December 1 – January 7 (excluding December 4, 24, 25 and 31), 6:30 – 9 p.m.
The Holiday Lights experience was just too much fun and excitement to pack into three weeks. So this year there will be five-weeks of holiday railroad magic. Opening night will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 and Holiday Lights will run nightly (with the exception of a few dates) through Sunday, Jan. 7. 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 on Friday, Dec. 1 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.
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.
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 a historic train car. Santa will be at the park opening weekend, Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 and then nightly Dec. 8 through Dec. 23.
- Holiday Lights Train Ride – $5 (special Holiday Lights tickets are required)
- Charros Carousel Ride – $2
- Holiday Lights Train Ride Fast Pass – $15 (limited availability nightly and passes can be purchased online beginning Nov. 1)
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. Purchase your Holiday Lights Fast Pass
*Train and carousel rides are free for children 2-years old and younger with a paying adult
*Looking for a great spot to visit Santa? This year Santa will also be at the park Dec. 18 through Dec. 23 during the day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please remember there will be no Holiday Lights Monday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Dec. 31.