As the end-year holidays near, take delight in driving to different neighborhoods aglow with the spirit of the holidays, throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Here are four holiday light displays in Phoenix that you won’t want to miss this year! You can enjoy all of these for FREE over the extended holiday weekend.
Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane, on Moon Valley Dr., features 40,000 plus lights, an iconic bridge, and vintage decorations. Walk the lane by crossing the bridge and looking at all the lights and attractions. Stop by between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. each night and the organizers, the Kinman’s, will present you with a candy cane.
When: Experience the holiday cheer for yourself Monday through Sunday, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., now until the end of December. For two hours each night, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Kinman’s hand out candy canes.
Where: 618 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix, 85023
Christmas on Comstock
Located near Elliot and Higley roads, this holiday favorite spans across 13 homes and features more than 110,000 lights; 50,000 feet of wire; 300-plus strobe; and various snow machines and other attractions spread down the block. While driving through the neighborhood is permissible, assuming you stick to their Traffic Flow map, the organizers encourage visitors to park a short distance away and check everything out on foot. This will allow you to really immerse yourself in the magic.
Don’t forget to tune to 93.9 FM.
When: Operates Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. starting December 1st until the 30th.
Where: 3642 E. Comstock Dr., Gilbert, 85296
Cost: Free, but visitors are invited to donate to Make-a-Wish of Arizona.
Now in its 40th year (28th in Arizona), the Santa Train is the brainchild of Ahwatukee residents, Frank and Dianne Polimene. Highlights include a 1/6-scale train, which can be activated by headlights of passing cars or if on foot, by pressing a red button on the PCH donation box. Additional features include an illuminated volcano, an animated Ferris Wheel with stuffed animals as passengers, a rooftop display featuring Ol’ Saint Nick and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty who makes it snow.
Tune to 87.9 FM to hear the mountain show.
When: Open nightly until 11:00 p.m., beginning Thanksgiving Night until New Year’s Day’ candy canes are distributed to the kids each night until 9:00 p.m. It snows in Phoenix every 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights.
Where: 541 E. Mountain Sky Ave., Phoenix, 85048
Cost: Free, but visitors are invited to donate to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as donate candy canes.
What began as one boy’s childhood dream, has now become a nightly, digitally-orchestrated extravaganza. Visitors are greeted with a series of choregraphed light shows featuring holiday music and a flurry of snow. At the front of the garage, there’s a holiday village, and to the right of that is a small fire pit. Visitors can purchase hot chocolate and s’more kits (roasting sticks are provided). In 2016, the backyard was given a Disney-esque holiday makeover, which was “Frozen” over.
When: Operates nightly from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., beginning December 7, 2018 and concluding on New Year’s Eve.
Where: 8414 E. Valley Vista Dr., Scottsdale, 85250
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.
Happy Holidays from Arizona Garage Door and Repair!