It can be tough to get the warm and cozy feeling of the holiday season in the desert of Arizona. While the winter visitors may be grateful that they aren’t out shoveling snow, 65 and sunny doesn’t exactly scream Christmas for some. Still, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season in Phoenix, from light displays to ice skating (yes, you can ice skate outdoors in Phoenix).

World of Illumination: World of Illumination is the world’s largest drive through animated light show, so you know you can expect a fantastic experience. Whiz through mountainous terrain, traverse glacial peaks, explore the northern ice caves and make your way through the northern forests to the heart of it all - Santa’s Workshop - the world's largest animated toy shop. There are now two locations to enjoy the lights at, in Tempe and Glendale, making it easy whether you live in one of Shea’s many East and West Valley communities. Learn More

Christmas Lights Palm Trees

Christmas at the Princess: Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 6 million sparkling LED lights. Between light shows, ice skating, marshmallow roasting and more, you and the whole family will have plenty to do. Even Santa will be making an appearance, so the kids can get a picture with him after slipping him their Christmas list. View their Website Here

Sippin’ Santa: If the parents are trying to have a bit of time away from the kids, there is nowhere better to start than at Bitter n’ Twisted’s Sippin’ Santa. Sipp'in Santa is a tiki holiday experience with retro-kitsch, and a playful tiki and Christmas theme. With over-the-top Christmas décor and delicious craft drinks, this is a fully immersive experience that you can enjoy with your significant other and friends. You can even get your drink in a Santa mug that is sure to be a hit on Instagram. Click Here for Event Details

Friends Celebrating Christmas

Christmas in the Rainforest: Located at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Christmas in the rainforest features butterflies from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Africa and Asia. Certainly, one of the most unique activities that you can do in the valley, the exhibit also will feature live music on specific dates from violinist Jonathan Levingston. With Shea communities nearby in Scottsdale, families are just a short drive away from experiencing some of the most beautiful rainforest insects. View their Website Here

CitySkate Ice Rink: By far one of the most popular activities around the holidays in Phoenix is the CitySkate ice rink. Located at Patriot’s Park in the center of CityScape Phoenix, this ice rink is completely outdoors with freshly surfaced ice, twinkling lights and holiday décor, all right in the heart of downtown Phoenix. It makes for the perfect date or family activity and can fit nicely into a day downtown considering its proximity to so many other restaurants and attractions. Learn More About CitySkate

Girl Outdoor Ice Skating

Zoolights – A holiday classic in many cities, Phoenix Zoo is transformed into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the entire southwest. With millions of lights, performances located throughout the zoo and hundreds of displays, this show will be sure to wow you and the family. Phoenix Zoo even gives the option of driving through the exhibit so you can experience it from the comfort of your own car. Visit the Zoolights Website


With Shea Homes' communities conveniently located throughout the valley, you are sure to be able to visit all of Metro Phoenix’s best holiday activities with ease. To learn more about Shea Homes®, visit our website.

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