PHOENIX - Editor's note: The "Winter Wonderfest" listing was re-written to better clarify which activities were included with admission and those that are an additional cost. We apologize for any confusion.
From Christmas light shows to drive-thru holiday displays, tree-lighting ceremonies and visits from Santa Claus, there are a lot of events happening this winter around the Valley!
We've rounded up as many events as we could find (and will continue to add more)! Whether you have family in town or need to get out of the house, here is all the fun stuff you'll want to check out.
Nov. 16 - Jan. 14, 2018 | 'Illumination: Symphony of Light' - A mile-long drive-thru light display in north Phoenix with 1.5 million lights synchronized to popular Christmas songs and current hits. Admission: $30-$35 per vehicle (up to 8 people inside). Event information.
Nov. 16 - Jan. 14, 2018 | Lights of the World - A modernized Chinese Lantern Festival with 75 larger-than-life displays. Displays include Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Chinese temple. Admission: $15-$18. Parking: $10. Event information.
Nov. 21 - Jan. 7, 2018 | Westgate tree lighting and ice rink - Rent a pair of blades and ice skate around the rink at Westgate Entertainment District while it "snows" or visit with Santa. The official tree lighting is Tuesday, Nov. 21. Ice skating: $11-$15. Event information.
Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 | Christmas at the Princess - The Scottsdale Fairmont Princess's annual Christmas festival with 4.5 million lights, a 5-minute projection show, ice skating (additional fee), train rides and light show kicks off on Nov. 22. Pricing is per vehicle. Admission: $55-$85 per vehicle (includes 6 wristbands). Event information.
Nov. 22 - Jan. 14, 2018 | Phoenix ZooLights - Walk around the Phoenix Zoo and see more than a million lights and animal-shaped light displays, as well as the "Motion in Music" light show around the lagoon. Both Jenga, the talking giraffe, and Tortuga, the talking tortoise, are back this year. Admission: $13-$18. Event information.
Nov. 22 | Tree lighting and snowfall at Tempe Marketplace - Tempe Marketplace will light its holiday tree near The District Stage at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a professional ice skating experience. Event information.
Nov. 23 | Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade - This is the state's only Thanksgiving Day parade and takes place in downtown Fountain Hills. The theme for 2017 is "Winter in the Southwest." The parade starts at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately an hour. Admission: Free. Event information.
Nov. 23-26 | Arizona International Auto Show - After the turkey and stuffing, hop in the driver's seat of the latest concept, luxury, and exotic vehicles from the car manufacturers. More than 500 vehicles will be loaded into the Phoenix Convention Center. Admission: $7-$11. Event information.
Nov. 23 | Goodyear's "Christmas in Color" light display - "Christmas in Color" is a drive-thru holiday display with 1.5 million lights synchronized to music that plays on the radio. You can see it at Goodyear Ballpark. Admission: $25-$35 per vehicle. Event information.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 | Rawhide Snowy Christmas - Rawhide Western Town - The western-themed town will be decorated for Christmas and have weekend tree lightings and snowfalls throughout November and December. Santa will also visit. Admission: Free. Event information.
Nov. 24 | Tempe's 23rd annual Fantasy of Lights' Parade - Tempe's signature holiday event and tree lighting. Watch dozens of festive and lighted vehicles, floats and marching bands stroll down the street. Stay until the end because Mr. Claus is said to be visiting. Admission: Free. Parking lots may charge. Event information.
Nov. 24 - Jan. 5, 2018 | Downtown Mesa's Merry Main Street - The City of Mesa will light its four-story Christmas tree on Nov. 24. It will also open the 5,000-square-foot ice rink and host free visits with Santa and "selfie" photo stations. Ice skating is $10. Event information.
Nov. 24 - Jan. 6, 2018 | Glendale Glitters - See more than 1.6 million lights over 16 blocks in downtown Glendale during this free lights display. Event information.
Nov. 24 - Dec. 30 | Las Noches De Las Luminarias - Walk around the Desert Botanical Garden and see more than 8,000 luminarias, twinkling lights, and listen to live music. Admission: $12.50 - $30. Event information.
Nov. 24 - Jan. 7, 2018 | CitySkate ice rink - CityScape in Downtown Phoenix will once again have an ice rink in the center of the city with a 30-foot lighted Christmas tree in the middle of the rink. Santa Claus will visit on Saturdays and Sundays and Copper Blue's will host a hot chocolate bar. The official tree lighting is Nov. 25. Admission: $15-$30. More information.
Nov. 24-26 | Free ice skating at Tempe Marketplace - Children five and older will be able to ice skate at a faux rink near Dave & Buster's. Ice skating is free, but socks are required. The hours will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Event information.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 31 | Scottsdazzle & Prismatic art installation - The City of Scottsdale will hold a holiday sing-a-long and tree lighting on Nov. 25 at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Two art installations -- Prismatica and Reflection Rising -- will also be visible throughout December. Admission: Free. Event information.
Nov. 25 | Santa Social at Scottsdale Quarter - The shopping center is kicking off the holiday season with free pictures with Santa, free caricature drawings and free face painting during the day. There will also be a hot chocolate bar, and tree lighting ceremony in the evening. Admission: Free. Event information.
Nov. 24 - Dec. 25 | Winter Wonderfest AZ - A North Pole-themed attraction at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Admission includes visits with Santa, the ice queen, a sleigh ride, writing letters to Santa and the game area. Admission: $20. Parking is $5 and ride attractions are extra. Event information.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 23 | A Christmas Carol - Hale Centre Theatre in downtown Gilbert is once again putting on its rendition of "A Christmas Carol." Admission: $20-$26. More information.
Nov. 30 - Free screening of 'A Christmas Story' - The movie will be screened in the Barnes & Noble courtyard. The movie starts at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. There will be kids activities before the movie.
Dec. 1 - Jan. 7, 2018 | Holiday lights at Scottsdale McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - Ride a train around Scottsdale McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and see its holiday lights display. Opening night is Dec. 1. Santa will be available for photos in a train car. Event information. (Closed Dec. 4, 24, 25, 31). Admission: $5 per ride. Event information.
Dec. 1 | Peoria's Old Town Holiday Festival - Old Town Peoria will have live music, a visit from Santa, snow, a crafters market and kids activities. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 1 - 3 | Tempe Festival of the Arts - More than 350 fine-art artists will line the street of Mill Avenue for Tempe's fall art show. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 1-3 | Phoenix Symphony's -Holiday Pops concert' - The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus will perform and sing holiday songs. Admission: $33-$149. Event information.
Dec. 2 | APS Electric Light Parade - Head to central Phoenix to watch this annual holiday parade with more than 50 lighted floats and displays, marching bands, and a visit from Santa. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 2 | Chandler Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and parade - More than 1,000 actual tumbleweeds make up the 25-foot Tumbleweed tree in downtown Chandler. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 2 | Merry Copa Holiday Festival - Maricopa's 4th annual holiday event with snow for the kids, an ice rink, photos with Santa, community performances, and tree lighting. Admission: Free. $5 to enter "Snow Zone." Event information.
Dec. 2 | Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade - This year's theme is Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. The festival will be at the Queen Creek library and opens at noon. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. and will travel along Ellsworth Road. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 2 | Goodyear's Home Plate For the Holiday (tree lighting) -Goodyear's annual festival and tree lighting will be at Goodyear Ballpark. There will be 40 tons of snow to play in, themed games, inflatables, photos with Santa and live music. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 7 | Holiday Festival at the Falls at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort - The resort's water village has been decorated for the holidays. Festive cabanas will have themed games and activities for the kids, hot chocolate and photos with Santa. Admission is 5 canned goods or $5 per person.Event information.
Dec. 7 - Free screening of 'A Christmas Carol' - The movie will be screened in the Barnes & Noble courtyard. The movie starts at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. There will be kids activities before the movie starting at 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 | El Mirage Tree Lighting - El Mirage will light its 40-foot tree at Gentry Park on Dec. 8. There will be snow to play in, free photos with Santa and live music. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 8 | Free movie double-feature: 'Home Alone' and 'Elf' - CityScape will host its December movie night with a double-feature of Christmas classics, 'Home Alone' and 'Elf.' The first movie starts at 6 p.m. You're encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Metered parking and paid-parking at local garages available. Event information.
Dec. 8 - 10 | Phoenix Festival of the Arts - A free arts festival in downtown Phoenix showcasing local artists and food purveyors. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 8-24 | Ballet Arizona's The Nutcracker - More than 150 performers, and the Phoenix Symphony, will take the stage to put on this holiday classic. Admission: $25+. Event information.
Dec. 9 | Tempe's Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake - Motorized boats will glow with holiday lights as they parade around Tempe Town Lake. Admission: Free. Event information.
CANCELED - Dec. 9 | Free Goo Goo Dolls concert at High Street - The Goo Goo Dolls will perform a free concert at Phoenix's High Street shopping complex. It's part of Mix 96.9's Merry MixMas event. Event information.
Dec. 9 | 'Snow much Fun Day' at Children's Museum of Phoenix - Forty pounds of snow will fall on the Children's Museum of Phoenix. Activities are included with museum admission. Admission: $12. Event information.
Dec. 9 | 2017 Hometown Christmas Parade - A Christmas-themed parade and food drive in downtown Glendale. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Admission: Free. Event information.
Dec. 9 - 28 | A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Arizona Broadway Theatre is putting on this holiday classic at Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Admission: $49-$69. Event information.
Dec. 19 - 24 | Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Tony Award-winning musical for costume design and nominee for musical revival visits Tempe's ASU Gammage just before Christmas. Admission: $20+. Event information.
Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 | "Snow Week" at Arizona Science Center - Sixty tons of snow will be delivered to the Arizona Science Center for "snow week." Kids will be able to play in it, make a snowman and (maybe) have a snowball fight. There will also be winter-themed demos and activities. Snow is included with general admission ($13-$18). Event information.
Dec. 28 - Free screening of 'Elf' - The movie will be screened in the Barnes & Noble courtyard. The movie starts at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. There will be kids activities before the movie.
Dec. 30 | 47th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade - The Fiesta Bowl parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 30 in central Phoenix. Reserved bleacher seating is available for $10 - $25. Event information.