Best Nearby Places to See Holiday Lights

Dori Wittrig December 21, 2021

Do you have a family tradition of driving around to see holiday lights? Lucky for you, Fountain Hills and the East Valley is jam-packed with phenomenal displays that can get anybody of any age excited. Check out these great nearby locations to truly make the most of your festivities.

Avenue of the Fountains

The Avenue is always a great place to get into the holiday spirit. Every year the Lights on the Avenue begins with the Stroll in the Glow, which took place on December 4th this year. Brilliant shimmering displays that climb the trees and take the shape of fun, colorful scenes will cover the Avenue from top to bottom, all the way until after New Year’s Day.

Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the simplicity and beauty of “Las Noches de las Luminarias,” with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the garden. Enjoy a festive drink while listening to fun holiday melodies. The Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is located next to the Phoenix Zoo at 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

Phoenix Zoo Lights

This is one of the Valley’s most cherished holiday traditions. Zoo Lights is filled with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures, and the Wildlife Lantern Safari, all in the middle of the Phoenix Zoo. Zoo Lights began in late November, and the lights will still be up until January 15th.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Scottsdale Princess is an absolutely beautiful place to go for an evening in the lights. The entire main pavilion of this luxury resort is completely covered in over 6 million lights. A massive Christmas Tree lights up to the beat of the music while kids line up to see Santa. Not only will you see loads of lights, but you can enjoy a wide range of other fun activities. Roast marshmallows, go ice skating, ride the train, and more. The Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale.

Lights at the Farm

Vertuccio Farms in Mesa is turned into a huge light show from late November until early January every year. It’s a great place to explore with the whole family. There’s even an ice-skating rink! Vertuccio Farms is located at 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa.

Light the Town Holiday Drive

Light the Town is THE Fountain Hills home decoration contest! Drive around town this December and you’ll see scannable QR codes posted outside of each participating home. Once you know which house you want to vote for, just scan the QR code and submit your vote. Dozens of houses participate each year, adding an interactive element to Fountain Hills’ already vibrant culture of holiday decoration. This event is sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team. Go to for more information.

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