Things To Do in Arizona for December 2020

Things To Do in Arizona for December 2020 has proven to be a somewhat difficult list to put together with our current state. HOWEVER, We have been working really hard to put together a lift that is up to date and will give everyone in the family an opportunity to experience the Holidays. 

***Due to Covid-19, some of these December events in Arizona might be restricted or limited in their offerings. It is recommended to investigate which activities might be currently open or entertaining guests. This is also a good time to create a list for future, less pandemic infested times

For most people, they are ready to get out and celebrate the holiday season. The good news is that there are still events you can partake in this December that are not just virtual. If you are ready to ditch Zoom and head to a real event, check out these happenings for the month of December. The holiday magic is alive and well.

Christmas At Schnepf Farms
Schnepf Farms
24810 E Rittenhouse Rd Queen Creek, AZ
Date: November 24, 2020 to January 2nd, 2021
Recurring daily
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Varies

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.

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 7, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 286-3800
Time: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Price: Varies

A big Phoenix tradition, Zoolights combines sparkling holiday lights with zoo animals and more. Choose a night to either drive through for Cruise lights (new this year) or opt for the traditional walk-thru experience. 

Merry Copa Holiday Festival
Copper Sky Regional Park
39700 W Civic Center Plaza Maricopa, AZ
Date: December 4th, 2020
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. 

Avondale Winterfest
Avondale City Hall
11465 Civic Center Dr Avondale, AZ
Date: December 5, 2020
Phone: (602) 418-5771
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free

Avondale City Hall hosts a winter celebration full of winter 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. 

Sippin’ Santa’s 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: $20

Get sipping on some adult beverages with The Sippin’ Santa’s 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. 

Greats Events But Closed or Canceled due to COVID

Here are some of our normal Holiday favorites that unfortunately are not open this year. Definitely take note of these great events for years to come.

Lights Of The World
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
Date: TBD
Recurring daily
Time: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: TBD

Another year of lights is ready to dazzle and sparkle every child and adult alike. 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: TBD
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
Phone: (480) 502-5600
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Free

This western town lights up each Christmas when Rawhide Snowy Christmas comes to life. The Town will be decked out with festive décor and thousands of lights. Expect fun activities all night long. 

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.

Tempe Fall Festival Of The Arts
Mill Avenue District
Mill Ave. and University Dr. Tempe, AZ
Date: December 4th, 2020 to December 6, 2020
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 331-9016
Price: Free

A bit modified, but still tons of fun, you will find art, live entertainment, food, and beverage at the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts. There will be over 300 artist booths lining the streets of Downtown Tempe. 

Santa Hustle Arizona
Westgate Entertainment District
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd. Glendale, AZ
Date: December 19, 2020
Phone: (847) 829-4536
Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Price: Kids, $10-$20; adults, $34.75-$80

This event happening live is dependent on the phase the city of Glendale is in at the time of the event. 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.