Create Precious Family Traditions in Phoenix this Year

Begin some new family traditions in Phoenix, Arizona this Christmas. Create memories at the Arizona Ballet, delight at the light show at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort or enjoy the Phoenix Zoo lights during the month of December. All the boys and girls are on Santa’s nice list in Phoenix this year!

Arizona Ballet: The Nutcracker: The Phoenix Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s delightful rendition as dancers thrill the audience with the retelling of the Nutcracker. Herr Drosselmeyer, the toymaker, presents Clara with the Nutcracker Prince. As the story unwinds, the Nutcracker Prince is taken hostage by the Mouse King at midnight. The enchantment continues as the ballerinas dance through the land of sweets. The ballet runs from December 12th, 2014 through December 28th, 2014. The hall is located at 225 East Adams Street. For scheduling information and to order tickets online visit the theater's website.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort: The Phoenix resort resembles Santa’s home at the North Pole during the Christmas holidays. The resort presents Christmas at the Princess, a magical holiday wonderland. Visitors may burn off some extra Christmas calories ice skating at the 6,000 square foot Desert Ice Holiday Rink. 3-D light shows are performed nightly during the holiday season as children and adults watch in awe. Families may want to take a ride on the Christmas Carousel or hop a train ride on the Express Train before having pictures taken with Santa in his workshop. Visitors may choose to warm up at the Plaza Bar before selecting the perfect live Christmas tree at the Holiday Tree Lot by Moon Valley. Approximately, 67,000 lights trim the four story Christmas tree that perform to Christmas carols. The festivities begin on November 20th, 2014 and continue through January 4th, 2015. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive. Directions, parking and ticket information are available online.

Zoo Lights: The Phoenix Zoo lights up in December for zoo animals to bring a dose of Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages. The “Wizards in Wonderland” light display is synchronized to selections from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A brand new display is introduced this year from the “Wizard of Oz.” Before talking with Santa, families may want to ride a camel, experience a zip-line or enjoy the polar slide. Most of the zoo animals have gone in for the night and will not be on display. The zoo is located at 455 North Galvin Parkway. Dates and ticket information are available online.

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Zoo Lights by the Roaming Boomers at Flickr’s Creative Commons.



A traveler at heart, the writer enjoys traveling all over the south and hopes to one day expand his destinations.


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