34th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias; December 1-30; Phoenix; 480-481-8188 or 480-481-8188; www.dbg.org. Stroll through pathways lined with hand-lit luminarias as you enjoy musical entertainment every night.
Winter Solstice Celebration; December 21; Prescott; www.smokimuseum.org. Learn about the Navajo creation story through images of sand paintings created in 1941 and 1942 at the Smoki Museum.
Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings; December 21-22; Glendale; 602-930-2299; www.glendaleaz.com. Enjoy holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides and more.
Holidays at the Heard Museum; December 26-31; Phoenix; 602-252-8848; www.heard.org. Presenting performances and artist demonstrations, visitors will be introduced to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week.
Star of Bethlehem; December 22; Flagstaff; www.lowell.edu. The Lowell Observatory will discuss the astronomical interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem. Telescope viewing and other multimedia indoor programs will also be available.
North Pole Experience; Through December 28; Flagstaff; www.northpoleexperience.com. Attention families: this event takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes adventure at Santa’s Workshop. Besides meeting Santa and reading stories, children and their parents can lend Santa a helping hand by building toys.
63rd Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights; Dec 15-29; Tucson; 520-881-4483; www.winterhavenfestival.org. The Winterhaven Festival of Lights transforms a central Tucson neighborhood into a winter wonderland of holiday lights, decorations, and magic.
17th Annual A Tucson Pastorela; December 20-23; Tucson; www.borderlandstheater.org; This uniquely Tucson nativity story features shepherds, sheep and a dog on a magical journey to Bethlehem, led by the shining estrella (star) and accompanied by Christmas carols in Spanish and English.
Festival of Lights; December 23; Globe; 928-425-0320; www.globemiamichamber.com. With more than 1600 lit up luminaries, there will be holiday music, Native American storytellers and dancers, as well as an appearance by Santa,
Show Low Shines; Through January 2; Show Low; 928-532-4140; www.showlowaz.gov/recreation. Celebrate the season with an extravaganza of holiday lights and decorations.
Western Art Show; Through December 28; Globe; 928-425-0884; www.cvarts.org. This special exhibit and sale of fine art celebrating our Western heritage features artwork by local artists.
18th Annual Festival of Lights; December 1-31; Lake Havasu City; 928-855-0888; www.golakehavasu.com. With more than one million lights on display, there’s no better time to take a trip to Lake Havasu and enjoy London Bridge.
Christmas Village; December 15-22; Yuma; 928-783-0071 or 800-293-0071; www.visityuma.com. Celebrate the holidays at a magical village decorated with thousands of lights. This special village features walk-in-sized stores, a gingerbread cottage and Santa’s workshop.