4 Free Places to Get Christmasy in Arizona

Many snowbirds and visitors flock to Phoenix in the winter months to escape the colder temperatures of the rest of the country. However, it sometimes can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit with all that desert around, but you can bet the temperatures will be right. Here are a few FREE ways to get into the Christmas spirit in the Valley of the Sun.

Riparian After Dark


Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert is all done up in beautiful lights and luminaria. It’s free to walk around, but each night they team up with a non-profit to collect items they need. So check their website to see what they need. It’s like a smaller Phoenix Zoo Lights. So throw some hot chocolate in a thermos, load up the family, and go take a stroll through the wonderful preserve. If it’s a clear night be sure to stop in the observatory and catch a glimpse of the stars.

Chandler Tumbleweed Tree


Peter Bronski

Residents of Chandler have been building the very unique tumbleweed tree since the late 1950’s and it’s the only one of its kind in the Southwest. If you’re looking for a truly Arizonan Christmas experience look no further. When you’re done hop into one of the many shops and restaurants nearby.

Christmas Lights at the Mesa Mormon Temple



There is no more impressive display than the lights at the Mormon Temple in Mesa and they stay open until December 31st. The grounds are huge and completely covered by millions of tiny, twinkling lights. It’s really a sight to behold.

Cherry Lane

There is a cup-de-sac with the most glorious Christmas display that we discovered the other day. The display is on Guadalupe, between Alma School and Country Club Way. Go north on Cherry Lane and you can either drive through or park and walk around the neighborhood to see the lights. If you park you can go into the yard of the house at the end of the cul-de-sac which is set up as the little town of Bethlehem. So, round up the kids, pour a cup of cider and take a stroll down Cherry Lane.


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