Barrel train rides, hot cocoa, cookie decorating, Santa and (of course) lights. The Christmas Light Festival at The Farm in south Phoenix is all that and so much more.
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If you live in or near Central Arizona and have not been to The Farm off south 32nd Street you are missing out. The grove at The Farm is a peaceful place for a picnic. There is no need to pack your picnic lunch. The Farm Kitchen cafe serves lunch that you can eat at the picnic tables or in a quiet spot amongst the Pecan trees. (There is a basket of picnic blankets available for anyone who needs to borrow one.) Dining indoors is also an option at one of the two restaurants at The Farm.
And this time of year there is the Christmas Light Festival…
Christmas Light Festival | The Farm Phoenix
At The Farm, Christmas magic comes by the way of barrel train rides, bounce houses, a mechanical bull, pony rides and a rock wall. There are also cookies to decorate, ornaments to make and letters to write to Santa. All of which takes place under strung Christmas lights and outdoor heaters. The DJ plays Christmas tunes while children of all ages show off their moves on the dancefloor.
This is the second year that The Farm has hosted the Christmas Light Festival. The celebration is open to the community on two different December nights. There is no charge for entry, parking or taking a picture with Santa. (Bring your own camera.) However, there are tickets required for the rides. We opted for the unlimited rides $15 wristband. Additionally, there was a separate charge for the pony rides, cookie decorating and ornament making.
The festive environment filled with lights, smiles, dancing, laughter and Christmas cheer made for a fun family night. And the cherry on top was that at the last minute we had friends join us making it a memorable night for six adults and five children.
For more information visit The Farm’s website.
The Polar Express is another one of our Christmas traditions; read more about the train ride to the North Pole HERE.