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‘Tis the season for holiday adventures in the Phoenix Valley area

‘Tis the season for holiday adventures in the Phoenix Valley area

Ah, the holidays. Close your eyes and picture all the wonders: Delicious meals and treats with friends and family. Sitting by the fireplace sipping hot cider or cocoa overflowing with marshmallows. Spending some quality time lounging around watching holiday movies.

But sometimes, you just want to get out of the house for a while. Ready to bundle up and enjoy the fall and winter air? Get a bit of exercise to work off some of that pumpkin pie? Here’s a list of fun holiday adventures in the Phoenix Valley area that combine the sights and sounds of the season and gets you out and about:

See the holiday lights

One of our favorite things to do each year is to view the thousands of twinkling holiday bulbs on display around the Phoenix Valley area. Take at the Reindeer Valley Christmas Display at 3302 W Adobe Dam Road in Phoenix. This year’s display features over 50,000 lights plus new songs added to the playlist that accompanies the light show. The Phoenix Zoo at 455 N Galvin Pkwy, is also hosting a wild display “with millions of lights, hundreds of displays and performances throughout the zoo!” The lights display go live on Nov. 4. Check out their Facebook page for details! This time of the year, holiday lights are going up pretty much anywhere. Bundle up, hop in the car and get ready for some family fun!

Find a letterbox

You’re probably familiar with geocaching, a treasure hunting activity based on using a GPS to find small treasure boxes stashed throughout the world. But have you heard about letterboxing? Letterboxing is a fun activity that involves finding small, weatherproof boxes hidden in publicly accessible places (like parks). Clues are posted online on various websites. Unlike geocaching, you don’t need a handheld GPS to find these little treasures — just your imagination! Dozens of letterboxes have been hidden throughout Phoenix and other cities nationwide. Just go to this link and search by city to find a list of boxes in your area and to print out a list of clues for each box. Once you’ve found a few boxes, try finding your own secret hiding place, creating a box of your own and creating a fun set of clues for other people to follow! For more information about letterboxing, check out this informative Q&A.

Stroll through a museum

Too cold or wet outside? No problem! Stroll through a museum! The Heard Museum for Advancing American Indian Art is currently featuring three changing exhibitions: Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art through Jan. 23, 2023, Small Wonders through Jan 2, 2022, and Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection through Feb. 19, 2022. Visit their website for additional details. The Phoenix Art Museum‘s Oscar Munoz: Invisibilia exhibition, which “Explore(s) the phenomena of memory and time through multimedia artworks that engage viewers in the poetry, politics and philosophies of one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists.” In addition, there are over 20,000 additional works of art to view. Take a look at this list of Phoenix-area museums. There’s something for everyone.

Go on a scavenger hunt

An outdoor scavenger hunt could be just the thing to get the whole family to put down their phones and head outdoors. You may think scavenger hunts are a spring or summertime activity, but going on a hunt in the winter months offers a different type of fun! Try a neighborhood scavenger hunt or any of the other fun ideas on this list. Here are some additional ideas. For more fun ideas, take a look at this link. Wrap up the hunt with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and some warm cookies and you have the perfect afternoon for the entire family.

Take a hike (or walk)

Whether it’s in your neighborhood, in a local park or on a nearby trail in the Phoenix area, spending a bit of time in the outdoors in the winter months can do your mind and body good. You don’t even have to pile in the car — you could see a lot of sights and sounds of the season during just a stroll through your neighborhood. If you have small children and the weather cooperates, going to a playground can help them burn off some of that energy and help everyone sleep better. Plus, you’ll have fun, too!

Heading outside may be one of the last things that most people want to do this time of the year. But even moderate activity and a bit of sunlight can help release endorphins (those hormones that keep us happy) as well as help us feel better, more able to handle the stress of a busy holiday and sleep better, too. So get out there and get moving!

From all of us at PMI Phoenix Valley, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. And if you have any property management needs, we invite you to call us. We’ll help you get optimized rental income out of your property, determine your cash flow from monthly rental value and gain critical insight into local real estate market conditions. We’re here to serve you. Give us a call to learn more about us: (623) 246-4891.