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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Around Arizona: December events across the state

The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff.


Vora Financial Holiday Lights Parade (Dec. 9). Dozens of floats and marching bands light up the night in the heart of historic downtown Flagstaff.

Holiday Riordan Mansion Tours (Nov. 24-Jan. 2). For the holidays, the mansion is decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments.

The North Pole Experience (Nov. 17-Dec. 28). Take the Candy Cane/Snowball Express to Santa’s 400-year-old workshop, where you can assist the elves in toy making, tour the factory, get bakery treats and take photos with Santa.

Frontier Christmas (Sat Dec. 2) in Prescott.


Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting (Dec. 2). Celebrate the season with a festive parade around downtown, then the plaza will come to life in lights.

Wildlights and Animal Sights (Nov. 24-Dec. 30). Holiday decorations, music, and light displays fill the park for the holiday season.


Festival of Lights (Dec. 9). Join the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the courtyards and walkways of Tlaquepaque a tradition that began 45 years ago. Includes a full lineup of entertainers and Santa appearances.


Christmas Light Parade (Dec. 9). With the sound of caroling in the streets, the historic courthouse lights up and luminarias and floats pass by.


Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival (Dec. 16). Enjoy downtown Tucson’s holiday parade, tree-lighting ceremony, floats, music, live entertainment and Santa.

Luminaria Nights (Dec. 1-10). Stroll garden paths lighted with more than 2,000 luminarias, plus holiday music, food and tasty treats at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights (Dec. 9-26). Lights, festive decorations, music, hay wagon and trolley rides. Free with canned food donation.


The Polar Express (Nov. 10-Jan. 6). Magical train ride based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. train departures; 3:30 p.m. on select dates. $31-$53; packages available for meals and hotel stay.


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