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Thanksgiving doesn’t have to end just because the turkey is gone. With these Valley wide events, you can keep the party going all the way to the new year.

Illumination

Come visit the state’s largest holiday drive-thru light show in the state. It runs nightly from November 15 to January 14th. You can learn more about locations, schedules and prices at IlluminationAZ.com.

holiday light tunnel

 

Polar Express

Based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, the Polar Express takes families on a magic filled train ride to the North Pole. During the trip, guests are treated to hot chocolate and cookies during a reading of the book. The hour long train ride departs from Williams, AZ and ends tends to fill up quickly, so make your reservations soon.

steam engine train in snowy field

 

Lights of the World

The largest light and lantern festival in North America is coming to the Arizona State Fairgrounds November 16 through January 2. The Lights of the World has over 11 exhibits and 75 stunning displays, not to mention food from around the world, carnival rides and games, a daily acrobatic performance, dancing and music concerts.

Chinese lanterns at night

 

Ornament Marketplace

Don’t miss the Heard museum’s annual Ornament Marketplace event on November 24. This year, hundreds of Native-themed ornaments are for sale at all sizes and price points. Each one is hand-crafted by American Indians and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Exterior of the Head Museum

 

Glendale Glitters

The largest free light display in Arizona returns this year in Glendale. More than 1.6 million LED lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale from November 24 – January 6. While you’re there, check off some of your holiday shopping at any of the shops, boutiques and collectible stores.

Tent made up of christmas lights in a city center

 

Zoo Lights

Each year, the Phoenix Zoo is illuminated with millions of lights, hundreds of displays and a three story tree. The event runs from November 22- January 14 every night from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Display from light festival

Written by Madison G from ARMLS
Madison has been part of the ARMLS family since 2015. As the Content Editor, she brings an extensive background in writing, editing, communication and punnery.