Winter in Flagstaff
Designated as Arizona’s winter wonderland, Flagstaff attracts visitors from all over to our snowy playground. Accumulating an average of 100 inches of snow annually in downtown, the surrounding ponderosa forests are blanketed with even more, welcoming winter enthusiasts to partake in a multitude of winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and snowbiking.
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 Pinecone. The Pinecone 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 Pinecone, 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.
The North Pole Experience
Delight in the magic of the holiday season at Santa’s enchanting, 400-year-old workshop. Depart from thetrolley launch station at Little America Hotel to visit Santa’s 8,500 square-foot Workshop in an unforgettable North Pole experience inside the toy factory, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, Elf University, Santa’s Sleigh Hanger, and family time and photos with St. Nick himself.
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.
Holiday Tours at Riordan Mansion
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.