Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. The next best thing are the Christmas light displays that pop up as soon as the last piece of pie is gobbled down. Here are seven local light displays worth a look.
Fantasy of Lights Parade
Get in the Christmas spirit amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District as the 19th annual parade celebrates “Santa’s Workshop.”
DETAILS >> 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. Free. (480) 355-6060 or millavenue.com/entertainment-and-events/fantasyoflights.
Mesa Temple Garden Lights
Enjoy a Christmas lights display and music at the LDS temple in Mesa.
DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Free. (480) 964-7164 or mesachristmaslights.com.
Gilbert’s Holiday Nights of Lights
A fun-filled event for the whole family features food vendors, music and entertainment by various community and school groups, along with the annual Christmas tree lighting and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Gilbert Civic Center North Campus, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Free. (480) 503-6200 or gilbertaz.gov.
Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade
Enjoy this annual community parade followed by crafts, vendors, live local entertainment, activities and photos with Santa.
DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. North on Old Ellsworth Road from Sierra Park to Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Free. (480) 231-8959 or queencreekparade.org.
Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights
This community festival includes the lighting of what some call Arizona’s most unique Christmas tree, made of up to 2,000 tumbleweeds painted and doused in glitter, plus a parade and lots of local, live entertainment.
DETAILS >> 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Free. (480) 782-2735 or chandleraz.gov.
Apache Junction Holiday Program and Light Parade
This all-day event includes a Walk-a-Thon, snow for the kids to play in, a visit from Santa, vendor booths and a parade of lights to cap the festivities.
DETAILS >> Events begin at noon with the parade starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Downtown Apache Junction, East of Phelps Road and West of Idaho on Old West Highway. Free. (480) 983-2181 or ajcity.net.
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
Head to Tempe Beach Park where you can meander along paths lit by luminaria before lining up along the lake to watch more than 50 decorated boats stream by. There will also be a Radio Disney stage with live entertainment, free photos with Santa and a fireworks finale.
DETAILS >> Gates open at 5 p.m., parade begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Free. (480) 355-6060 or millavenue.com.