6 Spots to Take Holiday Photos in Downtown Phoenix

22December 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but is it really the holiday season if you don’t have a festive photo to prove it? From dazzling décor to twinkling trees, get your quintessential holiday photos at one of these jolly spots in Downtown Phoenix.


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Hanny’s holiday tree always dresses to impress — and this year is no different. Fitting for 2020, the tree is made from real coal.

Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, stop by for a pic and martini at the downtown dining destination. And, visit on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. for holiday hits remixed by DJ Melo and DJ Slick 76.

Hours: Mon-Sun 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Address: 40 N. First Street

Miracle at Floor 13 / Hilton Garden Inn

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Over-the-top Christmas décor and holiday cocktails — what’s not to love? If you need help getting into the holiday spirit (no pun intended), the Miracle pop-up cocktail bar at Floor 13 will do the trick. There’s a special holiday-themed cocktail and food menu accompanied by dazzling, jaw-dropping views of the Downtown Phoenix skyline. Socially-distanced tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Fri-Sat 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Address: 15 E. Monroe Street

Remember to keep your receipts from downtown businesses you spend at — they could get you free DTPHX merch through our Buy & Fly Program. There are more than 150 businesses participating including The Churchill, Bitter & Twisted, Herberger Theater, Japanese Friendship Garden, and more.

Illumination 2020 / The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

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Find yourself surrounded by the Japanese Friendship Garden’s enchanting night views. The peaceful glow of the garden makes for holiday photos that stand out from the rest.
After a nice walk, finish your holiday shopping in the garden’s gift shop filled with an array of authentic Japanese goods.
Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 1125 N. Third Avenue

Merry Moments at Candy Cane Corner / Arizona Center

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Between the larger-than-life holiday décor, massive decked-out Christmas tree, and Santa’s sleigh (perfect for photo-ops), Arizona Center has transformed into an urban winter wonderland this December. “Merry Moments at Candy Cane Corner” also has a very special mailbox with direct service to the North Pole for the little ones to drop off requests to Santa (letters and envelopes provided).

Address: 455 N. Third Street

Sippin’ Santa / Bitter & Twisted


DTPHX is truly a holiday cocktail destination worth sipping your way through. Bitter & Twisted’s tiki-themed holiday pop-up features tropical décor, a custom menu of colorful concoctions, and a full offering of chef-crafted bar bites. Bring a few friends wearing your best island-themed wear for a fun photo op.

Hours: Tue-Thurs 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Fri-Sat 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Address: 1 W. Jefferson Street

Frosty’s Pop-Up Bar / Blue Hound

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Blue Hound is making spirits bright this year with the addition of Frosty’s — a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar complete with festive décor, holiday cocktails, and a special holiday menu through Dec. 25. All cocktails are $16, and Thursday-Saturday, there will be a DJ spinning vinyl holiday hits.

On Christmas Day, Blue Hound is offering a five-course feast in addition to the regular holiday menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table.

Hours: Tue-Sat 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Brunch Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 2 E. Jefferson Street

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