Lighting Up the Holidays: 2023 Traditions and Events Across Arizona

Fill Up on Holiday Cheer with APS at Parades and Light Displays


‘Tis the season for some jolly good fun! Communities across the state, along with Arizona Public Service (APS), are decking the halls and spreading cheer with holiday-themed parades and events. Among them is the timeless Valley tradition – the APS Electric Light Parade (ELP) – back for its 36th year in central Phoenix.


“For us at APS, serving Arizona means much more than providing electricity. As a hometown company for nearly 140 years and with our employees living and working in cities and towns across the state, giving back to the communities we serve is part of who we are,” said Stacy Derstine, APS Vice President of External Affairs. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the City of Phoenix and dozens of other local towns and organizations to help light up the holidays and bring people together to celebrate traditions and experience the magic of the season.”


APS Electric Light Parade – It’s Electric!


The APS Electric Light Parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The family-friendly, free event begins its 2.3 mile route at Central Ave. and Montebello Ave., travels south to Camelback Rd., heads east along Camelback Rd. to 7th St., and continues south along 7th St. to Indian School Rd.


This year, the parade will shine brighter than Rudolph’s nose with stunning light displays and colorful holiday floats representing local businesses and organizations. This year’s theme is ‘It’s Electric!’ and the Grand Marshal is Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke. Over the past year, Stanke has been traveling the country inspiring women and advocating for STEM careers while pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin. In April 2023, Stanke toured the APS-operated Palo Verde Generating Station, which is the country’s largest energy producer and all of it is clean and carbon-free.


For information about the parade and helpful tips, visit phoenix.gov/parks/elp.


Holiday Parades Across Arizona – Yule be sorry if you miss them!


This holiday season, employees throughout APS’s service territory will volunteer with local organizations to spread holiday cheer at the following parades and festivals:


Northern Arizona

  • Nov. 18: Ash Fork Community Lighting and Parade
  • Nov. 18: Winslow Christmas Parade
  • Nov. 23 – Dec. 30: Prescott Valley of Lights
  • Nov. 25: Prescott Holiday Parade and Bonfire Festival
  • Nov. 25: Williams Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade
  • Nov. 30: Prescott Grand Marshal Gala
  • Dec. 1: Sedona Christmas Tree Lighting at Tlaquepaque
  • Dec. 9: Holbrook Light Parade
  • Dec. 2: Show Low Light Parade
  • Dec. 2: Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade
  • Dec. 2: Prescott Annual Courthouse Lighting
  • Dec. 2: Cottonwood Chamber Annual Christmas Parade
  • Dec. 2: Winter Spectacular and Prescott Valley Night Light Parade
  • Dec. 2: Breakfast with Santa in Sedona
  • Dec. 9: Payson Light Parade
  • Dec. 9: Flagstaff Holiday Parade of Lights
  • Dec. 16: Seligman Light Parade


Central Arizona

  • Nov. 25: Buckeye Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Dec. 2: Phoenix APS Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 8: Wickenburg Holiday Parade
  • Dec. 8: El Mirage Winterfest & Parade
  • Dec. 9: Litchfield Christmas in the Park
  • Dec. 9: Buckeye’s Hometown Holiday Lights Contest & Glow on Monroe Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 9: Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade
  • Dec. 9: Superior Light Parade
  •  Dec. 9: Globe Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 11: Gila Bend All-A-Glow Holiday Light Parade
  • Dec. 16: Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade


Southern Arizona

  • Dec. 2: Casa Grande Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 8: Coolidge Christmas Light Parade
  • Dec. 9: Eloy Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 9: Dorothy Young Electric Light Parade in Yuma


To learn about other ways APS is making an impact in Arizona, visit aps.com/community.


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APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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