December is a month full of things to do in Phoenix. We’ve got a list of plans for families, couples, or just for you. Put on your adventure clothes (and Christmas hat) and take a Christmas ride.
Things to do in Phoenix this December
1. Get a photoshoot with your pet
Arrowhead Towne Center is offering photoshoots with Santa for you, your pet, and your family. All the info is here.
Where: 📍7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale
2. Visit the Butterfly Wonderland
The Butterfly Wonderland is hosting a magical experience called “Christmas in the Rainforest.” This immersive Christmas show features an abundance of live butterflies and a venue decked in festive decor as well as live holiday music. Here are all the details.
Where: 📍9500 East Via de Ventura F100, Scottsdale
3. Go to a Candlelight Concert
Imagine live music in a warm and relaxing ambiance only bathed in candlelight. This December, you can go to different Candlelight Concerts including:
A special holiday concert featuring the Nutcracker at the Phoenix Art Museum
Holiday Jazz ft, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and more at the Phoenix Art Museum
A Tribute to Queen at the Nile Theatre
A Tribute to Coldplay at the Phoenix Art Museum
4. Take a drive through the largest animated light show in the world
Visit the World of Illumination through a car ride, where you’ll see a light show with millions of twinkling lights. There are two options the Candy Rush show in Glendale or Reindeer Road in Tempe. Here’s everything you need to know.
5. Sip some cocktails at a vintage train car
Warm-up with some cocktails at an immersive experience inside a vintage train car. We’re talking about the Platform 18 bar in Scottsdale. If you’re thinking about going, read this first.
6. Walk through the Desert Botanical Garden at “Las Noches de las Luminarias.”
The Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park lights up more than 8,000 luminaria bags by hand. Experience a holiday tradition on select nights from December 3 to 31. Check out the dates on their official website.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden 📍 Papago Park
7. Watch the Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo
Zoolights are already up! The Phoenix zoo offers an experience of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling animal sculptures, two music-in-motion light shows in their lake, and more.
Where: 📍455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Featured image by the Desert Botanical Garden @dbgphx.