Growing up in Arizona was great. Christmas was always a fun time as it was for any kid. I loved the idea of giving presents and can honestly say that was better than getting them. My favorite memory of Christmas time though was our family's tradition of "light looking" on Christmas Eve. Most of the time we just walked across the street to one of the retirement communities back when they had competitions by street and every street had a different theme. Then we branched out a little and drove to parks a little farther away.
One year my dad loaded up in my moms classic 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass COnvertible and drove us to see the Christmas Light Displays in Ahwatukee with the top down. My brother and I froze that night.
As I grew up and started a family of my own we continued the tradition in our RV. That was great, warm, TV going, Hot chocolate on the stove and looking at the lights. Then when the kids got tired, well they slept on the bed!
In honor of this tradition I assembled here for you a Map of Christmas Light Displays in Phoenix Arizona 2012.