Christmas Towns in Arizona
Christmas is the most magical time of the year and if you are an Arizona resident, you might be a little disappointed with the lack of seasonal change. However, a lack of snow should not deter you from finding out that there are indeed magical Christmas towns throughout the state. These towns bring Christmas to life and will ensure you get into the holiday spirit. Here are the most magical Christmas towns in Arizona.
If you want an official titled city, then head to Prescott. In 1989, Governor Mofford declared Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City. So what does Prescott have that makes it a magical Christmas City? Check this out.
- Numerous light displays around the city
- An Enchanted Christmas display at Prescott Gateway Mall
- Holiday Light Up Parade
- Prescott Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
- Annual Courthouse Lighting
- Wild Lights and Animal Nights at the Heritage Zoo
- Sharlot Hall Museum and Annual Frontier Christmas
- Annual Gingerbread Village Display
It is easy to see that this list of events solidifies the title given to
Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City.
While Flagstaff is always at the top of our list because of the experiences below, they are unfortunately closed due to the pandemic. Other activities to try that bring Christmas to life in Flagstaff include ice skating at the Train Depot, sledding, and the Arizona Nordic Village. You can spend a day or a weekend in Flagstaff to enjoy all that the Christmas season has to offer.
For future reference, the activities below are amazing but it looks like you will need to wait for the 2021 holiday season for these.
The North Pole Experience is perhaps the biggest attraction in Flagstaff during Christmas time. It is no doubt magical and entertaining. Kids of all ages can enjoy a day filled with a tour of Santa’s toy factory, Mrs. Clause’s bakery, Elf University, Santa’s Sleigh hangar, and tons of photo opportunities.
Your next stop could be at the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. This is a Victorian-era holiday tour of decorations and traditions. Enjoy history and Christmas all in one location.
Other activities to try that bring Christmas to life in Flagstaff include ice skating at the Train Depot, sledding, and the Arizona Nordic Village. You can spend a day or a weekend in Flagstaff to enjoy all that the Christmas season has to offer.
Nothing lights up the valley and Christmas time like Glendale and its annual showing of Glendale Glitters. This event is free, showcases over 1.6 million shimmering and glittering Christmas lights along with endless entertainment. A typical year has plenty of vendors, a Glow Block Party, a Winter Wonderland, a petting zoo, shopping, and of course Santa Claus himself will make an appearance.
Lake Havasu City
If you like the feeling of Old World charm, then heading to Lake Havasu City for a Christmas experience is where you need to go. Each year, the Festival of Lights is held near the famous London Bridge. Take a stroll under this remarkable bridge to enjoy the holiday spirits.
Typically, there is also a unique Christmas boat parade. It has been selected as one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association. When you see it for yourself, you will understand why. It has as many as 50 boats, brilliantly lit up with a holiday glow and Christmas cheer. They cruise through the Bridgewater Channel and under London Bridge. Bring a jacket, because it is sure to be much colder than you might be used to.
Keeping it close to the valley, Mesa tends to transform into a wonderful and magical Christmas town as well. There are so many events, you can get lost in the spirit on the holidays.
For starters, Downtown Mesa turns itself into Merry Main St. You can enjoy glittering lights, appearances by Santa, an ice skating rink, Christmas Markets, Jack Frost’s Food Truck, and an official city Christmas tree. Magic will definitely be in the air.
If you are looking for more lights in Mesa, you need to head over to the Mesa Mormon Temple for the Mesa Temple Garden Christmas Lights. All faiths are welcome to this spectacular and FREE event. Besides the lights, there will be a nativity display, holiday dioramas, and a variety of half-hour concerts to enjoy.
There is definitely no shortage of Christmas spirit around the state of Arizona. As stated earlier, Covid-19 might have some of these events restricted, limited or even canceled. However, it doesn’t hurt to get a jump start on next year and create the perfect Christmas list of events to try out in 2021.