The High Country Holidays in Flagstaff bring together the warm memories of past holidays with new traditions for family and friends to embrace. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, Flagstaff is abuzz with plenty of holiday spirit and residents and visitors alike will share in the joy of the season. With crisp mountain air and roaring fireplaces, Flagstaff will warm your soul and refresh your spirits. We invite you to experience the High Country Holidays and make Flagstaff your new holiday tradition.
For dining options on Christmas Eve
November 7, 2014 - January 3, 2015
The Polar Express
- Grand Canyon Railway·
Grand Canyon Railway in Williams. Based on the adventures of the classic children’s book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, the Grand Canyon Railway is taking you on a journey to the “North Pole”! Departing from Williams, this enchanting train will arrive at the “North Pole,” where Santa Claus and his reindeer will merrily be waiting to hand out presents. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by Santa’s chefs during the train ride. Other activities at Grand Canyon Railway include pictures with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Helper in the Polar Room. Also, be sure to visit with our staff Elves and Hobo, who will be wandering around the Platform throughout the evening. Those interested are encouraged to call early to make reservations. Departure times: 5:30 p.m., 7:30pm and select days feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure.
November 21, 2014
Holiday Lights Festival
- Little America Hotel ·
- (928) 799-7900
Starting November 21, Little America Hotel is decorated with millions of lights to create a stunning holiday display.
November 21 - December 27, 2014
North Pole Experience
- Little America Hotel·
Prepare for a Christmas adventure of a lifetime. The North Pole Experience is an incredible opportunity for families to visit Santa in the “North Pole” during the Christmas season. When visiting Santa’s Workshop, families will be able to participate in a multitude of activities, such as building toys with the elves, touring the toy factory and meeting Santa for photos. Trips to Santa’s Workshop will depart via trolley from the Little America Hotel situated in Flagstaff’s ponderosa pine forest. Lodging accommodations can also be made through Little America Hotel. Tickets are expected to sell out early, so early reservations are encouraged. Departures: Day trips 1:00-3:45 p.m. Evening trips 4-8:30. *Please visit website for specific dates of tours.
December 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015
- Riordan Mansion·
- (928) 779-4395
The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours through Riordan Mansion State Historic Park include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present.
December 1-23, 2014 (Dates vary)
Star of Bethlehem Program
- Lowell Observatory ·
- (928) 233-3211
Discuss the astronomical interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem. Telescope viewings and other indoor programs will be available.
December 21-23 & 26-30, 2014
Holiday Star Fest
- Lowell Observatory·
- (928) 233-3211
Lowell Observatory extends its hours and offers indoor programs and special tours.
December 25, 2014
Holiday Champagne Brunch
- Little America Hotel·
- (928) 779 7900
The Little America Hotel hosts its traditional Holiday Champagne Brunch with an array of tantalizing options including hand-carved meats, seafood, omelets, waffles crepes and chocolate fondue. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015
The Great Pinecone Drop
The historic Weatherford Hotel settled in the heart of downtown Flagstaff will be presenting a New Year’s Eve Tradition, the dropping of a six-foot tall Pine Cone. The Pine Cone will be displayed at an elevated three stories as a giant holiday ornament for the entire city to admire until the New Year. On December 31, there will be two lowerings of the Pine Cone, the first one beginning at 10 p.m., followed by the second one at midnight. This event has attracted thousands of people to the town square as they countdown into a New Year! Times: First drop at 10 p.m. Second drop: midnight.