If you are looking for traditional single-family homes decorated over the top, these are the places to visit:
1. 1610 E. Hermosa Vista, Mesa, AZ, 85203
This home boasts 35,000 Christmas lights and computer animated to music and video. The display is shown 6 - 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 6 - 10 PM Friday and Saturday.
2. 7324 E Villa Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
Homemade signs and cutout figurines help transform this yard into a beautiful winter wonderland. Over 50,000 lights adorn this south Scottsdale property. Recently converted to LED, this display should not be missed!
3. 8414 E Valley Vista Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85250
This three-story castle has been computerized with snowfall. The backyard has been converted into the Island of Misfit Toys. The family will be providing hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows on the open fire. Open 6 - 10 PM from December 6 through New Year's Eve.
4. 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ, 85018
The full holiday experience is created with hot cocoa, a bubble machine, hundreds of animated characters, inflatables, a water feature, computer controlled light display set to music and an impressive 250,000 lights.
If you are looking for a community affair, try these homes and neighborhoods:
5. 3650 E. Comstock Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296
This 13 house spectacle in Gilbert won ABC’s $50,000 prize for ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’. The display includes 110,000 lights with 285 strobe lights spread throughout and is set to the beat of four Christmas songs. The display operates Monday through Thursday from 6 - 10 PM and Friday through Sunday from 6 - 10:30 PM.
6. 3611 E. Kachina Dr., Phoenix, AZ, 85044
A family affair and a community tradition in Ahwatukee. This house is turned into a Winter Wonderland featuring 20,000 lights, two snow machines, hundreds of homemade wooden cutouts of popular animated characters such as Peanuts, Rudolph, Disney, Winnie the Pooh, Despicable Me and Frozen - including a Frozen castle! You can walk through the circular driveway, take in all the sights and drop off your letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox. Santa will reply if you leave a legible return address and name.
7. Chandler Blvd From 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway, Phoenix, AZ, 85048
An impressive 1,000,000 lights have been strung in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Lights. The lights are appropriately strung on ocotillos, palo verde trees, and saguaros within the medians on Chandler Boulevard from 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway. Festival of Lights is a 501(c)3 organization run by volunteers with community support to present this lights display for the residents of Ahwatukee, the Foothills and Club West.
If you are searching for a full holiday experience, these places in the Valley will be your perfect destination:
8 .Zoo Lights
Every night until January 10, 2016, the Phoenix Zoo is transformed into an illuminating experience. Millions of holiday light displays are set up throughout the zoo in the form of 3D animals. Music in Motion is a performance of synchronized lights to music showcased on the lake. Discounted tickets are available for purchase online.
9. Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Named the most unique of Arizona’s holiday light experiences, Holiday Lights is a train ride through winter wonderland displays. Tickets are $4, and free admission for children under the age of three with a paying adult. This experience runs through January 2, 2016.
10. Christmas at The Princess
This holiday light display has taken over the Fairmont Princess resort grounds. Train rides, marshmallow roasting and ice skating are only a few of the attractions to indulge in. Admission is complimentary for resort guests or diners. The festivities will wrap up on January 3, 2016.
Be sure to make the most of the holiday lights in Arizona this season with our helpful guide to the “must-see” locations. Happy Holidays, from our family to yours!