America’s Friendliest Airport® is kicking off the holiday season with a special initiative designed to show appreciation. The 12 Days of Gratitude will commence on December 5 and run through December 16. During this time, a variety of activities will take place that will provide Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with the opportunity to show its gratitude to its customers. And, several other activities will take place that will give travelers the opportunity to show their gratitude for others.

“At America’s Friendliest Airport®, we’re always looking for ways to enhance the experience for our travelers,” said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “I’m excited that this holiday season, we’ll be offering a variety of activities to acknowledge and thank our customers, while also providing them the opportunity to pay it forward by helping others.”

Over the course of the 12 days, customers will find activities taking place both pre-and post-security in both terminals.  They’ll have the opportunity to win prizes, take their photo with our mascot Amelia the Airplane, take photos with Navigator Buddies, participate in an art activity, write notes of gratitude, and donate items for a canned food drive, among others.

Additionally, throughout the 12 days, staff will be handing out chocolate coins and thank you cards to passengers as well as surprising and delighting a lucky passenger each day with a Phoenix Sky Harbor gift bag.

Travelers should use the hashtag #12DaysofGratitude and tag @PHXSkyHarbor as they participate in activities for the opportunity to win a prize. And, be sure to check the Airport’s social media channels for the latest #12DaysofGratitude news and highlights.


Here is the schedule of events:

Monday, December 5

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Collaborative Coloring Activity post-security in Terminal 3 near the Children’s Play Area
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize. Located on the East End of Level 3 of Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter in either terminal and write what you are thankful for. We will be displaying the notes on easels throughout the airport.
  • Canned Food Drive – We want to give back to the community. We’re holding a canned food drive for Herrera Elementary School. Drop off your canned food items at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 of Terminal 4 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We’ll be giving raffle tickets for a chance to win Phoenix Sky Harbor branded goodies and an exclusive behind-the-scenes airport tour.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt. Test your knowledge of art in the airport. After you’ve completed the activity, scan the QR code for your chance to win a prize. Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Tuesday, December 6

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Collaborative Coloring Activity pre-security in Terminal 4 near the Gallery.
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize. Located on the East End of Level 3 of Terminal 4.
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  - Write a thank you card for the USO to send to members of the military. Located on the East End of Level 3 of Terminal 4.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Wednesday, December 7

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Amelia the Airplane Photo Opportunity in Terminal 4. Amelia will be wandering around Terminal 3. Be sure to stop and say hello and snap a photo or two. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #12daysofgratitude and tell us what you are most thankful for and have an opportunity to win a prize.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Thursday, December 8

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Amelia the Airplane Photo Opportunity in Terminal 3.  Get your photo with Amelia as she makes her way through the terminal.
  • 8 a.m. -  8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Friday, December 9

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize. Located on the Level 1 of Terminal 3 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Write a thank you card for the USO to send to members of the military. Located on the Level 1 of Terminal 3 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Collaborative Coloring Activity pre-security in Terminal 4 near the Gallery.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Saturday, December 10

  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Sunday, December 11

  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Monday, December 12

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., - Navigator Buddy Photo Opportunity – Our therapy dogs are getting into the holiday spirit. Stop by and have your photo taken with them. Located post-security in Terminal 4 near the Information Counter at the entrance of Gates D11-18.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize. Located pre-security in Terminal 3 on Level 1 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Write a thank you card to members of the military. Located pre-security in Terminal 3 on Level 1 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Tuesday, December 13

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., - Navigator Buddy Photo Opportunity – Located post-security in Terminal 4 near the Information Counter at the entrance of Gates D11-18.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Amelia the Airplane Photo Opportunity in Terminal 3.  Get your photo with Amelia as she makes her way through the terminal.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Wednesday, December 14

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., - Navigator Buddy Photo Opportunity – Located post-security in Terminal 4 near the Information Counter at the entrance of Gates D11-18.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Thursday, December 15

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., - Navigator Buddy Photo Opportunity – Located post-security in Terminal 4 near the Information Counter at the entrance of Gates D11-18.
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Collaborative Coloring Activity post-security in Terminal 3 near the Children’s Play Area
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.

Friday, December 16

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., - Navigator Buddy Photo Opportunity – Located post-security in Terminal 4 near the Information Counter at the entrance of Gates D11-18.
  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize. Located on the Level 1 of Terminal 3 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  - Write a thank you card for the USO to send to members of the military. Located on the Level 1 of Terminal 3 near the Information Counter in Baggage Claim.
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Canned Food Drive. Drop off items on at the Information Counter on the west end of Level 3 in Terminal 4.
  • All Day – Gratitude Notes. Stop by an Information Counter to fill out a card.
  • All Day – Art Scavenger Hunt – Pick up an activity sheet at the Level 1 Baggage Claim Ticket Counter in Terminal 3, the post-security Information Counter on Level 4 of Terminal 3 or any pre-security Information Counter in Terminal 4.