Free (and nearly free) Holiday Events

Apache Junction: Holiday Event and Parade-Saturday, December 3rd for this award winning, FREE downtown event!  The event will take place at Flatiron Park from 3pm-6:30pm. 

https://www.apachejunctionaz.gov/891/Holiday-Event

Avondale: Winterfest, Bring the family and make some memories at this FREE event! Avondale turns into a winter wonderland with a visit from Santa, activities and entertainment, the premier of the holiday light show, annual tree lighting, food, and sweet treats., December 3, 2022, 5 PM – 9 PM, 11465 West Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ

Winterfest Website

Buckeye: Join the Buckeye Main Street Coalition for the 19th Annual Glow on Monroe electric light parade on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in downtown Buckeye.

https://www.chamberorganizer.com/Calendar/moreinfo_responsive.php?eventid=430285&org_id=BVCC

Chandler: Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Downtown Chandler
December 3, 2022 4:30 pm – 9 pm Lively entertainment, savory and sweet food vendors, and a charming parade are hallmarks for the lighting festival and are sure to put you in the holiday mood.

https://www.chandleraz.gov/explore/special-events/tumbleweed-tree-lighting-ceremony

El Mirage: Winterfest and Parade! Friday, December 9, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Gentry Park.

https://www.elmirageaz.gov/613/Winterfest

Gilbert: Riparian After Dark – The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow during Gilbert’s annual Riparian After Dark event. Stroll around the 4.5 miles of trails and walkways that weave through the park and enjoy thousands of holiday lights and displays. $2 – $5 Depending on date visited. 

https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-permits/riparian-after-dark

Glendale: Glendale Glitters – The excitement of Glendale Glitters includes the Murphy Park lights and displays, performances in the amphitheater, the Hometown Christmas Parade, Movies by Moonlight, and additional events held by the downtown merchants.

FREE Parking all season long is available at the City Hall Parking Garage and the Bank of America Parking Garage. Murphy Park and surrounding areas November 22, 2022 – January 7, 2023 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. each evening

https://www.glendaleaz.com/play/special_events___festivals/special_events/events/glendale_glitters_-_2022

Mesa: Merry Main Street. Free visits with Santa Sat-Sun, a huge tree, lights, ice skating (tickets required) food trucks and other activities. Nov 25th – Jan 7th.

https://merrymainst.com/

Peoria: Old Town Holiday Festival, featuring Second Saturdays! The City of Peoria invites the community out to enjoy the annual Old Town Holiday Festival. Take a stroll through Old Town Peoria and and enjoy the festive and fun holiday activities.

https://www.peoriaaz.gov/government/departments/arts-culture/special-events/old-town-holiday-festival

Phoenix: MARC ATKINSON HOLIDAY EXRAVAGANZE, Marc Atkinson Recreation Center, 4535 N. 23rd Ave. Dec. 10 – 9:30 a.m. to noon at Marc Atkinson Recreation Center – Marc Atkinson Holiday Extravaganza – This free, family friendly event will feature photo opportunities with Santa, holiday arts & crafts, cookies & treats, and games and inflatables!

https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4459

Phoenix: CHRISTMAS MOVIE IN THE PARK – HOLIDAY PARK  Holiday Park, 4530 N. 67th Ave. Dec. 2 – 5 to 9 p.m. at Holiday Park – Christmas Movie in the Park featuring Universal Pictures’ The Grinch.  This free family event will feature themed crafts and activities, food, and community services, information and resources!

https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4458

Scottsdale: Scottsdale Sparkle Christmas-Shop their very talented vendors for all your Holiday gift items while the kids enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, and more. Free Outdoor Event! No Admission or Activity Fees Required! Dec 2-4 10am – 4pm

Events Listings

Scottsdale: Family Fun Holiday Fair & Marketplace December 17 118 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Take professional photos with SANTA CLAUS, play in a SNOW BLIZZARD, enjoy live entertainment on center stage, bounce houses and slides, face painting, coloring contests, and much more! 

Events Listings

Scottsdale: Old Town Scottsdazzle – Enjoy a month-long holiday extravaganza featuring stunning décor, the best in dining and shopping, and more than 45 incredible events. Nov 26 – Dec 31

Scottsdazzle.com

Tempe: Fantasy of Lights Street Parade + Tree Lighting –  November 25th. This event kicks off the magic of the season with a street parade, tree lighting ceremony, holiday market, live entertainment, Santa photos and so much more! (Mill Ave)

https://www.downtowntempe.com/do/fantasy-of-lights-street-parade-and-tree-lighting

Tempe: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake December 10, 2022 
Light up the night and be dazzled this holiday season at Tempe Town Lake on December 10th. The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake is the Valley’s most unique holiday event and celebrated tradition. Enjoy holiday shopping, festive eats and treats, a dazzling boat parade featuring boats of all shapes and sizes and a spectacular fireworks show.

https://www.downtowntempe.com/events/boat-parade/boat-parade-schedule

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