Event Calendar

< Back to Calendar
Holiday LightsThis is a recurring event
Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Recurring Event Details
Occurs: Every day until January 6, 2019
Location: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Map it
7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ

Holiday Lights Train Ride - $5
(Special Holiday Lights tickets are required - see information about optional Fast Passes below)

Charros Carousel Ride - $2

Holiday Lights Train Ride Fast Pass - $15

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00pm 

Contact:  McCormick- Stillman Railroad Park
480-312 -8502

The event’s centerpiece is a train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays. Take a ride on the historic Charros Carousel and visit the park’s one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building. Opening night festivities will feature a live band and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will host the annual tree lighting ceremony as Santa arrives aboard a steam locomotive on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad.  The co-creator of the Family Circus comic strip Jeff Keane will be handing out free autographed calendars and the Scottsdale Live Steamers will offer rides on the park’s 7.5 gauge train.

If you’re in a singing mood, come join The Goode Time Carolers’. The Goode Time Carolers’ are dedicated to bringing a traditional, classic Christmas caroling experience that you will remember for years to come.  Your experience will be enriched by meticulously made costumes inspired by Dickens. The Goode Time Carolers’ will be performing  December 4-6 from 7-9pm.

The Holiday Lights train ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad will require a special ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance, during the park’s normal hours of operation, beginning Nov. 1; see information about optional Fast Passes below.

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park might be the coolest place to bring the kids to see Santa. Experience a one-of-a-kind visit with Santa in the historic Maricopa Depot. 

Santa will be at the park the following dates from 6:30-9:00 p.m.:
  • Friday, November 30
  • Sunday, December 2
  • Friday, December 7-23
Holiday Lights fast passes are limited nightly and only apply to the Holiday Lights train ride. Fast passes are available for purchase online daily until 4 p.m. Based on availability, fast passes can be purchased onsite at Stillman Station after 4 p.m. for that specific night only. Please bring your confirmation receipt, which will serve as your train ticket, with you to the event.

We will not be holding Holiday Lights on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 3 (private event)
  • Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

*Train and carousel rides are free for children 2-years old and younger with a paying adult


Add to My Calendar

Subscribe to Calendar

All Calendar Events Ical icon Ical icon
Aquatics Ical icon Ical icon
City Events Ical icon Ical icon
Community Meetings Ical icon Ical icon
Council & Public Meetings Ical icon Ical icon
Forums & Debates Ical icon Ical icon
General Plan Outreach Events Ical icon Ical icon
Learning Opportunities Ical icon Ical icon
Parks & Recreation Ical icon Ical icon
Public Safety Ical icon Ical icon
WestWorld Ical icon Ical icon
  • Ical iconAll mail clients except Microsoft Office
  • Ical iconMicrosoft Outlook mail client

Need Help?


General City Information/Speak to a Citizen Service Specialist

Stay Up To Date

Manage Newsletter Subscriptions
(Subscribe / Unsubscribe)