By Gretchen Pahia

‘Tis the season for family fun and adventure. There are so many great experiences happening in the Valley; here are some favorites this season.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms
Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
What: Christmas at Schnepf Farms features loads of activities for the entire family. The event venue spans more than 30 acres of holiday fun, filled with lights and over 40 holiday-themed attractions through December 24. This year, there is a new petting zoo, hayride to feed reindeer, carolers, and Santa’s workshop. Enjoy ice skating and snow-globe mini golf! You can also do a little holiday shopping with local vendors.

Pratt Brothers’ Christmas
Where: 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler
What: Held at Rawhide, this event is the Valley’s newest premiere light show and family experience. Through December 24, it features over six million dazzling lights, a light show, train rides, a nightly parade, stunt show, holiday shopping, and more. The event partners with the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for exclusive access, including VIP tickets. For the special hotel deal, visit

Where: 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
What: Held at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Enchant covers 10 acres with an immersive walk-thru light maze of over four million sparkling lights through December 31. Enjoy an ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits, and a village marketplace with crafts, gifts, and festive culinary treats.

Christmas at the Princess
Where: 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
What: One of the biggest holiday events in the Valley, Christmas at the Princess is back for more fun through January 6. The iconic event features all the favorite attractions, including Desert Ice, Lagoon Lights, S’mores Land, Princess Express Train, and much more. The event is included for overnight hotel guests, with discounts for on-site diners.

Holiday Lights at McCormick Railroad Park
Where: 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
What: This holiday spectacular is a great spot to bring the whole family each holiday season. The train, adorned with lights, offers a special ride through displays showcasing a winter wonderland. Enjoy the Charros Carousel and a cup of hot cocoa to complete the holiday feel. The event runs through January 7.

Holidays at Great Wolf Lodge
Where: 7333 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
What: Swimming in Snowland! Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is hosting its annual Snowland celebration through January 8. Enjoy a winter wonderland full of daily snow showers, Santa visits, and a variety of festive activities throughout the lodge. Book overnight stays on property or opt for full and half-day passes for a shorter visit.