What to do this weekend in the Valley

PHOENIX – Whether you need to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays or having the in-laws in town for the holidays, there are plenty of festive things to do in the Valley over Christmas weekend.

Here are some ideas to consider.


Ice skating: Strap on the skates and spin around the ice at Cityscape in downtown Phoenix, Merry Main Street in downtown Mesa, Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, or the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess ice rink. Check each site’s website for specific session times, prices and discounts.

Christmas lights: If you are looking to see the Christmas lights, there is no shortage of places to see them in the valley. Take the train through a winter wonderland to McCormick-Stillman Railway Park in Scottsdale, cross World of Enlightenmentlight shows at Tempe and Glendale, or see the light show at Salt river fields. Zoo lights is back at the Phoenix Zoo for its 30th year.

Christmas lights at home: Pack snacks, the kids, and the car, and walk around town to see some of the houses that have been decorated for Christmas. Some have thousands of traditional lights, while others have created elaborate shows synchronizing their lights with holiday tunes. Others are themed “The Little Mermaid” by Disney, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, or “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton.

Check out our interactive holiday light map to see over 60 homes in the valley

Christmas bars and cocktails: Get into the Christmas spirit with festive cocktails. Sipping Santa Claus and his tiki menu are back at Bitter & Twisted in downtown Phoenix, while Miracle is back at Floor 13 Rooftop Bar. Blue dog has outdoor igloos with sofas and tables, turntables and other Christmas decorations, as well as holiday cocktails. In Scottsdale, the Salt and Lime Modern Mexican Grill has turned into Feliz Navidad Cantina with ornaments, ribbons, garlands and wallpaper hanging from the ceiling and walls.


Arizona Cardinals Christmas Game vs. Indianapolis Colts: Few tickets are available for the Cards-Colts game on Christmas Day at State Farm Stadium. On Thursday afternoon, the cheapest ticket was $ 65, while the others were $ 200 and up. The game starts at 6.15 p.m.

Phoenix Suns Vs Golden State Warriors Christmas Day Game: Tickets are still available for the Suns’ Christmas Day game against the Warriors. The cheapest ticket on Thursday afternoon was $ 170. Don’t go to the game, you can watch it on ABC15. The game starts at 3 p.m.

Arizona Parkway: The Odysea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, Surprise Your Eyes, Pangea and The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be open throughout the weekend. However, all attractions will close at 4:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. At Ripley’s, a new exhibit featuring artifacts from President Lincoln’s assassination and funeral recently opened.

Medieval times: On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Medieval Times has a jousting tournament scheduled. On December 26, three tournaments are scheduled throughout the day.

Mavrix and Octane circuit: Both entertainment venues will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with limited hours. You can go bowling, laser tag or arcade at Mavrix. Octane has an indoor go-kart track and virtual reality games.

Watch a movie : Grab some popcorn and watch a movie on the weekend. Spider-Man: No Way Home ” has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and American Underdog, the movie about Kurt Warner, will be released on Christmas Day. AMC, Harkins, Majestic, Landmark Cinemas, Look Cinemas, and Touchstar Theaters all have show times scheduled for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday. Pollack Cinemas has vacation classics screened over the weekend.

Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden: The garden closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, is closed on Christmas Day and reopens on Sunday, December 26. Reservations are required to see Chihuly and its Las Noches de las Luminaria event. Tours of Chihuly’s work in Taliesin West resume on Sunday, December 26.

Immersive Van Gogh exhibition: The traveling exhibition which showcases some of Van Gogh’s famous works on a larger-than-life scale is open on holiday weekends, although tickets are limited (from Thursday afternoon). Tickets were still available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday December 26.

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