Do you feel that cool, festive breeze coming in the air? The holidays are nearly upon us, and with them come tons of festivals and celebrations to ring in the winter season. Even though we might not get any snow in the Phoenix area, there are still many ways to get in the holiday spirit.
Check out a few of the best events going on in the area during the next few weeks, and enjoy the coming winter season!
Phoestivus Open Air Market
Taking inspiration from both the renowned open air holiday markets in Germany and the satirical holiday of Festivus from the show Seinfeld, the Phoestivus Open Air Market aims to be an all-inclusive winter celebration. Come out for the celebration, and enjoy locally grown and made products from over 130 different vendors. Thousands of shoppers gather every year to enjoy winter games, attractions, and food and drink.
The market acts as a fundraiser for the non-profit Phoenix Public Market organization. Celebrating its 9th year, the market will be held on December 13th and 20th from 5pm to 10pm.
Starting November 21st, the Phoenix Zoo transforms into Zoolights, one of the largest holiday lighting events in the region. The zoo features millions of lights, a 200-foot long slide, an even live reindeers! Check out the regular exhibits, and enjoy access to special areas when you buy a ticket for this event.
There will be a variety of different performers throughout the weeks of Zoolights, and it’s the zoo’s largest special events fundraiser! Zoolights lasts from November 21st until January 13th, from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
Las Noches De Las Luminarias
With 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of lights, and live music from the Electric Desert, the Las Noches De Las Luminarias event fills the Desert Botanical Gardens with a month full of seasonal magic. If you’re visiting and want to remember a loved one this winter, you can sponsor a luminaria bag and write a personalized message on the outside.
The garden will light up from December 1st through 31 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, but will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
This year, the Phoenix Ballet will put on the seminal holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the Orpheum Theater. Internationally recognized dancers like Madison Penney, Tia Wenkman, Misha Broderick, Bel Pickering, and more will be performing in the iconic Tchaikovsky-scored production.
Enjoy the winter wonderland of dancing mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker will run from Dcember 14th-16th and 20th-23rd.
Enchanted Island’s Winter Wonderland Express
Looking for a chance to play in the snow? The Annual Winter Wonderland Express at Enchanted Island offers guests the chance to ride the Holiday Train to a snow-filled retreat. Hop off the train and play in the snow, go sledding, or toss around some snowballs, and enjoy free hot cocoa and candy canes. The park brings in 25 tons of snow for this event!
Head to the North Pole at Enchanted Island any time December 15th through 16th from 10am to 7pm. Don’t forget to have your list ready for Santa himself!
Enjoy the Winter Season in Phoenix
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