Holiday Lights in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Kristen Kearney

Specific details are from 2017. Please check back in Oct. 2018 for updated information!

Scottsdale is aglow with holiday light this season, and you won’t want to miss the city’s brightest spots!


Illumination AZ

November 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Illumination AZ is Arizona’s largest drive-thru holiday light show! During the mile-long drive, you will see millions of holiday lights synchronized to your favorite holiday music. End your journey on Holiday Boulevard where you can walk through a giant ornament and enjoy bounce houses, food trucks, photos with Santa, selfie stations and more!


Lights of the World

November 16, 2017 – January 2, 2018

The largest lantern festival in North America brightens the downtown Phoenix skyline at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Combining the old-age Chinese tradition of lanterns with cutting-edge technology and lights, Lights of the World features more than 75 stunning displays. It’s unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine!


Christmas at the Princess

November 22 – December 31, 2017

As one of the city’s brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess creates a backdrop for families and friends to enjoy a magical night and make memories that last a lifetime. The resort transforms into a sparkly winter wonderland complete with a four-story musical tree, desert ice skating rink, Princess Express trains, Build-a-Bear Workshop and more than 3 million Lagoon Lights.



November 22, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Millions of glimmering displays light the way through the Phoenix Zoo each holiday season! Take a walk and enjoy a three-story-high holiday tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows, pictures with Santa and experience the nightly snowfall in the desert.


Las Noches de las Luminarias

November 24 – December 30, 2017

Experience a magical, Southwestern holiday tradition as more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias line the pathways of the Desert Botanical Garden. Listen to the sounds of talented musicians along the trails and take in the elegance and beauty of the Garden at night.



November 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Make your holidays shine with Scottsdazzle, a month-long celebration of the season the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Throughout the month of December, enjoy free signature events, concerts and festivals in each of the Old Town districts, plus breathtaking public art installations at the Scottsdale Waterfront.


Christmas Lights Segway Tour

December 1 – 30, 2017

This is the 4th Annual Christmas Lights Segway Tour of Scottsdale! The lights in Old Town Scottsdale are bright and dazzling at night, and a Segway tour is a fun way to capture all the holiday charm. Wear your elf hats or your Santa costumes, sip warm apple cider and see the Scottsdale Christmas lights in a way that will be truly memorable!


Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park lights up the night with one of the most unique holiday events in the Valley. Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays. And if you haven’t shared your holidays wish list with Santa yet, he’ll be at the park Dec. 18-23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Lights Around the City

Various Dates brings you their annual map to over-the-top holiday lights around the Greater Phoenix area. Follow more than 100 map icons to some of the region’s greatest residential and commercial light displays.