When it comes to family and kid-friendly events, Phoenix and its surroundings never disappoint!
The 2021 holiday season is no exception; families will get to celebrate this wonderful time of the year with super fun events designed especially with families in mind. Take a look at our top picks for holiday events in Phoenix, Arizona on the list below:

You will find more than one event at the Phoenix Zoo on this list, they take the holidays seriously so families will have a variety of options to celebrate. 

This one gives families the chance to support the amazing Phoenix Zoo! You can partake in the Win for Wildlife Auction and Raffle to win incredible items, and experience an exclusive drive-thru preview of the 30th anniversary of ZooLights!

Where: Phoenix Zoo
When: November 7: 5 PM- 10.30 PM

Make your way through mountainous terrain, traverse glacial peaks, ice caves, northern forest, and get to Santa’s Workshop, the world’s largest animated toy shop!

In this fantastic drive-through light forest, you’ll see reindeer, snowmen, and toys galore!

Where: TEMPE DIABLO STADIUM
When: 11.17.21 – 1.2.22: 6 PM – 10 PM

Families will get to visit the world’s largest animated drive-through light show!

It highlights larger-than-life Christmas characters and confections. Visitors will be amazed by millions of colorful lights and enchanting holiday music— a must-see treat for the entire family!

Where: Desert Diamond Casino West Valley – Glendale, AZ
When: 11.12.21 – 1.2.22: 6 PM – 10 PM

Families can enjoy Arizona’s biggest and best synchronized Christmas Light Show!

The fantastic show stretches over an easy to traverse 10 acres of Vertuccio Farms, providing a spectacular walk-through, interactive holiday journey!

Where: Vertuccio Farms
When: November 19th through Sunday, January 2nd
Monday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday-Saturday 5:30 PM- 10 PM
Sunday 5:30 PM – 10 PM

Families will get to enjoy the lighting of the tallest fresh-cut Christmas Tree in Arizona with an interactive family-friendly music show propelled by audience participation!

This will be a magical, musical family night where everyone will be encouraged to sing along!

Where: OUTLETS AT ANTHEM
When: November 20, 6 PM- 7 PM

Schnepf Farms is the perfect place to experience a winter wonderland and celebrate Christmas! 

Catch a ride on the Illumination Express, hop on a hayride to visit Rudolph, or journey through Santa’s magic workshop!

Where: Schnepf Farms – Queen Creek, AZ
When: November 24 – December 31: 5:30 PM – 10 PM

Families will get to experience millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures, and two Music-in-Motion Light Shows on the main lake.

Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo has been glowing for 30 years!

Where: Phoenix Zoo
When: November 24, 2021– January 15, 2022 (SELECT NIGHTS ONLY): 5:30-10:30 P.M.

This is a Phoenix tradition and a must-see event for families in Phoenix!

Holidays at the Heard features special programming scheduled weekends starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and running through Friday, December 31.

Where: Heard Museum – Phoenix
When: November 26- December 30 on selected days. 11 AM- 3 PM

Families can hop onboard the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights and displays!

Santa will also be at the park nightly through December 23 to visit and take photos with.

Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
When: November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022: 6 – 9:30 PM

This 2021 holiday season, families will get to enjoy from the comfort of their vehicle, millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures, and two Music-in-Motion Light Shows on the main lake.

Where: Phoenix Zoo
When: November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7
Early Bird: 5:30-7:30 P.M.
Night Owl: 7:30-9:30 P.M.

This year’s Town of Gilbert’s annual Water Tower Lighting and Holiday Concert will include free family activities, food trucks, and live music.

Join the Mayor and Council of Gilbert in this tradition as they light the Gilbert Water Tower to kick off the holiday season.

Where: Water Tower Plaza – Gilbert, AZ
When: November 29: 6 PM- 8.30 PM

Meet and greet your favorite Christmas characters and write your own letter to Santa with the help of Mrs. Claus!

Celebrate the wonder and joy of the holidays, with lasting memories of fun, laughter, and special family time. And get your picture taken with Santa after the show!

Where: The Madison Center for the Arts
When: December 2-5: 7 PM- 8 PM

The entire family will get to enjoy this Youth Musical in the Mainstage Theater!

This first grader is super-excited about the Holiday Sing-along and Secret Santa. Too bad tattletale May is ruining all of Junie B.’s fun!

Where: Fountain Hills Theater
When: Dec. 3 – 19, 2021: Friday & Saturday at 7 PM & Sunday at 2 PM

Earnhardt Lexus is hosting their 2nd Annual Photos with Santa and you can create a beautiful memory with the family!

These photos are free and will be available in a hi-res digital download after the event.

Where: Earnhardt Lexus
When: December 5: 10 AM- 12 PM

Santa’s Enchanted Holiday Festival will feature many activities and fun things, including face painting, crafts, boutique shopping, and a farmers market!

This event is fun for all ages and free for adults and kids under 12 months!

Where: Singh Meadows
When: December 5: 11 AM- 5 PM

Santa will be at the farm from 9-3 the snow hill will be open from 9-6.

This is a great way to celebrate this holiday season! The entire family will get to see Santa and play on the snow hill!

Where: Mother Nature’s Farm – AZ
When: December 11: 9 AM- 3 PM

Families will get to join Old St. Nick and his reindeer and options for reindeer rides, shopping, yummy food and treats, face painting, craft activities, and mini photos with “Santa.”

Tickets include reindeer food, goodie bags, and raffle tickets.

Where: Paseo Verde Park
When: December 12: 12 PM- 4 PM

The entire family can enjoy this holiday classic that soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special.

Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him.

Where: Herberger Theater Center
When: November 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
December 3,4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24
Hours vary by day.