Phoenix may not have the snow and low temperatures we typically associate with the holiday season, but the twinkling lights of the valley and the air of Southwestern hospitality can go far in contributing to your winter cheer. With a plethora of events to choose from and comfortable temperatures outside, you won’t have to worry about the weather restricting your adventures this year.

From your home at Aderra, you’ll be in the perfect position to explore the delights that Phoenix has to offer during the winter months — from the ghouls and goblins of Halloween to the rocking parties on New Year’s Eve. Here is a quick guide of some of our favorite holiday activities:

1. The Annual Halloween Balloon Spooktacular

Hosted October 26-27 at Salt River Fields, the Annual Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for people of all ages. The festival includes a pumpkin patch for kids to explore, live music from some of the most impressive up-and-coming bands, and unforgettable firework shows.

If you’re visiting with youngsters, there’s a free “Spook Trail” available for those kids who are brave enough. However, the most thrilling part of the Balloon Spooktacular has to be the 20 magical hot air balloons illuminating the sky. Take a tethered ride or indulge your sweet tooth with some of the 4,000 pounds of candies dished out by the balloons over a three-hour period.

2. CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink

Phoenix’s outdoor ice rink is a beloved seasonal tradition, offering a unique place to relax and unwind during the winter months. When November 23 rolls around, the 7,000 square-foot rink becomes a hub of holiday delights, featuring visits from Santa Claus and a tree lighting ceremony.

Check out their Alternative Black Friday market this year and beat the crowds at the mall. As if that wasn’t enough, the Phoenix Art Museum will be there too, with a pop-up installation and retail shop to explore. There’s also a double-feature holiday movie night on the 8th of December for late-night family fun.

3. Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Located within the Desert Botanical Garden, Las Noches de Las Luminarias is one of the most incredible traditions for people enjoying the holiday season in Phoenix. Not only is the garden a special place year-round, it’s truly breathtaking this time of year, thanks to the glow of 8,000 luminaria bags.

The good news: You don’t have to rush to visit, as the event lasts from December 1-31, giving you plenty of time to come out. While there may not be snow, there’s candle-lit cacti, great food, and festival music that’s sure to leave you brimming with holiday joy.

4. Zoo Lights

Perhaps one of the biggest holiday events in the Southwest, Zoo Lights features millions of fairy lights strung throughout the Phoenix Zoo. You’ll see a host of amazing animated shows, a carousel, and even a stingray touch tank for some extra out-of-the-ordinary fun.

Every hour, the zoo puts on a sublime light show for adults and kids, and you can use the time in between to visit plenty of amazing animal-themed displays. There is a nightly “snowfall” event, with musical performances booked throughout the season. Don’t forget to get a mug of hot chocolate or apple cider, and enjoy the show!

5. The Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Gala

Finish 2018 with a bang at the Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Gala. Last year, the gala returned to the Southwest, with guests from around the world delivering amazing performances. This year, the group invites you to come to the Symphony once again. All proceeds benefit charities for health, wellness, education, and community in the area.

The event includes a three-course dinner, cocktail reception, and dancing with The JJs Band. It’s the perfect way to start the New Year in style — and indulge before starting on your New Year’s resolutions.

Happy Holidays, Phoenix!

No matter which of the events you choose this year, you’re sure to have a fun time this holiday season in Phoenix. Living at Aderra gives you an all-access pass to one of the best holiday destinations in the country. Check us out today!