Christmas in Phoenix

Christmas in Phoenix

If you hanker to ski in 70-degree weather, the Phoenix Zoo has the next best thing: the Polar Slide. Hop aboard your inflatable raft and scream down a 200-foot track that simulates the packed snow you'd see at a real tubing run -- and be sure to stay for the evening's special feature, ZooLights. The spectacular holiday light display boasts 3.5 million individual lights in the shapes of all your favorite exotic creatures.

For more freezing fun in the Phoenix area, slide west to HomePlate for the Holidays, held in the Goodyear Ballpark, spring-training home for baseball's Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. Each holiday season, 40 tons of man-made snow are blown onto the field so that kids can build snowmen while their parents listen to carols and shop at holiday-themed kiosks. "We divide the snow into three different areas by age, so we don't have any teenagers trampling five-year-olds," says ballpark coordinator Mark Kimball. The highlight of the evening is when Santa arrives in a horse-drawn sleigh.

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