Even as we battle the pandemic, the holiday season is in full swing, with businesses and events keeping up with safety precautions so that neighbors and friends can still celebrate. Here are some Valley events to help get you in the spirit.
ZooLights Walk-Thru and Drive-Thru
The format may be new, but the Phoenix Zoo is not skimping on its millions of dazzling lights, music shows and holiday activities for the whole family. You can choose either the “walk-thru” option or the “cruise” option that allows you to drive your car through the event. Both events are held on different nights.
Details: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 7 – Jan. 31. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. Tickets: $16-$20 per person for Walk-Thru ZooLights, $60-$75 per car for Cruise ZooLights.
Las Noches de las Luminarias
Enjoy 8,000 luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the Desert Botanical Garden’s annual luminaria event. This year, all music will be pre-recorded, all photo experiences will be touchless and capacity will be restricted to ensure safety. You can also enjoy a festive drink while at the event.
Details: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 27 – Dec. 31. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Tickets: Adults $29.95, children $10.95.
It’s a Wrap
The Jewish Family & Children’s Services is hosting their 10th annual “It’s a Wrap” event to help make the holiday season a little brighter for disadvantaged families. Register online, purchase some gifts for your assigned family and JFCS will provide the wrapping supplies and some treats!
Details: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec. 4. The Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Tickets: Free. You just need to buy gifts for your assigned family.
The event is scaled back this year, but that doesn’t mean they have scaled back the beauty. Glendale Glitters will display 1.7 million lights with brand-new designs over 16 blocks.
Details: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 25 – Jan. 11. Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Tickets: Free.
Christmas at Schnepf Farms
Head over to Schnepf Farms for some exciting holiday fun. The entire farm is lit up and your admission includes free parking, Snow Globe Mini Golf, pinecone decorations, a visit with Santa, Christmas Carousel and more. For an extra fee, families can ride the Illumination Express and explore the obstacle course.
Details: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 24 – Dec. 31. Schnepf Farms, 24610 E. Rittenhouse, Queen Creek. Tickets: $15-$17.
Christmas in the Rainforest
The Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale has an experience unlike anything else. There are butterflies from Costa Rica, Africa and Asia that you can visit while listening to live music, exploring the Glass in the Garden exhibit and taking pictures in front of their glowing noble fir Christmas tree.
Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 28 – Dec. 28. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. Tickets: $22.95-$24.95.
Lights at the Farm
Vertuccio Farms will host their annual “Lights at the Farm” event this year. It features Arizona’s largest walk-thru synchronized light show with thousands of dazzling lights, massive lighted displays and a lit-up tunnel. Guests can even enjoy a spin around the skating rink.
Details: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 14 – Jan. 3. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. Tickets: $11-$13.