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Get Festive with these Gilbert Holiday Happenings

‘Tis the season for holiday events and happenings to get you into the spirit here in the town of Gilbert! As the next two months are packed full of friends, family, food and twinkling lights, there is plenty to do and usually not enough time to do it all. Plus, it can be hard to narrow down what you want to do when you finally have a moment to spare! To make it easy for you, we’ve found some of the best Gilbert holiday festivities that you won’t want to miss this season. 


Las Noches De Las Luminarias at the Botanical Gardens


Just in time for the holidays, the Desert Botanical Garden comes to life with Las Noches De Luminarias. Twinkling lights line the sidewalks along with 8,000 luminaria bags flickering throughout the garden. Take a romantic evening stroll through the gardens as the warm lights from the lantern-like luminaria bags add a colorful ambiance throughout the trails. Since the holidays are all about cherishing time with the ones we love, The garden offers a way to honor those who are not here to celebrate with us with tribute luminaria bags, personalized with your very own message and placed in front of the Historic Webster Auditorium. Holiday magic at it's finest. Then, top off the evening with a dinner date at Gertude’s restaurant or the Patio Cafe. 


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Glow Wild: Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo


Experience the wonder and beauty of the Phoenix Zoo as it illuminates with millions of holiday lights, and for the first year ever, glowing lanterns! With dazzling 3D and 2D displays of the Zoo animals, a visit from Santa, live entertainment and holiday-themed decorations, Glow Wild: Zoo lights is a truly captivating experience. Not only will you have the chance to see breathtaking holiday light displays, but Santa’s reindeer will be there as well! Say hello and grab a photo with Rudolph, walk throughout the park, sip hot cocoa and take a stroll in a wild winter wonderland this holiday season.


Chandler Center for the Arts: The Spirit of Christmas


For the 32nd year, the Tempe Dance Academy will spread holiday cheer to audiences at the Chandler Center for the Arts with their annual holiday “Spirit of Christmas” performance. Over 100 talented singers and dancers take the main stage for the yearly event, with some talent as young as three years old! This beautiful collaboration highlights global holiday traditions, spanning all corners of the world for a unique celebration of culture and art. Plus, the contagious energy flowing through the cast members is sure to carry with you long after you leave the performance, giving you that extra pep in your step and appreciation for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!


Between holiday shopping, baking and everything else that the season brings, it can be hard to set time aside for a night out on the town. Embrace all that the holiday’s in Gilbert has to offer and be sure to check out these festive events before it's too late! While you’re there, share your experiences with us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep following the blog here to stay in the loop of other upcoming community events.