2022 Arizona Holiday Light Displays & Family Fun (Prices, Discounts & More Info)

Enjoy Christmas fun with drive-thru or walking holiday light displays all around Arizona!  We have details on light displays in the Phoenix & Tucson areas as well as one in Prescott Valley.

We provide holiday light discount codes and money-saving info when we know about them.

Details can change at any time, so it’s best to get updated information directly from each venue’s website before heading out for your fun.  If we missed any, please let us know.  (juli@bargainbeliever.com)

If you are in Arizona, go here to see how to save on all your groceries each week.  Save money on boring stuff so you have more for fun activities like these!

East Valley Christmas Light Displays
(Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe)
Scottsdale is included in Phoenix area below.

Riparian After Dark (Gilbert)

2757 E. Guadalupe Rd; Gilbert, AZ 85234

December 9, 2022 – December 20, 2022
5:30pm – 9:00pm

Cost:
$2 if tickets bought before December 9th, $5 if purchased starting December 9th

The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow! Stroll around the walkways with thousands of holiday lights and displays at every turn. This is a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature to experience the thrill of nighttime at the Preserve. Local food and drink vendors will be on-site serving delicious holiday treats!

Details here:  https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-permits/riparian-after-dark

Arizona Lights in the Night (Mesa)

1901 N Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85254

November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (closed Mondays)

November hours
Sun-Thurs: 6pm – 8pm, Fri-Sat 6 pm – 8pm (closed Mondays)
December hours
Sun-Thurs- 6pm – 9pm, Fri-Sat 6pm – 10pm

Cost: $29.95 (per car load)
(more for commercial vehicles)

Tickets can be purchased on site, but not during busy times, so you may want to get them ahead.

A Flex Pass allows you to come anytime on the selected night.  A VIP ticket allows for direct entry.  Select your date for full details.

Arizona Lights In The Night is Arizona’s newest family friendly holiday drive-thru event.  Drive though this 1 mile path of sequenced lights to holiday themed music.

More details:  https://www.arizonalightsinthenight.com

Lights at The Farm (Vertuccio Farms) (Mesa)

4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212

November 23, 2022 – December 30, 2022
5:30pm -10:00pm

Cost: 
Weekday ticket – $17.25 
Weekend tickets (Fri-Sat) – $20.25
Children age 2 and younger are free
Parking is free

Add a half-hour skate session for $10 per person.

Lights at the farm is Arizona’s largest walk-thru Christmas light show.  There are over 2 million led lights.  The displays are driven by over 12,000 computer channels, synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs.

Details here:  https://lightsatthefarm.com

Mesa Temple Lights (Mesa)

455 E Main St. Mesa, AZ 85203

November 25, 2022 – December 31, 2022
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Cost:  Free

Free parking at the Park and Ride at Mesa Drive and Main.

Enjoy a wonderful night of Christmas enchantment at the Mesa Temple & Visitors’ Center on the north lawn.  See the Christmas lights and nativity displays.  All activities are open to the public.

More details:  https://mesatemple.org/christmas

Christmas at Schnepf Farms (Queen Creek)

24810 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

November 25- 27, 2022, December 1-4, 8-11, & 15-24, 2022.
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Cost:
General Admission (5pm-7:30pm entry) $22.95
Twilight Admission (7:30 entry)  $18.95
Children 2 & under:  Free

Illumination Train $10 (Children 2 and under are considered lap children and ride free.

Experience the wonder of holiday nostalgia — carousel, hayrides to reindeer, bonfires and the World of Illumination train ride, a Christmas movie, and a beer and wine garden!

More details:  https://schnepfchristmas.com

World of Illumination Candy Rush (Discount Info!) (Tempe)

Tempe Diablo Stadium ~ 2200 W Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

November 16, 2022 – January 1, 2023
6:00pm – 10:00pm (open rain or shine)
Your time slot is your arrival window.

Cost: $39.99 on weekdays (M-TH), $49.99 weekends (F-SUN) for a carload
Online reservation required.

Add-ons like 3-D Glasses ($10), Sonic Wands ($5), Lightning Packs ($15) and Make A Wish Foundation donations ($2) also available to purchase at checkout.  No limos, buses, or RVS. Max Height of 10 feet.

You’ll see sugar plum fairies in a gigantic gingerbread village and sweet everywhere.  This mile-long journey features millions of colorful lights and enchanting holiday music.  It takes about 20-25 minutes to get through it. You tune your FM radio to their given station and hear the music beautifully synchronized to the tunes.

More details:  https://www.worldofillumination.com/tempe-arizona

World of Illumination Discounts 2022:

Purchase tickets at Costco for $34.99 (valid any night)
Get $5 off if you go to their website and sign up for emails — hopefully you’ll see a pop-up.  If not look for a sign up and hope the deal continues!

 

Phoenix Area Christmas Light Displays
(Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale)

World of Illumination Enchanted Safari (Glendale)

Desert Diamond Casino ~ 9431 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305

November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023
6:00pm – 10:00pm (open rain or shine)
Online reservation required.

Cost: 
$39.99 on weekdays (M-TH), $49.99 weekends (F-SUN) for a carload

Add-ons like 3-D Glasses ($10), Sonic Wands ($5), Lightning Packs ($15) and Make A Wish Foundation donations ($2) also available to purchase at checkout.

Trek over land, sea and air to hear the jingle of the jungle. A host of exotic animals will be there to greet you from peacocks to piranhas. Soar among the clouds as you fly with reindeer then outrun a T-Rex as you whiz past a land lost in time.  Come face to face with the King of the Jungle and beware of the Tunnel of Tentacles where you’ll fend off sharks and jellyfish trying to steal your holiday spirit. Your journey ends at Santa’s Bazaar, where all your new animal friends will be decking the halls!

More details:  https://www.worldofillumination.com/glendale-arizona

World of Illumination Discounts 2022:

Purchase tickets at Costco for $34.99 (valid any night)
Get $5 off if you go to their website and sign up for emails — hopefully you’ll see a pop-up.  If not look for a sign up and hope the deal continues!

Las Noches de Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix)

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Member’s only weekend: December 1 – 4, 2022
General Public: December 9-11, 15-18, 20-23, 26-31, 2022
5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost:
Members:  Adult $34.95, Child 3-17 $14.95
General Public: 
Adult: $39.95, Child 3-17: $16.95
Children 2 and younger: Free

Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminarias and twinkling holiday lights. Musical performances, entertainment and holiday delights line the Garden’s iconic trails for a picture-perfect night.

New this year, see lyrical large-scale sculptures of Playing with Stars by Rotraut interweaving gracefully with the sparkles of the luminaria bags throughout the trails and Ottosen Gallery.  See schedule here.

NOTES: Bars offering a variety of holiday drinks accept debit and credit only. Garden Shop is open until 10pm.  Members receive a 10% discount. Electric scooters and wheelchairs can be rented at the SRP Visitor Center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More details:  https://dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-2/2022-12-01/

Phoenix ZooLights (Phoenix)

455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85005

November 23, 2022 – January 15, 2023
5:30pm – 10:30pm

There is a sensory friendly day on Jan 9th.  Modifications are made to make it more sensory friendly, including smaller crowds, quieter music, reduced flashing lights and more.

Cost:
Online:  $30 General, $25 Member
At gate:  $35 General, $30 Member
Children under 2:  Free

Go here for ZooLights discount info.

This year, there are new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and a new music and light show that will take you around the world!  Your entry to ZooLights includes admission to Dinosaurs in the Desert, the not-to-be-missed dino-mite experience!

Go here for ZooLights discount info.

Details here:  https://www.phoenixzoo.org/events/zoolights

Phoenix ZooLights Discount Tickets 2022-2023

You can get a BOGO coupon for ZooLights on Wednesday & Thursday nights (with some blackout dates).  Go here for more information.

World of Illumination Rockin’ Christmas (North Phoenix)

Hurricane Harbor ~ 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310

November 16, 2022 – January 1, 2023
6:00pm – 10:00pm (open rain or shine)
Online reservation required.

Cost: $39.99 on weekdays (M-TH), $49.99 weekends (F-SUN) for a carload
Online reservation required.

Add-ons like 3-D Glasses ($10), Sonic Wands ($5), Lightning Packs ($15) and Make A Wish Foundation donations ($2) also available to purchase at checkout.  No limos, buses, or RVS. Max Height of 10 feet.

This is a mile long symphony of sight and sound.  You’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school.  There are millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays.

More details:  https://www.worldofillumination.com/north-phoenix-arizona

World of Illumination Discounts 2022:

Purchase tickets at Costco for $34.99 (valid any night)
Get $5 off if you go to their website and sign up for emails — hopefully you’ll see a pop-up.  If not look for a sign up and hope the deal continues!

Christmas at the Princess (Scottsdale)

7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

November 18, 2022 – January 2, 2023
Monday – Thursday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday – Sunday, 4:00pm – 11:00pm
 From Dec 14, 2022 through Jan 2, 2021, open 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Cost:
$80 for self-parking and up to 4 wristbands
Discount here — currently $60 for 4 writstbands!
(If you rideshare or need extra wristbands, they’re $20 each.)
$120 for valet parking and up to 4 wristbands

Extra charges for Santa Experience, Bubble Wand and more.

Enjoy six million twinkling lights. Meet six of Santa’s favorite holiday friends. Skate around a 6,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice skating rink. Take photos with Kris Kringle, and enroll in Elf University.  Visit Twinkle Town—a magical land filled with twinkling lights, fire pits and rides for the whole family.

More details:  https://www.christmasattheprincess.com

Christmas at the Princess Discount Tickets 2022

Save money on tickets to Christmas at the Princess!  Right now you can get 4 wristbands for $60 here.  The offer can change, but if it’s there now, grab it!  Dates are disappearing quickly, but if you’re willing to go early or late in the season, there are still tickets left.

Enchant (Scottsdale)

Salt River Field at Talking Stick ~ 7555 N. Pima Road – Scottsdale, AZ 85258

November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023

4:30 pm – 10:30pm (5:30 at beginning of the season)

Cost:
Starting at
$34 per adult
Starting at $20 for children
Military & Seniors:  starting at $31
Children 2 & under:  free
  All prices up during peak evenings
Kids are free on select Wednesdays with an adult ticket purchase
$25 Night Owl option — last 2 hours

Walk through a lighted maze with over more four million lights. Lighted tunnels lead you to a huge 100 foot tall Christmas tree, as you look for surprises along the way.  Explore the small shops & boutiques along with various vendors and specialty crafts in their village.

There is an additional charge for ice skating.  It has limited capacity, so you may want to purchase your ticket ahead of time.  Adults are $18.  Kids are $15.

More details:  https://enchantchristmas.com/scottsdale-az-salt-river-fields/

Holiday Lights at the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park (Scottsdale)

7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250

November 25, 2022 – December 30, 2022

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost:  $15 per person
Children 2 & under:  free
$10 tickets are available for select weeknights during 8pm time slot. 

Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays. No trip to the park is complete without a spin on the historic Charros Carousel or a cup of hot cocoa from Hartley’s General Store.

Santa will also be at the park to visit and take photos Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-23. Santa’s line will close nightly at 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

More details:  https://www.therailroadpark.com/event/holiday-lights

Tucson Light Displays

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul (Tucson)

7366 Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704

Member’s Night:  December 3, 2022
Public:  December 9 – 10, 2022
Public:  December 16 – 17, 2022
5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Cost:
Member $15
General Public $20
Kids Age 3-12 $6
Kids Age 0-2 Free

Walk down illuminated pathways, enjoy live entertainment, and be dazzled by twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct experiences located throughout the grounds while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy festive treats!

More details:  https://tohonochul.org/holiday-nights

Lights Up Tucson Botanical Garden (Tucson)

November 25, 2022 – January 15, 2023  
5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost:
Prices range between $26 and $40 (several options)
Children under 4 are free
Tickets can be found here.

Parking at is limited. Be courteous when parking in the surrounding area. Do not block driveways and watch for No Parking signs.

See over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, a carefully curated and artfully sequenced series of illuminated experiences will transform the Gardens into a glittering wonderland of lights. Six distinct but meticulously connected thematic zones with their own unique color palettes lead visitors  through more than a million lights, custom-built oversized installations, and pieces created by local artisans. Be dazzled by a 50′ light tunnel, choreographed cypress trees, and experience the golden world of luminarias like never before!

More details:  https://tucsonbotanical.org/event/lightsup

Winterhaven Festival of Lights (Tucson)

There is no specific address, but here’s a map of the area.

December 10–26, 2022
6pm–10pm

Cost:
FREE, but everyone is encouraged to bring a donation of food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

There is no designated parking lot since it’s a whole neighborhood that’s lit up.  Some surrounding businesses charge for parking, though they have no affiliation with the Festival.  You can park in surrounding neighborhoods, but not to block intersections or driveways, and watch for no parking signs.

A map is provided by the food bank.

Tour lights on a hayride wagon, a bus trolley, or a pedal-powered group bike!  You can also see the lights on foot.  You can purchase a hayride, trolley ride, or rent a bike through links on their site. There is no Drive Thru night for 2022.

More details:  http://winterhavenfestival.org

Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo (Tucson)

3400 Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716

December 2, 2022 – December 30, 2022
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost:
$12 Adults (ages 15-61)
$10 Seniors (ages 62+)
$8 Children (ages 2-14)
Free for children under 2
Zoo Members receive $3 off admission Tuesdays – Sundays.

Presented by Tucson Electric Power, Zoo Lights returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows,  and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages.  Stop in for a photo opp at the confection-merry Candyland, share Seasons greetings in the oceans zone, and have a Santa-abulous visit with St. Nick who will be hearing wishes each evening through December 23. Experience falling snow in the Arctic Zone, listen to festive music, or savor a hot cup of cocoa from the Zoo Café or carts as you travel through a colorful wild wonderland in this Tucson holiday tradition.

More details:  https://reidparkzoo.org/event/zoolights-2022

Prescott Light Display

Arizona Light Show (Prescott Valley)

2200 N 5th St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

November 28th-December 30th
6:00pm – 10pm

Cost: Donations ($5 per car is suggested, but not required)

Enjoy hundreds of light displays as you drive through Fain Park in Prescott Valley.  Enjoy the beauty the Valley of Lights has to offer. To get there just look for the Soldier in Lights to guide you in.  There is no cost to enter, donations are accepted at the end of the drive.

Details here:  https://prescott-now.com/event/valley-of-lights-2022-4

If y0u know of any more amazing light displays or find anything has changed or is inaccurate, please email me:  juli@bargainbeliever.com


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1 Comment on 2022 Arizona Holiday Light Displays & Family Fun (Prices, Discounts & More Info)

  1. Lots of great options for all over, great lineup!

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