Scottsdale Transforms for the Holidays

Scottsdale-area attractions deck the halls this holiday season By: Janeen Christoff
Las Noches de Las Luminarias // © 2010 Las Noches de Las Luminarias
Las Noches de Las Luminarias // © 2010 Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Scottsdale’s Desert Botanical Garden will welcome back Las Noches de Las Luminarias for its 33rd year. The gardens plant collection will be lit up by 8,000 hand-lit luminarias, which will line its trails, buildings and courtyards. The sounds of local musicians will be heard throughout the glowing garden and its intimate gathering areas. Visitors can also enjoy a glass of cider while sitting down next to a warm fire. The Southwest tradition begins on Dec. 9 and ends on Dec. 30.
Desert Botanical Garden
www.dbg.org

The Heard Museum will celebrate the holiday season with Holidays at The Heard to be held from Dec. 26-31. Visitors can experience Native American culture through dance performances and artist demonstrations. Other activities include book signings, weaving, beading and hoop dances. Sampling some fry bread is a must-do activity at the museum.
The Heard Museum
www.heard.org

The Phoenix Zoo will also light up this holiday season with its annual Zoolights event, held from Nov. 26 through Jan. 10. Visitors can watch the zoo transform into a display of more than 3 million LED lights and custom-made animal and nature light sculptures. Clients should be sure to visit with the larger-than-life, lighted orangutan, who greets visitors at the zoo’s entrance.
The Phoenix Zoo
www.phoenixzoo.org

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