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Stroll and Roll in the Glow

The Avenue of the Fountains is just magical this season with dancing white and red lights adorning the trees, the majestic blue First Responders’ Christmas trees, and storybook figures lining the street. The town of Fountain Hills has transformed the Avenue into a lighted wonderland for Stroll in the Glow.

The Annual lighting for the Avenue at “Stroll in the Glow” was a rainy night. Many still braved the rain and enjoyed the night visiting the local business. A little rain could not keep Santa away as he made his annual arrival to the delight of the young and old by the Fountain Hills Fire truck.

The star of the night was the “Whoville” at the RE/MAX Sun Properties office. You could hear the DJ playing all the holiday hits all down the Avenue while the building glowed in holiday lights. Just inside the door were the Grinch, Cindy-Lou, and Max waiting to meet you and take a fun photo. The Mayor of Whoville greeted all who entered and shared his brand of good cheer.  There wasn’t a “humbug” uttered!

The Stroll in the Glow was so much fun the RE/MAX  Sun Properties team was ready for a repeat performance at Roll in the Glow the following Sunday. The “Grinch team” moved on down the AVE to the Sonoran Team office location to be closer to the action that night.

Everyone enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies and photos with the Grinch. The selfie station props made for extra fun photos all night.

Roll in the Glow

Next, the annual lighted bike parade was a huge hit. Where hundreds of bikes were decked out in holiday lights and costume riders peddled through the Avenue. Contestants ranged from Little Santa riders to Grinch-filled bike baskets and everything in between.

The Avenue was filled with fun activities for all. Huge inflatable slides, live music, and photos with Santa. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office enjoyed seeing everyone and welcoming in the holiday season.

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“Light the Town Holiday Drive!”

Gather up your loved ones, grab a hot cocoa and some sugar cookies then head out on “Light the Town Holiday Drive,” a house decoration contest where you get to decide who wins.

Holiday lights are going up around town and many homes are all decked out for the season. Make it an annual tradition to take the Holiday Lights Tour in Fountain Hills. 

Twenty-plus homes around Fountain Hills have joined this year’s competition. A map of where to find all of this year’s entries will be available at this link from December 12th to 31st. Once you have your route planned out, it’s time to take a nice drive around town!

Holiday Lights

Houses that have entered the contest will have prominently-displayed signs in their front yards. Each sign should have an original name written on it, such as “Peace on Earth,” “Santa and Elves,” “Elegance,” etc. 

The three categories that you get to vote on include:

  • “Brightest”
  • “Most Creative”
  • “Traditional Elegant”

The winners will be announced on January 2, 2023

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How to Decorate Cactus with Lights

In the Southwest climates, cacti and succulents often replace ornamental shrubs and trees as landscaping. The philosophy of playing up what you already have rather than trying to hide it, home decorators have been decking cacti with holiday lights for years. 

Holiday Light on Cactus

So, how do you string lights on a succulent or cactus? Very carefully, for starters. Wear a pair of suede or leather gloves that can’t be penetrated by the needle-like spines of a cactus, which can even poke through the strongest types of gloves. Then follow these tips.

Illuminating Desert Plants for the Holidays

It’s a bit more time-consuming and a specialized task to adorn cacti, succulents, yucca, and unusually-shaped desert plants with string lights. Here are a few tips and tricks:

Barrel Cactus lights
  • Invest in a good pair of gloves, that won’t allow spines and needles to penetrate. Also, wear long sleeves.
  • For taller cacti or hard-to-reach branches consider getting a reaching, grabbing, or pick-up tool. Some even come equipped with a light. Doing so, carefully, allows you to wrap a cactus or limb without having to touch it.
  • Barrel cacti look best wrapped with one color of string lights, like red or white, so they sound out.
  • Net lights draped over a cactus are much more manageable than wrapping with string lights, although they have a different effect and don’t outline the shape as much. Most are LEDs, and some are solar, although they need several hours of sunlight to work.
  • Use a light hand while decorating–don’t stretch the light strand or wrap it tightly around a cactus.
  • Some of the more delicate specimens might benefit from the more traditional incandescent lights, which can create enough warmth (not heat) to keep the cactus or succulent from freezing.
  • Laser flood or spotlights are an easy way to light up a desert garden without damaging plants. Each year, they go down in price and the technology is improved.

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Thanksgiving Day Recap

The 2022 Thanksgiving Parade was a few days ago, and it was an absolute blast! The Turkey Trot, parade, and the Muffins, Mimosa, and Marys bar at our office made for a great start to Turkey Day.

Turkey Trot 2022
Starting Line 2022 Turkey Trot

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team sponsored the Turkey Trot that began Thanksgiving morning. Our team member John Weil and his entire family ran the 5K around Fountain Park while others manned the tent and gave away cooling towels, hats, and ChapStick.

Toni Lepoer and Mr. Gobble

After the Turkey Trot Finished, the Avenue of the Fountains reconfigured itself in preparation for the parade. The wise Spector’s arrived early for the best seat on the Avenue. This was the second year in which the parade would pass both up and down the Avenue, and right in front of the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office.

Movie magic is this year’s theme

Thousands of people lined the streets along the route of the parade. As usual, the announcer made puns as each float passed. Movie Magic was this year’s theme as floats of Whoville, The Grinch, and Buddy the elf delighted the crowd. Parade participants ranged from the Fountain Hills High School Marching Band to the International Dark-Sky Association to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is truly a broad spectrum of Fountain Hills organizations represented.

Fountain Hills Parade

Meanwhile, at the Sonoran Lifestyle office, our team members made muffins, mimosas, and the crowds lined up for John’s Famous Bloody Mary bar. Clients and runners enjoyed the hot cocoa, and coffee while waiting for the start of the parade. Fun to see so many friends, family, and clients catching up with each other, all while feasting on the food and drinks we made and having a great time.

It was a fun start to Thanksgiving for sure, and we hope that the rest of your day was full of food and merriment. We’ll see you at next year’s Turkey Trot and Parade!

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2022 Turkey Trot Ticket Giveaway!

The 32nd annual Turkey Trot is kicking off Fountain Hills’ Thanksgiving! This year, the Sonoran Lifestyle Team is the Turkey Trot’s presenting sponsor, and we’ll be there the whole time

As presenting sponsors of the event, we have five extra tickets sitting around that we’d like to give away. If you’ve run the Trot in previous years and want a chance at a free ticket, your big opportunity is here!

Runners waiting for the 2021 Turkey Trot to begin.

Leading up to this year’s Turkey Trot, we’re going to be giving away five spots at the run FOR FREE! That’s right, if you want a chance to save $30 in registration, all you have to do is:

  • Send a picture of yourself at a previous year’s Turkey Trot to,
  • or tag @sonoranlifestyle with your photo on Instagram.

There are only five free spots available, so don’t delay! We’ll reply to the FIRST five entries with instructions for receiving their free tickets.

The Turkey Trot will take place at 7:15AM on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. We’ll see you there!

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“Recycle, Recreate” FH Earth Day Celebration

This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! The Town of Fountain Hills is celebrating this special day for the ecosystem by hosting a celebration that evening from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the FH Community Center.

Ten families who register will compete in a Cardboard Fort Contest, which involves each family competing to create the most amazing cardboard fort. Meanwhile, other activities at the Community Center that evening will include everything from rock painting, to a paper airplane contest, to workshops for gardening, creating bird feeders, etc. out of recycled household materials.

Epcor and Republic Services, who are sponsoring this event, will have booths with educational materials, activities, and prizes!

One of the other main highlights of the event will be a Recycled Art Contest, where artists must make beautiful creations out of materials originally destined for the trash or recycling bin. The art will be presented at the event, and Republic Services will provide prize money for the winners!

Visit to pre-register for the Community Center’s Earth Day activities.

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The Easter Bunny’s Coming Early: Eggstravaganza 2022!

Fountain Hills has a lovely tradition every easter of bringing tens of thousands of candy-filled Easter Eggs to Golden Eagle Park for all the children to find. This year, the Eggstravaganza is coming a week earlier than usual, this Saturday morning, April 9th!

The event is open to children up to 8 years old who must be accompanied by an adult. Arrive early as the Egg Hunt main event starts promptly at  9:00 am.

Three of the fields of Golden Eagle Park will be designated for specific age groups; ages 0-3 on Field #4, ages 4-8 on Field #3, and kids 8 and under with siblings on Field #2.

In addition to the very popular egg scramble, you can visit with the Fountain Hills Fire Department, which will bring a fire truck for the kids to climb on and firefighters to show the kids their gear.

No event would be complete without inflatable bouncers to play on. Local church groups will also bring crafts and games. Head on over for lots of egg-citement!

Information provided by the Town of Fountain Hills. Click here for more information on the 2022 Eggstravaganza!


9 Ways to See Holiday Lights

Do you have a family tradition of driving around to see holiday lights? Instead of wandering aimlessly while the kids get restless, check out these great locations for lots of oohs and aahs.

Avenue of the Fountains

This is a great place to get out of the car and walk along the light display. The sidewalk down the middle of the boulevard offers a safe way to view away from traffic.

Light the Town Holiday Drive

The Town of Fountain Hills has organized a fun holiday light drive, complete with a map and a fun competition. Drive past each of the homes and vote using the QR codes placed in the front yard of each entry home. CLICK HERE to get a map and addresses for each entry.

Neighborhood Property Owners Association Competition

Each year, the NPOA holds a holiday light contest for its members. Visit to download a map of participating homes. Learn more HERE.

Fountain Hills Community Center

The Community Center has a long-standing tradition of displaying Christmas trees that are decorated by local clubs and organizations. Each has a unique theme. Visit on December 18 and you’ll also get to see the annual model train display.

Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the simplicity and beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the garden. Enjoy a festive drink while listening to holiday melodies. CLICK HERE.

Phoenix Zoo Lights

The Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition is filled with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures, and the Wildlife Lantern Safari. This year offers walk-thrus, cruise-thrus, and more. CLICK HERE.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

What are the winter holidays without a trip to see the lights at the Train Park? Ride the train and the carousel and enjoy the spirit of the season. CLICK HERE.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Not only will you see loads of lights, but you can enjoy a wide range of other fun activities, too. Roast marshmallows, go ice skating, ride the train, and more. CLICK HERE.

Butterfly Wonderland

Enjoy the festive décor, beautiful butterflies, and live music during your visit to Christmas in the Rainforest. CLICK HERE.

Each location is implementing careful plans that follow CDC guidelines for events. Visit each website to find important information before making your plans. And don’t forget to let the kids follow NORAD’s Santa tracker at or by downloading the mobile app. This Christmas Eve tradition has continued every year since 1955.


Stroll in the Glow Selfie Station

The holidays may look different this year, but we are grateful to the Town of Fountain Hills for doing everything they can to give residents a happy holiday experience on the Avenue.

Stroll in the Glow is still on the calendar for Saturday, December 5th at 4:00 PM. The lights will be illuminated all along the Avenue, and a pandemic-friendly Santa Claus experience is still planned.

New to this event this year will be “TubaChristmas”. TubaChristmas concerts and events have been presented all over the world for 47 years, and this year they are coming to the Avenue with their ensemble of instruments from the tuba family.

Although most businesses will not be hosting their own indoor gatherings or tables on the sidewalk, RE/MAX Sun Properties will have a self-serve selfie station up in front of each of our offices for you and your family to capture your magical holiday smiles.

Visit 16704 E. Avenue of the Fountains #101 for our west-end location.

Visit 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains #12 for our east-end location.

We will have some fun holiday headbands for the kiddos to use in their selfie that they can take home as a gift.

We look forward to seeing you and yours as we enjoy the holiday lights and open the season together. We hope that you and your family stay strong and healthy through the holiday season and find magic in the little things.