Holidays in Tempe

Holidays in Tempe

Spend the Holidays in Tempe, Arizona

It’s the most wonderful time of year for cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, twinkling lights and beloved holiday and Christmas events in Tempe, Arizona. We invite visitors and residents to enjoy the holiday season with festive fun. Christmas shopping excursions, outdoor patio dining and magical events are all happening in Tempe.

Events and Festivities in Tempe

Spending the holiday season in Tempe offers endless possibilities. From seeing the sights to festive lights, this season’s lineup of events is sure to deliver holiday magic to the entire family.

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Shop Local For Gifts This Year

Shop Tempe’s locally owned businesses for those who cherish one-of-a-kind gifts. Explore specialty shops, boutiques and more to find unique art, treats, apparel and experiences for everyone on your list. Added bonus: You’ll feel good about supporting small businesses.

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Holi-Stay at a Tempe Hotel

Take a holiday break! Stay in one of Tempe’s welcoming hotels or invite your friends and family to visit you this season. Explore our hotels and find one that’s the perfect fit.

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Holiday Shopping

Take your holiday shopping game to the next level at Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills or Downtown Tempe. Your friends and family will thank you.

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Celebrate the season with Tempe’s holiday treats and drinks

Now that we’re in full holiday swing, we encourage you to check out our list of holiday items at Tempe’s restaurants, bakeries and bars.

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Oct 9 – Mar 12

Second Sundays on Mill

Downtown Tempe – Mill Avenue

October 9, 2022 – March 12, 2023

Second Sundays on Mill closes Mill Avenue to enhance the heart of Tempe with a local market that features a fantastic selection of Arizona-made goods.

Nov 16 – Jan 1

World of Illumination

Tempe Diablo Stadium

November 16, 2022 – January 1, 2023

Drive through millions of lights at the holiday event of the year! World of Illumination is returning to Tempe Diablo Stadium. Grab your sled and join World of Illumination on a trek down Reindeer Road.

Nov 19 – Dec 24


Herberger Theater Center – Stage West

November 19, 2022 – December 24, 2022

Childsplay presents RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL at Herberger Theater Center, November 19 through December 24, 2022. 

Nov 23 – Jan 15

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

November 23, 2022 – January 15, 2023

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo, the Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition, is back with millions of twinkling lights, all new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience and a brand new music and light show!

Nov 24 – Dec 31

FA LA LA…FUN at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace

November 24, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Grab your family and friends this holiday season for the most magical time of the year! From Nightly Snowfall to Holiday Skating and more—Tempe Marketplace is the place to be to bring your holiday dreams to light!

Dec 1 – Dec 31

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Desert Botanical Garden

December 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Experience the beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias this holiday season with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the Desert Botanical Garden.

Dec 6 – Dec 11


ASU Gammage

December 6, 2022 – December 11, 2022

ASU Gammage presents Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. This stunning educational and powerful examination of racial injustice is appropriate for anyone old enough to read the novel and understand the themes within.

Dec 14

AZ Storytellers: “Holidays”

Tempe Center for the Arts

December 14, 2022

AZ Storytellers: “Holidays” will leave you feeling comforted, and reminded of loved ones, presents and the lights of the season as we share poignant and charming stories about the holidays.

Jan 14

Dog Days at the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

January 14, 2023

Enjoy a “pawsitively” perfect morning stroll through the Garden at Dog Days at Desert Botanical Garden.

Jan 31 – Feb 5


ASU Gammage

January 31, 2023 – February 5, 2023

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a mesmerizing new production of the iconic musical phenomenon, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, returns to ASU Gammage.

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