You know you live in Tempe when you wake up on a cool November morning with a smile on your face because the weather is finally under 60 degrees! The coffee tastes a little warmer, and the cool breeze that hits your face finally comes from something other than your expensive A/C unit. As we all celebrate cooler days to come, we also get more active, because let’s face it, this is our time to get out and enjoy the reason we DO live here.
It also marks the most festive time of the year. As we move towards Thanksgiving, we know that the holiday lights, festive food and great events await. We are excited to enjoy the holidays season, and in Tempe this year, there are plenty of great ways to get you in the spirit of the season, so we want to share just a few that we are excited to check out.
Of course, through this holiday season, stop by Original Geno’s before your holiday events, while out looking at Christmas lights, or during your seasonal shopping for great crave-able eats like our Famous Philly, toasted subs, and the best Pizza in Tempe!
Holiday Tree Lighting
November 22, 2017
Let it Snow with this magical family event, sure to kick off your holiday season. Experience an ice skating performance in the ice rink, and then, watch the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree, a Tempe Marketplace first, followed by some magical snowfall. Now this should get you in the holiday spirit.
2017 Fantasy of Lights
November 24, 2017
This night sparks the beginning of the holiday season and kick-off for great events in Downtown Tempe for the holiday season. You will see around 85 parade units, with over 35,000 people coming out to celebrate. Come see the tree lighting, and take a photo with Santa when he stops by.
Duel in the Desert: AZ vs. ASU Football Game
November 25, 2017
Sun Devil Stadium
Let’s face it, there is no other rivalry in Arizona more ferocious than the annual Arizona vs Arizona State football game! Bragging rights and the Territorial cup ( a tradition since 1899), are on the line as these two team square off in Tempe this year, we need to cheer loud and proud four our Sun Devils! Tickets tend to sell fast, so get your tickets quickly! Let the Duel in the Desert commence!
Just a side note, we do have great dine-in, pick up and delivery specials for game day!
Check out the ASU Pizza Special here!
A Christmas Carol
December 1, 2017 – December 24, 2017
Tempe Center for the Arts
There is no bigger classic for the Christmas season than, “A Christmas Carol.” This is a perfect show to see with the entire family, and will run from December 1st through Christmas Eve. Great time… even if you’re a Scrooge!
2017 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
December 9, 2017
Tempe Town Lake
There is not a more unique holiday event in Tempe then the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake. This festive favorite, sponsored by SRP brings up to 50 lighted boats, as well as luminaries spread all throughout the Lake area with great fun and events for the family.
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Deck the Halls and All That Jazz!
December 17, 2017
Mesa Arts Center
If you are into singing your way through the holiday season, then this event is a must! Enjoy the 140-member Tempe Community Chorus sing Christmas classics, as well as some other great jazz hits and special local guests to get you in the Christmas spirit! It’s only $15, with kids 11 and under free (entrance only with a free ticket provided by the box office).