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Celebrate! 2013 Christmas Holidays in Arizona - Part 1

Holiday Events, Activities and Festivals in Greater Phoenix

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Holiday spirit is all over Phoenix area with festivals, holiday bazaars, crafts for kids, ice skating, tree lightings and of course, Santa sightings. Many of the events are free or very reasonably priced. Keep in mind that even if the event is free or cheap, there may be parking fees, or there may be fees for certain activities at the event.

These holiday events are presented in date order, by the starting date (for events that last for several days). New listings are added almost daily until a week before Christmas, so come back for updates.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Cruisin’ with Santa at the East Valley Car Show

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Fulton Ranch Towne Center, 4040 S. Arizona Ave., (Southwest corner of Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo Rd.), Chandler. A special holiday edition of the monthly East Valley Car Show. Check out classic oldies, smoking 'vettes and everything in between in the parking lot near Big 5 Sporting Goods. Meet Santa, donate a toy to Toys for Tots, enjoy holiday music, a bounce house and free holiday face painting, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last). Free admission.
In 2013: December 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Family Fun Factory

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Experience an Old Fashioned Holiday. Surrounded by décor and adornments from a time gone by, the entire family will have the opportunity to create make-and-take arts and crafts projects including snowy villages, mini poinsettia plants, 3D Christmas trees, elf cards and wreath ornaments. Celebrating the season continues with a holiday sing-along, cookie decorating station and a visit from Santa. Bring your camera to snap photos with Santa. Don’t miss the performance by Mariachi Pasion across the complex at the Tempe History Museum from 7-9 p.m. This all-female Mariachi group will perform both Mariachi and traditional holiday tunes. Edna Vihel Center in Tempe. Free admission.
In 2013: December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Peoria Oldtown Holiday Festival

Snow, singing, Santa, entertainment, vendors and a Gingerbread House competition.
See pictures of previous Peoria Holiday festivals.
In 2013: December 6

Glendale's Spirit of Giving Weekend

Fun family activities plus donation drives for worthy local charities and food banks. Help make a difference by participating in the Historic Downtown Glendale Food Drive.Downtown Glendale.
See pictures of previous Glendale Glitters celebrations.
In 2013: December 6, 7

Wickenburg Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering

Cowboy poets gather for performances, mingling and eating cowboy meals!
In 2013: December 6, 7

Surprise Party Holiday Festival

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Santa's workshop, tree lighting ceremony and balloon glow. Live music, carnival rides, car show, petting zoo, fireworks. Check schedule for which events are on which days.

See pictures of the Surprise Party holiday festival.
In 2013: December 6, 7

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