Holiday Events

Holiday Events 2022

Make your holiday memories in the parks this season! Family events are planned all across the state to help you experience the warmth and fun of this special holiday season in Arizona!  

Find a state park holiday event near you and plan your adventure. Check back often as we update with more exciting holiday events! Plus, check out our exciting First Day Hikes to kick of 2023 outdoors starting the year off right. These hikes are offered at parks around the state to help you get January started the very best way!

Riordan Mansion is Holiday Ready!

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

December 1 - January 6

The mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours offer glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present.

Candlelight ToursLuminarias line the pathways at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

December 3, 10, and 17, 5-8 p.m. each night

Camp Verde's Fort Verde State Historic Park is a beautiful setting for holiday cheer. Join us as we host candlelight tours through the Fort's historic homes along Officer's Row.

Boat Parade of Lights Viewing

Lake Havasu State Park

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Holiday lights will adorn boats as they glitter and glisten through the famed Bridgewater Channel under the London Bridge as a new organizer continues to bring the community a 37-year-old tradition on Saturday night only!

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, because Lake Havasu State Park will again be offering free admission to the Windsor 4 event area for the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights! The entrance gate from Paseo Del Sol will be open at 4:30 p.m. Please leave your pets at home; dogs are not allowed on the white sand beach.

Victorian ChristmasTombstone Courthouse decked out with holiday decorations and lights

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate a Victorian holiday season at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park! Enjoy free admission, kids activities, a scavenger hunt, caroling, stories, sleight of hand magic, and more. The Courthouse will be styled in Victorian decorations--the perfect backdrop for your family holiday card! After the Courthouse closes, find your seats for the Tombstone Light Parade starting at 6 p.m.

Holiday Fun

Patagonia Lake State Park

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays at Patagonia Lake State Park! We will award best-decorated campsite and have Santa visiting the park for the kiddos. Join us for fun and games at the visitor center at noon!

Riordan Special Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

December 22, 23, 26 and 27 at 5-6 p.m.

The original 1904 light fixtures with Edison style bulbs provide a beautiful glow in the Riordan Mansion for these evening tours. The tour will focus on the history behind Christmas traditions and guests will have the special treat of seeing the Christmas tree and Billiards room photo transparency windows at night. Weather permitting, luminarias will light the path around the grounds. The tours are recommended for ages 12 and older. Cost is $16 per person.

Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reserve tickets online.

Find Other Events Near You

Arizona’s state parks offer an array of exciting events throughout the year. From ranger-led interpretive nature and history programs to holiday celebrations with festive decorations, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

Make memories that will last forever with fun activities in some of the Grand Canyon state's most beautiful places. We'll organize it all, you just show up and have a great time. Check our events page to learn where and when you can join the fun at an event near you!

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