Life in Tempe

Tempe Christmas Holiday Festivals
and Holiday Shopping Traditions

Holiday festivities in Tempe. The Mill Avenue area of Tempe is arguably the most vibrant and festive place in the Greater Phoenix area. But come the holiday season there is little doubt that Tempe is the brightest, most enjoyable place to get into the holiday spirit. Its festive display of holiday lights makes Christmas shopping an entertaining attraction.

It all begins the day after Thanksgiving. Tempe kicks-off the season with its Fantasy of Lights Parade in the Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe. The event opens with the annual tradition of lighting hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. The opening night entertains everyone with its holiday tree lighting ceremony as street entertainers get everyone in the mood for the arrival of Santa Claus as they line the streets waiting for the Fantasy of Lights Parade.

Festival of the Arts. The Tempe Festival of the Arts has two annual festivals. The Spring event is generally held in late March. The Fall Festival is held in very early December to kick-off holiday shopping celebration. The event is held over a 3-day weekend and typically attracts about 250,000 visitors that browse and purchase original art from over 400 exhibitors that are set-up on the streets in the Mill Avenue Shopping District. Festival goers enjoy the fantastic holiday lights, more street entertainers, music and food concessions.

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Held in mid-December, over 35,000 fun-loving attendees gather along the south shores of Tempe Town Lake for the annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. When the evening skies turn dark above the lake at about 7:00 PM over 50 boats of varying sizes, all adorned with Christmas lights and decorations entertain folks with Christmas spirit. The Metro Light Rail installs even more lighting effects on the Tempe Bridge setting the stage for a festive fireworks show that is the grand finale of the event.

Dates, Schedules and More Info

Call the Tempe Convention and Visitor's Bureau at (800) 283-6734 for exact dates, times and scheduled current event entertainers. About a third of the Tempe Festival of the Arts attendees are from out of the Phoenix area. Choose from a wide variety of Tempe Hotels conveniently located near the Tempe Holiday Events. Also visit the following websites for more detailed information.

Besides Mill Avenue, Tempe Marketplace is a premier shopping destination and entertainment venue. With is extravagant Christmas lights and holiday decorations, concert stages, outdoor fireplaces, water features, great restaurants and nightlife spots, Tempe Marketplace will put you in the Christmas spirit. Visit Christmas Time at Tempe Marketplace for a gallery of pictures for your viewing enjoyment compliments of Robert Body.

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