2015 Holiday Events in and Around East Mesa It’s the most wonderful time of the year- yet again. Family gatherings, hot chocolate, cookies and lots of yummy food. While Saguaro cacti may not be the…
Local Events Happening This Holiday Season
If you have recently moved to the East Mesa or greater Phoenix area perhaps your East Mesa real estate agent mentioned some of the upcoming holiday events. Although the weather is sunny and warm, your realtor can tell you that Arizona definitely gets into the holiday spirit. There are so many fun events that you can probably go to a different one each day from mid-November through the first of the year, so if your realtor hasn’t mentioned this be sure to ask.
The good news is that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money. There are numerous free and reasonably priced events and activities throughout the holiday season. One of the best things about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, and these activities are all family friendly.
Gilbert Days Parade
One of the traditional starts to the holiday season is the Gilbert Days Parade. Best of all it’s free to attend. The Gilbert Days Parade focuses on Gilbert’s heritage and involves numerous local businesses, special interest groups, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Don’t miss the fun! The Gilbert Days Parade will be held on November 19, 2016 beginning at 8:30 in the morning. There is a rain date of December 3rd. Check out their website to apply as a participant or volunteer.
ZooLights is an extremely popular holiday event at the Phoenix Zoo. The Phoenix Zoo is a non-profit zoological park that creates an awe inspiring light display for the holiday season. It actually takes over 14 weeks to install all the lights.
This year (2016) ZooLights will be open November 23 through January 8, 2017. It opens each day at 5:30 PM, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. This is a popular event, so you may want to arrive a little before sundown in order to find parking. From 6 PM until 8 PM is the busiest time, while from 8 PM until closing the crowds begin to lessen.
You won’t find many actual animals at ZooLights. It’s all about the holiday light show. Nearly all of the live animal exhibits are closed. As a safety precaution ZooLights visitors are required to stay on the lighted, paved walking paths.
Usually ZooLights has a different theme each year, making it fresh and enjoyable to visit year after year. Many families make it a holiday tradition. Just keep in mind that desert evenings can turn cold this time of year, so bring appropriate clothing. It’s best to dress in layers so that you can peel one off should it be warmer than you expected.
Although you won’t see the actual zoo animals you will see animals created from lights everywhere you look. There are also special exhibits such as Jengo, the life like, talking, mechanical giraffe and his buddy Tortuga, the talking Galapagos Tortoise. There is also The Music in Motion show that takes place in and around the lake.
Some other events that require additional tickets include carriage rides, camel rides and the opportunity to touch a live stingray at Stingray Bay.
Most families spend about two hours taking in the sights and sounds. ZooLights will make it an unforgettably beautiful holiday evening.
Mesa Food Truck Fridays
Mesa Food Truck Fridays is held the on the first Friday of the month in Las Sendas. The next date is November 4th.
Located in the scenic Boulder Mountain Park in Las Sendas, Mesa Food Truck Fridays are quickly becoming the best picnic in the area. On the first Friday of the month gather your family and friends for the event. Serving everything from pierogis and kielbasa to satay skewers, Bali burgers and even lobster, Mesa Food Truck Fridays is an evening of food and fun for the entire family.
Christmas at the Princess
Another magnificent celebration of the season happens at the AAA Five Diamond award winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Beginning with the annual lighting ceremony of the four story holiday tree November 22, 2016, the resort will be transformed into a magical wintry wonderland. You can proceed to enjoy a short, high definition video showing of “The Night Before Christmas” projected against the front of the resort, followed by an evening of outstanding music and light shows.
Other activities include a ride on the Princess express train to view the displays at the resort’s beautiful lagoons, including over three million lights, a water show, a menorah, dreidels, and skating penguins just to name a few.
If you’re after more activity you can purchase skate sessions at the resort’s 6,000 sq. ft. Desert Ice Skating Rink, complete with enchanted nighttime snowfalls. There is also a glittering carousel and Ferris wheel to ride.
Next up, the Christmas tree forest in S’mores Land where you can slide down the four lane Polar Glide slide made of real ice. A great way to end the evening is roasting marshmallows around the campfire at S’mores Land.
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