Winter festivities around the valley


Photo courtesy of Miranda Edwards

Written by Lauren Puffer, Staff Writer/ Photographer

Many people think that there aren’t many thing to do in Arizona to get into the holiday spirit. However, there are various activities around the valley that people can do during the season.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

For the month of December the Desert Botanical Garden will be putting on its annual Nights of the Luminaires nightly each day. The entire garden is filled with pathways lit by a total of 8,000 luminaires; paper bags filled with candles. Each pathway leads to a different form of entertainment: music, food, art displays and more. One of the most famous displays is the Chihuly glass artwork, which really does feed the imagination. Visitors can walk about and enjoy music or they can sit by the fire and drink cider. There is always something to do. Be sure to buy tickets online and in advance. Adults are $25 and children are $10. Hurry, it sells out fast.

Tempe Town Lake Holiday Boat Parade

This Christmas-on-water event is guaranteed to be bright. This fun festival floats down Tempe Town Lake on Dec. 12, has free admission and can be observed from the Tempe Beach Park. This parade includes a plethora of holiday characters and creatively decorated boats and finishes off with a firework display. The best part about having a parade on water is seeing the gorgeous reflections of the lights on the lake. Not to mention, you’re elevated from the action so you can have a perfect view no matter where you watch from.