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Unique Arizona Holiday Traditions for Your New Home

Unique Arizona Holiday Traditions for Your New Home

Unique Arizona Holiday Traditions for Your New Home


The holidays are a wonderful time to visit Arizona and view homes for sale. Don’t miss these unique Arizona holiday traditions for your new home.


Each region of the U.S. has special winter festivities. If you’re planning to relocate to the Phoenix area, don’t miss some of these unique Arizona holiday traditions for your new home. The holidays are a great time to visit and see what your new community has to offer at this special time of year.

Our climate won’t necessarily provide a Currier and Ives postcard aesthetic—unless you’re high in the Arizona hills, where snow is possible! But our desert traditions and multicultural communities have an abundance of festive events for residents to enjoy during the holiday season.


The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix glows with thousands of luminaria and holly along curving walks throughout the garden. Buy tickets in advance. The event runs through the end of December.

Camelback Santa

Sometime in the last decade, some hikers went up the Camelback Mountain trail and set up a Christmas tree at the summit. Then a volunteer, John Cressey, became “Camelback Santa,” distributing candy canes to anyone who took the trail to the top to get a photo with him.

The hikers and volunteers have reached an agreement with the park service to keep the area clean and litter-free and are now using birdseed ornaments. They remove the tree each night and bring it back the next day to minimize environmental impact.

Chandler Tumbleweed Tree

Arizonans have been known to craft snowmen out of tumbleweeds. The city of Chandler take holiday tumbleweeds to the next level with a Christmas tree made out of tumbleweed. They spray the tree with fire retardant and paint and string colorful lights on it in a ceremony that’s back in 2022 after a temporary pandemic shutdown.

Polar Express Grand Canyon Train

The whole family will love the 90-minute train ride that leads from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon. The train ride is based on the children’s classic holiday book, “The Polar Express,” and delivers passengers to Santa and his reindeer at the “North Pole.”

Glendale Glitters

In the nearby Phoenix suburb of Glendale, enjoy brilliant lights, shopping, and live performances at the annual “Glendale Glitters” event. Check the schedule for movies, too!


The Phoenix Zoo is brilliant with lights and music during the holiday season. Tickets include a visit to the “Dinosaurs in the Desert” exhibit.

Creative Cacti

Don’t be surprised by the occasional Santa hat atop Arizona’s signature Saguaro cactuses! The famous I-17 Christmas “tree” (actually a juniper bush) fell victim to fire, ending a long-standing Arizona holiday tradition. But Arizonans find many substitutes for trees to decorate, from shrubs to palm trees.

Professional tree services are available to consult with Phoenix residents about maintaining the health of native trees through the holiday season. They can determine whether a tree can bear decorations or is better left in its natural state.

Arizona is ready to welcome you for a holiday visit or a permanent stay in your new Phoenix area home!


Phoenix: Relax and Enjoy the Good Life in the City

Phoenix: Relax and Enjoy the Good Life in the City

Phoenix: Relax and Enjoy the Good Life in the City


Golf, tennis, pickleball, major league sports franchises, museums, and more. Phoenix has a wealth of recreational and entertainment opportunities to keep you occupied. Residents also have countless ethnic and gourmet restaurants, each one better than the next. Consider these recreational and dining opportunities.


Resort and Native Landscape Golf

Courses in the northern part of the Valley may be more famous, but the City of Phoenix has several great ones in its own right. Try these resort and public courses.


Arizona Biltmore

Various VIPS, including U.S. Presidents, have played the fairways here. Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built the courses. Choose between the Adobe course, built in 1928, or the shorter Links course.



Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer each designed a course ap8ece at this JW Marriott club. The Faldo course has long fairways and numerous bunkers, while the Palmer curse is longer and more challenging.


Lookout Mountain

Located at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, this Troon Golf Experience offers gorgeous views. Twelve holes play through preserve land, giving golfers uninterrupted views of Piestewa Peak and Lookout Mountain.


Papago Golf Club

Set in the heart of Papago Park, this picturesque park is a golfing gem located less than two miles from Sky Harbor International Airport. Created by the architect of Torrey Pines in California, the course has iconic views of Papago Buttes, Camelback Mountain, and downtown Phoenix.


The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain

Lined with pine trees, this course has some of the best greens in Phoenix. The Raven is well maintained, has an expansive practice area, and is known for its good pace of play.


Tennis and Pickleball

Tennis has long reigned in second place behind golf as Phoenix’s go-to recreational sport, and now pickleball joins it, sharing many of the same courts. Dozens of city parks have first-come-first-served tennis, pickleball, and multi-use courts. You’ll find some of the best facilities at the following locations.


Phoenix Tennis Center

This full-service facility offers 25 post-tension courts, leagues, tournaments, reservations, leagues, professional instruction, a junior players program, and a pro shop.


Encanto Sports Complex

This multi-sports facility has eight lighted tennis courts and three lighted pickleball courts, along with instruction and leagues.


Other Court Facilities

Athletes will also find tennis and pickleball courts at Mountain View Community Center and the Rose Mofford Sports Complex.


Thanks to the recent rise of pickleball, these sites offer pickleball-only courts:

  • Pecos Community Center
  • Sunnyslope Community Center
  • Washington Activity Center
  • Deem Hills Park
  • G.R. Herberger Park
  • Pecos Park


Exceptional Dining Experiences

If you have to select just one cuisine to focus on in Phoenix, it would be Mexican and its close relative Southwestern cuisine. Among the restaurant to try are:

  • Bancorp PHX
  • Testal Mexican Kitchen
  • Tru Taco (pop-up at Jewel’s Bakery & Café)
  • Barrio Café


Don’t forget the upscale restaurants. You’ll find exquisite fare at places like Kai in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, but you’ll also want to try these stand-alone offerings:

  • The Arrogant Butcher
  • Quiessence at The Farm
  • Binkley’s Restaurant
  • Vincent on Camelback