Winter rain no match for the APS Electric Light Parade in Phoenix

Despite the rain, many people gathered to watch the 35th annual APS Electric Light Parade.
Published: Dec. 3, 2022 at 3:02 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2022 at 10:28 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - You may want to check your plans before grabbing your coat and heading out the door. Saturday’s rainy weather has canceled some holiday-themed events across the Valley.

The APS Electric Light Parade went on as planned Saturday despite the rainy weather. Officials said the route from Central Ave and Montebello Ave to 7th St. and Indian School Road was safe enough for participants and attendees as the bulk of the rain had already moved on.

“It is a tradition, and it’s our family tradition,” said Sonia Davis. “I think it’s awesome. You can’t quell our Christmas spirit.”

“Absolutely exhilarating. Overall, it’s just starting the month of holiday spirit for me,” said Rob Demar. “It incorporates the feeling of winter, and that’s what we’re here for. It’s not always sunshine. It’s perfect, you know?”

Other cities weren’t so lucky. Here’s a list of events that were canceled Saturday.


The City of Chandler shared that the Parade of Lights & Tumbleweed Tree Lighting event is canceled due to rainy weather in the east Valley.


The City of Scottsdale has canceled tonight’s “Scottsdazzle Stroll” event at the waterfront in Old Towne Scottsdale due to the weather.

Apache Junction

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation announced on Facebook that they have decided to cancel all events at the park and light parade due to heavier rain that’s forecasted to go into the night. Pictures with Santa and Frozen’s Anna and Elsa will be moved to Multi-Generational Center from 4-6 p.m.

Queen Creek

The Town of Queen Creek announced that ballfields and multipurpose fields are closed at all parks due to rain. The dog park and community arena at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre is also closed. The holiday parade is still happening on Ellsworth road.


According to the City of Surprise, the car show has been canceled, but the Surprise Founder’s Day party will continue. The city encourages guests to bring umbrellas and holiday cheer.

Rainfall is expected to continue through the night for many parts of the Valley. Visit Arizona’s Family’s weather page to see if your area is affected by this weekend’s rainy winter weather.

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