Holiday Happenings
Festive Feels With Merry + Bright Art, Snowfall & More

Grab your family and friends this holiday season for the most magical time of the year! From Nightly Snowfall to Gingerbread Village and more—Tempe Marketplace is the place to be to bring your holiday dreams to light!


Star Tunnel

The District Street
November 23 – December 31

Cozy up this holiday season and travel through the beautiful life-sized Starry + Bright Star Tunnel!


Gingerbread Village

The District Street
November 23 – December 31

Strike a pose with festive photo ops all season long, featuring an all-new Gingerbread Village with a Gingerbread house and Gingerbread men.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

November 17 – December 22

Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am-9pm
Near The District Stage

Help fulfill the Christmas wishes of more than 50,000 children in Arizona. Stop by the Christmas Angel Tree located by The District Stage, pick a tag, shop and donate a gift for a child in need.

See a Salvation Army volunteer near The District Stage or visit salvationarmyphoenix.org to learn more.


Tree Lighting

Wednesday, November 23

The District Street, 6-8pm

The District lights up for the first time this season as Tempe Marketplace hosts the annual Tree Lighting. Get in the spirit of the holiday season with a professional ice-skating performance, followed by the official lighting of our 60-foot holiday tree and the very first magical snowfall of the season. Plus, experience our brand-new Gingerbread Village!

  • Live Entertainment by Funergy on The District Stage with music, games and prizes
  • LED Drum Line Performance and a holiday show by The Arizona Nutcracker Ballet
  • First snowfall of the season at 7pm & 8pm
  • Photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and your favorite Snow Sisters and Snowman
  • & More

*Tree will be lit at 7pm


Nightly Snowfall

November 23 – December 31*

The District Stage, 7pm & 8pm

Experience snowfall every night at 7pm and 8pm near The District Stage! Watch as snow magically falls from the sky, turning Tempe Marketplace into a living snow globe. Plus, enjoy snowfalls every hour from 11am-8pm on Christmas Eve.

*Excludes Christmas Day


Holiday Skating

November 25 – 27

Friday & Saturday, 12-8pm | Sunday, 11am-6pm
Near The District Stage

Enjoy free holiday skating near Dave & Buster’s for children 5 and older. Skates are provided, just bring socks!


Story Time with Mrs. Claus

December 3 + 10

Fireplace near Barnes & Noble, 10:30–11:30am

Join Mrs. Claus for a jolly good read-a-long this holiday season with timeless tales and magic tricks! Check our list twice to be sure to grab the book beforehand at Barnes & Noble.


Photos with Santa

December 3 + 10

Fireplace near Barnes & Noble, 12–2pm

Strike a pose with Santa… as long as you’re on the nice list. Feel the holiday spirit and let Santa make all your dreams come true!

*Photos are available on a first come, first serve basis. Funergy will be managing the photo capture and distribution. Guests can snap their own photo as well.