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Christmas Lights in Arizona 2022-2023

You'll be carried away by the sparkling displays of holiday cheer in Arizona

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Surprisingly as it might seem, the state of desert landscapes and natural wonders is also a wonderful place to celebrate the holiday season. An array of dramatic Christmas light displays pop up throughout Arizona around late November and shine bright into early January. For the most stunning shows, we recommend visiting Phoenix, Tucson, or Sedona.

Phoenix Christmas lights

The map of Phoenix Christmas light events is literally dotted. The most awe-inspiring illuminations are located in the smaller suburban cities and towns, such as Glendale, Mesa, Gilbert, and Scottsdale. Make sure to mark your festive itinerary with Glendale Glitters, Arizona's largest free Christmas light show, featuring over 1.7 million bulbs. Also, take some time to explore Mesa Arizona Temple Christmas lights, drive through the twinkling Cherry Lane neighborhood, check out Christmas at Comstock, and behold the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess aglow.

Tucson Christmas lights

Tucson is home to a couple of must-see Christmas light shows too. The annual Parade of Lights & Festival (CANCELED in 2021) take place in the downtown usually in late November, marking the start of the merry season. Sparkling floats make their way across Stone Ave, and festivities continue at Jacome Plaza during the entire month of December. The next stop is Winterhaven Festival of Lights, which is one of the longest-running holiday traditions in Southern Arizona. The display is mainly a walk-through event, with one or several nights offering a drive-through option.

Sedona Christmas lights

Lastly, treat yourself to immersive Christmas light displays of Sedona. You can discover the most stunning holiday illuminations across the Uptown Sedona, in particular at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Besides, visit the nearby Clarkdale for a Magical Christmas Journey by the Verde Canyon Railroad, or plan a road trip to Prescott, famous as Arizona's Christmas City.

When you plan your visit to Arizona this Christmas season, please check with the official websites for details and the latest announcements (see External Resources below). Also, feel free to use our map that showcases the best options for your stay in Arizona.