5 uniquely Arizona holiday traditions and events

Arizona holiday lights

Glendale Glitters has been lighting up downtown Glendale since 1994.  And watching the expression on children's faces when they hit the switch on some 1.5 million lights never gets old. 

Tumbleweed Tree

Chandler residents have been building tumbleweed trees for the past 60 years.  This year's tree, with star, tops 35 feet.

Mesa Arizona Temple

Only five Mormon temples worldwide offer large holiday light displays, and Mesa is among them, according to Stephen Harms,  public affairs director for the Christmas lights and Easter pageant at the Mesa Temple.

Ice skating in the desert

City Skate in downtown Phoenix has set the bar with a real ice rink reminiscent of New York City's Rockefeller Center, minus the need for winter coats and scarves.

Trucked-in snow

Many parts of the country must figure out what to do with all of their snow, but in Arizona, we truck it in or make it.  Arizona festivals often boast just how much snow they will have for the kids to romp in.

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