Shopping in Tempe with a Holiday Twist

Author: Amy

Posted on: December 17, 2018


With just one week to go before Christmas, it’s now or never to finish that last minute shopping and enjoy a few holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season. Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace and Downtown Tempe have both – great shopping and fun events – what could be better?

Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills Mall
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 491-9700
Head over to Arizona Mills Mall for all your holiday shopping and grab a photo with Santa while you’re there. Located in the food court, Santa will be available for photos December 17-23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona
Located inside Arizona Mills | 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #135, Tempe, AZ 85282
Bring your little LEGO lovers to explore a winter wonderland full of festive activities that will surely build up some holiday cheer. Located inside of Arizona Mills Mall, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona presents Holiday Bricktacular these select weekends in December: 22-23, & 24.
Fun holiday activities include:
– Gingerbread House Creative Workshop Build
– Build your own Snowflake at the imagination build table
– Deck Out Santa’s Sleigh – Sleigh Racing at Build & Test
– Winter Wonderland Build Table
– Letters to the Master Model Builder
– Holidays in MINILAND
– Holiday Minifigure Trading

FISHMAS at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
Located inside Arizona Mills | 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #145, Tempe, AZ 85282
Santa is going swimming! Come celebrate the holiday season in a totally different way by watching Santa dive into an underwater winter wonderland. FISHMAS at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium puts on the show and provides some great holiday activities for you and the whole family. Join them during these weekends in December: 22-23, & 24.
Holiday activities include:
– Holiday Scavenger Hunt
– Holiday Ornament Decorating
– Wish for the Fish Christmas Lists
– Underwater Santa Dives – Weekends in December at 1pm

Nightly Snowfall at Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9338
Want a little magic in your holiday shopping experience? Come experience nightly snowfall through December 31st between the hours of 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. near the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace. You’ll be sure to light up with holiday cheer while you enjoy the festive lights and gingerbread wonderland near the giant Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve, experience the snowfall every hour starting at 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.!

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
24 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 355-6060
Santa’s in Town – Where else can you take a selfie with Santa AND get some great local handmade gifts for the holidays? Downtown Tempe of course! Take a stroll along the 6th Street Market on Sunday, December 23 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and catch Santa between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Bonus: free parking in the City Hall parking garage and on-street meters every Sunday.

After your Christmas shopping is done, treat yourself with a holiday light show at one of these festive evening events:

Illumination-Symphony of Light
Tempe Diablo Stadium | 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 550-1777
Illumination-Symphony of Light is the ultimate drive through holiday experience! Light up your holiday season with this awe-inspiring display of lights at Tempe Diablo Stadium, November 16 – December 31. Hours are 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday & 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are limited so make sure you get yours early!

Las Noches de las Luminarias
Desert Botanical Garden | 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 | (480) 941-1225
Create a lasting memory by joining the Desert Botanical Garden in celebrating a beautiful Southwestern holiday tradition. Las Noches de las Luminarias features more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags that will not only illuminate the night, but your heart as well. This year will be more vibrant in sound and light than ever, as Electric Desert | A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective sets the stage for holiday magic at the Garden for 29 nights. You can purchase tickets in advance and prepare for a night of magical holiday adventure. Tickets are going fast, so get them soon before they’re sold out.

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 | (602) 286-3800
November 21, 2018- January 13, 2019 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. nightly
Each year, Phoenix Zoo opens its doors in the evenings to showcase the amazing holiday light displays within the facility. Visitors to the Zoo can enjoy millions of holiday lights and displays, a three-story Christmas tree, snowfall nightly at 7 p.m., photos with Santa and lakeside music-in-motion shows.

Tempe Marketplace holiday tree

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