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If you are looking for things to do on Christmas Day, you are not alone!

Between 1,000 to 10,000 people are actively searching the ways to celebrate Christmas Day 2020 in the US.
The entire humanity has a high hope that Christmas 2020 will put an end to our struggle with COVID-19. Progress in the development of Covid-19 vaccination and medicines, slowing down of the Coronavirus transmission rate, and opening up of the economies – all are positive signs that thing will be on track very soon.

Here is a mention of things to do on Christmas and New Year 2021 in Arizona. We have listed places or venues that monitor and follow guidelines from the CDC and government authorities to ensure safety of visitors against Covid-19.

1. Enjoy Ice Skating

Skating on the ground or road is something very common. Add skating to your things to do in Arizona and experience the difference. Yes, you will get a chance to skate on real ice.

Visit CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink located in Downtown Arizona. Mind that on Christmas, the venue remains closed. Enjoy recreational activity before or after the day. Skating is broken into different time-slots or sessions. Timings for the period December 16th – January 5th are as follows:

  • Session 1: 3PM – 5PM
  • Session 2: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Session 3: 8PM – 11PM

General Admission Fee: $15 (available on-site only)

2. Visit OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest United States. It’s home to over 30,000 animals and 500 different species in 50 exhibits. The aquarium offers an educational, interactive, and entertaining experiences for visitors of all ages.

Encounter beautiful fish, sharks, and more at the newest aquarium in the Valley of the Sun. It’s located in Scottsdale, right off the Loop 101, and happens to be open on Christmas Day. This is also a great family-friendly activity if the kids get bored after opening presents on Christmas morning.

ody sea aquarium in Arizona

Source: odyseaaquarium

3. Go to ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights is an annual December lighting show that started in 1991 and continues. Santa greets the guests and presents photo opportunities near the Zoo’s Leapin’ Lagoon splash pad each night. Stroll under a canopy of sparkling, twinkling, and dancing lights on the Zoo’s main bridge. Watch 3-D displays including a giant cupcake, candy pieces, and carrots for the family of illuminated rabbits; Meet elephant and giraffe families, the 3-D snake, tiger, scorpion, and the swinging primates, and so on.

Ticket Prices

Adults: $10.95 to $19.95
Children 2 and younger: Free

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

Source: The Phoenix Zoo

4. Take a Hike

It has been a long time without much physical activities. Longing for some adventures and thrills? Head to the central Arizona area. There are many hiking spots like Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, South Mountain, Cave Creek Regional Park, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, and McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Get hiking boots, a GPS, or a camera this Christmas vacation.

5. Drive Race Karts

Looking for some adrenaline rushing experience? Head to Octane Raceway in Scottsdale. Taste of performance racing in state-of-the-art karts that reach speeds of up to 45 mph takes excitement to an all-new level. The raceway is open on Christmas Day from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. Keep a watch on the weather forecast as the activity demands stable weather free of high rainfall and high-speed gust.

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