New to Phoenix this year is Arizona Lights in the Night, a drive-thru light show with music! Yes, there are several drive-thru options this year (see the link at the end of the post for all possibilities around the Valley).
Arizona Lights in the Night takes viewers around various fun light-up scenes, from the Grinch to Minions, candy canes and snowflakes, oversized Christmas trees, and even a cool light tunnel. There’s Santa’s workshop too! Cars make their way down six lanes of Christmas lights, and viewing from rolled-down windows or sunroofs are encouraged. The music was fast-paced and kept us bouncing. The kids also loved the mini tunnel with falling snow. (It was likely bubbles but still fun.)
The whole experience took us about 30 minutes. There were no other cars behind us however so we could see it taking even less time if it was a busier time. It wasn’t as “showy” as other light experiences, with amount of lights or music variety (like World of Illumination); but the kids had fun, and it’s a social distance option for sure. We wouldn’t recommend making the drive if you’re not located in the East Valley.
Note that the entrance is a little hard to find. When you head north on Alma School Road look carefully for the unlit signs to your right. Once you turn off on the gravel road, you will see employees directing traffic.
AZ Lights in the Night runs now thru Jan 17, 2021, 7 days a week, from 6-9pm (last entry at 8:30pm). Tickets are $30/car, up to 8 people. There are add-ons like a light up bear if you wish. It is located at 1901 N Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201. Learn more on their website.
Looking for other holiday activities? We have a whole blog post dedicated to light shows, Santa spotting, events, and more!