Christmas Towns in Arizona

The Most Magical Christmas Towns in Arizona

For the most wonderful time of the year, you need to check out the most magical Christmas towns in Arizona. These towns get in the Christmas experience with events, Santa sightings and tons of lights! There’s even a town that boasts the name of Arizona’s Christmas City. Keep reading to find out more. 


You don’t have to head too far north to hit the North Pole for Christmas this year. Flagstaff is home to the North Pole Experience where children get the ultimate experience of taking a trolley ride into a magical Christmas portal. They get to meet Santa Claus, make toys alongside elves in the workshop, enjoy a freshly baked cookie from Mrs. Claus herself and see Santa’s sleigh and its secret hangar! Does it get more magical than that?

If you head due west of Flagstaff, you can take a train ride and escape into the Polar Express Experience. If your children enjoy the book or the movie, the Polar Express Experience will knock their socks off. Children get to hop aboard a locomotive, clad in pajamas and enjoy the train just like little Billy did in the story. There’s cookies and hot chocolate to enjoy, along with a guest appearance by Santa Claus. 

Your trip to Flagstaff doesn’t have to end there. You can also visit and tour The Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Step inside this beautiful home and enjoy an hour long tour of this historic mansion that is decorated with wreaths, garlands and showcases a towering fir Christmas tree. 

Don’t forget about the snow! If a magical Christmas experience includes snow, then Flagstaff if your town. There are plenty of places in Flagstaff to go sledding, skiing and snow tubing. Check them out


Every year, Historic Downtown Glendale lights up with the Glendale Glitters. This event transforms Glendale in a magical Christmas town. You can experience 1.5 million twinkling LED Christmas lights. The fun doesn’t end with the lights. There will be plenty of vendors, a Glow Block Party, a Winter Wonderland, petting zoo, shopping and of course Santa Claus himself will make an appearance.

Lake Havasu City

If you are looking for some Old World charm, then Lake Havasu City is the Christmas town for you. The city is known for London Bridge and it holds a Festival of Lights every year. Take a stroll under this remarkable bridge to enjoy the holiday spirits.

Additionally, you will want to check out the unique Christmas experience of the Boat Parade. This event is in its 37th year and has been selected as one of the top 100 events in the U.S. by the American Bus Association. Enjoy as many as 50 boats brightly lit up with their holiday glow and watch as they cruise through Bridgewater Channel and under London Bridge. Bring a jacket, because it is sure to be much colder than you might be used to.


Each year, Mesa transforms into a wonderful and magical Christmas town as well. There are so many events, you can get lost in the spirit on the holidays.

First, Downtown Mesa turns itself into Merry Main St. There will be glittering lights, appearances by Santa, an ice skating rink, Christmas Markets, Jack Frost’s Food Truck, and an official city Christmas tree. It will be a magical experience. 

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.


Prescott is the only city on the list with an official title. In 1989, Governor Mofford declared Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City. So what does Prescott have that makes it a magical Christmas City? Let’s find out.

First, there will be numerous light displays for all ages to enjoy. Want to escape the cold? There’s an Enchanted Christmas display at the Prescott Gateway Mall. Next, Downtown Prescott is host to the Holiday Light Parade and the Prescott Chamber of Conference Christmas Parade. There’s also the Annual Courthouse Lighting, Wild Lights and Animal Nights at the Heritage Zoo and the Sharlot Hall Museum Annual Frontier Christmas. The Prescott Resort and Conference Center also gets in the spirit by hosting the Annual Gingerbread Village Display. 

It appears as though Prescott has earned its name as Arizona’s Christmas City. 

What do you think? Are these the most magical town in all of Arizona? Is there another town that should have made the list?