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Fantasy of Lights 2019

One of the best holiday events in Tempe, Phoenix

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Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade and Boat Parade in Tempe are among the most popular holiday events of the East Valley.

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Making some photos with Santa 2020
Making some photos with Santa

Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade

Held at Tempe Town Lake, Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade kicks off the holiday season in Tempe. The event has been held since the 1990s, gathering over 35,000 people who come downtown to see the parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, do some holiday shopping and take pictures with Santa.

Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade 2020
Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade
Amazing live concerts during the event 2020
Amazing live concerts during the event

Tempe Boat Parade

The Annual Tempe Boat Parade that takes place in December also gathers large crowds. The boats enter Tempe Town Lake at the Tempe Town Lake Marina—that's where parade usually starts. Then, they make their way to the north shore and west to the buoys east of Tempe Center for the Arts. Then the procession turns around back to Tempe Town Lake Marine along the north shore. This is the only time of the year when motorized boats are permitted on Tempe Town Lake, so you don't miss the occasion.

Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake 2020
Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake
Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake 2020
Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake

The Fantasy of Lights Parade has become one of the favourite family traditions in Downtown Tempe. The highlight of the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade is when Santa Claus arrives at the Tempe Beach Park by boat along with illuminated floats.

Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake 2020
Boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake
Amazing live concerts during the event 2020
Amazing live concerts during the event
Crazy boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake 2020
Crazy boat illuminations at Tempe Town Lake