Arizona

Polar Express 

Through Jan. 5/WILLIAMS – Grand Canyon Railway. During a one-hour evening train journey, guests enjoy treats and a reading of the classic Christmas story on the way to the North Pole, Santa boards the train at the North Pole and presents young passengers with bells representing the spirit of Christmas, sing carols on the return. $33-55. 5:30 & 7:30 pm. 800-843-8724 or http://www.thetrain.com

Gingerbread Lane

Dec. 7-8/SHOW LOW – See the holiday lights and decorations and listen to beautiful holiday music as you stroll along Gingerbread Lane with family and friends. Watch the kids whisper in Santa’s ear, enjoy tasty treats and hot beverages while keeping a watchful eye out for that special gift that one of the more than 40 vendors have on display. Santa will be on hand to visit with the kids. Fri noon – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm. 928-532-2680 or http://www.showlowmainstreet.org/events

Illumination 

Thru Jan. 5/PHOENIX – 6-10 p.m. weekdays; 6-11 p.m. weekends. Illumination is the country’s largest animated holiday drive-thru light show. This 1-mile driving attraction features millions of lights synchronized to holiday music. Also, visit The Holiday Boulevard which is a park, play and eating area that rounds out the experience. Benefits Banner Health and Wells Fargo food banks. $29 per vehicle. 6-10 pm weekdays and 6-11 pm weekends and holidays.  602-567-3618 or http://www.worldofillumination.com