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Holiday Festivities for November and December in the East Valley

Description The holidays are moving in quickly and here are only a few of the best events for you and your family to spend time together while gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Candy Rush by World of Illumination

November 16th – January 1st, 2023 at 6:00pm to 10:00 PM daily | Diablo Stadium, 2200 W Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

Sugar plum fairies. A gigantic gingerbread village. Sweets as far as the eye can see. World of Illumination presents Candy Rush, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show, highlighting larger-than-life Christmas characters and confections. This mile-long journey features millions of colorful lights and enchanting Christmas music— a must see treat for the entire family.

For more information on this event, please visit

Free Holiday Movie Night

Thursdays November 17th – December 1st at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM | Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284

After a two year hiatus, Michael Pollack and his newly renovated Pollack Tempe Cinemas is thrilled to host a FREE holiday movie night on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30pm. Pollack Tempe Cinemas will show holiday classics such as Elf, Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In addition to the 4 FREE movies, Pollack Tempe Cinemas will host carolers and flip the switch to more than 500,000 holiday lights. This holiday event will be hosted at the newly renovated theater, which now includes new comfortable reclining seats, a self-service ticket kiosk, and touch free restrooms. Get in line early and enjoy the enormous marquee awaiting guests outside Pollack Tempe Cinemas. It’s similar to the city hall background in Back to the Future.

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Pratt Brothers Christmas & Holiday Spectacular

November 18th – January 1st, 2023 at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM | Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Dr, Mesa, 85212

Pratt Brother’s Christmas & Holiday Spectacular, the biggest Christmas celebration in Arizona, comes to Bell Bank Park for a captivating display of over six million lights and unique attractions to illuminate festivity and ignite the spirit of Christmas! Two Arizona brothers, Christmas enthusiasts, and contestants of The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC Television, have devoted their life’s work to construct a magical Christmas Town delivering an experience for all the senses. The immersive visit delivers attractions for all ages, with twinkling Christmas lights, three-story gingerbread house, magical snowfall and thousands of bubbles, featuring the ultimate Santa Experience, Mrs. Claus Cookie Decorating, dazzling 360-degree light show with show-stopping pyrotechnics, and a Miracle Market filled with simply merry gifts to bring home holiday cheer. Take a ride to remember at Sweet Street Station with two trains available for an “All Aboard…” journey with remarkable views around Christmas Town’s six uniquely themed areas such as Cotton Candy Corner, Sugar Plum Acres, Bakery Boulevard, Lollipop Lane, Marshmallow Way, and Peppermint Place, where guests can smell warm Christmas aromas through each! This Arizona made-and-imagined Christmas delight beckons all to step into an immersive, jubilant holiday celebration of custom characters, jolly entertainment, millions of dazzling lights, snowfall, yummy treats, and most importantly, Christmas cheer.

For more information on this event, please visit

Gilbert Days

November 18th – 20th (Event Times Vary) | Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert Days is a long-standing tradition taking place from November 18th – 20th that will leave you feeling the pride of our community.

Highlighted by the Gilbert Days Parade presented by the Gilbert Half Marathon on November 19th, participants can also enjoy music and shopping at the Gilbert Days Festival, or get competitive at the Gilbert Days Adult Softball Tournament the weekend before.

For more information on this event, please visit Gilbert AZ Gov.


November 23rd – January 15th, 2023 at 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM | Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Parkway, Papago Park, Phoenix, AZ 85008

You’ll find adventure EVERYWHERE at the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition, ZooLights! This season promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before, with all new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and our brand-new music and light show that will take you around the world! PLUS, guest entry to ZooLights includes admission to Dinosaurs in the Desert, the not-to-be-missed dino-mite experience!

For more information on this event, please visit Phoenix Zoo.

Arizona Lights in the Night Drive-Thru

November 23rd – January 5th, 2023 at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Thompson Event Center, 1901 N Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201

The Arizona Lights in the Night drive-thru holiday light show welcomes Valley families to experience the magic of over 1 million lights synchronized to holiday music. NEW this year is a one-of-a-kind VIP train ride experience, available through pre-purchased tickets online. Families can hop on this trackless train, which provides a one-of-a-kind ride through the light show.

For more information on this event, please visit Arizona Lights in the Night.

Chapparal Holiday Craft Fair

November 19th – 20th at 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Chapparal East Neighborhood Park, E Vermont Dr & S Cold Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85295

Attention Arizona residents! Gals of Gilbert in Chaparral Estates is having their first annual craft fair! This free event is open to anyone who wants to attend. A big turnout is expected for this fun, family friendly and unique event. It is a perfect opportunity to mingle with your neighbors, support local businesses and interact with crafty people.

With the holidays coming up, it is a perfect opportunity to find unique handmade gifts for loved ones. A raffle will be happening at the end of the event. By purchasing $20 or more from a vendor, you will be qualified to enter a raffle of winning an item from each vendor. Each item is valued at $25 or more.

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Lights at the Farm

November 23rd – December 30th at 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM | Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212

Lights at the Farm and Vertuccio Farms have partnered together to bring Arizona’s Largest Walk-Thru Synchronized Light Show. Come on out and unwrap new traditions and make memories with your family and friends as you make your way through the dazzling lights, larger-than-life lighted displays, mesmerizing tunnel of lights and so much more. Welcome to Lights at the Farm!

Lights at the Farm offers a holiday entertainment experience for all ages.

We are open Nightly from 5:30 -10:00 pm. The farm has a Skating Rink!! Our skating rink is made of an “NHL grade” synthetic surface and will definitely be one thing you will want to try during your time at the Farm. We have created a special RED, WHITE & BLUE tribute song for all of the “Active, Retired and Fallen Military Personnel”. Make sure you stop at the America Section and pay tribute to our GREAT MILITARY!

For more information, please visit Lights at the Farm.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

Friday – Sunday November 25th – December 24th at 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM | Schnepf Farms, 24610 E Rittenhouse, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Christmas has come to Schnepf Farms! Experience a winter wonderland like no other with seasonal food, fun and festivities for the whole family. Catch a ride on the World of Illumination Express, hop on a hayride to visit Rudolph or journey through Santa’s magic workshop. Whatever you choose, it’s all happening right here at Schnepf Farms.

There’s more magic around every corner at the best holiday event in Arizona. With glow-in-the-dark mini golf, bonfire s’mores and visits with Santa Claus himself, Christmas at Schnepf Farms is sure to become your next holiday tradition.

For more information, please visit Schnepf Christmas.

Fuelfest Phoenix 2022

December 10th at 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S Maricopa Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226

FuelFest is back for year 2 and going bigger than ever with more racing, and more activities! Hosted by Cody Walker, FuelFest blends the enthusiast’s passion for the automotive world with live music, racing, VIP access, and art showcases giving fans the most premier car show, race day, and music festival experiences all at once!

The car show features top modified, exotic, performance built, and rare cars from all over the world. Fans and drivers can enjoy live drifting, 1/4 mi drag racing, autocross, demo rides, road courses, off-road trucks hitting jumps, gaming centers, and more!

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit Reach Out WorldWide, the non profit founded by Paul Walker. Buckle up and strap in tight Arizona, we’re closing 2022 with an absolute blast of adrenaline and action, be there!

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Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

December 10th at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Tempe Beach Park, 80 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Holiday Shopping + Food & Drink + Boat Parade + Fireworks

Join us for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade – 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. This event is free and family-friendly. We hope you will join us.

For more on this event, please visit Downtown Tempe.

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