The holidays are almost here, and in the city of Scottsdale, that means holiday lights. Throughout the entire month of December, some of the best-known Scottsdale attractions will be transformed into something a lot more festive. Not sure where to go to see the best holiday lights? Here are just a few places in and around town that will turn magical when the sun goes down.

Holiday LightsDesert Botanical Garden: Over 8,000 hand-made luminarias cast a warm and gentle glow on the pathways of the Desert Botanical Garden during Las Noches de las Luminarias 2011. Guests will enjoy casually strolling the gardens while taking in the lights and listening to live music. It’s one of Scottsdale’s best-loved holiday traditions, and with 22 nights to choose from this year, it’s a Scottsdale attraction not to be missed.

The Phoenician: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night in December, the Phoenician Resort offers a guided tour of their famed cactus garden. Guests will receive a complimentary hot chocolate to take along as they explore two acres of native Southwestern flora all decked out in lights for the holiday season.

The Phoenix Zoo: The dazzle and wonder of Zoolights is back this year at the Phoenix Zoo. Adults and kids alike will be mesmerized by over a quarter of a million lights accentuating the zoo’s natural beauty. People from all over Central Arizona come to see the lovely trees and colorful animal displays. Happening now through January 8th, Zoolights is a must-see for all ages.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: All aboard! Come take a ride on McCormick-Stillman’s famous miniature railroad as it clickety-clacks through a wonderland of lights and holiday splendor. At only $2.00 per journey, you just may find yourself hopping on board again and again.

As you can see, the city of Scottsdale offers many unique ways to celebrate the season. While it may be slightly non-traditional, a cactus decked out in golden lights at dusk is a thing to behold, and it speaks to the very heart of the Arizona holidays. These great events only happen once a year, so don’t miss out. Put these Scottsdale attractions on your calendar today.