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Escape Cabin Fever: 5 Fun Things to Do in Phoenix This Winter

When cabin fever starts to take its toll, it’s time to get out and embrace the beauty of winter in Arizona. With mild temperatures and diverse landscapes, the Phoenix Valley offers a multitude of outdoor activities and adventures that will help you shake off the winter blues. From dazzling light shows to relaxing cruises, there’s something for everyone. 

Five Fun Things to Do in Winter in the Phoenix Valley

1: Las Noches De Las Luminarias in Phoenix

Nov. 24-25 & Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 19-23, 26-30
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phoenix comes alive during the holiday season with the mesmerizing glow of Las Noches De Las Luminarias. The magical atmosphere perfectly captures the enchanting spirit of the season. Enjoy musical performances, live entertainment, and more as you wander through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden’s stunning display of luminarias and lights. You can also honor your loved ones or celebrate a milestone with a luminaria tribute bag. 

2: Check Out Sparkling Surprise

Dec. 1 through Jan. 2
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly
Surprise Recreation Campus
15960 N Bullard Ave
Surprise, AZ 85374

Take a drive out to Surprise, Arizona, to see a captivating holiday display with thousands of twinkling lights. Sparkling Surprise is a free attraction that features a 40-foot tree with 180,000 lights, Santa’s sleigh, light displays on the lake, and much more. This festive experience will provide magical memories for holiday light enthusiasts of all ages. 

3: Go for a Winter Hike in Sedona

Arizona is home to many gorgeous winter hiking trails, and Sedona’s breathtaking red rock country is a must-see. With its cooler temperatures, winter is the perfect time to explore iconic hikes like Bell Rock Pathway. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the desert landscape under the crisp winter sky. 

4: Cruise Saguaro Lake in Mesa

14011 N Bush Hwy
Mesa, AZ 85215

Take in the serene beauty of Saguaro Lake with a leisurely cruise on the Desert Belle. The mild winter temperatures in Mesa make it an ideal time to enjoy the stunning desert scenery, complete with iconic saguaro cacti and the possibility of spotting local wildlife. Learn about the local geography, wildlife, history, and more on the 12 p.m. Narration Cruise. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, join a party on the water with the 2 p.m. Wine and Live Music Cruise.

5: Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona

Jan. 13 – 14, 2024
S Mill Ave at 3rd Street & 80 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

Lace up your running shoes—the 20th edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is the perfect fit for those seeking a more adventurous winter activity. This event involves several courses that will take you through Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. Whether you run the half marathon, 10K, or 5K, you can rock out to music from live bands and DJs at the Finish Line Festival at Tempe Beach Park.  

End-of-Year Estate Planning with an Expert

The Phoenix Valley offers plenty of winter adventures to enjoy with your loved ones as one year ends and another begins. It’s also an excellent time to get your affairs in order and ensure that your assets will end up in the right hands after you’re gone. Whether you need to draft a will, set up a trust, or update your current estate plan, the Phelps LaClair team is here to help. 

Give us a call at 480-892-2488 to schedule a free consultation at one of our many convenient Phoenix Valley locations.


Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (11/27/2023). Photo by Spenser Sembrat on Unsplash 

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