By Jessica, Owner of West Valley Moms Blog
Are you excited to dive into the enchanting realm of holiday lights? Phoenix and its nearby regions awaken with mesmerizing showcases that will fill your heart with delight and awe. From individual houses to entire communities adorned in radiant illuminations, there’s an array of options for everyone to relish. Whether you seek a cozy neighborhood ambiance or a majestic spectacle, we have you covered. Prepare to wrap up warmly, savor a comforting beverage and embark on an unforgettable expedition through the finest Christmas lights in the Phoenix area.
1. Estrella Holiday Lights
Located in the heart of Goodyear, the Estrella community is known for its enchanting holiday displays. As you drive through the neighborhood, you’ll be greeted by the creativity and festive spirit of the residents. Each home is adorned with sparkling lights, turning Estrella into a magical wonderland. Nestled amidst the majestic Sierra Estrella Mountains, the backdrop adds an extra touch of beauty to the experience. Take your time and soak in the breathtaking views as you revel in the holiday spirit.
Location: 17750 W. Elliot Rd., Goodyear
When: Throughout the holiday season
2. Tree Lighting at the Goodyear Civic Square Park
Join the Goodyear community for a memorable tree lighting ceremony at the Goodyear Civic Square Park. This three-weekend holiday celebration features different themes each week, including “Light Up the Holidays,” “Santa’s Workshop,” and “Storybook Christmas.” Enjoy live entertainment, holiday treats, and a festive atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with your loved ones.
Location: 1900 N Civic Sq., Goodyear
When: December 2, 5-9 p.m.
3. Christmas Castle in Estrella
Prepare to be amazed by the Christmas Castle in Estrella. The home of Liz Bray and Bob Sanda is transformed into a magical castle with holiday-decorated towers. Synchronized music adds an extra layer of enchantment to the display. The Bray-Sanda family spends months planning and creating this extraordinary spectacle, incorporating seasonal messages based on Christian teachings. It’s a must-see for anyone seeking a truly immersive holiday experience.
Location: 13204 S. 176th Ave, Goodyear
When: Through New Year’s Eve
4. Lights in Verrado
Head over to Verrado and experience the dazzling light show at the Williams-Rutt family home. With over 26,400 LED pixels covering giant snowflakes, icicles, and a large mega-tree, this display is a feast for the eyes. Don’t miss the hourly light shows, where the lights dance in perfect synchronization with the music. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show from the sidewalk or curb across the street. Tune your car radio to FM 93.9 to watch and listen from the comfort of your vehicle. The Williams-Rutt family has also partnered with All Faith Community Services, accepting non-perishable food donations and cash/check during the show to support those in need.
Location: 3131 North Evergreen Street, Buckeye
When: Friday, December 3rd – Thursday, December 30th. Shows at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m.
5. Holiday Nights in Lights at The Wigwam
For a truly enchanting experience, visit The Wigwam for their Holiday Nights in Lights event. Take a leisurely stroll along the festive light path, basking in the warm glow of 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. Sing carols, roast s’mores, and sip on hot chocolate as you soak up the holiday atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy to support Goodyear Fire Department charities and receive a free hot chocolate and cookie at the Wigwam Bar.
Location: 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
When: December 2 – 23, 6-8 p.m.
6. Glendale Glitters
Head to Historic Downtown Glendale for a spectacular light display that will leave you in awe. From November 21 to January 7, Murphy Park comes alive with a dazzling array of lights. Take a stroll through the park and marvel at the festive decorations. On December 16, catch the Illumination version of ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ and enjoy food trucks onsite. While you’re there, consider donating to the ‘Light the World’ Giving Machines in Murphy Park, supporting local and global charities. Don’t miss the Hometown Christmas Parade on December 10, which supports Hope for Hunger, a Glendale-based food bank.
Location: Murphy Park, N. 59th Ave. and W. Glendale Ave. Free parking at City Hall Parking Garage and Bank of America Parking Garage
When: 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., November 21 through January 7
“Glendale Glitters provides a spectacular light display each evening from November 21 through January 7 at Murphy Park, as well as many festive and free holiday events.” – [Reference Article 3]
7. The Scary Christmas House
Experience a unique twist on the holiday season at the Scary Christmas House in Glendale. This home pays homage to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with custom-made props, characters, and scenes from the beloved Disney animated film. Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the yard, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Donations collected at the Scary Christmas House go towards sponsoring families in need during Christmas.
Location: 4431 W. Escuda Drive, Glendale
When: November 26 until December 28
8. Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival
Join the Peoria community for a festive celebration at the Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival. On December 10, witness the tree lighting ceremony, enjoy live entertainment, and partake in all sorts of holiday fun at Johnny E. Osuna Memorial Park. The festival encompasses Osuna Park and the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, offering a variety of activities and attractions for all ages. Admission and parking are free, making it the perfect family-friendly event.
Location: Johnny E. Osuna Memorial Park, south of Peoria and Grand Avenues
When: December 10 from 5-9 p.m.
9. Christmas at the Princess, Scottsdale
For a truly magical experience, visit Christmas at the Princess at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This ticketed event offers a wide range of activities centered around the resort’s magnificent Christmas tree. With 70,000 LED lights twinkling to classic holiday tunes in the Enchanted Plaza, you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland. Enjoy visits from Santa, encounter holiday characters, explore the nativity garden, and take a ride on the Princess Express Train. Indulge in s’mores and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere. Tickets are limited, so make sure to book in advance.
Location: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale
When: November 18 – January 2
10. Lake Pleasant Lights
If you’re looking for a unique experience, head to Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant in Peoria. During the holiday season, many boats docked at the marina are adorned with festive lights. Enjoy live music, fine dining, and holiday gatherings while taking in the beautiful sights. Hosting a custom event or renting a double-decker private charter is also an option, allowing you to celebrate in style with friends and family.
Location: 10970 W, Peninsula Blvd, Peoria
When: All holiday season
“Have a fantastic time without ever leaving the dock, with live music, fine dining, and holiday gatherings at the Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant in Peoria. You’ll see many boats decorated in holiday cheer around the marina docks.”
Now that you have a complete guide to the top Christmas lights in the Phoenix region, it’s time to gather your loved ones and set off on a truly magical adventure. From stunning residential displays to community events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the holiday spirit, create unforgettable memories and spread joy as you explore these captivating light shows. Remember to dress warmly, bring your favorite holiday treats and savor every moment of this festive season.
Looking for more homes adorned with festive lights? Make sure to check out the Ultimate List of Holiday Lights in Phoenix by Phoenix with Kids and the list provided by Phoenix New Times. These resources will point you towards even more dazzling displays in the area.
Keep in mind that the holiday season is all about treasuring moments with loved ones and finding happiness in life’s simple pleasures. So wrap up snugly, sip on some hot cocoa and let the shimmering lights fill your heart with warmth and awe. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy light hunting!