Things to Do, Events & All Sorts of Fun Happenings Around Arizona

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Saija Lehtonen


22nd Annual Red Rock Fantasy; December 1-31; Sedona;
928-282-1777 or 877-444-8044; Stroll through a holiday wonderland, vote for your five favorite displays and enjoy classical holiday music… it’s the perfect way to enjoy the holidays.

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; January 3; Glendale; Before taking in an action-packed game, celebrate the ultimate tailgate experience with pep rallies, university marching bands, cheerleaders, games, food and much more.

34th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias; December 1-30; Phoenix; 480-481-8188 or 480-481-8188; Walk along pathways lined with hand-lit luminarias as you enjoy musical entertainment every night.

15th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk; December 29; Scottsdale;  480-990-3939; Enjoy the Scottsdale art scene before the big game. Visitors can watch demonstrations, listen to live music and more.

42nd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade; December 29; Phoenix; 480-350-0911; Billed as Arizona’s largest one-day spectator event and one of the nation’s finest and largest parades, this event is not to be missed.

 2013 Boot Drop; December 31; Prescott; 928-776-0234. A six-foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year.

9th Annual Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve Celebration; December 31; Tempe; Celebrate the New Year on Mill Avenue with plenty of family entertainment, fireworks, live music and more.


New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop; December 31; Flagstaff; 928-607-2347 or 800-842-7293; or Ring in the New Year at this annual event. Enjoy entertainment on Heritage Square, coffee, hot chocolate and vendors.

Holiday Tours at Riordan Mansion; Through January 6; Flagstaff; 928-779-4395; www. The Mansion will be decorated with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. Reservations are recommended.

Dance Around the World; January 2-5; Flagstaff; 928-774-3937 Presenting “Dance Around The World,” which teaches children about global arts and culture through dance.


Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow and Indian Craft Market; December 29-January 1; Tucson; 520-622-4900; Expect dancers from more than 50 tribes, an authentic handmade craft market with traditional food, a drum contest, plus a dance to ring in the New Year will also take place.

Musical Moveable Feast; December 31; Tucson; 520-882-8585; Enjoy dinner and a New Year’s Eve performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market; January 1; Tucson; 520-622-4900. This annual fest features dancers from more than 50 tribes, an authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, as well as a dance to bring in New Year.

10th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival; January 1-3; Casa Grande; 520-723-4432; This event will showcase the works of more than 100 artists, exhibitors and vendors, as well as feature gourd art, jewelry, mini-gourd races, gourd games, food, musical entertainment and more.


Show Low Shines; Through January 2; Show Low; 928-532-4140; Celebrate the season with an extravaganza of holiday lights and decorations.

Deuce of Clubs Drop; December 31; Show Low; 928-532-4140. Count down to 2013 with entertainment, music and food. At midnight, watch the giant electrified Deuce of Clubs drop from a crane, with a giant fireworks show to follow.

New Year’s Eve Party at Dream Manor Inn; December 31; Globe; 928-812-5564; What better way to ring in the New Year than enjoy dinner, dancing, party favors, prizes and a Champagne toast with friends and family.


18th Annual Festival of Lights; December 1-31; Lake Havasu City; 928-855-0888; With more than one million lights on display, there’s no better time to take a trip to Lake Havasu and enjoy London Bridge.

12th Annual Kingman Polar Bear Plunge; January 1; Kingman; 928-753-7919; Start the New Year off right by braving the near freezing waters of Centennial Pool. Several unknown prizes await brave swimmers at the bottom.

Annual Tyson Wells Rock/Gem/Mineral Show; January 4-13; Quartzsite; 928-927-6364; or Rock and gem enthusiasts will demonstrate their craft and sell equipment for goldsmithing and silversmithing, plus precious metals, lapidary tools, equipment and other supplies.

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  1. fotoanna3000

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    Lovely photos! Anna

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