Phoenix Thanksgiving Traditions

Phoenix Thanksgiving Traditions

When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, Phoenix isn’t usually the first paradigm that comes to mind. Phoenix has its share of time-honored Thanksgiving Day traditions beyond calling friends and relatives up north from the swimming pool to gloat (although this is a favorite).

                 Fountain Hills H.S. marching band

Families and friends love to head to Glendale for the annual tree-lighting ceremony and lights festival aptly named “Glendale Glitters.” Sixteen city blocks are decorated with 1.5 million LED lights for a spectacular feast for the eyes. This year’s event will take place Nov. 25-26, and includes music, pictures with Santa, a petting zoo, games for the kids and much more.

Photo: Downtown Phoenix Journal

Downtown Mesa kicks off its annual “Merry Main Street” Nov. 24, an event that runs through Jan. 5, 2018. It’s impossible to not get into the holiday spirit here, with a winter wonderland ice rink at City Plaza, Food Truck Forest at Pioneer Park, holiday happenings at the Mesa Arts Center, and Santa’s marketplace on Macdonald with a four-story holiday tree!

For die-hard skiers who can’t live without a slope over the holidays, a two-hour drive north of Phoenix will take you to the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff and Sunrise Park Resort. Both will be open over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Of course, gathering friends and family around a traditional Thanksgiving meal is a given here in Phoenix. The only real difference between feasting in Phoenix and feasting up north is that here in the desert, you can wine and dine poolside!

You might be surprised at how quickly you adapt to holiday traditions, Phoenix-style. Happy Thanksgiving!

Phoenix Thanksgiving Traditions