Seasonal snowbirds may flock to Phoenix, Arizona for the mild winter weather, but any RV camper will love the city for its special holiday events. With just a little research, you can find exactly the winter holiday experience to please everyone in your group. To assist with your RV trip planning, here are five of the reasons RVers love Phoenix for the holidays.
ZooLights at Phoenix Zoo
Anyone hoping to get into the holiday spirit definitely needs to spend time in the Phoenix area. Area light displays, parades and holiday festivities abound in Phoenix and its suburbs. For instance, why not walk on the wild side with a trip to Phoenix Zoo for ZooLights? Thousands of holiday lights turn a nighttime tour of the zoo into a winter wonderland. The fun starts Thanksgiving weekend and runs through the first of the year.
Chandler Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
To maintain that holiday spirit, save time for a trip to the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, where the lighting of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree is a beloved tradition. The first Saturday in December is the date for a community-wide celebration, including a Parade of Lights, live entertainment and, of course, the lighting of this unusual holiday tree.
Phoenix Electric Light Parade
If you happen to be in Phoenix proper on that first December Saturday, you won’t miss the holiday excitement. The annual Phoenix Fiesta of Light/Electric Light Parade is the centerpiece of a luminous holiday celebration. The holiday floats glow for miles, creating extraordinary vacation photos!
Tempe Fantasy of Lights & Boat Parade
In the Milltown District of Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix, the annual Fantasy of Lights kicks off the holiday season the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This festive display sets the tone for another well-attended holiday event, the annual Boat Parade on Tempe Town Lake the second Saturday in December. Not only do area residents create marvelous floating light displays, even the Metro light rail bridge across the lake gets into the spirit with an awesome light show.
Las Noches de las Luminarias
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, always a wonderful place to visit, comes alive with the glow of thousands of luminarias for seventeen days in December. Dine in one of the onsite venues, then stroll the desert garden paths to the glow of candles. Las Noches de las Luminarias is a Phoenix holiday event RV campers won’t soon forget.
But where, you might be wondering, should you stay when you come to Phoenix by RV? That’s the easiest planning of all, thanks to the abundance of RV campgrounds open year-round. You should, of course, make your reservations early if you’re coming over the holidays, since snowbirds come at the same time. Here are some of the possibilities:
Destiny Phoenix RV Resort, just outside Phoenix in Goodyear, Arizona, offers resort-quality amenities at a reasonable price. Award-winning Desert’s Edge RV Village also offers holiday travelers desert beauty and Arizona hospitality.
In the same way, Desert Shadows RV Resort in North Phoenix has every possible amenity a winter RV traveler could need. One more well-recommended RV park is Desert Sands in Phoenix, where you’re surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Sonoran Desert.
The Phoenix metro area is fascinating year-round, but especially beautiful during the holidays, thanks to the wide variety of special events. Add unforgettable charm to your own holiday season this year with a winter RV trip to Phoenix.