A full day of holiday programming in a walkable urban neighborhood

Winter Wanderland is coming to Downtown Saturday, Dec. 9

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Downtown Phoenix will be transformed into the third annual “Winter Wanderland,” a full day of free progressive holiday performances, over-the-top holiday lights and décor, delicious food, drinks and merriment.

Winter Wanderland is a family-friendly celebration of downtown’s rich performing arts, history and culture.

“We want our community to know that Downtown really is for everyone, and by activating some of our best cultural institutions and public spaces with holiday cheer and programming, we hope this continues to be a much-loved family tradition for years to come,” said Devney Majerle, Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s CEO and President.

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DTPHX Winter Wanderland 2023 Schedule:

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar at Chase Field Plaza

Kick off Winter Wanderland with a festive holiday show with the ASU Choir, and Santa Baxter will make a special appearance to celebrate and pose in photos with you! Chase Field will provide free, all-day parking at the Chase Field Garage for Winter Wanderlanders. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer must get a validation slip from the restaurant.

There will be a kids and adult hot cocoa cart with a $4 build-your-own hot cocoa bar (free refills) and three specialty adult drinks ($12 per drink), including a dark hot chocolate with dark chocolate and orange expressed infused vodka, vanilla hot chocolate with white chocolate and peppermint-infused vodka, and a buffalo trace coffee with amaretto and pumpkin spice.

11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – 201 E. Washington/ 2nd Street

Watch a dynamic live street performance at 201 E. Washington from Aeroterra Arts, including double silks, trapeze, and a partner acrobalance aerial art show. 

12:20-12:50 p.m. – Phoenix Convention Center- West Entrance 

Enjoy the playful puppet show, “A Monkey Christmas” presented by Great Arizona Puppet Theater at the Phoenix Convention Center. 

1:00-1:30 p.m. – Arizona Center 

Experience the arts at Arizona Center by helping paint a large format community mural and take a holiday photo in front of a glowing 30-ft tall Christmas tree. After painting, meet talented local artists Andrea Peterson and the Snoodmen of Snood City.  

1:40-2:10 p.m. – Herberger Theater Center

Enjoy an open-air performance by the award-winning Peoria Basis Band on the lawn of the Herberger Theater Center.  

2:20-2:50 p.m. – Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Feast your eyes on a live culinary demonstration provided by a chef from the Renaissance Hotel and indulge in a savory complimentary snack. After eating, visit with Santa while sipping on holiday libations like mulled wine and a snowman’s favorite punch for the kids.  

3:00-3:30 p.m. – CityScape

Spend time in a sparkling holiday atmosphere at CityScape while listening to a live music performance by Nico B. and the Squad and enjoy other sweet surprises, like a hot chocolate pop-up by Bad Ass Coffee.

3:30-5:00 p.m. – Bites, Yard Games, and Photos with Santa at Civic Space Park

Join us at Civic Space Park for fresh tamales from My Comadre’s Kitchen, bowls and wraps from Soul Farmacy, and hot cocoa from Urban Grounds Coffee Co.  Snag a free photo with Santa starting at 4:45 p.m. and roll out your park blanket in anticipation of the show. Yard games will also be available to play while you wait for the movie to start!


PJs in the Park: Free Holiday Movies Under the Stars 


Our beloved PJs in the Park event is back and part of the DTPHX Winter Wanderland experience.

Put on your coziest pajamas and enjoy some free holiday movies under the stars at Civic Space Park. PJs in the Park returns on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. with a FREE screening of the holiday favorite “Merry Madagascar” followed by a feature presentation of “Elf”.

Be sure to bring your camera or cell phone for a free photo with Santa.


5:30 p.m. “Merry Madagascar” (2009) – 30 minutes
6:00 p.m. “Elf” (2003) – 1 hour, 37 minutes