Holidays in FlagstaffHigh Country Holidays

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.


November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch

A holiday tradition for many years, Little America’s Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch is the perfect way to celebrate all that you are thankful for. The elaborate brunch features a carvery of mouth-watering meats, seafood station, made-to-order omelets, waffles and crepes, plus customary brunch and Thanksgiving dishes, crisp salads, gourmet cheeses and an extensive selection of tantalizing desserts including a chocolate fondue fountain. The brunch takes places from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Little America Hotel.


November 7, 2014 - January 3, 2015

The Polar Express

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

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

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

Holiday Tours

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

Discuss the astronomical interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem. Telescope viewings and other indoor programs will be available.

December 4-7, 2014

40th Annual NAU Holiday Dinner

Three-course dinner at the duBois Center ballroom which will be turned into a winter wonderland. Performances are given by six choral ensembles, the Harold M. Harter Handbell Choir and several small group and solo performances.

December 5 & 6, 2014

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra- Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker

Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday adventure! A sparkling party, a dramatic battle, and a whimsical journey to the Land of Sweets are all brought to life through captivating choreography and one of the greatest symphonic scores ever written.

December 6, 2014

Annual Christmas Party and Crafts

The community is invited to attend our annual Christmas Party which will be held in the Visitor Center. From 9:00 – 11:00 am Santa will be on hand to give out candy and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories to the children. In addition, there will be crafts for the children to make and take home, as well as Christmas music and general good cheer. To help fend off the cold, hot cider and cake will be served.

December 6, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Santa will be visiting with children, there will be arts and crafts, hot cocoa, and a movie played in the pool. 4-8 p.m. at the Flagstaff Aquaplex.

December 13, 2014

Sing-A-Long With Santa

  • Coconino High School·
  • (928) 523-2299

A free concert for Northern Arizona families presented by Master Chorale’s chamber choir and the Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff at Coconino High School. Hear family holiday songs, sing your favorite carols, and see Santa Claus, too! 4-6 p.m.

December 13, 2014

Northern Lights Holiday Parade

A holiday parade through Flagstaff’s Historic Downtown filled with dozens of twinkling floats, marching bands and don’t miss Santa Claus. 6 p.m.

December 14, 2014

Christmas In The Mountains

  • Ardrey Auditorium·
  • (928) 523-5661

See and hear the Master Chorale of Flagstaff’s annual extravaganza featuring holiday music for choirs, handbells, brass, percussion, and organ complete with special lighting and holiday decorations. John Rutter’s Gloria will be the featured work. Held at Ardrey Auditorium, NAU Campus from 3-5 p.m.

December 19, 2014

Winter Holiday Social

Santa will be visiting with children, there will be refreshments, presents for the kids, and holiday music. The events is for ages 5-15 and will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Flagstaff Recreation Center.

December 21-23 & 26-30, 2014

Holiday Star Fest

Lowell Observatory extends its hours and offers indoor programs and special tours.

December 25, 2014

Holiday Champagne Brunch

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

  • Weatherford Hotel ·
  • (928) 779-1919

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.