Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Holiday in the Desert


Are you looking for a great vacation spot this holiday season? Maybe one that has warm weather, tumbleweed Christmas trees, thousands of twinkling lights and many other fun holiday activities? Look no further than Phoenix! Check out our top 5 favorite holiday activities to do in the Phoenix area that the whole family will enjoy.

1. Phoenix weather is so delightful! There’s no snow! There’s no snow! There’s no snow!

While the majority of the country is bundled up and huddled up by a fireplace, Phoenix’s average temperatures range between the mid-40s and 60s. That means you can take advantage of the best indoor AND outdoor activities that Phoenix has to offer! Goodbye, bulky parka. Hello, #sweaterweather!

Lights of the World2. Visit One of the Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in the Country!

For all you skeptics who doubt the desert is festive enough for the holidays — we’d like to introduce you to Lights of the World! Ranked as one of the top 5 over-the-top Christmas lights by USA Today, Lights of the World features 75 stunning light displays with over 10 million lights, free carnival rides and acrobat or sea lion shows! Trust us when we say this will put all other light displays to shame! And honestly, free carnival rides are unheard of. Take advantage, parents!

3. See Your Very First Tumbleweed Christmas Tree!

tumbleweed tree

Oh, tumbleweeds! Oh, tumbleweeds! How lovely are thy… well just wait till you see them stacked, painted and dressed in lights, then they’re really quite lovely! Plus, it’s a unique display unlike any other! Just a 45-minute drive outside of Phoenix, the charming town of Chandler, Arizona displays their annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony. A holiday staple for the city since 1957, the tree is made of 1,500 to 2,000 tumbleweeds gathered from around the city. It’s the only city in the southwestern U.S. with a tumbleweed tree and has even been featured in National Geographic.

4. Experience Elf: The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre!


Photo provided by Reg Madison Photography

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And what better place to do it than at the Phoenix Theatre with Buddy the elf in their seasonal performance of Elf: The Musical? The show runs from November 14th through December 30th. This high-energy performance is sure to jump-start your seasonal spirit or even transform the heart of your group’s scrooge!

5. Be Dazzled by Glendale Glitters!

This is a holiday favorite for Arizona locals and it’s easy to see why—FREE admission, delicious food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field, a petting zoo and even St. Nick himself! What’s not to love! Glendale Glitters features 1.6 million LED lights illuminating 16 blocks of historic downtown Glendale! Bonus: It won’t be hard to find. You should be able to see it from miles away!

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