Halloween is over, Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is on its way. All around the Valley you can find holiday festivals to take part in and enjoy.
FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE’S “CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS”
The Fairmont Scottsdale’s new “Christmas at the Princess” festivities include a Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration from 6 to 8pm, Tuesday, Nov. 30. The event features the lighting of the resort’s all-new, four-story Christmas tree, specially designed with 65,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 10 holiday songs. The evening includes a performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir, a visit from Santa and a surprise performance by a nationally-known entertainer. Complimentary hot cider, cookies and other seasonal treats will round out the fun.
The tree lighting ceremony kicks off the resort’s Toys for Tots drive. The Scottsdale Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck to accept unwrapped toys and the Princess will be a drop-off location for the drive through Monday, Dec. 20.
Sedona’s Holiday Tree Lighting
In Sedona, the Holiday Tree Lighting will kick off on Friday, Dec. 3. It includes the annual tree-lighting ceremony, holiday music and a visit from Santa in uptown Sedona. For more information, call 928-282-7722.
CHANDLER’S TUMBLEWEED TREE AND ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES
On Saturday, Dec. 4, Chandler’s unique Tumbleweed Tree and Annual Tree Lighting Festivities begin at 4:30pm at the San Marcos Ave Stage and the Arizona Place Stage. Performers include Dance Kids USA, Heat Wave Dance and Cheer, Copperstar Carolers, Masters Conservatory Suzuki Strings, and Tri-City Chorale and Brass Ensemble. They will also have Santa’s House with a free picture opportunity for the kids from 4:30 to 9pm, the Parade of Lights at 7pm, and the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony at 8pm at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. For more information call 480-782-2735.
PRESCOTT’S CHRISTMAS PARADE AND COURTHOUSE LIGHTING
Also that day: the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting in Prescott. Events will kick off at 6pm with the annual Holiday Light Parade with decorated floats, pets, people and Santa traveling through downtown Prescott. Following the parade is a Courthouse lighting ceremony. There will be carols, cider, home made cookies and a chance to decorate the town’s Christmas tree. For more information visit prescott.org.
SCOTTSDALE’S HOLIDAY HARMONY “SNOW AND GLOW”
Scottsdale will hold its Holiday Harmony “Snow and Glow” on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 3:30 to 6:30pm. The annual tree lighting takes place at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 6:15pm and there will be live performers, interactive booths, a snow play area, snow sledding, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa. Donations will be accepted for a holiday toy drive. For more information, call 480-312-0217.
Take time this holiday season to enjoy the festivities around you. You’ll find more events on Raising Arizona Kids’ online calendar.