Sleigh this holiday season!
We know holiday shopping takes a lot of energy, but with all the amazing festivals, markets and deals in Mesa, there’s no need to stress this season! Throughout December, you can find fun and holiday cheer around every corner and still get everything on your gift-giving list. Here are a few of the upcoming events and specials throughout Mesa that, along with some holiday magic, are sure to make this busy season enjoyable again!
Merry Main Street, now in its fourth consecutive year, also features a nearly four-story-tall Christmas tree, Mesa Christmas Market, Santa’s sELFie Village, Jack Frost Food Truck Forest, Main Street Express trackless train, musical performances and much more.
When: 11/22 - 12/31
Where: Macdonald & Main St. in Downtown Mesa
Vertuccio Farms is going to be your must see Holiday destination for some truly amazing farm-family-fun! The unique Christmas Light Show will dazzle with over 2 million lights! Each display synchronized to a variety of Christmas classics that will have you singing along. Stretched out over 10 acres, this dazzling light walk along will take you through a spectacular interactive journey that will delight your senses and put you in the perfect Holiday mood. Santa is a huge Vertuccio Farm Fan and will be joining the fun each night from Dec 15th-23rd.
When: 11/23 - 1/11
Where: Vertuccio Farms
A Night in Bethlehem
A FREE family Christmas event so real you'll feel like you have time-traveled back over 2000 years! All ages will enjoy touring the town of Bethlehem, strolling through the marketplace, assembling a craft, visiting the live stable animals and listening to the Christmas story through songs and stories. There will be something for everyone! Children, parents and grandparents will all enjoy FREE hands-on activities, music and refreshments.
When: Friday, December 14
Where: St. Luke Lutheran Church
Golfland's Winter Wonderland lights up every night at dusk! Enjoy thousands of holiday lights and festive displays as you work your way through our challenging 18 hole mini golf course! From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
When: 11/22 - 1/2
Where: Golfland Sunsplash
Come spend the holiday with the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa and enjoy Live Entertainment and have delicious food with Champagne and Mimosas included. Brunch seating 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm - Advance reservations required.
When: Tuesday, December 25
Where: Hilton Phoenix/Mesa
The Valley’s most anticipated holiday tradition: ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo! Millions of lights and a 200-foot-long Polar Slide™. New this year — live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4-D Theater included with admission. Get your photos with Santa and enjoy a snowfall nightly at 7 pm!
When: 11/21 - 1/13
Where: The Phoenix Zoo
Make & Take Holiday Ornaments
Each Friday night from November 30th-December 21st, from 5-7 PM Moon Dust Farms is offering "Make & Take" ornaments & Holiday signs! Each creation is just $5, first come first served. They have tons of in-store events including some pop-up shops, organic chocolate samples, and hot cocoa every weekend through January 4th as well. So bring the entire family and celebrate with at Moon Dust Farms, in the heart of Downtown Mesa!
When: 11/30 - 12/21
Where: Moon Dust Farms
Annual "Breakfast with Santa"
Two breakfast time slots include a pancake breakfast, craft and a photo-op with Jolly Ole St. Nick. Advance tickets are required, as space is limited - Tickets have to be purchased in advance and are available online by visiting mesaamp.com or by visiting the Mesa Convention Center's Box Office (building A) located at 263 N. Center Street between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Don’t let your kids miss out on a great family tradition!
When: Saturday, December 15
Where: Mesa Convention Center
Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. Families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering FREE 4x6 studio-quality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities, including fun crafts and games. In addition, Bass Pro Shops are a designated toy drop-off stations for Toys for Tots, so don't forget to bring a present for the donation drop when you visit!
When: 11/10 - 12/24
Where: Bass Pro Shops
WINTER FUN down on the FARM! - 6 weeks of ice skating, Santa, snow and holiday lighted train rides! When visiting the farm in December there is something to do every day; Bonfires, Ice Skating, Hayrides to the Deer, Petting Zoo, Holiday lighted Train rides, Country Store, Bakery, Hotdog Roasting, Breakfast & Lunch and even DRIVE-In Movies! Spend Christmas on the Farm for a whole lot of family fun!
When: 12/6 - 1/6
Where: Schnepf Farms
Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs will be transforming their indoor dinosaur exhibit into a Jurassic Winter Wonderland, the first ever dino-themed Christmas showcase. This prehistoric event will run throughout the holiday season and will feature thousands of multicolored lights, a real snow entrance, kids caroling classes, writing letters to Santa, snowman building contests with prizes on the weekends and meet & greets with the first ever Dino “Santa Claws” and his companion Rudolph “The Red Nose” Raptor. December 15, from 2 pm -5 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining their Dino friends for free digital photo ops within the exhibit.
When: 11/17 - 1/6
Enchantment Everywhere - the Magic of Winter
Celebrate this festive season as the 150-member Tempe Community Chorus sings of the magic of winter. Hear a jazzy version of "Jingle Bells," the rock 'n' roll inspired "A Doo-Wop Christmas With You," "The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights)," "We Need a Little Christmas" (from the musical "Mame"), a medley from "Grinch!" and more, along with an audience sing-along of several seasonal favorites. Additional tunes by Mill Avenue Singers and other featured performers.
When: Sunday, December 16
Where: Mesa Arts Center