Hosting Family for the Holidays? Check out These Winter Activities Your Family Will Love!

It seems like it was just the beginning of the year and now the holidays are upon us. As crazy as it might be to have time fly by so quickly, it’s also exciting. After all, who among us isn’t excited about the winter fun and winter activities we can enjoy during this festive time of the year? If you’re looking for things to do in Arizona for the holidays, here are some ideas to keep your guests entertained:


If you’re a resident of Arizona, you know ZooLights is one of those must-do winter things on your list every year. Starting the week of Thanksgiving and available through the first two weeks of January, you have plenty of time to schedule a family outing to take in the breathtaking millions of lights around the zoo. Beyond the lights, there’s also a 200-foot long Polar Slide™, live reindeer, Stingray Bay, and a 4-D Theater. All of that fun is available with admission so ZooLights is definitely one of the best things to do in Phoenix with visiting family.

Magical Getaway

If you want to treat those in your life to a special experience that’s out of the neighborhood, but not terribly far away, take a little getaway to Christmas in Carefree. Just north of North Scottsdale, this winter wonderland starts November 30 with a tree lighting ceremony and lasts until January with the Carefree Desert Garden “Glitters”. It’s a celebration of the season with a light display, real snow, a Christmas market, a parade, a Chanukah celebration, fireworks, live performances, and more.

Things to Do in Scottsdale, AZ

If you want to stick around Scottsdale this year, you have plenty of fun winter activities to choose from. Looking for something to do with the kids? Go to the iconic Phoenician and experience its magical Christmas experience. You can either grab a bite to eat and walk the grounds or stay a night for a staycation. Either way, you’ll encounter Mrs. Claus story time, elf magic tricks, and games and treats in Santa’s workshop! Another fun idea for the little ones (or even a date) is to go to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for live music, holiday lights, a visit from Santa, and a spectacular train ride. Make sure to get your tickets in advance, though, as this is a popular activity every year.

Maybe you want something a little more geared toward adults. If that sounds like what’s on your wishlist, check out the Musical Instrument Museum. This year, they’ll be hosting the 14th season of the “Irish Christmas in America” show. It features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning Irish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, along with the vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

As you can tell, there are nearly endless options for what you can do to stir up some magic and winter fun with your friends and families this holiday season. The hardest part might be narrowing it down to just a few activities!

Retirement is a Lifestyle, Not a Destination

For some, early retirement is an incredible achievement to strive for, but oftentimes this life goal is achieved with little idea of what retirement life will look like. Many wonder what to do when they’re retired, but remember – retirement is a lifestyle, not a destination. It’s a new chapter in life full of amazing possibilities. This can include things you’ve always wanted to make time for, or completely new activities you hadn’t considered trying.

With its abundance of good weather and golf, Arizona is known to be one of the best and most exciting retirement destinations in the world. If you live here, or are interested in moving to Arizona, review our suggestions for fun things to do when you retire and fill up your newly freed schedule!

Fun Things to Do in Arizona            

  1. Grand Canyon National Park: This world-famous canyon provides endless views and hiking trails. Chances are you’ll probably want to visit more than once!
  2. Sedona: This red-rock surrounded town is a great stopping place on the way to the Grand Canyon. There are numerous hiking trails with access to Red Rock State Park, plenty of bird watching, and picnic destinations with beautiful views.
  3. Arabian Horse Show: In Scottsdale, the Arabian Horse Show takes place every February at Westworld and offers a chance to see some of the most beautiful Arabian horses from around the world. Thousands attend every year, and there are hundreds of accompanying activities.
  4. Culinary Festival: In April, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, one of the longest-running festivals in the U.S., arrives with six days of gourmet food and celebrity chefs for every palate.
  5. Musical Instrument Museum: The relatively new Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix has close to 7,000 instruments on display from all over the world. Guests can see and hear instruments and their sounds; many of them in their original contexts. The art gallery showcases instruments from the likes of John Lennon and Taylor Swift.
  6. Enjoy Outdoor Activities: Beginning this new journey in life might get you thinking about starting up a past hobby or even starting a new one. And with optimal golfing weather almost year-round living in Arizona is the perfect place for spending your days on the links. If golf isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other outdoor activities Arizona caters to such as tennis, swimming, hiking, biking, taking a trip to the Phoenix Zoo or the Desert Botanical Garden, and much more!

Finding a New Purpose

Re-connecting socially with friends is key during retirement. Research shows that many retirees miss the social connections they’ve made at work, which underscores the importance of maintaining a social life during retirement. Social activities like golf, tennis, and joining group fitness classes are all things you can find in an active community like ours. If you are interested in learning more about community living, contact us today!