The snow may elude Scottsdale, but plenty of places are delivering holiday cheer. Scottsdale residents looking to get into the holiday spirit can enjoy everything from an ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Phoenix to one of the Valley’s oldest and most celebrated holiday light displays at the Desert Botanical Garden. Don your sweaters; whip up some hot cocoa; and head out on the town to discover five of the most colorful, festive light displays throughout metro Phoenix.
Visitors can look forward to a tree decked out with 1 million customizable light combinations in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. This year, visitors can enjoy two new exhibits: Iceberg and Local Light. In the former, 14 illuminated metal arches light up and make noise as spectators walk underneath. The former consists of multicolored rectangular light-based installations. Free, 7506 E. Indian School Road
2. Las Noches de las Luminarias
Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—making it one of the Valley’s oldest holiday traditions. Guests strolling through the Garden in the evenings throughout December can look forward to luminaries lining walkways, musicians playing live tunes and a new exhibit: Electric Desert featuring stunning colorful projections displayed over the flora and fauna. From $35, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
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