What to do and where to eat in Chandler if you are staying in town over the holidays!
Posted on December 23, 2016 9:00 AM
Hopefully the packages are wrapped and you now have time to relax and enjoy the holidays or you’re anxious to get everyone out and about - enjoy these holiday traditions while in Chandler, AZ. Scroll to the bottom for a list of Chandler restaurants that will be open on Christmas day.
Lights of the World
Rawhide Event Center through January 29, 2017
Fascinated by holiday lights? Kids and adults will enjoy a visit to the largest lights show in North America. Celebrating the long-standing Chinese lantern tradition with a touch of state of the art technology, Lights of the World incorporates 11 exhibits with 75 masterfully, hand-crafted displays for a memorable evening. In addition to the holiday lights, the kids will be pleased to discover over 30 carnival rides, acrobatic performances along with a variety of traditional dance and music performances.
The Zoppé Family Circus
Chandler Center for the Arts through January 8, 2017
The circus is in town! A wonderful family outing that highlights a traditional Italian, one-ring circus that will delight everyone. While the The Zoppé Family Circus is an annual tradition in Chandler, each year – it’s a new show featuring magnificent acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, plenty of clowning around, canine capers and a lot of audience participation.
Las Noches de las Luminarias
Desert Botanical Garden through December 31st
Enjoy an evening stroll at the magnificent Desert Botanical Garden adorned with 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of twinkling white lights, and live music for a uniquely Southwest tradition.
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo through January 8, 2017
Celebrating 25 years of holiday lights, music, animals and festive fun – ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is a magical evening event featuring millions of holiday lights aglow on more than 700 incredible light displays.
Where to eat on Christmas Day!
Alamo Drafthouse Phoenix
Newly opened, this stylish dine-in theater features cocktails, cuisine and Hollywood’s newest flicks for a relaxing outing. The theater is open all day on Christmas day.
Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill
After Christmas, kick up your heels and head to Bourbon’s Jack’s for an Open Jam session that starts at 7 p.m. The upscale, Western-style pub features great American comfort food with a bit of a Southwest twist along with a great selection of drinks including an extensive bourbon menu.
Dos Gringos Chandler
It’s Christmas Shenanigans at Dos Gringos Chandler - it’s a weekend of holiday fun with holiday sweaters, games, DJs, drink specials and more at this casual, neighborhood bar. The Mexican restaurant and patio bar will open at 7 p.m. on Christmas day.
SanTan Brewing Company
Fans of craft ale can celebrate when the Brewpub opens at 4 p.m. and will serve the full menu till 10 p.m. offering great selections of some of Arizona’s best craft beer and craft food.
Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar
Is eating Chinese food over the holidays a favorite tradition? If so, you can find a number of Chandler restaurants that will be open including the chic and comfortable Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar, located west of Downtown Chandler. On Christmas day, the family-owned restaurant will feature a slightly paired down menu featuring their house specialties and customer favorites.
Buca di Beppo
Dining out on Christmas day? Enjoy a grand Italian feast at this popular chain of Italian restaurants. Famous for their family-style meals, the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and will feature wonderful Italian dishes for a festive meal. Reservations are recommended.