We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season and that means there are plenty of things to do in Phoenix in December! From Christmas light shows to special festive performances, the month of December is jam-packed with things to do in Scottsdale and events in Mesa, AZ. Throughout the Valley you can find wonderful events and activities to partake in to get you and your family in the holiday spirit (if you are not already). Here are some of the most anticipated events that are happening this holiday season around the Valley so do not miss out!

Glendale Glitters

Downtown Glendale, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave.

Friday/Saturday, 6-10pm through Dec. 17, 2016

Each Friday and Saturday night in downtown Glendale there will be wonderful holiday event that will feature 1.5 million LED lights that truly make the downtown glitter and sparkle. There will be entertainment, food, handcrafted gifts, a kid’s winter wonderland area and special visits from Santa Claus. The spectacular lights will be displayed every night from 5-11pm through Jan. 7, 2017.


Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway

5:30-10:30pm nightly through Jan. 8, 2017

This will be the 25th year of the incredible Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. Millions of lights will light up the zoo each night now through Jan. 8, 2017. Guests will also see large Lego structures, a three-story holiday tree, live music and a 4-D theater. Come out and see the spectacular holiday light display that took a crew of four over 14 weeks complete!

Christmas at The Princess

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive

Every open space of this luxury resort is decked out in extravagant holiday decorations! For the 7th year now, the Princess is one of the most popular holiday spots that features a 6,000-square-foot Desert Ice Skating rink with real ice and nightly snowfall. There is also the Lagoon Lights that features more than 3 million lights in spectacular displays, rink-side fire pits, Santa’s Secret Headquarters and a massive four-story musical Christmas tree. Come and spend the day here with your family and enjoy one of the most popular spots to enjoy some festive events!

Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, 5700 W North Loop Rd.

Friday, Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 23, 2016

Join the holiday celebration at the 4th annual Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas, where the kids can drop off their letters to Santa, take photos with him, watch the snowfall and parents can get some Christmas shopping done all under the gorgeous display of Christmas lights. This event is one of the best things to do in Chandler, AZ this December!

“The Nutcracker”- Ballet Arizona

Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St.

Dec. 9- Dec. 24, 2016

One of the most beloved holiday traditions is back again for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season! Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is performed by Ballet Arizona and is truly a special performance. Over 260 costumes, 25 backdrops and over 200 pounds of falling snow make this fairy-tale ballet a true favorite.

CityScape Holiday Ice Rink

CityScape Downtown Phoenix

Through Jan. 8, 2016

Living in the Valley of the Sun, our wintertime weather does not provide the opportunity for much snow and ice but luckily, there are a few spots where you and your family can experience the joys that they can bring. The CityScape Holiday Ice Rink is one of the most popular rinks in the valley during the holiday season. Come and experience the wonderful joy that ice skating provides and if you’re lucky with your timing, you may experience some snowfall!

From our team here at NOVA Home Loans, we want to wish you and your family a truly happy and safe holiday season!