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December is here! For most, it is by far the busiest month of the year. Coming off Thanksgiving and with more major holidays on the horizon, it can be a little overwhelming trying to pick between all the many options of December events. Well good news: we are here to add more fun to your calendar! Phoenix is at its best in December, and there are plenty of opportunities to spend time with family and friends doing fun things. Here are our favorite Phoenix attractions during December. 

Holidays at the Heard

Where else can you experience life-size dinosaurs in a Christmas setting? Pretty much only at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a stroll along the half-mile nature trail and see the beautiful nature preserve lit up with gorgeous colors that enhance the natural splendor of the area rather than overpower it. For those interested in some primo Christmas crafting, take advantage of the Heard's Holiday Family Craft Workshop

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Only a little more than 1/3 of the tickets for Holidays at the Heard remain. Be sure to get yours now at and save $2 per ticket! We invite you to experience the most unique holiday event in North Texas! Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Enjoy live holiday jazz music under the stars in our amphitheater. Stroll along a Heard nature trail through a forest and a prairie accented with lights, holiday décor and life-size dinos. Holidays at the Heard is a fun, festive and family-friendly fundraising event benefiting Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn more at #holiday #dfw #Christmas #event #heardmuseum #heardmuseummckinney #nature #Collincounty #mckinneytx #christmasgiftideas #dfwchristmas #dfwholidays #friscotx #planotx #allentx #fairviewtx

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Lights of the World

Lights of the World is a jet-setting, intercontinental, multicolored extravaganza! You won't want to miss the largest holiday lights display in the United States! It's like Epcot center right here in Phoenix. Set off on a trip around the world, as you wander past the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Parthenon, Big Ben, and the US Capitol building all in glorious lights. Plus, enjoy more than 20 carnival rides, acrobats, food vendors, and even a sea lion show! 

CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink

Nothing says winter like ice skating! Phoenix might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about outdoor ice skating. But the CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink is the place to be this winter! Grab your friends and hit the ice at this downtown Phoenix tradition. 

Phoenix Zoo Lights

Animal watching and Christmas lights - It's a match made in heaven! Every year, the Phoenix Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with millions of lights in ZooLights. You can also take care of your yearly picture with Santa here. And wherever Santa goes, you know his reindeer are sure to follow. Check out the live reindeer on display and maybe catch a glimpse of Rudolph! ZooLights brings in more than 300,000 visitors every year, so the best days to go are usually Monday-Wednesday to avoid the biggest crowds. 

Clear a little room in your busy December schedule to head to one of these Phoenix events, and let us know what you thought on Facebook or Instagram. And follow our blog here for more Phoenix outing ideas!

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