Christmas Lights in Buckeye AZ

Where to See Christmas Lights Around the Valley

Tis the season…We all know holiday lights went up the day after Thanksgiving, or even before that, if you were REALLY in the holiday spirit. But there is still time to check out all the great Christmas lights around the Valley! Here is a list of some of the best spots to see the where the holiday lights shine the brightest.

ZOO LIGHTS

Tried and true, Zoo Lights are an Arizona tradition held at the Phoenix Zoo and this year they are celebrating 25 years! From now until January 8th you can head over to the zoo after dark and see all of these cute animal-shaped lights. The zoo is about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.

zoo-lights

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Keeping more with the Spanish tradition, every weekend during December the Botanical Gardens hosts Las Noches de Las Luminarias. The grounds are lit up with over 8,000 candles in different patterns and designs. The Botanical Gardens are about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.

Botanical Gardens Phoenix

FAIRMONT PRINCESS RESORT

More than just lights, the Princess puts on a whole holiday experience! They offer a train ride, ice skating, an animated tree, S’mores Land and over 3 million lights to look at. This place is fun for the whole family and is about 50 miles from Sienna Hills.

Fairmont Princess Resort

GLENDALE GLITTERS

The downtown area of Glendale might be the prettiest of all! With over 1.5 million lights, glitter is an understatement. The lights will be up until January 7th. There are also a ton of winter activities to participate in so make sure you check out their event calendar! Downtown Glendale is about 25 miles from Sienna Hills.

Glendale Glitters

These are just a few of the great light displays and holiday events around the Phoenix area, but plenty more lights are out there. You could even just take a stroll around the Sienna Hills Community to find some great displays and maybe even some inspiration, if you haven’t put your lights up yet! From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

best restaurants buckeye az

Our Top 3 Picks for Dining Local in Buckeye

We start off the New Year with new diets for a good reason: the end of the year is packed with reasons to celebrate. The good news for Sienna Hills residents is that you don’t have to travel far to find a delicious meal you can enjoy with friends and family. Buckeye is home to some of the best restaurants in the area!

While there are many great options to choose from, we’ve highlighted three local options that won’t disappoint. Whether it’s a special night out or a celebratory lunch, you’ll enjoy the holiday season all the more by visiting one (or all!) of these fine Buckeye restaurants.

Cafe 25:35
For a fresh spin on the classic diner, it’s hard to beat Cafe 25:35. Located in downtown Buckeye, Cafe 25:35 serves up breakfast and lunch to loyal regulars and newcomers alike. Reasonable prices and consistent quality have made this hot spot a hit since it opened in 2011. From breakfast burritos and omelettes to classic club sandwiches and burgers, Cafe 25:35 delivers tasty meals in a quaint and friendly environment.

The Vic Bar + Kitchen
Fresh, local ingredients with breathtaking views. The Vic Bar + Kitchen is garnering praise for more reasons than one. Located high above the desert floor, with expansive views of the Valley, The Vic has a variety of seating options to ensure a fantastic dining experience. The menu is seasonal and changes often, so there is always something new to look forward to. And they’ve got the perfect gift for that aspiring chef in your life: cooking classes are available!

La Placita Cafe
Celebrate like a local at this downtown favorite. Homestyle Mexican food has been served faithfully at La Placita Cafe for decades. Locals love it for a reason! Try the legendary green chile cheese crisp (known as the GCCC) or the chicken flautas. Throw in a margarita with a salty rim and you’ll be humming Feliz Navidad til the new year.

 

Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to great restaurants, residents enjoy new homes in an attractive neighborhood with parks, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Learn more about Sienna Hills Homes here!

things to do with kids in buckeye

Things to do in Buckeye with Kids

The City of Buckeye and its surrounding communities offer a plethora of activities for you and your family. There’s always something to do, whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the park or an adrenaline-packed trip to the race track. Explore your options here and start planning your next weekend of fun-filled family time. And be sure to tell the kids: there’s a law in Buckeye against whining. (Ok, maybe not, but depending on the age of your kids, they might believe it. Worth a shot.) Click on any title in the list below to get more details.

Buckeye Valley Museum
Educational and fun, the Buckeye Valley Museum is a win-win for families, and a great way to spend an afternoon for just about anyone. Open Fridays and Saturdays only.

Goodyear Skate Park
Shredders from miles around come to this gigantic skate park to throw down. It’s big, it’s versatile, and it’s got something for everyone, beginners and experts alike.

Buckeye Aquatics Center
Open May through September, the Buckeye Aquatics Center is your best defense against summer heat—and boredom. Get a season pass and save!

Brunswick Tri-City Bowl
Plenty of lanes, arcade games, and excellent food and drinks. You can’t help but have fun here.

Phoenix International Raceway
Feeling the need for speed? Get your fix here! IndyCar, NASCAR, and all the heat you can handle.

King’s Victory Farms
Nestled along the foothills of the White Tank Mountains, King’s Victory Farms provides horseback riding experiences for all skill levels in a clean, beautiful setting.

Goodyear Ballpark
The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds hold spring training at this modern ballpark. Year-round activities include races, movie nights, parties, and tournaments.

Blue Sky Organic Farms
Bring the kids on an Open Farm Day and enjoy a tour of the farm, special activities, and a chance to meet the animals!

Buckeye’s Parks
Take advantage of one of Buckeye’s many beautiful parks. Go for a full day of hiking at Skyline Park, or simply take a stroll at any of Buckeye’s six other conveniently-located parks.

 

Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to nearby parks and activities, residents enjoy new homes in a great neighborhood with a clubhouse, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Click here for more details!

Shopping in Buckeye

Shopping in Buckeye

One of the best parts about living in a place with small town charm and big city amenities is the shopping. There is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood to make a day of it and go door-to-door in downtown Buckeye, or you just need to pick up some necessities on your way home from work, shopping in Buckeye is fun and convenient.

Sundance Towne Center – http://shopsundancetc.com/

Located at Interstate 10 and Watson Road in Buckeye, Arizona, Sundance Towne Center provides a convenient and pleasant shopping experience. You’ll find big box stores like Lowe’s and Walmart for home necessities, as well as smaller boutiques and resale shops for treasure hunting. In addition to retail stores, there are also banks and other services (dentist, eye doctor, spa, etc.) that make any trip to Sundance Towne Center productive and efficient. Grab lunch while you’re at it—you’ll find plenty of great options, both quick service and sit down.

Main Street Buckeye – http://buckeyemainstreet.org/business-directory/

There’s a growing and thriving mix of business and services in Downtown Buckeye, making it a great option for shopping. You can find choice cuts of meat and fresh produce at The Butcher & The Farmer Market, essential supplies for home DIY projects at True Value Hardware, and unique clothes at Estilo Emily’s. You can also get a haircut or a massage and even squeeze in a Zumba class!

Verrado’s Main Street District – http://verrado.com/around-town/shop-in-verrado/

Verrado provides another downtown-type shopping experience, with its quaint Main Street and Village Green. You can find specialty items at Basha’s, the gourmet grocer, and pick up prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy. Grab coffee with a friend or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to shopping, residents enjoy new homes in a great neighborhood with parks, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Click here for more details!

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Buckeye, Arizona

Buckeye is known as “Arizona’s biggest small town.” It’s a great place to visit, and it’s an even better place to live. It might not have the fast paced excitement that other cities in Arizona have, but it has its own unique attractions. The city has also managed to maintain its exclusive Old West Charm that makes the town even more unique.

Here are ten reasons why you should live in Buckeye, Arizona.

1. Buckeye is home to amazing natural hiking resources.
There are acres on acres of Sonoran desert to discover and explore. Major hiking locations include the beautiful White Tank Mountains, Skyline Parks, Robbins Butte Wildlife area, Buckeye Hills Regional Park and the Sonoran Desert National Monument. These hiking trails have breathtaking views, and allow for camping and horseback riding.

2. The city for sports enthusiasts.
Head 20 minutes east to catch an Arizona Coyotes or Arizona Cardinals game. Baseball more your speed? The west valley is home to a host of spring training facilities, including the Seattle Mariners®, San Diego Padres®, Milwaukee Brewers®, Chicago White Socks® and LA Dodgers®.

3. Beautiful parks with swimming pools, recreation areas, and ballparks.
The city of Buckeye provides six large parks that contain softball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, walking trails and incredible playgrounds. The Sundance Park alone is thirty acres. The Earl Edgar Recreational Facility is home to the Field of Dreams youth baseball field. Some other great parks in the area are Town Park, Kell Park, Bayless Park, and Benbow Veterans Memorial Park.

4. There’s always something fun to do.
Buckeye hosts festivals, community events, a marathon and a rodeo throughout the year. Buckeye is also known for its famous Buckeye Air Fair. It’s a spectacular air show hosted once a year in the month of February. There’s always something going on in Buckeye, which makes living here exciting and an easy place to meet new people.

5. Amazing community that gives you that small town charm.
The city of Buckeye is home to Sienna Hills, a great community also known for its small town charm. At Sienna Hills, “Live Here. Play Here.” isn’t just a catch-phrase, it’s their mantra. Sienna Hills Community encourages residents to take advantage of the dozens of past-times available, right in their backyard.

6. Great school districts.
Conveniently located within the Sienna Hills community, The Odyssey Preparatory Academy is dedicated to offering top-notch education and a safe learning environment for your scholar-in-the-making. With highly regarded campuses in Buckeye and Goodyear, Odyssey is recognized for their focus on small-group academics, technology, fitness, intro to foreign languages and setting children up for success in their transition into grades 6-12. Parents can also choose to explore alternate education options within the Buckeye School District: Buckeye District Elementary Schools and Buckeye District High Schools

7. A great town for horse lovers.
Buckeye is a great place to live for competitive riders or if you just enjoy admiring the beauty of a horse. South Buckeye Equestrian Center is a premier Equestrian & Events facility. The equestrian center is a fully integrated facility for your vacation and training needs. The center also offers special rates for horse boarding, and professional instructors and trainers. Buckeye also hosts the Helzapoppin’ Pro Rodeo once a year. The rodeo was voted as Phoenix’s Best Place to See a National Rodeo in 2008.

8. Buckeye has great character.
Buckeye has not forgotten about its Old West history. The city hosts its annual Pioneer Days Festival, which has been a town tradition for years. The festival consists of a town potluck dinner, a parade and a town carnival. Another festival hosted once a year is the Helzapoppin Days. The festival features a demolition derby, a town carnival and the Helzapoppin Rodeo. If you want to learn even more about the city’s history, you can visit the Buckeye Valley Museum.

9. The city of Buckeye is dog friendly.
Dog lovers will love the large dog parks located in Buckeye. Sundance Park has a great dog park that allows both large and small dogs. There are two fenced off leash areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. There are also other great parks throughout Buckeye that are dog friendly as well.

10. Close to major highways.
The city of Buckeye is located close to major highways, allowing for easy access for commuters and makes driving to Phoenix that much easier. The city of Phoenix is only a short drive away, with easy freeway access.

If you’re looking for a place to live with small town charm, but with lots of attractions, then Buckeye is the place to be.