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Tempe Fantasy of Lights and
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Holiday spectacles in Tempe. Christmas spirit, family entertainment and festive holiday shopping. The city of Tempe, the Downtown Community Association knows how to entice people to downtown Tempe to the best holiday fun in the valley. The Tempe Fantasy of Lights held on the day following Thanksgiving Day kicks-off the Christmas and holiday festivities that have become famous in the Tempe Mill Avenue District and Tempe Town Lake. The event begins with the Christmas Tree Lighting and lighting of the vibrant lights on and around Mill Avenue followed by the Fantasy of Lights Parade. Thousands of people line the streets to celebrate this annual set of festive events.

Fantasy of Light Boat Parade. A couple of weeks after the down town holiday lighting and street parade, the holiday traditions continue with the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade along the south shores of Tempe Town Lake near Tempe Beach Park. Estimates that range from 35,000 to 50,000 people come early to get the best spots as they watch over 50 boats and watercraft all dressed in holiday lights and decorations parade around the lake entertaining the attendees. The Tempe Bridge that carries the Metro Light Rail always as a special touch of excitement. The grand finale ends with an amazing display of fire works.

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Video. Donovan's Steakhouse

Adding to the downtown shopping experience. The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is also held early December in the Mill Avenue District. The downtown streets are closed to accommodate over 400 exhibitors, street entertainers, food vendors and stage concerts. This event kicks-off the holiday shopping attraction as about 250,000 people visit the 3-day weekend festival to view and purchase original handmade works of art.

Come. Enjoy these Tempe celebrations and festivals.

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For precise annual dates, schedule times and list of entertainers, contact these sites for more information.

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