If you're looking to give a gift of Arizona this holiday season check out these local online stores.
The Heard Museum Online Shop and Bookstore is part of the world-famous Heard Museum. The shop offers a broad selection of traditional and contemporary American Indian art directly from the artists.
The Museum Store offers Arizona-themed merchandise, including jewelry, toys, kitchen tools and books.
The Garden Shop has everything you need for the gardener in your life. A portion of the proceeds help the Desert Botanical Garden and its programs.
Celebrating the holidays in Phoenix is about more than just Christmas lights on a saguaro cactus. We've got timeless holiday concerts and performances, real outdoor ice-skating rinks, horse-drawn carriage rides, twinkling light displays, and you can even watch it snow in the desert! However you like to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, there is a holiday event in Phoenix for you.
The Polar Express: Through January 4
Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of "the North Pole," where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl.
Christmas and Ice Skating at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Through January 4
Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess festival events and activities are open to the public and include ice skating, a four-story tall Christmas tree, photos and visits with Santa, holiday menus and much more.
Nightly Snowfall at Westgate Entertainment District: Through December 24
The only place in the West Valley to see it snow nightly is at Westgate Entertainment District! Watch as Fountain Park magically turns into a living snow globe each evening with a snow show twice a night.
Photos with Santa Claus at Westgate Entertainment District: Weekends and select weekdays through December 24
Get your photo taken with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Free gift for all kids visiting Santa!
ZooLights: Through January 12
When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, the Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest with 3.7 million lights and more than 700 light displays. New this year is the Wizard of Oz Music in Motion show.
Whether you’re looking for home cooked comfort food to-go, a luxurious dinner out on the town, a day of family fun or a healthy way to burn off those extra holiday calories, Phoenix has it all for your turkey-day weekend.
Thanksgiving Day brunches and dinners
Thanksgiving Day Harvest Feast
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Heard Museum with a menu that incorporates American Indian culture and indigenous ingredients.
Thanksgiving Day at Capital Grille
The Capital Grille in Phoenix will be featuring handcrafted traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as a a la carte dinner menu.
Thanksgiving Brunch at bistro 24
Dig in to a feast at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix's bistro 24 with a Thanksgiving prix fixe brunch.
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The resort's Garden Court Restaurant brunch will feature carving station serving roasted turkey with giblet gravy and orange peel cranberry sauce, blackened prime rib with rosemary au jus, and pit ham with pecan cane syrup. Traditional sides and desserts will also be available.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Remington's
Remington's at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort will be offering a three-course dinner with selections of traditional holiday entrees, delicious apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie and live jazz entertainment.
Thanksgiving Brunch at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together to present a Thanksgiving feast. Chefs from BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda, The Grill at the TPC and Ironwood American Kitchen will each bring their own special culinary talents and themed menus to the table.
Before you know it, summer will fade into the beautiful Arizona horizon. Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) lets you savor the last precious moments of vacation season. Whether you crave just one more relaxing day by the pool or want to accompany the kids on an adventure before school gets into full swing, Labor Day weekend is your window of opportunity. To help you make the most of the holiday, we have gathered our favorite Labor Day weekend events in Greater Phoenix.
The 9th Annual Phoenix Cooks! will ignite your appetite on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. Phoenix Cooks! is a food-lover's paradise, designed to make taste buds salivate and stomachs satisfied. For one day, the Valley's best chefs convene to share tasty dishes that will intrigue your palate and broaden your culinary experience — all while benefitting Phoenix Children's Hospital. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door.
Spend the day or an afternoon tubing the Lower Salt River in the beautiful Tonto National Forest. Just minutes from Phoenix, the cool waters of the Salt River are the perfect complement to a hot, late-summer day. You can choose a two-, three- or five-hour trip along this mountain stream. The trips include float time and a shuttle-bus ride, weather and water flow permitting. Tube rentals and shuttle service are available seven days a week starting at 9 a.m. Costs is $17 per person/tube. The 2013 season for the Salt River begins to wind down after Labor Day with tubing reduced to only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.
Whether you want to spend your holiday weekend under the sun or the stars, in the A/C or the heat, wet in the pool or dry in your seat, there is something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend in Greater Phoenix.
Through Monday May 27
Arizona Spring Restaurant Week
The holiday weekend is your last chance to indulge your inner foodie without breaking the bank at one of over 100 Greater Phoenix restaurants participating in the Spring Arizona Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking to try a longtime Valley favorite or a buzzed-about upstart, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $30 or $40 three-course prix-fixe menu. The most popular joints fill up fast, so make your reservations now.
Thursday May 23 – Sunday May 26
Let your geek flag fly at downtown’s Phoenix Convention Center at Phoenix Comicon, the premiere pop culture experience of the Southwest. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, TV and film and more will get the chance to meet their favorite authors, writers, artists and actors, including cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Star Trek.
Book a room downtown so you don’t miss a minute of the weekend’s festivities. Some hotels are already sold out, so act fast.
Phoenix Convention Center: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, 85004
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th. We've put together a big list of things to do for Mother's Day in Phoenix that will make any mom feel like a queen.
Go on adventure this Mother's Day with a trail ride at Cave Creek Trail Rides. Horseback riding in Phoenix offers great views of the surrounding desert. Cave Creek Trail Rides’ cowboys and cowgirls will introduce you to the mining history of Cave Creek, Arizona and unique flora and fauna while on the back of a gentle mountain horse. Mothers will receive 50% off and a flower at the end of the ride.
Details: Cave Creek Trail Rides, 37019 N. 32nd St., Cave Creek. Admission: $43 - $93. Friday, May 10th – Sunday May 12th. 623-742-6700
Treat your mom to a Mother's Day Tea at the Hackett House in downtown Tempe. The lavish "full teas" include their famous scones, an assortment of savories and sweets, tea served in fine china cups and on fresh-pressed linens. Register in advance to save a seat for you and your mom.
Details: Hackett House Tea, 95 W. 4th St., Tempe. Saturday, May 11th 2:00pm – 4:00pm. 480-350-8181