From the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village, to the ever-popular Acker Night Music Showcase, to Elves Weekend, this is when Prescott festively transforms into “Arizona’s Christmas City,” a designation made official by the State of Arizona. With its beautiful Courthouse Plaza and the famous Whiskey Row, Prescott…er, Christmas City brings a refreshingly unique old-fashioned feel to the holiday season. Also dubbed “Everybody’s Hometown” because Prescott retains so much of the charm of America’s Main Streets, this city celebrates many historic traditions. Chief among them are the 31st Annual Christmas Parade and the 59th Annual Courthouse Lighting, which begin tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th. The parade is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with the Courthouse Lighting following at 6:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with family, friends, and neighbors. And while you’re there, be sure to stop by the many stores downtown for a bit of holiday shopping. Local First Arizona member, Prescott Downtown Partnership, is a great resource for news and information about Prescott’s downtown businesses.
With all the shopping, gift-wrapping, holiday baking and other hustle and bustle, you might also need a night away from the kitchen. Why not enjoy a nice meal out with the family before the real holiday madness sets in? Prescott Area of Independents, also an LFA member, is a coalition of locally owned bars and restaurants, many of which are sure to be featuring at least one seasonal treat or holiday special you simply can’t pass up.
So what makes Christmastime in Christmas City so amazing? True to any great tradition, Prescott’s old-fashioned approach to the holiday season is rooted in its unique, diverse, local treasures, which are best supported when we invest in our community by keeping our dollars local. This is exactly why “Arizona’s Christmas City” reminds us why supporting our local Arizona communities is so, so important.
Prescott Brewing Company - Christmas City Brewers Dinner - Sunday, December 8th beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tantalize your tastebuds with a five-course meal specially designed by Chef Rob Bridges. This unique meal includes PBC's Christmas City Ale, which is a festive blend of all the best holiday spices – orange zest, cloves, nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon. Additionally, each of the five courses of dinner including a perfect pairing of one of PBC's hand-crafted microbrews. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets: $65/person • Call (928) 771-2795 in advance for more information
Prescott Downtown Partnership – Elves Weekend – December 20th, 21st & 22nd Head downtown to for all your last minute shopping where you’ll find many special promotions and discounts. The kids can also get their picture taken with Santa, who will be wandering throughout the streets of downtown with his Elves performing “Random Acts of Kindness.” All the shops downtown will have refreshments, kids can participate in a coloring contest, and there’s even the chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Bashford Court! NO better way to feel the spirit of the season than with Santa and his Elves at Elves Weekend!
Friday, December 20th: 3:30 – 5:30 pm Saturday, December 21st: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, December 22nd: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Who says you have to leave your couch to finish off your gift list? Armadilla Wax Works has got you covered with 2 for 1 Holiday Shipping! Just order $75.00 or more and Prescott’s finest candle makers will ship your gifts to TWO DIFFERENT recipients. That means you can surprise Aunt Hazel down in Florida with some seasonal scents like the rich ponderosa pine fragrance of the Pine Cone Candles while you prepare your holiday dinner centerpieces with some holiday floating candles and maybe some Snowy Night pillar candles. And don’t miss out on Christmas Morning scented with orange, clove, bayberry and cinnamon for a cozy seasonal aroma.