Free holiday light displays to see around the Valley

    PHOENIX – We get it. The holidays can be expensive.

    Between buying candy and decorations for Halloween, all the food for Thanksgiving and gifts to give for Christmas and Hanukkah, back-to-back holidays can add up. And quick.

    It’s also the time when light displays, festivals and the ice rinks open around town, many of which charge a fee to experience.

    We looked and found quite a few light shows around the Valley that can be admired without spending a penny. All you have to do is get there.

    Scroll down to check our list.

    APS Electric Light Parade

    APS Electric Light Parade, December 2, 7 p.m.

    APS ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE
    Dec. 2, 2017

    7 p.m.

    Dozens of lighted floats, trailers, marching bands and balloons will make their way down Central Avenue for the 2017 APS Electric Light Parade. This year’s theme is “Winter Nights, Dazzling Lights.”

    The free parade starts at 7 p.m. near 7th Street and Montebello. ABC15’s Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti will be down there to host the parade. Make sure to get down there early to park and find a good spot along the parade route. Event details.

    Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

    Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, December 9, 4 p.m.

    FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS
    Dec. 9, 2017
    4 p.m.

    Fifty boats illuminated in lights will float around Tempe Town Lake for the annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. It’s a Tempe tradition that started in 1999. It’s also the only time that motorized boats are allowed on the lake. The event starts at 4 p.m. and the parade will start once it gets dark.

    Local bands will provide festive music and concessions will be sold near the waterfront. The event will end with a fireworks show over the lake. Event details.

    Glendale Glitters

    Glendale Glitters, November 24 – January 6, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    GLENDALE GLITTERS
    Nov. 24, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018
    5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    More than 1.6 million LED lights illuminate downtown Glendale and Murphy Park. This year multi-colored lights will be at Murphy Park while the rest of downtown is covered in white lights. The lights run nightly from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Event details.

    Photo credit: Nicole Carson Bonilla

    Christmas Lights on Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds, November 24 – December 31, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON MESA ARIZONA TEMPLE GROUNDS
    Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
    5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    Every year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints decorates the grounds of its Mesa temple with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. The display is free and open to the everyone. As you walk around the grounds, Christmas music plays. There is a nativity scene and statues of Mary and Joseph.

    The lights are on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Event details.

    RAWHIDE SNOWY CHRISTMAS
    Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2017
    Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

    The Old West-themed attraction in Chandler has put up lights for the holidays. The town has been covered in lights, including a 100-foot tree. Throughout November and December weekends, Rawhide will have visits from Santa Claus, a tree-lighting ceremony and snow flurries.

    There is no cost to walk through the town or to park. On nights of a special event, there may be a $5 parking fee, we’re told. You’ll want to call the venue before visiting to confirm. Event details.

    Prismatica

    Prismatica at Scottsdale Waterfront, November 24 – January 7,

    “PRISMATICA” AT SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT
    Nov. 24 – Jan. 7, 2018

    Twenty-five lighted prisms have been placed at the Scottsdale Waterfront part of an art pop-up called “Prismatica.” The prisms each have a dichroic film that reflects multiple colors, and each sculpture plays bell music when rotated. They were installed as part of Scottsdazzle, the City of Scottsdale’s holiday celebration. They will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018.

    VIEWER LIGHT DISPLAYS

    Another way to see lights for free is to take a drive around the neighborhood. Some neighbors may put up a few strands, while others may put up a few thousand. We asked our readers to share their light displays with us, and we’ve mapped them below. We’ve marked them with the red light bulbs.

     

    Article courtesy of ABC 15.

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