The Thanksgiving table may barely be cleared, but Christmas lights season is already in full swing. Whether your family goes to the same exhibits year after year or you’re looking for something new to try, there are plenty of places to see spectacular lights displays that will make the holiday season the highlight of your year. Here are some awe-inducing attractions to check out in the Valley:
Zoolights: “Glow Wild” at the Phoenix Zoo boasts millions of lights, fashioned into the wildest of displays, including giraffes, alligators, penguins, spiders and snakes — oh my! The attraction, which also includes live reindeer and a polar slide, runs Nov. 27–Jan. 19, 5:30–10:30 p.m. General admission is $19.95, with special offers available.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Lights of the World
With 10 million lights and larger-than-life lanterns that will reignite your imagination, Lights of the World at the Arizona State Fairgrounds takes the holiday lights tradition to an entirely new level. The festival lasts Nov. 22–Jan. 12, open Thursdays–Sundays from 5:30 to 10 p.m, including Dec. 24, 25, 30, 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets cost $17.99, with child and senior discounts.
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
For a quainter yet just as grand December night, Glendale Glitters brightens up 16 blocks in downtown Glendale with 1.6 million lights for colorful Christmas cheer. The display illuminates every night from Nov. 29 through Jan. 11, from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
What could possibly make a holiday-lights experience even more joyful? A train ride, of course! At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, the Paradise & Pacific Railroad takes riders through a spectacular glowing exhibit, Nov. 29–Jan. 5, 6:30–9 p.m. The train ride costs $5 — a carousel ride ($3) and Santa visits ($5 per family) are available as well. The event will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale