Light it Up! The best places to see Christmas lights in the Valley


Since the weather has cooled down and the holiday season is officially in full swing, there are communities and businesses around the Valley that take their holiday lights very seriously.

We have many ways to get into the holiday spirit. With countless places to gawk at beautiful light displays and lawn arrangements, it would be hard not to!

Gather up the mittens, hot chocolate and friends and head out to some of these impressive light displays for a cheap and fun night out.


Sticking with a classic here in the Valley, ZooLights are a must-see for the holiday season. With over 3 million twinkling lights and over 700 gorgeous displays, this is perfect for a first date, family event, or even solo trip out to the Phoenix Zoo. To add to the delight of the crazy amount of light displays, the zoo is opening some exhibits for viewing and guests are encouraged to check them out.

Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, Sunday, January 11, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., $18

Gingerbread House

What are the holidays without all the delicious sweet treats? That’s what these folks think, too! Converting their home into a gingerbread house, complete with a gingerbread family, gumdrops and candy canes, the MacLeans’ gingerbread house is sure to excite this season.

3316 W.  Knudsen Drive, Phoenix, lights visible after dark, free

Christmas Lights at Mesa Temple Gardens

If you’re OK with getting a little religious, the Mesa Temple Gardens has a magnificent light display with hundreds of thousands of lights, an illuminated Nativity scene, large lighted palm trees and much more. With the chance to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the church has provided a voice-guided tour through the history of the holiday.

Mesa Temple Gardens, 525 E. Main Street, Mesa, through Wednesday, December 31, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., free

Arizona Celebration of Lights

With over 7 million lights and 300 animated and still light displays, the people at the Arizona Celebration of Lights are not messing around when it comes to Christmas lights. Last year, over 140,000 people came through to help ring in the holiday season. Set to go for its 14th year, the drive-through display is better than ever and is waiting for you.

99th Avenue and Loop 101 at Thomas Road, through Thursday, January 1, $15 to $20 per vehicle

The Coach House

From top to bottom, this local dive bar goes all-out for the holiday season. With 25 strands of garland, over 100 square-feet of wrapping paper and a giant Santa perched inside, this is a festive place to grab a beer and some grub to say the least. In addition to the 12,000 lights inside, there are over 200 ornaments dangling around the place, too.

7011 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, 480.990.3433, free


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