Arizona December 13, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Arizona That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
No matter the time of year, it seems there’s no place more beautiful and diverse than the route between Prescott and Flagstaff. But in winter, it becomes magical and easily takes your breath away. In fact, just last year
this short GIF of Route 89A took the social news site Reddit by storm, leaving many readers one-hundred percent surprised that Arizona even has winter weather. I mean, who wouldn’t be enchanted by that sight?
Anyway, the only other thing that would make this area even more beautiful are Christmas lights, which can make even the blandest landscape beautiful. Once the sun starts to set, flip on the lights and watch the faint glow bring smiles to faces. If you want to check out some of the fantastic Christmas light displays in this area of the state, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a road trip centered around this very area.
Here is the Christmas lights themed road trip!
If you were to drive the 140 miles straight through without any stops, the entire trip would take just 3.5 hours but where's the fun in that? Take your time and expect to spend a couple of days on this trip so that you can really absorb all the local fun in these Arizona cities and towns. Alternatively, you can pick and choose a couple of favorite places to visit along the route and watch the scenery come to life. Let's get started!
If you want to check out the road trip map,
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1. Courthouse Square (Prescott)
Any Christmas-themed road trip ought to include Arizona’s Christmas town so that’s where we naturally are starting to journey. Courthouse Square is well-known for its fabulous light displays and sets a high standard for the lights in other areas of the state! Expect to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour walking through the downtown area of Prescott to enjoy the decorations and annual joy.
2. WildLights at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (Prescott)
This animal sanctuary helps to bring in extra guests by installing a colorful light display every December to make this area look like a dreamscape. Walk through the park to enjoy the displays, music, and warm refreshments. Plus, admission is just $6 per person!
3. Valley of Lights at Fain Park (Prescott Valley)
This little drive-thru light display is the perfect example of enjoying a short and sweet holiday display. You’ll find a range of themed displays—everything from traditional Christmas to patriotic to your favorite childhood cartoon characters—lighting up the night. The display is open every night from 6pm to 10pm until December 30 in Fain Park.
4. Main street lights in Jerome, Clarkdale, & Cottonwood
As you make the trip from Prescott to Sedona, you’ll pass through some adorable little towns like Jerome, Clarkdale, and Cottonwood. The main streets here are lit up, making these areas even more attractive!
5. Various light displays at Tlaquepaque Arts & Craft Village (Sedona)
You’ll find quite a few Christmas events happening in Sedona and some of the top displays are all taking place in or around the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. The lights are on every night until January 1!
6. Holiday lights at Little America Hotel (Flagstaff)
Think of this light display as Tinsel Town times ten! A Flagstaff tradition, you’ll find the nearby pines and other trees all spruced up with colorful twinkle lights to make one amazing light display. It looks even more magical after a recent snowfall when the lights reflect and glow off the white snow. The lights are on from dusk to 11pm and are up until January 7.
7. Bearizona (Williams)
If you’ve never had the chance to visit Bearizona, the annual light set-up is a good time to visit! You’ll get to see the park absolutely glowing with lights wrapped around trees and small bear-themed displays scattered around the park. How many lighted bears can you spot in one visit?
8. Route 66 lights (Williams)
Finally, finish up the road trip with a look at a classic American town like Williams, which sits right along Route 66. You’ll see the street decorated, a towering Christmas tree sitting at the center, and plenty of happy faces walking around here!
Want to check out another fantastic road trip through the Grand Canyon state? One of our favorites is this trek through some of Arizona’s famous ghost towns:
This Haunting Road Trip Through Arizona Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget.