It's after Thanksgiving, just before Christmas and a few weeks before new years. Want to have some family time on a dime. Check out places that bring the holiday season to your heart and not your pocket. This season can be hectic with shopping, food and traveling. Make sure to spend quality time with your loved ones. What is there to do in Arizona around this time of year on a budget you ask? Well check out the list of places you can celebrate the holiday season with friends and family without breaking the bank. Holidays are meant for spending quality time with those you love not your credit cards. These simple yet fun ideas will allow you to spend the time you desire with family and friends.
CitySkate @ CityScape - In the heart of downtown Phoenix this roller rink has a 36-foot-tall Christmas tree with twinkling lights that light up the street. Santa drops in for photo sessions and the live music and cheer you hear will allow you to feel the Christmas spirit all over.
Details: Grand opening is 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Ice rink is open through unday, Jan. 8. Check the website for ice-skating session times. 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $15 general admission; $25 for express pass, $10 for ages 4-8, military members and seniors. Free for age 3 and younger. Fee includes skate rental. 602-772-3900, phxicerink.com.
Zoolights- The Phoenix Zoo, celebrating 25 years, will light up with millions of holiday lights, that will allow you to see Lego structures. Visitors will enjoy a three-story-high holiday tree, live music, a 4-D theater and lakeside music-in-motion shows. Take your family to enjoy this blissful experience on a dime.
Details: 5:30-10:30 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $12.95-19.95 general admission, $10.95-17.95 for members, depending on the night; free for ages 2 or younger. 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org.
Glendale Glitters- Allows you to get into the holiday spirit in downtown Glendale. The light show features over 1.5 million LED lights, this holiday. You will be able to enjoy family-friendly event that features entertainment, food, handcrafted gifts, a winter wonderland area for kids and special visits from St. Nicholas. There will also be a countdown to the lighting ceremony. Enjoy other holiday-themed events in downtown Glendale every Friday and Saturday night, 6-10 p.m., through Dec. 17. The lights will be on display 5-11 p.m. each night through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Details: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown Glendale, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Admission is free. Free shuttles are available.
Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade - The 34th annual event, which is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, includes food vendors, live local entertainment, free photos with Santa Claus and more. The parade, which begins at 3:30 p.m., runs north on Old Ellsworth Road. A lovely Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. helps to conclude the festivities.
Details: 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Recreation Annex/Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. queencreekparade.org.
Movie @ Cityscape - Elf & Home Alone - Double Feature - Celebrate the holidays with these two Christmas comedy classics at the City Lights Movie Nights. These movies always help bring in the holiday spirit with fun and laughter. Don't forget your blanket and hot chocolate to make the night even more memorable.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Patriots Square Park at CityScape, First and Washington streets, Phoenix. Free. 602-772-3900, cityscapephoenix.com.
Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - Hop aboard the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and enjoy a festive ride through a beautiful wonderland of displays and colorful lights. The opening night on December 9 features a tree lighting ceremony, visit from Santa and live music. The Jolly Old Elf himself will make nightly appearances at the park through December 23.
Details: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Jan. 1. Closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $4, kids two and under are free with paying adult. 480-312-2312, therailroadpark.com.
Hometown Christmas Parade in Glendale - Being home for the holidays allows you to do some of the smaller, intimate attractions that you normally don't have time for. This old-fashioned event allows you to do just that as you watch performers and floats.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Downtown Glendale, Glendale Avenue from 52nd to 59th avenues. Free. 602-301-6193, hometownchristmasparade.org.
Snow Day @ Children's Museum in Phoenix - The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is letting it snow. Kids can play in 20 tons of the stuff (until it melts), visit with Santa and have some Arizona Coyotes fun. Snow activities are included in regular museum admission.
The museum opens early for a special ticketed breakfast and photos with Santa, which is $20 per person for members and $30 (including museum admission) for non-members.Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix. $11; $10 seniors; free admission to age 1 and younger. 602-253-0501, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.
Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade - This glimmering display of lights is the only time motorized boats are allowed on Tempe Town Lake. Sponsored by SRP, this winter treat features as many as 50 lit-up boats of all sizes. There also will be a fireworks show and a visit from Santa Claus.
Details: 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Free. 480-355-6060, downtowntempe.com.
Santa Carriage Rides -On Saturdays, enjoy a free carriage ride with Santa, songs from the Deer Valley High School Carolers and other holiday festivities at the Village at Arrowhead Shopping Center in Glendale.
The shopping center is located on the southwest corner of 67th Avenue at Loop 101.Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17. 20050 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. Free. 480-664-3004.
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