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Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009 6:27 pm | Updated: 2:46 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Explore Arizona this holiday season and travel its natural theme park. Featuring family-friendly festivals and fiestas, these events will keep your family active and in the spirit. Get lost in the festivities and visit the hospitality that Arizonans have to offer during this joyful season.

Scottsdale Fantasy of Lights: WestWorld will turn into a fantasy of color, lights and design this holiday season for the first Scottsdale Fantasy of Lights. This spectacular drive-through holiday lighting event features giant animated displays for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Admission on Mondays and Tuesdays: $12 per car; Wednesdays through Sundays: $15 per car. Bring the family anytime between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily including holidays through Jan. 2. The Scottsdale Fantasy of Lights is partnering with Hope Kids — “Restoring Hope, Transforming Lives.”

Glendale Glitters: Glendale Glitters is an annual holiday festival held on Friday and Saturday nights at Murphy Park and the Glendale Visitors Center in historic downtown. Glendale Glitters runs through Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In Glendale’s spirit of giving, the holidays are a time of generosity, so what could be better than a whole weekend recognizing those who give back to our community? It’ll do your heart good to get into the spirit of giving by paying tribute to those selfless organizations that make our community a better place to live.

Support local food banks with a canned food drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank, and kids can enjoy a free “Madagascar” movie Friday and Saturday .

Polar Express: The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Williams for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story.

Watch the joy on children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition. The train leaves each day at 6:30 p.m. Most days have a second departure time at 8 p.m. Book online now or call 1-888-848-3511.

North Pole Experience: Enjoy The North Pole Experience in Greer and ride the Candy Cane Express to Santa’s Factory, where children can roll up their sleeves and build toys with the elves and tour Santa’s factory, the elves’ quarters, Santa’s office and Santa’s Command Center. Families can see Santa’s reindeer and spend time with Mrs. Claus for cookies, cocoa and storytelling. Find out more at

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