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 9, 2018 - January 5, 2019

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., 7:30 p.m. and select days feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure.

November 14 - January 6, 2019

Holiday of Lights Festival

Starting November 14, Little America Hotel is decorated with millions of lights to create a stunning holiday display.

November 16 - December 28, 2018

North Pole Experience

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 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Evening trips 4-8:50 p.m. *Please visit website for specific dates of tours.

December 6, 2018 - December 31, 2018

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. Closed Christmas Day. Thurs.-Mon. in December.

December 15-January 5

Skate at the Station

Skate at the Station returns for its second year! Free skating and skate rental offered for the 2018 holiday season. This event is brought to you by the City of Flagstaff and Shadows Foundation. Sun.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 12-8 p.m Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Closing at 4 p.m. on January 5.

December 25, 2018

Christmas Champagne Brunch

Traditional Holiday Champagne Brunch with an array of options including hand-carved meats, seafood, omelets, waffles, crepes and chocolate fondue. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

December 25, 2018

Christmas Champagne Brunch

Enjoy a Holiday Champagne Brunch with options including prime rib, snow crab legs, and salad bar, omelets cooked to order, assorted desserts & pastries. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018

Noon Year’s Eve

Join us for Downtown's inaugural event to celebrate the arrival of the New Year during daylight hours with a countdown to 12:00 noon! Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans will lead the countdown, and once noon strikes we will cheer with a sparkling apple cider toast and kisses...Hershey kisses, that is. We will have a ton of fun activities leading up to the countdown such as firework art, live music, noisemakers, snacks and more. 10 a.m. - noon.

December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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.