North Central News

Fall Festivals & Holiday Events

APS Electric Light Parade
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
The theme of this year’s annual holiday tradition is “Winter Nights, Dazzling Light.” There is a pre-parade event, where you can view the floats up close, on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, including the parade route, visit

Holiday Festival At The Falls
5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
11111 N. 7th St.
The resort’s Falls Water Village water park will become a poolside winter wonderland. Indulge in holiday sweets and hot chocolate while strolling through a festive village featuring holiday-themed activities, treats and more. Children can share their holiday wishes with Santa Claus. Admission is five non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank, or $5 per person.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Dec. 8-10
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
Featuring more than 125 art vendors and cultural organizations, live music and dance performances, and live artist demonstrations Beer and wine purchased at the event can be carried throughout the festival grounds, and there will be food trucks and food vendors on site. Admission is free. Hours are 12-5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit

Holiday Lights Tour
Sunday, Dec. 10
Sunnyslope History Museum
737 E. Hatcher Road
Shuttle buses leave the parking lot at 5, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and reservations must be obtained in advance. Ticket holders will be served wine, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. There will be a silent auction; doors open at 4 p.m. Bus seating is limited. To register, call 602-331-3150 or e-mail

Gingerbread House Decorating Class
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 16-17
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
5532 Palo Christi Road
Lon’s pastry chefs host two classes annually to guide guests on a holiday journey of creating a unique and delicious dream gingerbread house with a myriad of edible materials. Snacks and beverages are included. Cost is $69++/per gingerbread house.

Holidays at the Heard
Dec. 26-30
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. Visitors can also browse items in the Museum Shop and enjoy fry bread and fry bread tacos. Have lunch at the Courtyard Café, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Included in general museum admission. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit

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