The Magic of Lights

Get in the spirit of the holiday season

Enjoy holiday events in the Valley, including festive lights and luminarias. This year’s events have social distancing and cleaning procedures in place, offering safe environments and experiences.

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Nov. 28 – Dec. 31 (select dates)

Have a true Southwestern holiday experience at Desert Botanical Garden, where 8,000 luminarias line the pathways among the desert flora.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


Nov. 4 – Jan. 31

When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest. Enjoy millions of lights, hundreds of displays and performances throughout the Zoo. Drive-thru experience available too, Cruise Zoolights.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Nov. 27 – Jan. 3

Experience the magic of the holiday season on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

World of Illumination Tempe / World of Illumination Glendale

Nov. 6 – Jan. 3

Illumination is Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show that is fully synchronized to your favorite music. This 1-mile long driving attraction will feature millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music throughout 14 acres of the newest state of the art holiday lights and displays.

Diablo Stadium | Westgate Entertainment District
2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe | 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale

Trolley Holiday Light Tour

Dec. 1-31

Ollie the Trolley takes you to the most spectacular Christmas light displays in the Valley. Bring up to 30 guests along – and some hot cocoa or cider – and get the whole crew into the holiday spirit.

Dunn Transportation/Ollie the Trolley
1680 N. 74th St., Scottsdale

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields

Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields makes it debut this year with an unprecedented spectacle of nearly 5 million lights that will greet Yuletide revelers along 1.2 miles that encircles the award-winning Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

Illumination 2020 – Tranquil Garden Lights

Nov. 27 – Dec. 30

Take a slow romantic stroll through the lit pines of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Find yourself surrounded by its enchanting night views which are the perfect ending for a date night or place to meet up before eating downtown with friends. Unlike other light experiences this season, you’ll have a low-key stroll through the garden here.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix

Glendale Glitters

Nov. 25 – Jan. 9

Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the state. The stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.

Downtown Glendale
5800 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Winter Night Lights

Nov. 27 – Dec. 30

Experience a spirited, synchronized projection show at Westgate Entertainment District. Running on select dates, guests can take in the views of the district’s newest holiday pop-up, a 3D Christmas tree canvas that showcases a walkable, lyrical light show.

Westgate Entertainment District
6770 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale

Sugarland in Downtown Chandler

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1

Snap a selfie in the candy sleigh next to the famous Tumbleweed Tree, slide down the fruit roll up slide, climb over giant marshmallows spilling out a life-size cup of hot chocolate and dance through the candy canes any time of the day or night, allowing for social distancing. At night the display showcases “Sugarland’s Canal of Lights,” a beautiful walkway over the Commonwealth Canal on Commonwealth Avenue with colorful lights timed to dance holiday music.

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West
3 S. Arizona Place, Chandler


Phoenix Zoo Zoolights offers both walk and drive options for the 2020 season. PHOTO COURTESY PHOENIX ZOO

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