North Central News

Holiday Events & Festivals

Tree Lighting Celebration
5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 N. 16th St.
Celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony and celebration. The resort’s mountainside holiday tree will be lit with festive glowing lights during the celebration, featuring holiday carolers, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, a visit from Mrs. Claus, and a variety of activities and crafts for all ages. The celebration is free and open to the public.

7th Annual Christkindlmarket
12-6 p.m. Dec. 6-7
Heritage Square
115 N. 6th St.
Featuring holiday entertainment, German and Austrian cuisine, vendors and local artisans selling children’s toys and Christmas ornaments. Enjoy traditional Christmas music and food available for purchase. Presented by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. Admission is free. Visit

Children can frost and decorate their own holiday cookies during Holiday Festival At The Falls on Dec. 11 at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort (submitted photo).

Children can frost and decorate their own holiday cookies during Holiday Festival At The Falls on Dec. 11 at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort (submitted photo).

Holiday Festival At The Falls
5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort,
Falls Water Village
11111 N. 7th St.
Enjoy holiday sweets and warm hot chocolate while strolling through a festive village of cabanas featuring holiday-themed activities, treats and more. Just for the little ones, there will be a special cabana where children can share their holiday wishes with, and get a photo with, Santa Claus. Kids’ cookie decorating, putt-putt golf and other arts and crafts will also be offered. To enter the event, guests are asked to bring two cans of food or make a donation of $5 per person to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Dec. 12-14
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
Presented by Phoenix Center for the Arts, this festival brings together Valley artists, musicians, writers, students, and scholars to create a weekend-long cultural celebration sure to excite the whole family. Enjoy a variety of entertainers, purchase holiday gifts, snack on a variety of enticing edibles from food trucks, participate in hands-on art activities, and more. Admission is free. Hours are 12-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Winter Wonderland Express
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 20-21
Enchanted Island, Encanto Park
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Ride the Holiday Train to a snow-filled Enchanted Island (4 tickets or unlimited ride wristbands apply). Play in tons of fresh snow and try out some sled riding. Visit with Santa Claus for free at the North Pole and enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa and free candy canes. Regular admission charges apply. Visit

Winter Solstice Celebrations
4 p.m.-? Sunday, Dec. 21
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
Solstice, now as in ancient times, marks the longest night of the year, whereby the sun is at its lowest elevation in the sky. The return of the sun from its most southern position on the horizon has always been of great ceremonial significance, in addition to serving as a celestial clock. At the IRC, the occasion is marked by music and poetry, an on-site parade, bonfire, and other traditions. Admission is $5. This year, the customary special Irish dinner ($10) will be served starting at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations are required; call 602-258-0109. Outside ceremonies start 5 p.m. Inside the Great Hall there will be traditional Irish Music following. Also, hot dogs, apple cider and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

Holidays at the Heard
Dec. 26-31
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. Included in general museum admission. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. except Sunday, which is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit

Our Advertisers