Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.
Bring Christmas home from Wickenburg!
This traditional town, just 50 miles northwest of Phoenix, is a great place for authentic Arizona made gifts such as leather crafts, goodies from the antique and specialty shops, and fine art from Wickenburg Art Club House. Wickenburg is 1 hour from Phoenix, 2 and a half hours from Flagstaff, and about 3 hours from Tucson.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Arizona’s Most Western Museum No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum”, home to more than 400 works of Western art, including famous Remington’s and Russell’s. Visitors call it a jewel and a gem and invariably say they are amazed to find it so full of unexpected treasurers. This visitor shop promises to have a fantastic gift. Phone: 928-684-2272
Unique Stores of Western Distinction – Browsing Wickenburg you will find a variety of stores offering items such as antiques, western collectibles, furniture, bedding, boutique gifts, southwest artwork, jewelry, clothing and much more. From one end of the town to the other, and in between which is the historic district of Wickenburg, will bring you pleasant shopping!
The Hassayampa River Preserve is a lovely oasis in the desert, and set along the Hassayampa River. The preserve is home to the rare willow flycathcher and many other species of birds. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, activities and programs are scheduled each month for adults and children. Give the gift of giving back to nature this season with a donation. For information call 928-684-2772.
Wickenburg invites you to make a day out of it and come into town for one of their MANY festivals in December! Any day or weekend in Wickenburg will result in a fun time and a bountiful shopping trip for your loved ones.
Gem & Art Fair “Way Out Wickenburg Way” – Nov. 26-27. This 10th annual gem and art fair brings vendors from all over the southwest with beautiful gems and unique stones for sale, along with a variety of unique artwork in this media. Held at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street, 9am – 5pm – Free admission
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov. 26. Sponsored by Cops Who Care. Bask in the glow of Wickenburg’s annual lighting of the community Christmas Tree at 6:30 pm, in the park next to the Public Library in historic downtown.
Community Advent Christmas - December 1, 6:30 p.m. -Mt. Hope Assembly of God Church, sponsored by area churches.
Remember When Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Run – December 4 – Over 600 classic cars come to historic downtown Wickenburg on Sunday, to show off their beautiful automobiles. While here they bring new toys for the Cops Who Care Christmas Gift Program. The location is the Wickenburg Community Center, located in the historic district – 160 N. Valentine Street.
Christmas Chili Cookoff – December 4 – Take time to taste delicious chili made from contestants entered in the certified program. Sponsored by Rancher Bar, enjoy the day with music, vendors and good food. All proceeds go toward programs for Cops Who Care.
Christmas Parade of Lights – December 10 – Gather on historic Frontier Street at 6:30 pm to watch the lighted wagons, automobiles, horse & riders, and floats in this 14th annual Christmas Parade of Lights, where each entry is decorated for the holiday season. A fun evening to celebrate the season with family and friends. Afterwards, cocoa and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus are happening at the Garcia “Little Red School House”.
Santa Fest – December 11- Members of Cops Who Care provided an opportunity for children to visit with Santa Claus and have their photo’s taken at the same time. Location is Town Hall, 155 N. Tegner Street, from 9am-11am.