Phoenix features Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.
Come see their beautiful display of over 8,000 luminarias! It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.
It also offers a sculpture garden, music, and refreshments. Check out the electric light parade and ice skating here too.
The Fiesta de Tumacácori at the Tumacácori National Historic Park celebrates the cultural history of the Santa Cruz Valley.
Looking for some holiday fun? Head to the Tumacácori National Historic Park on Christmas Eve, where you can enjoy a craft fair, entertainment, and delicious food. Plus, you’ll get to see over 2,500 luminarias lining the park’s walkways – a truly magical sight!
In Tucson, you must visit the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. The residents of the Winterhaven neighborhood have been presenting this light show since the 1960s.
You can drive through the display or get a better look by walking.
But want to see the lights without all the walking? Why not try it on a trolley, hayride, or pedal-powered group bike?
The Tucson Botanical Gardens presents the Luminaria Nights display with 22 Korean lanterns and 3,000 luminarias. They decorate the trees with hand-crafted ornaments.
Moreover, there are good music and food. But let’s be honest, what’s really important is the wine. And luckily, there’s plenty of that.
Tohono Chul Park lights up the Sonoran Desert for Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park. The festivities include a Southwestern snowman, music, treats, and shopping.
Another must-visit place is the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, which features El Nacimiento (The Birth). This nativity scene portrays a hillside with multiple buildings, angels, trees, and lights.
Henderson features the 3-acre Holiday Cactus Garden light display at the Ethel M. Chocolate Company.
You will see over 300 lighted cacti, and the kids can visit with Santa.
Ready for more winter fun?
Look no further than Henderson’s Winterfest! With lights in the Water Street district, music, toy trains, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, a toboggan slide, and a pony ride, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So bundle up and come on down!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas hosts the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show.
The season’s top 15 money-winners from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This is a trade show with special events and booths where vendors can sell their wares.
Next, travel to the 14,000-square-foot Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, which features a gigantic 40-foot decorated Christmas tree.
You can also view elves, snow fairies, polar bears, gifts, and horse-drawn carriages as part of the horticultural displays.
The Winter Parq at Linq Promenade features an outdoor live entertainment area with carolers and other performers.
This free event is your chance to experience snowfall every night! Come and enjoy the magical atmosphere as the flakes fall gently from the sky.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque presents the River of Lights at the ABQ Biopark. The botanical garden offers 600 lighted displays, a Polar Bear Express train ride, a Holiday Nature Crafts program, a holiday G-Scale Model Railroad, and a visit with Santa.
Also, stroll around the decorated Old Town Plaza, see the tumbleweed snowman, and take the Christmas Eve luminaria trolley tour.
Winter sports enthusiasts can hit the slopes, shred the half-pipe, and trudge through the snow on a snowshoe.
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Carlsbad offers Christmas on the Pecos.
As you float down the Pecos River, you’ll see 100 light displays.
It is an invitation-only event for the pilots. So, these are among the top hot-air balloonists. Be sure to have your camera ready.
Taos, New Mexico
In Taos, Yuletide festivities include bonfires and lights.
The street of Bent is lined with bonfires, and the street of Ledoux is illuminated with luminaries.
Enjoy the Pueblo Matachinas or Deer Dance at the Plaza on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Planning on doing some holiday shopping?
Why not support local businesses and check out the CAV Taos Holiday Market Arts and Crafts Fair? You’ll find a great selection of unique gifts, all while helping out your community!
On Christmas Eve, Taos presents the Procession of the Virgin at Taos Pueblo, bonfires, and mass. The festivities include food and fireworks, and the ski resorts again hold torchlight processions and add fireworks.
Then on New Year’s Eve, join the Celebration on the Plaza. Food and fireworks are part of the festivities. The ski resorts hold torchlight processions once more, this time with fireworks.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a pretty festive season.
Ogden features the downtown Christmas Village. The small cottages depict Santa’s village at the North Pole.
Visit the Municipal Gardens to see the lighted displays, ride the Polar Express train, and meet Santa.
It is very possible to see the snow on the Wasatch Range when you are in Ogden.