7th Annual Ignite Hope
One of the Valley’s most special holiday traditions, the 7th Annual Ignite Hope holiday candlelight walk to Phoenix Children's Hospital will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8. The annual 1.1-mile walk was inspired by a 15-year-old girl battling cancer whose friends held a candlelight vigil outside her window. The evening kicks off with a family-friendly event at North High School, including a visit from Santa, music, refreshments and giveaways. Walkers are then serenaded by holiday carolers along the route, before being greeted by patients waving candles from their windows.
Jingle Bell Hike
Bring the entire family to the Thunderbird Conservation Park on Dec. 8 for a free Jingle Bell Hike from 9 to 11 a.m. Before hitting the trails, kids will be able to create a bell craft to jolly up the mountain and ring in the holidays. Water will be provided for this moderate hike, and the man with the bag will be waiting at the top.
Artisan Fest at OdySea in the Desert
OdySea in the Desert’s Artisan Fest takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event features nearly 50 of the top local artists, designers and creators in the state, along with a kid’s zone, live music, yoga classes, cooking demos and more.
The Hometown Christmas Parade
The adored Hometown Christmas Parade honors a benevolent cause and allows spectators to donate non-perishable food items for Hope for Hunger, a Glendale-based food bank. This parade is taking place on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., and it begins at 52nd Avenue heading west on Glendale to 58th Avenue.