By Tuesday Mahrle
Featured Event: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! The Tempe Arizona Tourism Office invites the community to take part in holiday cheer by gathering on the shores of Tempe Town Lake to watch a procession of festively decorated boats of all shapes and sizes.
The floating units enter Tempe Town Lake at the Tempe Town Lake Marina and make their way to the north shore. The U-shaped parade route travels west to the buoys east of Tempe Center for the Arts, where they begin to make their way back east on Tempe Town Lake along the north shore. To get to the parade, check out Tempe Beach Park’s location, know where to park or explore public transit options.
For more information, visit the Downtown Tempe website.
Can’t make it to Tempe Town Lake? Here are our other favorite for over the weekend.
Stagecoach Christmas Village
This event attracts thousands of festival-goers, art enthusiasts, collectors and first time buyers from across the country. The exhibitors will be displaying thousands of original works in a wide variety of mediums and subject matter. Featuring exceptional art, quality entertainment, and a rich blend of superb wines and irresistible culinary dishes.
Phoenix Festival of the Arts 2017
The Phoenix Festival of the Arts will feature more than 150 art and food vendors. It’s a perfect time to shop for local art and celebrate the season.
Live entertainment, taking place on 3 stages, includes local bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word artists, comedians, art demonstrations and more!
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City Lights Movie Nights Double Feature ft. Home Alone & Elf
Friday December 8
It’s time for a new holiday tradition! Hit the ice at CitySkate, browse beautiful holiday art installations from the Phoenix Art Museum, and then nestle in for the night right under the city lights for a special double feature of Home Alone and Elf!
9th Annual 12k’s of Christmas 12k, 6k & 1.2k Run/Walk
Saturday December 9
Celebrate Christmas in Arizona with the award winning 12k’s of Christmas in Gilbert! The event offers a 12K, 6K and 1.2K distances. Free pet adoption event with over twenty rescue groups also included! Dress up for great costume prizes.
Arizona Holiday Art & Decor Pop-Up at Botanica
From vintage finds to local artisans, shop all things Christmas at The Farm. This pop-up Art Festival will be your one-stop shop for decorations and gifts this holiday season.
Explore Soil & Seed Garden at The Farm and play cornhole after shopping! Soil & Seed Market will also be open from 9 am – 1 pm for fresh produce and flowers. Both breakfast and lunch will be open to grab a bite to eat before or after the market.
Stay for more holiday fun after you shop!
Mesa Arts Festival 2017
The Mesa Arts Festival is the best place to kick start your holiday spirit and finish off your shopping list. Snack on culinary delights as you stroll through the wide array of handmade offerings from local, regional and national artists. Free activities for children will include storytelling, ornament making and more. It’s not a festival without entertainment so they’ve got two stages packed with amazing talent.
Hometown Christmas Parade
Saturday December 9
The Hometown Christmas Parade is an old-fashioned community event for the whole family—to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and all its glory. They are inviting churches, businesses and other community groups from all over the Valley to join for this very special parade.
Food City Tamale Festival 2017
Attendees will be able to taste and buy a wide selection of savory and sweet homemade tamales, as well as enjoy jewelry, arts and crafts and much more. The two-day event will also offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers, and other musical entertainment.
Tamalemakers from local faith-based groups prepare their tamales in church commissaries and then sell them at the Festival to fundraise for their organization.
Food City also will be selling tamales, menudo, carne asada burritos, durros, pan dulce, aguas frescas and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate).