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Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004 5:52 am | Updated: 6:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

November 26, 2004

Starting this weekend, light festivals commemorate the holiday season throughout Arizona. From Lake Havasu City to Bisbee, millions of lights will illuminate the night sky.

Eighth annual Festival of Lights, Lake Havasu City

Details: Grab your swim trunks or bathing suit and dive into the water: The first person to cross the channel wins the honor of throwing the switch at the Festival of Lights. More than 1 million lights will be on display at the English Village and London Bridge. Free.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. today. The channel swim starts at 7 p.m. Getting there: Take Interstate 10 west to state Route 95 north.

Information: (928) 855-0888

14th annual Red Rock Fantasy of Lights, Sedona

Details: More than 1 million holiday lights create 41 displays designed by families competing for a resort time share. Dancing lights synchronized to classical music and never-before-seen creations will bring cartoon characters to life for the kids. Kids activities include a scavenger hunt.

Where: Los Abrigados Resort, 160 N. Portal Lane. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children ages 4-12.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, until Jan. 2.

Getting there: From the East Valley, take Interstate 17 north to state Route 179 north. Information: (928) 282-1777, Ext. 7054, or www.redrockfan

33rd annual Festival of Lights, Bisbee

Details: The lighting ceremony in front of the Copper Queen Library steps, 6 Main St., officially begins the holiday season in Bisbee. Santa will arrive on a fire engine with goodies for the kids. All the downtown shops will be open later to accommodate shoppers. Free. When: 6 p.m. today Getting there: Take I-10 east to Benson. From Benson take state Highway 80 to Bisbee. Information: (520) 432-5421 or (866) 224-7233 or

Holiday of Lights Festival, Flagstaff

Details: Watch them flip the switch on more than 2 million lights illuminating trees around the Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Ave. Snack on cookies and sip cider as local choirs sing Christmas carols. Free.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Getting there: Take I-17 north to Flagstaff. Information: (928) 779-7979 or

(800) 435-2493

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