The holidays are just around the corner and Tempe, Arizona is home to lots of festive and fun holiday events. Complete your gift list and buy unique, handmade items at Second Sundays on Mill and the Tempe Festival of the Arts. While snow is definitely not in our forecast, you will find beautiful light displays that are sure to provide holiday cheer and just a touch of magic.
Make a long weekend out of it by staying in one of Tempe’s hotels, ranging from upscale to boutique inspired properties. Visit tempetourism.com to find even more events, discover your next favorite restaurant and explore all the things to do in our city.
2nd Sundays on Mill – Second Sunday of every month
Check out Downtown Tempe’s newest event, Second Sundays on Mill. This event features a local market showcasing artisans, art, handmade crafts, baked goods, unique gifts, and more. Plus – enjoy pop-up street performances, live music from local musicians, community programming, fitness classes, and outdoor games. This event is family-friendly, surrounded by delicious eats and treats from local restaurants.
Downtown Tempe Authority
World of Illumination – November 17, 2021-January 2, 2022
Tempe Diablo Stadium
Get into the holiday spirit at World of Illumination at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The world’s largest animated drive-through holiday light show features two million lights and displays synchronized to your favorite festive tunes. The theme for Tempe’s event is Reindeer Road, featuring Santa’s Workshop, reindeer, snowmen, and toys galore. Tickets are only sold online.
Tempe Festival of the Arts – December 3-5, 2021
Head to Downtown Tempe, December 3-5, 2021, for the Tempe Festival of the Arts. View and purchase work of art from 300 artists, including everything from jewelry to painting to sculptures. Guests will enjoy artists from around the country, local music, a Kids Block and many great food options. While in downtown, you can grab a bite to eat from a food truck or one of the many restaurants in the area. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
ZooLights – November 24, 2021-January 15, 2022
Enjoy one of the most beloved holiday events, ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo. This year, there are two ways to enjoy millions of twinkling lights, animated animal sculptures and the Wildlife Lantern Safari. On select nights, you can cruise through ZooLights in your car. On alternate evenings, you can walk through the event. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Check the calendar on the Zoo website for specific dates for both viewing options.
Las Noches de las Luminarias – Select evenings, December 3-31, 2021
Desert Botanical Garden
Visit Las Noches de las Luminarias for a romantic date night or fun and festive outing with family and friends. The Garden’s trails will be illuminated by 8,000 luminarias and white twinkle lights. Advance reservations are required. This year, enjoy additional lighting displays to highlight the beautiful desert plants. Purchase holiday cocktails at stationed bars along the trails.
For even more events and information about visiting Tempe, visit www.tempetourism.com.
Ski Santa Fe is now selling lift tickets, lessons, rentals for dates Dec. 4, 2021, through Apr. 3, 2022. Tickets for Nov. 25 through Dec. 3 will become available when a Thanksgiving Day opening date is confirmed. Rentals will be sold in person only for the following dates, Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 and Mar. 13 –
Mar. 19 on a first-come-first-served basis (lesson packages will still include rentals during those dates).