Some things are just quintessential holiday experiences; looking at lights, singing Christmas carols, and, of course, enjoying a holiday parade. This holiday season, the Twin Cities are bringing you parades to enjoy, whether it's a traditional parade with light-up floats or a parade of boats. No matter the type, parades are sure to make for a fun day to help get you into the holiday spirit.
Ahwatukee Foothills Festival of Lights
Nov. 25 @ 6 p.m.
Desert Foothills Park - 1010 South Marketplace Way, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Enjoy a parade of a different sort when the Ahwatukee Foothills Festival of Lights kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 26 with a parade of over 100 Harley riders, as well as rides, live music, a beer and wine garden, and street fair with over 100 vendors. Following the opening celebration on Nov. 26, the festival is open daily through New Year's Day.
APS Electric Light Parade
Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m.
The Electric Light Parade has been dazzling spectators for three decades now, and this year, their focus is on "Winter Nights, Dazzling Lights." The parade will process a distance of two miles from North Phoenix Baptist Church to Indian School Road and is expected to draw over 100,000 people with its light-up floats, including ones from The Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals. For a closer look at the floats, stop by North Phoenix Baptist Church the night before, Friday, Dec. 1. Kids can also enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, games, and, of course, a photo with Santa.
Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade
Dec. 9 @ 11 a.m.
Historic Downtown Glendale - 5800 W Glenn Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301
Nearby Glendale will be getting into the Christmas spirit on Dec. 9 with their annual Christmas parade. The community will also give back with a food drive.
Tempe's Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
Dec. 9 @ 7 p.m.
Tempe Town Lake
The twists on traditional parades continue with Tempe's Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade on Dec. 9, featuring decorated boats on Tempe Town Lake, as well as other holiday-event staples such as live music, food, and photos with Santa. The event is particularly special because it's the only occasion when motorized boats are allowed on the lake.