has one of the best with its 25th annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade. Attendees can take a selfie with Santa, enjoy live entertainment and watch Mill Avenue light up with festive décor. There’s also a Holiday Market for holiday shopping.Nov. 29
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rawhide Snowy Christmas
The western town of Rawhide will be transformed into a winter wonderland for Rawhide Snowy Christmas. There will be thousands of lights and holiday festivities can be enjoyed every night it’s open. Santa will have the official tree lighting and be available for photos. Snow will fall on Main Street every night. Only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Nov. 29 to Dec. 1
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2019
A progressive rock group known for its Christmas music is coming to Phoenix. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning with all-new staging and effects for "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," the show that started it all. The original show started in 1999 and was eventually played to 9 million fans during the 12-year span. Part of the proceeds for both shows will benefit Phoenix-area charities.
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
A Christmas Story: The Play
A Christmas Story is now a play and can be seen live in Scottsdale. The performance follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Fans can relive the famous scenes like the boys’ wet tongue on a cold lamppost and Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg.
Nov. 29 & 30: 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1: 2 p.m.
The Phoenix Zoo transforms into a dazzling display of lights for Zoolights. Millions of lights will shine brightly every night for the next month. There’s also a three-story-high Christmas tree, live reindeer, a 200-foot-long polar slide, and lakeside music-in-motion shows. Santa will be there for photos. This year’s special display is the Wildlife Lantern Safari which has more than 60 creatures, all aglow.
Nov. 27 to Jan. 19
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Las Noches de Las Liminarias
A Southwestern holiday tradition comes to Phoenix. People can stroll the Desert Botanical Garden’s trails lined with 8,000 flickering luminaria bags for the Las Noches de las Luminarias. There will also be the enchanting glow of “Wild Rising creatures.”
Nov. 29 & 30
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix Flea: Fall Flea 2019
"Not your typical flea market" falls on Small Business Saturday. Phoenix Flea has more than 150 vendors including small businesses showcasing handcrafted goods and fine art, vintage and modern fashion and more. There will also be food and drinks for shoppers.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks
The Phoenix Suns started the season off hot but have cooled off a little bit. They’ll be looking for another win against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Friday. The Suns are in the middle of the Western Conference standings while Mavericks are riding high with the play of Luka Doncic.
Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Shark
The Arizona Coyotes return home after a visit to Las Vegas. They host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. It’s the second game of a back-to-back. Coyotes are one of the top teams in the West. Fans will feel the power of the Force as it’s Star Wars night.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
After a week off, the Arizona Cardinals are back home to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The team hasn’t won in more than a month, but the Los Angeles Rams are struggling too.