Every state has its own weird and wacky traditions for ringing in a new year, but ours just might be the most strange. For the past 24 years, the Pinecone Drop in Arizona, which takes place at Flagstaff’s Weatherford Hotel, has marked the start of a new chapter – and it is a New Year’s tradition that we all look forward to in the Grand Canyon State.

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Have you ever attended the Pinecone Drop in Arizona? If so, is it in the plans for this year? Let us know your thoughts. Visit the Weatherford Hotel website or the Weatherford Hotel Facebook page to learn more.

Did you know, that some believe the Weatherford Hotel might be haunted? There are plenty of interesting Arizona superstitions and urban legends to keep us on our toes.

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Winter Festivals In Arizona

What are some interesting winter events in Arizona?
Winter in Arizona will treat you to nice weather and fun activities. Here are a few interesting winter events in Arizona you can look forward to:

  • Parada Del Sol, Scottsdale, AZ: Toward the end of winter in February, the Parada Del Sol brings Scottsdale together for a fun festive event. This annual parade has been a cherished tradition since 1954. Parada Del Sol translates to "Parade of the Sun" so there is no better way to celebrate the trailing end of winter than with a light-filled event filled with colorful traditional costumes, great food, and lively music.
  • Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair, Lake Havasu City, AZ: This January event is one of the most colorful sights you'll see in the winter Arizona skies. Get your camera ready to capture a sky filled with bright hot air balloons, and enjoy a carnival, car shows, dogs, shows, live music, delicious food, and lots of fun entertainment at this annual event. If you are up for an adventure sign up for a hot air balloon ride too!
  • Holidays at the Heard, Phoenix, AZ: This winter event is a celebration of indigenous art and culture that will treat you to live performances of music and dance, as well as dazzle you with a luminous light show. Swing by the Heard Museum toward the end of December for four days of creative magic. The event is a fun way to celebrate traditional and up-and-coming American Indian art forms that have shaped the Arizona landscape for generations.

For more winter events and festivals in Arizona, check out these unforgettable memory-making events that are sure to appeal to all ages. One of our favorite winter activities in Arizona is touring Antelope Canyon - it is especially nice when you can avoid the crowds and the hot summer sun.