Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe, Arizona will host more than tens of thousands of visitors for its annual winter holiday events. The Tempe Holiday Boat Parade takes place at a later date.
Where is the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade and Tree Lighting?The Fantasy of Lights takes place in downtown Tempe. Here is a map to the Tempe Town Lake/Tempe Beach Park area, including instructions for access by METRO Light Rail.
When is the Fantasy of Lights Parade?The Fantasy of Lights Parade on the streets of Downtown Tempe takes place on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 6 p.m.
What will happen??The event opens with the lighting of hundreds of thousands of festive holiday lights along Mill Avenue. Opening Night proceeds with the APS Fantasy of Lights Parade, the official community tree lighting ceremony, street entertainers and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade route starts at Third Street and Mill Avenue and ends at Fifth Street and Maple. The holiday tree is lit in front of MADCAP Theaters at Sixth Street west of Mill. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to take photos of their kids with Santa.
How much will it cost to get in?
Nothing! Admission to the Tempe Festival of Lights is free.
Where should I park?
You'll find the most convenient parking at:
- Hayden Ferry Lakeside Parking Garage – Rio Salado, just east of Mill Avenue
- Hayden Square Garage - 3rd Street between Ash Street & Mill Avenue; located under Hayden Square Condominiums
- City Hall Garage - 5th Street between Mill Avenue and Myrtle
- Centerpoint Surface Lot -5th Street between Ash and Maple
Don't want to pay for parking? Try METRO Light Rail.
What else should I know?
The lights along Mill Avenue will be on each evening through January 1, 2013. Don't forget that the Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts will take over the streets of downtown Tempe on November 30 - December 2, 2012. What a great place to do your holiday shopping! Watch the video!
What if I have more questions?
Visit Downtown Tempe online, or for event information call 480-355-6063.
Enjoy the holidays in Tempe, Arizona!
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All dates, times, prices, and offerings are subject to change without notice.