If you’re not from Arizona, this might be hard to believe, but here in the Wild West we actually gather a bunch of tumbleweeds together, assemble them in the form of a Christmas tree and light it up to commemorate the holiday season. Kind of endearing, right? And surprisingly, we’re the only city in the Southwest to do anything like this (so come on by!).
Cost: Free event
December 12 and 19
Phoenix Public Market
Phoestivus is an event inspired by German Christmas markets and Seinfeld’s Festivus -- which is reason enough for you to go, but this year, for the 10th anniversary event, you can also look forward to over 200 local vendors with hand-crafted gifts, meaning you won’t even have to step foot into a mall to get your holiday shopping done.
Cost: Free entry
Sick of sequin dresses, uncomfortable dress shirts, and shivering every New Year’s Eve? Us too. Thankfully, The Churchill is mixing things up with the inaugural Flannel Ball, where you can bundle up in your coziest flannel and celebrate the coming of 2020 with beer, live music, an art show, food trucks, lawn games, and a pinata drop at midnight.
Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Say good riddance to a super weird 2019 and head into the new decade with this high-end event featuring live music, a raw bar, light bites, and even a fireworks show. Enjoy toasting to a hopefully way more awesome 2020 at midnight, and don't forget to tip the courtesy coat check.