When in Arizona in December (and for the whole USA for that matter), enjoy places where "christmas ligthts" are the attraction --- very ingenious ways of setting up light effects and delivering a message.
The Community of Joy at 75th Ave and 101 Freeway offers a "drive-through" light extravaganza - and we went on that night when there was no entrance fee (cars usually charged about $10). You don't go out of your car --- just drive through the array of lights and the kids loved just admiring the dazzling sights of giant "jumping" bears, light tunnels, Santa, trains...you name something "christmassy", they have it...
Other places in Arizona that offer these light shows include the famous Phoenix Zoo lights, the Glendale Glitters, and the Botanical Garden Lights.
Google those places/events when in Arizona in December, and partake in these American traditions.
A large percentage of Phoenix (Arizona's State Capital) population is Hispanic and Native American Indian, nevertheless, Phoenix is an etremely multi-cultural city with citizens from every part of the world! If you are visiting from a foreign country, or another state in USA, and spend a little time in the city you will very possibily meet someone from your place of origin regardless of where you are from. Amongst my many immigrant friends are Poles, Russians, Serbs and Romanians just to name a few.
We Arizonans are also famous for our somewhat indifferant (some say rude) disposistions, so don't be put off or offended if you visit here, it is just our unique way of being friendly.
I am including a link to a website I think you will find very helpful if you are planning a trip to our clean and beautiful city.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was created by Executive Order on June 14, 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The community is located in Maricopa County and lies aside the boundaries of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and metropolitan Phoenix. The Community consists of 52,600 acres, comprised mostly of agricultural lands. These lands harvest a variety of crops; i.e., cotton, watermelon, honeydew, casaba, cantaloupe, potato, brown onions, carrots, and other agricultural products.
Lots and lots of culture.
All the netive American Indian reservations are all a scattered around the states of Utha, Arizona, Navada and Colorado,
Navjo, Apache and Hopi are the main tribes.
Lots and lots of craft shops and we loved thoes.
Lots of bead work very skilled and very arty.
We bought bag load of things that we have not seen here in europe.
Very original and beautiful.
There the mesa we visited the 1,2 and 3 mesa in the Hopi resavation about 90 miles from the Grand Canyon base camp.
Life style is very original and cultural.
Every traveller MUST respect thier privacy rules.
And respect all the cultural characteristics.
Phoenix is becoming an array of cultures. It weighs heavily with cultures from Mexico and SouthWest overtones. The people are friendly but the highways, during rush hour, are packed with road raged drivers.
You guys should try the best Mexican food in Arizona. It's not in Phoenix, but not far from it. Globe is 80 miles east on highway 60. Chalo's casa de Reynoso is the best! but there a lot of other nice places.
Phoenix is a very sports-minded city. They have all the major professional sports as well as a city full of parks and placed to play.
This is a picture of my friend Paul scoring a goal! I went to the game to watch him play, because we played together in high school in San Diego in 1989! Wow, that's a long time ago. The weather was great and I got to talk with some other people who were watching the game. I was talking to two girls who attended Arizona State and both of them were from other states. They said that the Phoenix area has a ton of people who have moved from mostly cold weather states to enjoy the warmth.
That's actually pretty typical in the States. All of the southern states are packed with northerners who have either retired or transferred to escape the cold.
Squaw Peak's name was officially changed to Piestwa Peak, in honor of the female Native American soldier killed in Iraq.