December 2020 Highlights

Holiday Events Across the Valley

Family fun this holiday season can be found in a number of places and you can do so safely amid this COVID era.

Christmas at the Princess

Rekindle the joy and tradition of 11 years of Christmas at the Princess at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort becomes the most festive place this side of the North Pole during its annual Christmas at the Princess six week festival, beginning Friday, November 20th and through the New Year’s Eve finale. This year’s event will feature all the best loved attractions from Christmas past such as Desert Ice, Lagoon Lights and Princess Express Train along with new traditions to experience such as Twinkle Town, The Lodge and Lanterns of Hope. Of course, guest safety is at the top of Santa’s list this year, masks will be required of all who attend Christmas at the Princess and all recommended precautions will be taken to ensure the safe distancing and enjoyment of the event. For more information, log onto Christmas at the Princess.

Zoo Lights

The Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition is back with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and our Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring 66 creatures — polar bears, mammoths, peacocks and more, all aglow. And this year, there’s a NEW way to feel the magic. Cruise ZooLights, the drive-thru experience that is not to be missed! With expanded trails and new sights and sounds, ZooLights is bigger, brighter and better than ever! For details, check out the Phoenix Zoo online.

Walk ZooLights

The excitement of ZooLights returns! Enjoy the classic walk-thru experience that has become a holiday favorite. On select nights only. Price: Members $16, General Public $20

Cruise ZooLights

All the sights, sounds and excitement that guests have come to love, now from the comfort of your own vehicle. On select nights only. Price per vehicle. Member $60. General public: $75

World of Illumination

This holiday season, experience World of Illumination—the largest animated light show in the world, fully synchronized to your favorite holiday music. Located at Tempe Diablo Stadium and Westgate Shopping Center in Glendale, this 25-minute drive-through event features close to 2 million lights. Special attractions range from a 36-foot tall animated snowman at the Glendale location to a 500-foot long super tunnel in Tempe. World of Illumination is open nightly from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on weeknights and 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on weekends. Ticket must be purchased online at

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