Winter Wonderland | 6 Family Fun Activities

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Winter is a magical time of year. During December, spend time outdoors with your family and enjoy the sights and sounds that the holiday season has to offer. Check out our list of six things for families to enjoy together this holiday season.

  1. Phoenix Zoo
    Celebrating 30 years of Zoo Lights, the Phoenix Zoo gives you two options to enjoy the holiday lights – Cruise the Zoo or Walk-Thru Lights. Tickets must be purchased online. Learn more about the Phoenix Zoo.
  2. Desert Botanical Gardens
    Take an enchanted evening stroll through the Desert Botanical Gardens to experience the Las Noches de las Luminarias with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights. Learn more about the Desert Botanical Gardens
  3. Neighborhood Holiday Lights
    Hop in the car and drive around Valley neighborhoods to view holiday lights. Hot cocoa, homemade cookies, and holiday music will surely make the evening festive. Check out for its Valley-wide holiday lights map.
  4. Snow Day
    If you're taking a trip up north, whether it's Flagstaff, Pinetop-Lakeside, Prescott, or Williams, there are many opportunities to have a fun family day planned around the snow. Before your road trip, check weather conditions, and don't forget to pack items you may need to build your snowman – hat, scarf, buttons, carrots, and sticks.
  5. Musical Instrument Museum
    The MIM, located in the PVSchools boundaries, offers several evening and weekend holiday performances for families to enjoy. Discover new cultures by exploring unique galleries and exhibits during the MIM’s weekend educational programs for children. Find out more about the MIM
  6. Ice Skating
    Lace up your skates and take a spin around the rink. Phoenix offers both indoor and outdoor ice-skating options for families to experience throughout the season.