Top 5 Local Holiday Events

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The holidays are a time when family and friends get together to spend time with each other. Families are often looking for local events to attend during the holidays to have a good time such as going to the Cityskate Ice rink, Zoolights, the Arizona Ballet’s Nutcracker or the Mesa Temple.

“Ice skating gives you a chance to glide and feel free when a sharp blade is the only thing keeping you on the surface, and you get to see people twirl and dance and just being happy,” junior Ashley Feyte said. “When my family gets involved, it’s a fun outing for everyone. I love to see the smile on my family’s face when some of us struggle to keep balance and laugh when you fall but help you get up.”

All lit up the Mesa Temple shows off its brilliant decor. Photo by Robertbody at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
An active way for people to get into the holiday spirit is at the Cityskate Ice Rink open Nov. 26 to Jan. 8 for $15. There, people can ice skate and enjoy themselves with their friends and family.

For only $20 you can see the valley’s brightest holiday tradition, Zoolights, every night from Nov. 23 to Jan. 8 from 5:30–10:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo.

“Zoolights is an incredible experience walking with friends and family making unforgettable memories,” junior Leonardo Mendoza said. “Zoolights will illuminate the holiday season looking at  millions of lights and sparkling displays of the animals.”

Another way to get into the holiday season is by visiting the Arizona Ballet’s Nutcracker, which opens Dec. 9 to Dec. 24 from 9 a.m–5:30 p.m. The prices range from $80–$164. The performance is a nice way to spend time with family and friends.

“The Nutcracker perfomers were spectacular and were amazing to watch,” sophomore Michael Nelson said. “Their performance was extraordinary and elegant. It was a pleasure to watch the ballet with my loved ones.”

At the Nutcracker ballerinas dance to a snowy themePhoto by Gabriel Saldana [CC-BY 2.0] via Flickr.
For those who want to stay close and save money, an excellent place to view holiday lights is the Mesa Temple Christmas Lights Display.

“I love going to the temple during Christmas time because it makes me feel like I’m in a winter wonderland with all the lights,” said junior Stephanie Wiggins. “Being surrounded by lights while drinking some hot cocoa with family makes me happy and just happy to be alive.”

The holidays are about creating lifelong memories with family and friends. For more information about holiday events and festivities, visit

(Feature photo by Chelsea Contreras Molinar)