Dec 1, 2023 - Things to Do

Kick off the holiday season with a light parade and tamales this weekend

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

We've got you covered.

APS Electric Light Parade 2023

When and where: Saturday at 7pm | Central and Montebello avenues

Details: Arizona Public Service's annual holiday tradition is back, and this year's theme is "all about neon." The parade will head south on Central, then east on Camelback Road to Seventh Street, where it heads south again to its terminus at Indian School Road.

Price: Free

Of note: Be aware of road closures on Central, Camelback and Seventh Street from 5 to 11pm.

Spirits of Mexico Fest

When and where: Saturday 11am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-5:30pm | Heritage Square Phoenix

Details: The event celebrates the culture of Chihuahua, so enjoy Mexican food, learn about Chihuahuan culture, listen to some music and sample tequila, mezcal and sotol.

Price: $25

A Christmas to Dismember

When and where: Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-4pm | Mesa Convention Center

Details: The holidays meet horror with eerie vendors, a live-action Krampus, spooky photo ops, an ugly sweater competition and more.

Price: $25 for one day, $30 for both

18th Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival

When and where: Saturday 10am | AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol

Details: Head down to the Old Pueblo for the annual tamale contest, along with live entertainment, vendors and more. Bring your tamales by 11am to enter the contest, which starts at noon.

Price: Free

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