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FREE holiday events for the whole family from Arizona Parenting Magazine

Posted at 8:05 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 12:56:38-05

Here's a look at some fun weekend activities for the whole family. For a more complete list of holiday events visit,

Saturday, Dec 21
Snow Ball Family Festival: Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Snow Queen and The Ice Princess! Play in real snow, enjoy face painting, arts & crafts, the magic mirror photobooth, a book creation station for the kids, raffle prizes, giveaways, and more! Visit over 40 family and child-friendly vendors and tons of on-site food and drink options. Presented by ChildMinder AZ. Free. 11am-4pm. Odysea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

Saturday, Dec 21
South Mountain Aglow: Light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful one-mile luminaria walk along the Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, featuring artwork from local youth, businesses and artists. As you wander among the luminarias, enjoy local musicians, food trucks, the Make & Take Market and last-minute gift shopping from local artisans. Free. 5:30-8:30pm. South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Saturday & Sunday, Dec 21 & 22
Winter Wonderland Express: Ride the holiday train to SNOW filled fun. Once you "arrive" play in 25 tons of snow and take a sled ride too. There will even be a human size snow globe to take pictures in. Visit with Santa and have a free cup of cocoa from 11am-5pm. It will take 5 tickets or an unlimited wristband to catch a ride to the snow and children must be accompanied by a paying adult. 10am-7pm, both days. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix. 602-254-1200 or