The weather in Phoenix may not be frightful, but the light displays that pop up in the Valley this time of year are certainly delightful. Getting ‘lit’ doesn’t only refer to people this time of year. As the holidays approach the streets all light up from homes to businesses donning light displays to ring in the season. If you want to get all the holiday feels going, then check out these places in Phoenix to see the best and most festive Christmas light displays.
3302 W. Adobe Dam Rd, Phoenix
If you’ve ever seen the movie Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, you know that some people like to go above and beyond with their holiday decor. Every year, Deer Valley has its own Buddy Hall when the residence at 3302 W. Adobe Dam set up their Christmas lights. The light display is set to music and features 10s of thousands of synchronized lights. ReinDeer Valley attendees this year will hear familiar tunes such as the Christmas Vacation theme song, Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Frozen, the Greatest Showman, and of course, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You.
Christmas at the Princess
7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale
The Polar Express may not be real, but Scottsdale’s Princess Resort may have the next best thing. Each year The Princess is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with holiday fun for the entire family. With over 4.5 million lights in their display, Christmas at the Princess is a can’t miss for holiday celebration. In addition to ice skating, meet and greets with Santa, attendees can also hop aboard the Princess Express and ride around the resort’s lagoons and see all the displays. There is also the enchanted plaza show which projects the resorts one-of-a-kind LED light display with over 70,000 lights set to a variety of classic Christmas songs.
Lights of the World
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix
With 75 different light displays, over 10 million individual lights it’s no wonder that USA Today listed Lights of the World among the “5 Over-the-top Christmas Lights from Across the US.” Open Thursday through Sunday from late November through the New Year, featuring a multitude of a different light displays Lights of the World is easily one of the largest light displays in the entire country. The illuminated displays this year include: the Pantheon, Jurassic Adventure, Taj Mahal, Sights of the World, the Story of Christmas, Snowfall, Dance of the Dolphins, and more.
Zoolights: Glow Wild
The Phoenix Zoo 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
This year, head to the zoo and be witness to millions of lights all over as you go to see your favorite furry friends or aquatic acquaintance. Complete with a three-story holiday tree for good measure and music-in-motion shows at the lakeside, ZooLights is great festive fun for all ages. At Stingray Beach, Zoo goers will have the opportunity to ride camels, have their pictures taken with Santa Claus himself, and experience nightly snowfall even in the desert.
Sepanek’s Holiday Lights
4415 E Calle Tuberia Phoenix
For over three decades, Lee and Patricia Sepanek have been going all out to light up their home in Arcadia with one of the most decadent residential light displays in the Valley. Featured in the holiday showcase are a bubble machine, decorative window displays, music, and a giant holiday tree. As far as the lights go, the Sepanek’s use over 250,000 bulbs in their display. The family light festivities are open every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s day from 6 pm to 10pm. Another unique feature of this particular display is the Sepankes’ effort to make their lights non-denominational, opening their celebration to all.
Santa’s Runway Lights
2329 North Recker Road, #104, Mesa
As kids we sometimes worry that Santa won’t be able to find our house. Fortunately, for the household of Danny Dingman, Santa won’t have any problem finding his house. With snow covered bushes and lights all over the property from the roof to the driveway, Dingman’s townhouse is the perfect reserved parking spot for Saint Nick’s sleigh. With over 65,000 lights and an assortment of Disney characters all lined up to greet him, there’s no way Santa (or the neighbors) can ignore Dingman’s holiday spectacle.
The Peanuts Airport
1146 North Quail Lane, Gilbert
Few things are as iconically associated with the Christmas season as the Peanuts gang. Since the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas aired in 1965, whenever we think Christmas, our minds always go that tiny pathetic Christmas tree and Snoopy’s doghouse adorned with Christmas lights. This home in Gilbert brings all the nostalgia with a light display featuring Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus, and an inflatable Snoopy taking off in his jet.
West Natal Circle
663 West Natal Circle, Mesa
The holidays are a time for cheer and joy and being nice to your neighbors. However, sometimes even during Christmas, neighborhood grinches and scrooges emerge, leading to fights with their neighbor’s over the top Christmas decorations. Luckily, the residence of West Natal Circle in Mesa do not have that problem. Every year this Mesa cul-de-sac coordinates holiday light displays that light up the whole neighborhood. From elaborate nativity scenes, inflatable snowman to animated figures and enough bulbs for an entire town, this spot in Mesa very quickly turns into something straight out of the North Pole.
The Taylor Family
3611 E. Kachina Dr., Ahwatukee
Few familes in the valley go as big as the Taylors do when the holidays roll around. The Christmas light display at the Taylor house is nothing short of a Chirstmas miracle. From the hundreds of cutouts of cartoon characters to the 20 foot castle featuring characters from Disney’s frozen, the Taylor house is the place to be. Along with the lights, children can also drop off their letters to Santa Claus there as well. Nearly every inch of the sprawling compound is covered in lights making it one of the premier holiday displays in all the Valley.
The Garrison Family Christmas Light Display
4420 East Anderson Drive
Like the Whos of Whoville singing at the end of the classic Grinch cartoon, the Garrison family Christmas lights started in slow, then it started to grow. Now the Garrison’s holiday display boasts of over 30,000 LED lights all sequences to festive holiday songs. Visitors can see their light show every night from November 29th through December 31st from 6-10 pm.
If you need something to do this Christmas season, be sure to check out these spots and make the most of your holidays.