2020 holiday events for Arizona kids and families

Last updated Dec. 22, 2020

GILBERT

A Christmas Carol, Fountain Hills TheaterThrough Dec. 26: Hale Centre Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his journeys with ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

GLENDALE

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.

MESA

Through Jan. 2: Winter Wonderland Ice Rink at Mesa’s Merry Main Street features more than 5,000 square feet of ice under the stars. This year, to provide a safe and healthy environment, tickets must be pre-purchased for a specific day and time.

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

Through 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.

PEORIA

Dec. 19-24: Character Breakfast and a Movie. Meet your favorite holiday characters at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Enjoy live entertainment, a meet-and-greet with familiar faces from your favorite seasonal films.

holiday lights, Peoria, Arizona

Through Jan. 1: Old Town Holiday Lights. The City of Peoria adorns Johnny E. Osuna Park in lights, oversized decorations, and a large Christmas tree with lights synced to a music show.

PHOENIX

Childsplay’s “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 23. Photo by Tim Trumble.

Through Dec. 23: “A Christmas Carol” is Childsplay’s one-woman production at the Herberger Theater Center’s new outdoor stage.

Phoenix Theatre Outdoor Season

Through Dec. 23: “Unwrapped: An Original Christmas Revue” is Phoenix Theatre Company’s outdoor celebration featuring songs from Pentatonix, NSYNC, Hanson and more.

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.

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

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.

QUEEN CREEK

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

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.

SCOTTSDALE

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

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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.

Through Jan. 5: Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a chance to experience the magic of the holiday season — safely — on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad during a ride through a winter wonderland of lights.

TEMPE

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

WILLIAMS

Grand Canyon Railway Polar Express

Through Jan. 3: The Polar Express. The Grand Canyon Railway transforms its train into The Polar Express, based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic.

STATEWIDE

Through Dec. 23: 2020 Christmas Angel program. The Salvation Army has partnered with Arizona’s Family to provide Christmas gifts to families in need. You can help.

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