There are over 2 million dazzling lights at The Lights hosted by Vertuccio Farms! Add amazing displays, snow, music, games…..is there anything they don’t have here?? Even though it’s a little bit of a hike to Mesa, it is well worth it! We got there right at opening time at 5:30 pm, were able to purchase tickets and get in quickly. We were there for Magic Monday and admission was only $6. The kids were having so much fun that we stayed for over 2 hours! This has been, by far, our favorite holiday event.
Upon entrance there is a photo booth for a free holiday photo. There as a short line, so the littles were able to wait, however once the family in front of us started taking multiple pictures I almost lost them! We took a quick family shot and it was emailed to us immediately.
Since it was Magic Monday we headed over to write letters to the troops and Santa. They had crafts including building ornaments, drawing and puzzles. My kids drew photos and the adults wrote thank you notes to the troops.
Then it was on to play games. They had Jenga, 4 In A Row, ping pong, and shuffle board . Since it wasn’t very busy we were able to play. I like that the games were designed for a variety of ages. The littles were able to play one while the big kids played others.
On the way to the lights it started snowing! The kids thought it was so cool and couldn’t figure it out at all!
Next, lights. Lights, lights, lights, lights! All the kids loved running around the light displays. The bubble Christmas tree, Santa and his reindeer and a giant Christmas tree. We went through the light “tunnels”, the rows of cactus, the giant balls, the snowmen were the biggest hit of all! I have never seen my son happier than when he was yelling “SnowMAN”! There is something about the way kids look at Christmas lights that is so magical. Brings a big smile to the adults faces for sure!
The kids with us ranged from 2 to 10 and they all loved the displays. The lights danced when the music played and the adults enjoyed the shows. For the record I took about a zillion pictures. Some are blurry, some are silly, some actually turned out incredible, but none of them do the actual lights any justice.
Then it was games, so many games, where do I start? Mini golf, duck races, corn hole, hen house hoe down, hay maze, pallet maze and more! There is an animal feeding station that I didn’t get to see but the big kids said they were nice.
Lights at the Farm has created a 4,000 sq ft Skating Rink. Made from synthetic panels this rink allows us to skate in the desert. A few things to keep in mind, each skater must sign a waiver, they close for 15 minutes to clean the rink each night and for $1 you can do a 5 minute test skate (available only at the rink). Quite the bargain if you have kids with short attention spans
There is a concession stand, coffee and hot drink spot (which had a long line on the cold night we were there) fire pits and s’mores kits available, a sweets station that I noticed as we were leaving and opted not to get close enough for my kids to see what they had because we didn’t need any more sugar at that point. I brought our own snacks because my kids snack non stop, but there were some kid friendly food options.
Vertuccio Farms also hosts a Fall Festival! You can read our review here. I noticed a few play areas and attractions were closed so I contacted the farm and they explained that some of the events were for the Festival which was a different experience. So I immediately put this on my list of things to do for fall 2020.
There are special events throughout the season that include princess appearances, photo booths, letters to the troops, crafts, snow and even appearances from Santa himself! Instagram and Facebook have updates and event information. In case of extreme weather (basically, rain in AZ) check their social media for updates on potential closures. While it is stroller/wagon friendly, assuming there was no mud, I would definitely recommend letting the kids run around if possible. It was not too dark and I didn’t feel like I would lose one of them. Lights at the Farm continues through January 10, 2020. We had so much fun we may go again!!
When I reached out to the farm about their schedule I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the family members who runs the place. I asked if there was anything she wanted us to know she said the following: “Trying new activities can be a challenge during holidays. We understand there is already so much on plate, commitments to meet, and financial stretches. So we are grateful our customers give us a try and hopefully add us to their holiday traditions. We always have discount days, coupons, clippers, and deals to make it affordable for everyone. Thanks for making memories with us. Thanks for the input and we look forward to seeing you on the farm again soon.” – Angela Vertuccio
The Lights at Vertuccio Farms are open November 22- January 10th (2019/2020 dates), Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday 5:30 – 10:30 PM
Price: $10 online $12 at gate, skating rink $8 per person; kids 2 and under free