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Local Things to do during the Holiday Season

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Forest Highlands is at the center of a wonderful winter wonderland!

Find out about the things you can do in and around Flagstaff during this holiday season! Don’t forget our Recreation Department offers members services like shuttle rides to and from your event, babysitting for those fun “adult only” activities, snow removal to save your back and sanity and much more! We are a year – round club with dining and children’s activities EVERY weekend! Find out more by logging in to the members only website HERE.

 

Sledding:

Each of these sledding locations are weather dependent and begin operations once the snow flies. Contact each for more information.
Flagstaff Snow Park located at Fort Tuthill: Website: flagstaffsnowpark.com
Elk Ridge Ski and Recreation Area: Details: 928-814-5038 or elkridgeski.com
Flagstaff Nordic Center: Details: 928-220-0550 or flagstaffnordiccenter.com
Wing Mountain Snow Play Area: Details: PERMANENTLY CLOSED
Lone Tree Sledding Area: Near Pine Canyon
Crowley Pit: About 10 Miles North on HWY 180 from Flagstaff

 

Arizona Snowbowl

7 days per week | Lifts run 9:00am – 4:00pm
Flagstaff’s ski resort sits at 9,500 feet above sea level with 777 skiable acres! They have added a brand new 6 pack high speed chair lift this year. The Grand Canyon Express is properly named for it’s view of the Grand Canyon from the top of the chair and as you ride. Snowbowl has PSIA/AASI certified instructors available 7 days a week to take your skiing and snowboarding skills to new levels! With a total of 6 chairlifts and two conveyor belts Snowbowl accommodates all levels of skier and boarder.
For information and current conditions visit: arizonasnowbowl.com
To book a Private Lesson call (928) 779-1951 |  Group Lessons are available at 9:45am and 12:45pm daily.
Don’t forget Forest Highlanders! We offer shuttle service to and from Snowbowl every Saturday in December and by appointment! Call the Recreation Center for more information or go to members.fhgc.com

Riordan Mansion Holiday Tours

Open Thursday through Monday  |  Guided tours of the mansion begin at the top of the hour 11:00am – 4:00pm
All through December get steeped in the historic traditions of early Flagstaff by touring the Riordan mansion! Experience the decorations as they would have been 100 years ago.
Call for Reservations: 928-779-4395 |  More Information Here

Riordan Mansion Annual Christmas Party & Crafts

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 9:00am
Santa will be on hand to visit with the children and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories. More Information Here

Polar Express

Check Website for Availability  | Grand Canyon Railway
Departs from the Williams Depot in Williams, AZ
This experience themed based on the Polar Express Story by Chris Van Allsburg. Families board the train and ride to Santa’s workshop. Upon arrival to Santa’s workshop Santa visits the train offering each boy and girl on the journey a special gift. The train then returns to the Williams depot.
Takes about 90 minutes. Find available dates: https://www.thetrain.com/special-events/the-polar-express/
Book online for 2016 now, or call 1-888-848-3511.

North Pole Experience

Sunday-Thursday | November 18 – December 28
Little America Hotel
Day and evening times available but hurry dates are going fast!
This is a Christmas adventure of a lifetime!
The North Pole Experience starts with a trolley ride to Santa’s workshop with family – oriented hands on experience for children and parents. Including a private family visit with Santa and a special commemorative Teddy Bear from Sant himself! SHHH it’s a surprise!
Takes about 95 minutes not including dinner. Find out more: http://northpoleexperience.com/faq/
Santa’s Trolley Launch Station is located at Little America Hotel. Reservations: 888-469-8819.

Sleigh Rides

Hitchin Post Stables | Located 1/2 Mile outside of Flagstaff off Lake Mary Road
Enjoy a magical 45-minute to one hour ride that circles through Coconino National Forest and back to the their Cowboy Cookin in the old barn to warm up by the fire. Complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider. Sleigh ride alone or sleigh ride with steak dinner available!
http://historichitchinpoststables.com/sleigh-rides/ or call 928-774-1719

Bearizona Wild Wonderland

Doors open at 5:00pm The Light Show goes from 5:30 – 7:30pm  |  Get Tickets Today
Wild Wonderland runs every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday in December until December 19, then every evening through December 31. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Event takes place at Fort Bearizona only the drive through park is closed.
Learn More: http://bearizona.com/News-Events.aspx#wild-wonderland

Nordic Village

The Arizona Nordic Village features groomed trails for recreationists with cross-country skis, skate skis, fat tire bikes and snowshoes. Located in the Coconino National Forest 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, the ski area’s four cabins and eight yurts will be open for day use and overnight glamping. Visit arizonanordicvillage.com for snow conditions and more information.

Jay Lively Ice Rink

1650 N. Turquoise. Public open skating is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 1-4:30 p.m. Skate rental $4. Admission $3:50-$6.75.
More Information

Holiday Movies at the Orpheum Theater

Saturdays November 25 – December 16    |  @ 10:30am
These free family friendly events will include movies, crafts and time with Santa. Crafts provided by FACTS/FUSD. Santa will be available for pictures the first hour after doors open. Nov. 25: The Grinch | Dec 2: The Santa Clause  |  Dec 9: The Polar Express  |  Dec 16: Elf . orpheumflagstaff.com.

First Friday Art Walk

Flagstaff businesses stay open until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month to feature the work of local artists. Many stops feature music and refreshments. Artwalks will be held Dec. 1 and Jan. 5. See flagstaffartwalk.com for a list of participating businesses.

Sedona Festival of Lights & Lighting of the Luminarias

Saturday, December 9 @ Tlaquepaque in Sedona from 3:00 – 8:00pm  | Free Event!
The cherished tradition of Festival of Lights began 45 years ago and is a highly anticipated holiday event in Sedona.   A full schedule of lively  musical entertainment, a visit from Santa, and free cider awaits, making it the perfect outing for families and friends.   At the tolling  of the bell at 5:00 p.m., the lighting of 6000 luminarias gets underway in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways.   Specially designated luminarias to honor cancer survivors can be purchased in Patio del Norte as well.

Christmas in the Mountains

Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm | NAU’s Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
Experience the Master Choral’s annual holiday extravaganza featuring festive music for choirs, brass, percussion and organ with holiday lighting and decorations galore! Hear holiday favorites sung by the Arizona Mountain Chorale and our guests, the Madrigals and Troubadours from the Flagstaff Youth Chorale. NAU’s Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir, led by bellmaster Joanna Richards, will also share festive selections to get you in the mood for the holidays.
Tickets are $20; seniors $18; students $8; children 12 and under free. Purchase Tickets.

Holiday Concert & A Movie

Monday, December 17
3:30pm Orpheum Theater: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2 non-perishable food items per person: Proceeds going to Full Circle Charities People’s Pantry. Fun Holiday music sing along for the kids and a movie!
More Information

The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet

New special effects, and updated choreography, new cast members and other surprises are in store. Enhanced contemporary costumes, a cast of over 50, and aerial dance. This annual Flagstaff tradition uses music by Peter Tchaikovsky with some contemporary versions inserted among the traditional, and new choreographic interpretations lending a fresh look to this classical favorite. Beautiful backdrops of the San Francisco Peaks bring this holiday favorite home to Flagstaff and will send you home with the holiday spirit! Performances are Dec. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., 11 a.m. matinee on the 9th at the Clifford E. White Theater at NAU. Tickets: $16 general, $12 child-student. Call 774-3937 for more information and tickets or visit canyonmovementcompany.org.

Great Pine Cone Drop

Sunday, December 31  |  The corner of Aspen and Leroux Downtown Flagstaff
A wonderful annual tradition for Flagstaff watch the 6 foot tall pine cone suspended from the top of the Weatherford Hotel “Drops” to mark the new year. The Great Pine Cone drop will have two lowerings one at 10:00pm and one at Midnight.

Flagstaff Polar Bear Plunge

Take a dip into upper Lake Mary from the boat dock at high noon on Jan. 1 to welcome in the new year. Park anywhere in the lot but you have to walk down the concrete boat dock to the start point. Spectators welcome! Please wear rubber sandals as there may be fish hooks lurking on the bottom of Lake Mary. Signed Certificate of Participation awarded to everyone who takes the plunge. Please bring a can of food or two for the Flagstaff Food Bank and Family Food Center. 774-5776.