If you are like my family then one of your favorite activities during the Christmas 🎄🎁🎅🏼🤶🏼 season is to find incredible light displays to drive around or walk through. Here is a list of the WELLS Realty Group's favorite places in the Phoenix area to check out the lights.
#1 Mesa Temple Garden Lights
Mesa Temple Garden, Nov.29th- December 1st
Mesa Temple Garden recreates the nativity scene in Christmas lights. Enjoy thousands of illuminated lights as they decorate palm trees and adorn Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. A recorded message will be playing as well for the full effect of what Christmas spirit is all about. This event is free of charge for all ages, religious practices, and families.
#2 Festival of Lights
Ahwatukee Desert Foothills Park, Nov 30-Jan 1
With more than one million lights illuminating Chandler Boulevard, Ahwatukee is one of the brightest areas for Christmas light sightings. This attraction is one you will not want to miss, drawing over 20,000 people to scope the scene. Admission is free for all ages.
#3 Phoenix ZooLights
Through Jan. 6
Fun for the whole family, this longtime beloved Phoenix event captures the holiday spirit once again with its newest attraction: Music in Motion featuring "Wizards in Winter" but Trans-Siberian Orchestra synchronized to 15,000 lights.
#4 McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Scottsdale, Dec. 13-Jan. 4
The unique train ride offers a festive journey through the railroad park to admire a lighted Christmas tree and an array of lights throughout the park. Santa will also be attending this event for further entertainment. Tickets start at $2 each for children under three.
#5 Glendale Glitters
Downtown Glendale, Dec. 13-14
Imagine 1.5 million lights decorating more than 16 blocks of downtown Glendale. The glittering city of Glendale is just that this year and has grown to be the largest light display in Arizona with free admission. This spectacular light show was also named the Best Kid Event in the state last year.
Many cities also have different light displays put on, not by the city, but just by people who love this time of year and the beauty of Christmas lights.
1610 E. Hermosa Vista, Mesa., Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 6-10 pm
Operating since 2012, this house features more than 30,000 lights, trees and other decorations synced to holiday songs—tune your radio to 107.5 FM for the full experience. Donations go to Nurture Our World.
West Natal Circle in Mesa near Country Club (Extension) and Guadalupe Road. Nov. 24-Jan 1, 6-10 p.m.
Known as the “Christmas Cul-de-sac,” this collection of 14 homes strings up more than 250,000 lights and other decorations—including backyard nativity scenes—to delight the more than 50,000 annual visitors.
Christmas on Comstock
East Comstock Drive, Gilbert, enter from East Elliot Road. Dec. 1-30, Mondays-Thursdays 6-10 p.m., Fridays-Sundays 6-10:30 p.m. Donations go to Make-A-Wish Arizona.
Last year, this neighborhood's 13 houses won ABC's “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” and it returns this year with another fantastic display. Expect more than 110,000 lights and 300 strobe lights, many synchronized to music—tune your radio to 93.9 FM as you drive through to hear it.
2106 N. Arrowhead, Chandler. Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 6-11 pm
After 10 years in operation, this home offers 70,000 lights, a Santa on the roof, animations, outdoor music and a giant 20-foot Christmas tree on the roof that you'll see as you get close.
2212 W. El Prado Road, Chandler. Nov. 25-Dec. 25, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Aside from spectacular 54,000 lights, this house offers movies in the driveway. Chairs and heaters are provided, as well as free popcorn, hot cocoa and cookies.
Benson Family Holiday Lights Festival
8535 S. Stanley Place, Tempe. Enter from Warner Road. Nov. 24-Jan. 1, after dark.
A decade-long tradition, this house boasts a massive 400,000 lights. Plus, on weekends you can visit with Santa and get candy and hot cocoa.
15244 S 36th Place in Phoenix. Dec. 1-Jan 1. 6-10 p.m.
Boasting 30,000 lights synchronized to holiday music—tune your radio to 106.7 FM—this home's 7th annual display features the theme “Let It Snow” and includes a snow-blowing Frosty the Snowman.
541 E. Mountain Sky Ave., Phoenix. Nov. 24-Jan 1. 6-11 p.m. Donations go to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Going strong for 27 years, the huge interactive train display features plenty of animated wonders, including a Ferris wheel and erupting volcano. Free candy canes are available for kids until 10 p.m. On weekends, snow appears every 30 minutes.
San Tan Valley
Loop of Lights
Pecan Creek South, San Tan Valley. Dec. 3-25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
If you fancy a bit of a holiday drive, head down to San Tan Valley where nearly 100 houses in the Pecan Creek South subdivision pull out all the stops on lights and decorations. Due to its popularity, the streets close to non-resident traffic, so you get a nice evening stroll as well.
1040 N. San Marcos Drive in Apache Junction. Dec. 1-31, Sundays-Thursdays 6-9 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 6-11 p.m.
This out-of-the-way display offers 100,000 lights plus a 35-foot Christmas tree, 18-foot arches and a range of other lights set to music—tune your radio to 87.7 FM to listen. You will also enjoy sleighs, reindeer, inflatables and other decorations.
Here are addresses that hosted Christmas lights in years past, but weren't available to confirm information for this year. If you drive past these locations at night in December, you should see something, but we can't guarantee it.
• 632 W. Aster Court, Chandler – 50,000 lights and decorations with a strong Disney theme.
• 146 N. Quail Lane, Gilbert – Also known as “Peanuts Christmas,” this house boasts 150,000 lights, character cutouts and Peanuts Airport with Snoopy taking off.
• 396 W. Liberty Lane, Gilbert – 100,000 lights covering multiple houses, synchronized to music.
• 1410 E. Catamaran Drive, Gilbert – Five homes synchronize their lights to more than a dozen songs. Tune to 90.1 FM.
• 2467 East Aris Drive, Gilbert – 50,000 lights, 3,000 snowmen, 300 plus Santas, 5 Christmas trees, decorated inside and out with guided interior tours.
• 1335 N. Papillon Circle, Mesa – 100,000 lights with multiple displays including a misfit island and a full nativity scene.
• 1517 S. Arroya Circle, Mesa – 90,000 lights cover the landscape, plus animated window displays some evenings.
• 3611 E. Kachina Drive, Phoenix – Disney-themed with 20,000 lights, snow. machines, and hundreds of wooden cutouts.