Things to do in December in Arizona

Things to do in December in Arizona

December in Arizona is jammed packed with fun, festivities and lots of holiday magic. There is something for everyone this month, so get ready to enjoy fun events all month long. 

6TH STREET MARKET
6th Street Park
24 E. 6th St. Tempe, AZ
Date: November 3, 2019 to April 5, 2020
Recurring weekly on Sunday
Phone: (480) 355-6060
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free Admission

If you enjoy local vendors, artists and unique items, then this weekly event is the place you need to be. Located in Downtown Tempe near 6th Street Park, this event is the perfect setting for individuals and families to shop unique works of art, enjoy Downtown Tempe, and listen to local live music. Visit the 6th Street Market on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to eat, drink and shop!

ARTISTS OF THE SUPERSTITIONS HOLIDAY ART SHOW
The Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 S. Kings Ranch Road GOLD CANYON, AZ
Date: December 1, 2019
Phone: (480) 275-9997
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free

Over 30 artists display their finest works of art at the beautiful Gold Canyon Golf and Resort. All types of art will be represented, including Painting, Photography, Wood, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass and more. This event is free.

CHRISTMAS AT SCHNEPF FARMS
Schnepf Farms
24810 E Rittenhouse Rd Queen Creek, AZ
Date: November 27, 2019 to December 30, 2019
Recurring daily
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $20-$35

For the complete magical experience, Christmas at Schnepf Farms is an event for the entire family. Featuring the World of Illumination train ride, ice skating, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, reindeer hayrides, pictures with Santa, glow mini golf, a 4D animated show, marshmallow roasting and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX WELLNESS MARKET
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus
435 N 5th st Phoenix, AZ
Date: December 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020
Recurring monthly on the 1st
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Price: Free

The wellness market is in Downtown Phoenix located at the lawn in front of the Health Sciences Education Building. This is a monthly wellness market. Shop healthy local food vendors, learn tips and tricks on how to live a healthier life and grab a quick, healthy lunch.

ELF THE MUSICAL
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane Peoria, AZ
Hosted by: Arizona Broadway Theatre
Dates: Dec 3 – 8, Dec 10 – 15, Dec 17 – 22, Dec 24, Dec 26 – 29, 2019
Phone: 623-776-8400
Time: 12:00 PM

A modern-day holiday classic, Elf The Musical will get the whole family believing in Christmas magic once again.

LIGHTS OF THE WORLD
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
Date: November 21, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Recurring daily
Time: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: TBD

Back for a 3rd year, Lights of the World brings new lights and new displays to enjoy. You will see over 10 million colorful lights combined with features of different cultures and civilizations from around the globe.

RAWHIDE SNOWY CHRISTMAS
Rawhide Western Town
5700 W North Loop Rd Chandler, AZ
Hosted by: Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
Date: November 29, 2019 to December 22, 2019
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
Phone: (480) 502-5600
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Free

Slip away into an enchanted western town when you visit Rawhide Snowy Christmas this holiday season. The Town will be decked out with holiday décor and thousands of lights. Rawhide will feature holiday festivities nightly.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Santa will lead the official tree lighting ceremony and be available for photos. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the nightly snowfall down Main Street and all of the town lit up.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The Phoenix Theatre Company
1825 N Central Ave 1825 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: The Phoenix Theatre Company
Date: November 13, 2019 to December 29, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 254-2151
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Price: $32+

An epic, iconic musical just in time for the holidays, The Sound of Music is a classic that just can’t be missed. Warm, funny, and inspiring, The Sound of Music reminds us all of the sustaining power of family.


VETERAN ART SHOW
Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts
7100 E Cave Creek Rd Ste 144 Cave Creek, AZ
Date: November 1, 2019 to December 2, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (480) 575-6624
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Free

Veteran Art show consists of Arizona Veteran Artists and Arizona artists (with military themed artwork). Meet the artists, enjoy one-of-a-kind artwork, great food, and entertainment. 

ZOOLIGHTS
Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
Date: November 27, 2019 to January 19, 2020
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 286-3800
Time: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Price: $14.95+

A big Phoenix tradition, Zoolights combines sparkling holiday lights with zoo animals and more. 

OMNI MONTELUCIA ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Drive Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Date: December 3, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: Free

Enjoy this annual tradition of the lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree at Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa. Additionally, there will be holiday-inspired cuisine, kids activities and complimentary photos with Santa. Bring your furry loved ones for specialty boutique shopping in support of the Arizona Animal Welfare League along with animals looking for their forever home.

2019 HOLIDAY TEA & TOUR
The Bungalow @ Heritage Square
602 East Adams Street Phoenix, AZ
Date: December 6, 2019
Phone: (602) 261-8948
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Price: $35-$40

Rediscover the Victorian era inspired Christmas decor at the Rosson House with Afternoon Tea. On the menu will be tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and of course tea, will be served on exquisite vintage china.

MERRY COPA HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Copper Sky Regional Park
39700 W Civic Center Plaza Maricopa, AZ
Date: December 6, 2019
Phone: 5203166848
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: $5 parking; Food Vendor prices vary

Tons of activities can be enjoyed at the Merry Copa Holiday Festival, including sledding in 50 tons of snow, ice skating, interactive DJ, shoppes, hot air balloon glow, local talent and caroling. There will also be a very special visitor stop by and complete the evening with a fireworks performance. 

TEMPE FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Mill Avenue District
Mill Ave. and University Dr. Tempe, AZ
Date: December 6, 2019 to December 8, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 331-9016
Price: Free

Art, live entertainment, food and beverage awaits you at the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts. There will be over 300 artist booths lining the streets of Downtown Tempe. 

AVONDALE WINTERFEST
Avondale City Hall
11465 Civic Center Dr Avondale, AZ
Date: December 7, 2019
Phone: (602) 418-5771
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free

Avondale City Hall hosts a winter celebration full of snow, kids crafts, live entertainment, and food vendors. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be there to flip the switch that lights up the festival. 

PHOENIX HOLIDAY PET EXPO
Rawhide Event Center
5700 W North Loop Rd Chandler, AZ
Hosted by: Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
Date: December 7, 2019 to December 8, 2019
Phone: (800) 977-3609
Time: Times vary daily
Price: Free

Grab the pets and head to Rawhide for Phoenix Holiday Pet Expo. Tons of vendors and activities will be on-site, ready for your furry friends. 

WORLD BAZAAR PHX
19th Ave and Camelback Park and Ride
1813 W. Camelback Rd. 1813 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Local First Arizona
Date: December 7, 2019
Phone: (602) 433-2440
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free

If you are into culture, cuisine and community, then #WorldBazaarPHX is where you need to be. Experience over 60 different vendors selling food, art, and handmade goods from around the world at this free event. Enjoy live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with both new and returning acts.

PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Phoenix Center for the Arts
Date: December 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Phone: (602) 254-3100
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Price: Free

Phoenix Festival of the Arts is a weekend-long celebration of arts, music, and culinary delights takes place in Margaret T. Hance Park. With over 150 art vendors and a full lineup of live music and entertainment taking place on three stages, it’s the perfect time to shop local and celebrate the season.

FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ
Date: December 14, 2019
Phone: (480) 355-6060
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free Admission

A parade of lights on Tempe Town Lake is just around the corner. Watch as 50+ festively decorated boats float on the lake. Enjoy food from our on-site food trucks, get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, and enjoy a glass of beer or wine while watching live entertainment on the main stage. 

FREE MOVIES IN THE DESERT: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by: OdySea Aquarium
Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: Free

Free “Movies in the Desert” is a free family event. Additionally there will be music, games, and tons of prizes. The movie will begin at dusk. 

SIPPIN’ SANTAS PUB CRAWL
Downtown Chandler
3 S. Arizona Ave Chandler, AZ
Date: December 14, 2019
Phone: (480) 855-3539
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: $10-$20

Get sipping on some adult beverages with The Sippin’ Santas Pub Crawl as it takes over Downtown Chandler, featuring some of the hottest destinations in the downtown area. Enjoy live entertainment, endless Santa selfies and drinks. 

SANTA HUSTLE ARIZONA
Westgate Entertainment District
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd. Glendale, AZ
Date: December 22, 2019
Phone: (847) 829-4536
Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Price: Kids, $10-$20; adults, $34.75-$80

What could be more fun than thousands of Santas running through the streets of Glendale? Nothing really. The Santa Hustle 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash are ready to go. Runners and walkers alike are warmly invited to join this magical event, which begins and ends at Westgate Entertainment District. 

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