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The Ultimate List of Holiday & Christmas Lights in Phoenix

Our Ultimate List and Map of Christmas Lights in Phoenix 2023: Holiday lights in metro Phoenix!
Phoenix Holiday Lights Illustration by Emily Tingom

Discover the finest holiday lights in the Phoenix area with our 4th annual Ultimate List of Christmas Lights 2023!

Christmas Lights Map

Map by Phoenix With Kids and Phoenix With Twins


East Pinchot Avenue between 26th and 28th Streets in Phoenix. Nightly in December. Free.

N. of Fort Lowell, E. of Tucson Blvd., S. of Prince, W. of Country Cloub, Tucson, AZ 85716. December 9-25, from 6-10pm. Taking donations for the food bank.

Horse and carriage rides available on Friday and Saturday nights.

70,000 Lights

Light show runs from dusk until 9 pm daily. Santa, Mr. Clause and elf are on location every Friday and Saturday with a treat for the kids.

Many Lights

Experience the festive spirit in Pecan Creek South, where over 120 homes participate in creating a dazzling display, featuring everything from twinkling lights to festive blow-ups. The Loop of Lights is a family friendly community light walk that started in 2007.

Celebrate the holidays at this cherished local event with Mayor Ginny Dickey. Witness the enchanting illumination of thousands of twinkling lights, highlighted by the traditional “lighting of the Avenue” around 5:45 on the Avenue of the Fountains, featuring the official Town of Fountain Hills Christmas Tree.

110,000 Lights

“Christmas On Comstock” showcases 15 homes synchronized to music along Comstock Drive near Elliot and Recker roads. This spectacular display even earned recognition on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Tune radio to 88.1 FM. For 2023, the show begins on December 1.

Don’t forget to bring canned food for the neighborhood food drive!

Experience the magic on 98.1 FM for synchronized music and lights. In the 4600-4800 block of E. Voltaire Avenue, a synchronized outdoor lights display dances to Christmas music. Tune in to 98.1 FM for a festive soundtrack. The enchanting spectacle illuminates both sides of East Voltaire Avenue, spreading holiday cheer near Tatum Boulevard and Thunderbird Road.

100,000+ Lights

Dazzling Christmas display featuring 100,000+ lights synchronized to music. Open from Thanksgiving to January 31st.

25,000 Lights

This is the perfect car-friendly spot to visit! Discover a themed display with animation, characters, and an impressive 25,000 lights.

Eastmark is a vibrant hub of holiday displays. While specific addresses may not be available at the moment, it’s a promising area for those seeking festive cheer.

The Grayhawk AZ Christmas Street is a cherished community holiday tradition with a charitable mission to support St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Immerse yourself in a symphony of lights and music as 32 interconnected houses on our street come alive in a dazzling animated display, creating a harmonious celebration of the season.Listen to music on 87.9 FM. From 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

In Queen Creek, discover a festive enclave where numerous homes come together to create a spectacular Christmas showcase, each adorned with extravagant decorations and holiday cheer.

100,000 Lights

In this cul-de-sac, four houses have joined forces to create a holiday wonderland. Expect thousands of lights, Santa with his sleigh and reindeer, a winter wonderland, Christmas tree displays, and charming lights across the four homes. There’s even a perfect photo spot on a bench.

Residential Light Displays by City

20,000 Lights

Featuring 20,000 dazzling lights, this synchronized light extravaganza is choreographed to enchanting Christmas music. Marvel at the grand Christmas trees, ranging from 15 to 20 feet in height, as you tune in to 87.9 FM for the full experience. Don’t miss the show, running from December 5th to the 28th, with hours from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and extended hours from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Experience the Makela Family Light Show by tuning into 96.1 FM. Immerse yourself in a 15-minute-long spectacle featuring remixes of the Star Wars soundtrack and beloved holiday favorites, skillfully programmed by homeowner Sean Makela.

10,000 Lights

Toyland w/Gingerbread House & Bear, Undersea Adventure, Flamingo Lagoon, and a Penguin Alley. Open Thanksgiving through January 6.

25,000 Lights

At “Foux Lights,” you’ll be dazzled by over 25,000 lights synchronized to music, complemented by a collection of over 100 vintage blow-mold figures. Explore captivating scenes like the Land of Sweets, Winter Wonderland, Rudolph & Friends, Santa’s Workshop, and the Nativity scene. The show runs from dusk until 10 p.m. every night, starting a few days after Thanksgiving. The family welcomes you to contribute non-perishable food donations for the AZCEND food bank, spreading holiday warmth and goodwill.

35,000 Lights

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as this homeowner welcomes visitors with a life-size Flintstone car and other festive characters, adding a touch of whimsy to the dazzling display of 35,000 lights.

80,000 Lights

See 80,000+ lights with five houses synced to music 5:30-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting. A Disney theme is featured with nightly snowfall and a Santa mailbox to mail your letters. Tune to 88.1 FM. If you bring a letter make sure your address is on it because Santa sends a personalized replay to every letter.

35,000 Lights

The Peanuts airport with Snoopy on a runway and Santa in a helicopter coming in for landing are part of this family display where you can get a photo with your favorite Peanuts characters and Minions. The family says, “You don’t want to miss this display!” which is on from 5 p.m. to midnight Nov. 26 through Jan. 1.

Enjoy the enchantment of synchronized lights dancing to the rhythm of festive music.

25,000 Lights

Over 25,000 lights synchronized to music. Tune in to 87.9 in your car or listen to the outdoor speakers. Featuring a 24′ MEGA tree, 24′ palm tree matrices, 6′ snowflakes and an animated singing face. Over 1 hour of holiday music for young and old. Show runs nightly from 5:30-10, F/Sa 5:30-11. Donations accepted for Wounded Warriors. Merry Christmas!

Visit this yard display every night from 6 to 10 pm, where you can contribute to a good cause by making donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

50,000 Lights

Origin/meaning of the long-running tradition of the “Christmas Eve Candlelight Church Service”. The display lights in 5 stages to explain the message. Free hot cocoa, eggnog, and cookies served on Fridays and Saturdays. Lighted nightly at 6:00 PM through New Year’s Day.

120,000 Lights

Over 120,000 lights with a full manger scene, Misfits island, desert scene, snowman land and picture windows, photo booth. We are doing a canned food drive for New hope and donations for a family in need.

100 Lights

With 100 lights, this charming traditional display showcases numerous illuminated trees and an antique sleigh, beautifully adorned by Donner and a blanket of white lights. In the backyard, the magic continues, with the option for visitors to drive behind the home to enjoy the display from the park.

Farms, Towns and Cities, Zoos, Parks, Etc.

The Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Market will take place in the center of Veterans Memorial Park.

10,000 Lights

Lights in the palm trees, lawn games, huge Christmas tree. Over 10k lights that light up the southwest corner of 67th ave and Union Hills Dr. in Glendale.

Scottsdale Quarter has a big Christmas tree, and the splash pad area is decorated with lights on the palm trees. They have some photo-spots set up as well.

1,000,000+ Lights

ZooLights, presented by Tucson Electric Power, offers the perfect holiday experience with thousands of twinkling lights, enchanting light displays, and captivating animal-themed sculptures. Embrace the festive atmosphere with falling snow, visits from Santa, and nightly entertainment. For extra fun, hop on the carousel (additional fee). Warm up with hot cocoa and sweet treats. The regular Cafe menu is also available. ZooLights runs from December 2-23, with Encore Nights from December 26-30, and January 2-7, making it a wonderful Tucson holiday tradition. More than 1,000,000 lights.

750,000 Lights

Extend an invitation for a friend to join in and experience the mesmerizing 12-scene Christmas light display at Red Mountain. With over 750,000 lights, each scene unfolds a unique story, accessible through the Red Mountain app or the Christmas Lights Brochure available on campus. The festive spectacle is open for enjoyment every night between November 26 and December 31, excluding rainy evenings.

The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch hosts the enchanting Riparian After Dark event every December, inviting guests to meander along a candle-lit trail by the picturesque Water Ranch Lake. Illuminated by hundreds of luminarias and vibrant light displays, this festive gathering offers live holiday entertainment, including school choirs and carolers. Visitors can indulge in light refreshments available for purchase, while the ADA-accessible trails ensure everyone can enjoy the experience. Leashed dogs are welcome to join the walk. What makes this event even more special is its commitment to local non-profit agencies, as each night is dedicated to a different cause, encouraging donations to support those in need.

58,500 Lights

This remarkable annual display along Main Street, adorned with 58,500 vibrant lights is generously offered by dedicated volunteers and is open to the public free of charge every evening throughout the holiday season.

Nightly Lit Tumbleweed Tree, open each night Dec. 3 thru Jan. 7 at sunset. The tumbleweed tree is lit nightly for visitors to see and take pictures in front of.

Take a stroll through enchanting pathways, indulge in live entertainment, and soak in the radiance of thousands of twinkling lights. While musicians and artists enchant you, enjoy sips of hot cocoa and festive treats. This is a holiday wonderland you won’t want to miss! Fridays & Saturdays from 5:30 ‚Äì 8:30 PM, December 1st through December 16.

1,000,000+ Lights

LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination is from November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024. LightsUp! Stroll through six themed light areas and be dazzled by over one million lights, dancing sculptures, and awe-inspiring luminaria displays. Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, the Gardens will transform into a carefully curated and artfully sequenced series of illuminated experiences. Six distinct yet connected thematic zones comprise LightsUp!: Arrival, Welcome Walk, Whimsy Way, Bedazzled Boulevard, Star Shower, and Luminaria Lane. In addition to clouds of LED lights throughout the display, there are custom-built, oversized props including light tunnels, cypress-inspired spindle trees, punched-tin stars trees, light curtains, and luminaria chandeliers and archways. All contribute to creating an unforgettable holiday experience unlike any other in southern Arizona. A casual walk through the show will take approximately 45 minutes and will be accompanied by a soundtrack that, in some areas, will be choreographed with lights.

Every winter, the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express springs to life on an extraordinary journey. It departs from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, and transports passengers to the enchanting wonder of “the North Pole.” There, Santa Claus and his reindeer eagerly await with a jingle bell for every well-behaved boy and girl.

6,000,000 Lights

Pratt Brothers Christmas at Rawhide is Arizona’s brand-new holiday extravaganza, boasting over 6 million dazzling lights, a mesmerizing light show, a charming train ride, nightly parades, thrilling stunt performances, festive shopping, live entertainment, and a plethora of family-friendly activities.

75,000 Lights

In its 6th year, the free Christmas Light Show at Rock Point Church illuminates from 6 to 9 p.m. every night from December 80th to the 24th. The display features two towering 30-foot Christmas light Mega trees, a spectacular 50-foot Mega arch tunnel, and thousands of lights choreographed to beloved Christmas and family-friendly music. For a cozy experience, there’s a viewing area with fire pits and heat lamps, and you can also purchase hot cocoa and s’mores to enhance the holiday spirit.

It’s the Valley’s beloved holiday tradition ‚Äì ZooLights! It shines larger and brighter than ever, featuring nearly four million lights, hundreds of dazzling displays, the addition of Wildlife Lanterns, and the grand return of the tallest floating tree in North America, which includes original music and a mesmerizing synchronized light show!

200,000 Lights

For more than four decades, the lighting of the Mesa Arizona Temple gardens has been a favorite holiday tradition for many. The free event, with over 200,000 lights has grown to become one of the largest Christmas lighting events in the Southwest, recently drawing over 1.5 million visitors. The lights are on every night, 5-10 p.m., from Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 31, on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple, 101 S. LeSueur, in downtown Mesa. Free parking is available nearby. A unique display of more than 100 international nativities from around the world is also hosted inside the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center, 455 E. Main, (across the street from the Mesa Arizona Temple). The event is free and open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Nov 24-Dec. 31. The nativities display will also be open from 11 am -1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Experience a festive train ride with holiday lights, a special visit from Santa, enjoy the Playland area, meet farm animals, bounce on the jumping pillows, and explore activities like mini diggers, mini tractors, the Honey Bear Spinner, peddle carts, trikes, and the thrilling Super Slide. Dec. 8th – 10th , 15th – 17th & 22nd – 23rd.

They invite you to experience the magic of the holiday season at Mortimer Farms! From November 25th to December 24th, join them for Country Christmas at the Farm, which includes their enchanting Christmas Walk and Farm Park.

They invite you to delight in the magic of the holiday season at Santa’s enchanting, 400-year-old workshop.

The Gilbert Water Tower will illuminate with festive holiday colors every evening from November 27 to January 2. These lights will dance to holiday music every half hour, between 5:30 PM and 10:00 PM.

5,000,000+ Lights

Over 5 million dazzling lights, colossal illuminated displays, an enchanting tunnel of lights, and many more captivating features await.

Join us as we undergo a breathtaking transformation into a winter wonderland, aglow with holiday lights and enchanting displays. Hop on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad to embark on a magical journey through this captivating seasonal spectacle. Don’t miss this opportunity to craft cherished memories with your loved ones.

800,000 Lights

Desert Farm Lights, nestled in Surprise, Arizona, stands as the premier walk-through Christmas experience in the Phoenix West Valley. This enchanting holiday attraction offers an array of delights, from charming snow globes to a bustling event calendar filled with festive activities. Visitors can partake in horse-drawn hayrides, a 30-minute Christmas Light maze, Gingerbread Bouncy Castle Slide, Fun Slide, smores, a train ride, a scavenger hunt, and more, savoring the season with delectable food and beverages (from many different food trucks). Free parking.

“Enchant Scottsdale” transforms the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, into a magical holiday haven. At its heart is the world’s largest light maze, surrounded by an enchanting ice-skating trail winding through captivating displays. A bustling Christmas village offers a market for seasonal shopping and an opportunity to meet Santa in his workshop. Live entertainment and a delectable array of holiday treats contribute to the festive atmosphere, with activities and rides for children to enjoy. With millions of twinkling lights adorning the venue, “Enchant Scottsdale” creates a winter wonderland for families, couples, and individuals, making it an enchanting celebration of the holiday season.

“Glendale Glitters” is a cherished holiday tradition in Glendale, Arizona, celebrated for its dazzling light display that blankets the city’s historic downtown with millions of twinkling lights. The event kicks off with a grand lighting ceremony, complete with festive entertainment like live performances and carolers, fostering a spirited holiday ambiance. A holiday market with local vendors and Santa’s Workshop offer unique gifts and the chance to meet Santa Claus, while children can partake in various holiday-themed activities. Depending on the year, an ice-skating rink may be available for visitors to enjoy under the sparkling lights. The event culminates with a breathtaking fireworks display, marking the completion of a joyful celebration that brings the community together to embrace the magic of Christmas.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms” is a delightful holiday experience hosted at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona.

8,000 Luminary Lights

The Desert Botanical Garden’s Christmas lights transform the arid landscapes of Phoenix, Arizona, into a mesmerizing wonderland each holiday season. As twilight falls, the garden comes alive with the warm glow of thousands of twinkling lights, strategically placed to illuminate the unique shapes and forms of desert plants. Visitors can meander through the pathways and cacti gardens, marvelling at the artistic light displays that seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings. The Garden’s luminous allure is often enhanced with seasonal music, making it an enchanting place for families and friends to gather, create cherished memories, and immerse themselves in the beauty of the desert under the starry night sky.

7,500,000 Lights

Christmas At The Princess at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a renowned holiday extravaganza set against the backdrop of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. This spectacular event features a wide array of festive attractions and activities

Drive-through Light Shows

1,000,000+ Lights

Arizona Lights in the Night is a captivating drive-thru event running from December 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. They have over 1 million lights. Bring your family and friends along to immerse yourselves in the holiday spirit as you traverse this memorable holiday light show.

1,000,000+ Lights

Embark on a celestial adventure with Shiny the Star as your guide at Cosmic Sleighride, an otherworldly holiday experience presented by World of Illumination. It took us 24 minutes to drive through the show. It is also set to music. Use Promo Code WOl2023 for a 15% discount on weekday tickets from Nov 15 to Dec 14, 2023!

1,000,000+ Lights

Get ready for an exciting ride down Reindeer Road alongside Ranger Reno, brought to you by World of Illumination. Use Promo Code WOl2023 for a 15% discount on weekday tickets from Nov 15 to Dec 14, 2023!

Holiday Events

Updated for 2023! One of our favorite family activities is driving and looking at holiday lights in Phoenix. Not only is this activity free, but there are some amazing displays! Some houses go all out with lights that are synchronized to music, while others boast thousands of twinkling Christmas lights and colors.

Follow us!

Navigate the festive season with the help of our map and list which is the most validated and confirmed list ever. We’ve mailed everyone on our map a postcard to validate for the best accuracy. 

Tips and Ideas

Locating these free holiday lights might pose a challenge, but we’ve got you covered with a map and list! Enhance your evening outings by exploring the festive displays near your home. Take a glance, plan a delightful family evening, and make the most of the holiday season!

A few things to keep in mind as well:

  • We enjoy bringing along a steaming cup of hot chocolate and some cookies to savor during our drive! It’s a delightful way to make the commute between neighborhoods more enjoyable.
  • Traffic tends to be busier on weekends and during the week surrounding Christmas Day, especially near neighborhoods adorned with festive lights. Anticipate potential delays, particularly on popular streets.
  • Bring along your favorite holiday tunes to enhance the festive atmosphere, or tune in to the continuous stream of Christmas music on the local station 99.9 FM.
  • Most neighborhood light displays are best experienced from the sidewalk or your car. While some homes may welcome closer inspection or feature additional displays, these areas should be clearly marked. Avoid blocking driveways.
  • When parked temporarily to enjoy a display, consider turning off your headlights to minimize distractions. Remember to switch them back on when you’re ready to resume driving!
  • Plan ahead! Select a neighborhood to explore and jot down the addresses in advance for a smoother experience.
  • Always verify the location, as well as the days and times of a home or show, by checking any provided links in the listings. We cannot be held responsible for any last-minute changes.

Submit or Verify a Listing

Navigate the festive season with the help of our map and list which is the most validated and confirmed list ever. We’ve mailed everyone on our map a postcard to validate for the best accuracy. 

Chandler, the Jewel of the East Valley, transforms into a radiant spectacle of holiday magic as Christmas lights adorn the cityscape, turning ordinary streets into enchanting pathways of festivity. 

In Fountain Hills, the holiday season unfolds with a dazzling spectacle of Christmas lights that transforms this desert oasis into a radiant wonderland. As the sun sets over the McDowell Mountains, the town’s focal point becomes a symphony of light, captivating residents and visitors alike.

In Gilbert, the holiday season unfolds in a blaze of festive brilliance as Christmas lights transform this suburban landscape into a twinkling symphony of color. As the sun dips below the horizon, the neighborhoods of Gilbert come alive with the warm and inviting glow of holiday decorations, creating an enchanting atmosphere that captivates both residents and visitors.

In Glendale, the holiday season casts a vibrant glow upon the cityscape, where Christmas lights weave a tapestry of festive brilliance. As daylight gives way to the evening, Glendale transforms into a dazzling spectacle of color and cheer, embracing the spirit of the season with open arms.

In Goodyear, the holiday season casts a radiant spell as Christmas lights transform the city into a dazzling panorama of festive brilliance. As the sun dips below the horizon, Goodyear comes to life with a vibrant display of lights that embodies the spirit of celebration and community.

In Laveen Village, the holiday season casts a warm and inviting glow across this charming community as Christmas lights illuminate the streets, transforming the village into a festive haven. As the sun sets over the South Mountain Range, Laveen Village comes alive with the magical radiance of holiday cheer.

In Litchfield Park, the holiday season unfolds with a picturesque charm as Christmas lights bedeck this idyllic community, transforming it into a radiant winter wonderland. As the sun sets over the White Tank Mountains, Litchfield Park becomes aglow with the festive spirit, captivating both residents and visitors.

In Mesa, the holiday season bursts forth in a spectacular array of color and radiance as Christmas lights adorn the cityscape, transforming it into a twinkling spectacle of festive joy.

In Peoria, the holiday spirit takes center stage as the city comes alive with a dazzling display of Christmas lights, transforming neighborhoods into a festive symphony of color and cheer. As the sun sets behind the breathtaking White Tank Mountains, Peoria becomes a radiant canvas of holiday magic, inviting residents and visitors to share in the joy of the season.

In Phoenix, the sprawling cityscape transforms into a vibrant tapestry of holiday enchantment as Christmas lights bedeck the streets, infusing the desert metropolis with a festive spirit. As the sun sets behind the iconic Camelback Mountain, Phoenix becomes a luminous hub, beckoning residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the warmth and radiance of the season.

In Queen Creek, the holiday season unfolds with a captivating display of Christmas lights, transforming this charming community into a festive haven. As the sun sets over the San Tan Mountains, Queen Creek becomes aglow with the warm and inviting radiance of holiday cheer.

In San Tan Valley, the holiday season casts a magical spell, illuminating the community with a mesmerizing display of Christmas lights. As the sun sets over the sprawling landscapes, San Tan Valley transforms into a festive wonderland, inviting residents and visitors to bask in the warm glow of holiday cheer.

In Scottsdale, the holiday season unfolds in a dazzling display of Christmas lights, transforming this vibrant city into a festive spectacle. As the sun sets behind the iconic McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale becomes aglow with the warm and inviting radiance of holiday cheer.

In Sierra Vista, nestled against the scenic backdrop of the Huachuca Mountains, the holiday season comes alive with a warm and enchanting glow as Christmas lights illuminate the city.

In Surprise, Arizona, the holiday season unfolds in a dazzling display of Christmas lights, turning this vibrant city into a festive marvel. As the sun sets over the White Tank Mountains, Surprise becomes aglow with the warm and inviting radiance of holiday cheer.

In Tempe, Arizona, the holiday season arrives in a burst of festive brilliance as Christmas lights transform the city into a radiant wonderland. As the sun sets over the shimmering waters of Tempe Town Lake, the vibrant streets come alive with the warm and inviting glow of holiday cheer.

In Tucson, Arizona, the holiday season arrives with a magical transformation as Christmas lights cast a radiant glow over the cityscape. As the sun sets behind the majestic Catalina Mountains, Tucson becomes a luminous tapestry of festive joy, inviting residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the enchantment of the season.

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