Sure, you could absolutely visit one of these cold-weather destinations this winter. Or you could stay put and stay warm (you can keep your Polar Plunge, New England!) We’re embarking full-speed ahead into a new decade and the next couple of months are jam-packed will all types of events, which is more than enough reason to keep things local (in addition to the weather, obvi). Here’s all the can’t-miss wintertime stuff happening around Phoenix that you should probably add to your calendar. Seriously, add ‘em.
Now through Tuesday, December 31
There’s no snow on the ground, but who needs it when you’ve got a lineup of festive holiday traditions and events to get you into the Christmas spirit? Want to drink in a dive bar decked out in twinkly colored lights and kitschy holiday decor? There’s Coach House, a Scottsdale watering hole dating back to 1959 that’s been decking their halls for as long as we can remember. Around this time of year, you can also see Chandler’s giant tumbleweed tree or take a stroll through Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden. Who wouldn’t be feeling festive after all of that?
Thursday, December 19
Phoenix Public Market
Listen up, procrastinators! If you haven’t checked off all the names on your holiday gift list, let’s be frank: you’re pushing it, and time is ticking. Thankfully, the second running of Phoestivus is happening in Downtown Phoenix. Gourmet edible gifts and artisan goods are just some of what’s up for grabs from the more than 200 vendors who will be in attendance at this annual outdoor holiday market.
Monday, December 30-Tuesday, December 31
Rawhide Event Center, Chandler
Dubbed Arizona’s largest NYE party, Decadence has exactly what you’d imagine the state’s biggest New Year’s celebration would have such as carnival rides, aerial performers, and some of the biggest names in electronic music, naturally. EDM superstars Dillion Francis, Diplo, Illenium, and Zeds Dead are all playing the two-day bass-thumping music fest. Peep the full artist lineup here.
Cost: Tickets start at $129
Tuesday, December 31
Roosevelt Row Welcome Center
Skip the sequins and dapper dress shoes and pull on your favorite flannel shirt instead. Such is the dress code for Flannel Ball, the Roosevelt Arts District’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be beer, live music throughout the event, an art show, flannel clothing available for purchase (for those who didn’t get the dress code memo), lawn games, food trucks, a midnight countdown, and a pinata drop. Sounds pretty fun, right? And just think about how comfy you will be in your most cherished flannel.
Tuesday, December 31
We’re headed into a brand new decade. And it seems more than necessary to celebrate this momentous occasion with not just one, but multiple New Year’s Eve parties. The folks from Crescent Ballroom thought so too, so they’re bringing revelers an unmissable NYE block party. There will be a ‘70s-inspired disco at The Van Buren and a rock planetarium inside of Crescent Ballroom, while the Blunt Club is taking over the streets for a hip-hop dance party. Plus, The Walter Show will be there with Kalliope to set the scene as DJ Sean Watson and some special guests spin along 3rd Avenue. Now that’s what we call a party.