Posted on: November 30, 2011
Tomorrow is December 1, the weather has dropped below 75 degrees, and the malls are bustling with shoppers – it must be the holidays in Tempe! My favorite way to get into the holiday spirit? Seeing all the holiday light displays around Tempe! Here are my top four spots for holiday lights!
1. Las Noches de Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden: Every year I get excited about seeing the Garden’s pathways that are aglow with more than 8,000 hand lit luminarias. While strolling through the beautifully lit garden you can hear different musicians play at every turn such as Dickens Carolers, handbell ensembles and other entertainers. If you get a little chilled, warm your belly with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate! General admission tickets are available from December 8-30.
2. Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo: See all your favorite animals lit up in the night sky! Monkeys, butterflies, rattlesnakes, peacocks, giraffes, elephants and every other animal you can think of are aglow as you stroll through the zoo. The newest attraction, Polar Slides, lets you take a sled ride! Catch Zoolights from through January 9, 2012 from 6-10 p.m. nightly.
3. Mill Avenue’s Fantasy of Lights: Downtown Tempe provides the perfect ambiance to enjoy a stroll through the historic, brick-lined sidewalks to get a closer look at the light displays, which will remain through the New Year. The trees are filled with thousands of lights that form the shapes of starts and brings the holidays season to life. Warm your tummy with some tasty food from one of the great restaurants in downtown Tempe, and let the season ring!
4. Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade: Take in thousands of holidays lights on Tempe Town Lake at this annual boat parade on December 10! More than 50 boats are festively lit as they sail across the lake – it will take your breathe away! Get there by 6 p.m. to see the arrival of Santa and then at 7 p.m. the boat parade begins. Prepare to be dazzled!
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