2020 holiday events for Arizona kids and families

Last updated Nov. 27, 2020


Glendale Glitters

Through Jan. 9: Glendale Glitters is a spectacular display of 1.7 million lights illuminating 16 blocks. The City of Glendale has promised great new lighting designs and features that will add extra magic to each evening.


The Wigwam, Breakfast with Santa, holiday eventsNov. 28-Dec. 20: Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a holiday breakfast buffet in Litchfield’s restaurant at The Wigwam, plus crafts for the kids to enjoy at the table or take home. Santa himself will be there for pictures, while practicing safety measures.


Vertuccio Farms, holiday lights, ice skating
Lights at the Farm, at Mesa’s Vertuccio Farms.

Nov. 14-Jan. 3: Vertuccio Farms’ Lights at the Farm features 2 million dazzling lights and displays synchronized to a variety of Christmas classics. Plus: ice skating, a 10-foot snowman, ceramic elves, reindeer and a life-size nativity scene.


Las Noches de las Luminarias
Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden.

Dec. 5-6: “The Elves & the Shoemaker” is Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s drive-up performance of this show, where Santa’s elves help a poor shoemaker and his wife. It’s a holiday experience for the whole family.

Through Jan. 31: ZooLights Walk-Thru (select nights). Millions of lights shine throughout the Phoenix Zoo, along with a three-story holiday tree, carousel and camel rides, lakeside music-in-motion shows, and photos with Santa.

Through Jan. 31: Cruise ZooLights (select nights). For the first time in the history of the Phoenix Zoo, you can experience ZooLights from the comfort of your own car.

Through Dec. 31: Las Noches de las Luminarias (select nights) features thousands of luminarias, twinkling lights and prerecorded holiday music at the Desert Botanical Garden.


Through Dec. 31: Christmas at Schnepf Farms offers 25 acres of family holiday entertainment nightly, including a Santa’s workshop letter-writing station, pine-cone decorating, a Christmas carousel, snow-globe mini golf, hayrides ice skating, train rides and a Christmas-themed obstacle course.


The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Dec. 5-6: Christkindlmarkt, a traditional German Christmas market featuring family activities and entertainment, visits with St. Nikolaus (Saturday only), and German and Polish cuisine.

Through Dec. 20: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre presents “A Christmas Story the Play” at Scottsdale Fashion Square. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here.

Through Dec. 24: SeaTREK Santa will make two daily appearances on select dates from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve at OdySea Aquarium.

Through Dec. 31: Christmas at the Princess is a twinkling holiday wonderland for Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort guests and the public. The socially distanced outdoor holiday celebration offers ice skating, light shows, s’mores, pictures with Santa Claus, water lantern ceremonies and more.


Santa photo TempeNov. 27-Dec. 24: Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills will be socially distanced this year. Book your time slot in advance.

We will be adding to this list as we verify event status during the continuing COVID-19 crisis.