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Upcoming Christmas Events in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie


There are only 41 days until Christmas and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! Christmas carols, decorations, and good cheer will be filling the air everywhere. Did you know that Prescott has been named “Arizona’s Christmas City”?! There are great events and festivities throughout Prescott and the rest of the Quad Cities for you and your family to enjoy all the way up until the big day!


Annual Gingerbread Village

Dates: Saturday, November 19th - Monday, January 2nd

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Prescott Resort & Conference Center (1500 Arizona 69, Prescott)

Cost: FREE!

Marvel at spectacularly decorated gingerbread houses created by participants from all over Prescott and Arizona. The large village display is set up every day in the lobby of the resort. Attend the Grand Opening to listen to carolers and meet Santa from noon until 2:00 pm. Santa will return for photo opportunities on November 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Head over to the Gingerbread Village on December 3rd, 10th, or 17th for cookie decorating from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.


Enchanted Christmas

Dates: Sunday, November 27th - Friday, December 30th

Time: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Prescott Gateway Mall (3250 Gateway Boulevard, Prescott)

Cost: $5 donation, FREE for children 5 and under

This incredible display of festive cheer will delight the entire family. Over 500,000 lights illuminated holiday-themed rooms from Dickens Christmas, Christmas in the City, and the North Pole. A Polar Express train will be running throughout the magical Christmas village. If you bring a toy or canned food to donate, you will receive $3 admission! Proceeds from this daily event benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, and Prescott Women’s Shelter Services.


Civic Center Festival of Lights and Holiday Light Parade

Date: Friday, December 2nd

Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Civic Center (7501 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Listen to merry carolers and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. There will be hot chocolate to keep you warm, photos with Santa, and a beautiful holiday tree display. Watch the awesome parade through town before taking a drive through Prescott Valley to see the Festival of Lights, when the town becomes illuminated with fun animated displays.


Create A Tree Display

Date: Friday, December 2nd

Time: All Day

Location: Prescott Valley Civic Center (7501 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

See the creativity of our community at the grand opening of the Create a Tree display at the Prescott Valley Civic Center and Prescott Valley Public Library. The “trees” are decorated by local schools, businesses, and organizations. Vote for your favorite up until the end of the display on January 3rd.


Ballet Victoria's The Gift of the Nutcracker

Dates: Friday, December 2nd - Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott)

Cost: $18 - $38

Experience the magic of this great holiday tradition by watching the Ballet Victoria put on their production of The Nutcracker.


Frontier Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 West Gurley Street)

Cost: $5 per adult, FREE for members and children 17 and under

Learn about the Christmas of the past by visiting the Sharlot Hall Museum. You will learn how Prescott residents in the past used to celebrate the holiday. Sit around the fire as you enjoy cider and cookies. There will be storytelling, carols, and festive activities.

34th Annual Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: FREE

Watch all of Prescott’s finest and get in the holiday spirit by watching the fabulous annual Christmas parade downtown. This year’s theme is “All I Want for Christmas”.


62nd Annual Courthouse Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Historic Courthouse Plaza (120 South Cortez Street, Prescott)

Cost: FREE

Attend the main event in Arizona’s Christmas City! On this night, the courthouse plaza will shine brightly when the switch is flipped displaying a spectacular holiday light display. Live music performances will begin at 5:00 pm before the lighting at 6:00 pm.

Chino Family Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Heritage Middle School (1076 North Road 1 West, Chino Valley)

Cost: FREE

Have a family fun day in Chino Valley with lots of festive activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there all day as you treat yourself with homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and cider. Make holiday crafts or a gingerbread house. Listen to music as you shop gift items from local vendors.


Gift Wrapping Party

Date: Friday, December 16th

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Public Library (7401 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Turn your gift wrapping into a fun, social event at this special party. There will be wrapping supplies and decorations provided for the presents you bring with you. Enjoy light refreshments. You can also make holiday cards for your loved ones at this festive party.


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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Election Day Vote Centers for the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie


Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Arizona will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.


Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all vote centers for the Quad Cities:



• Yavapai County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Gateway Mall, Community Center Room (3250 Gateway Boulevard)

• Central Yavapai Fire Station #57 (4125 Outer Loop Road)

• Yavapai College, Community Room (1100 East Sheldon Street, Building 19)

• Prescott Community Center (1280 East Rosser Street)

• Trinity Presbyterian Church (630 Park Avenue)


Prescott Valley

• Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street)

• Robert Road Baptist Church (5100 North Robert Road)

• Central Yavapai Regional Training Center (9601 East Valley Road)



• Gateway Baptist Church (12900 Prescott Dells Ranch Road)


Chino Valley

• Chino Valley United Methodist Church (735 East Road 1 South)

• Chino Valley First Southern Baptist Church (1524 North Highway 89)



If you have an Early Ballot to drop off, make sure to get it in today no later than 7:00 pm. No late ballots will be tabulated. The ballots can be dropped off at the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, any Vote Center, or at one of the following Ballot Drop Box locations:

locations. Late ballots will not be tabulated. Ballot Drop Box locations:


• Chino Valley - Town Hall (202 North State Route 89)

• Dewey-Humboldt - Town Hall (2735 South State Route 69)

• Prescott - County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Valley - Town Hall (7501 East Civic Circle)


We look forward to seeing everyone in the Quad Cities at the polls today!

Prescott Realtor

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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The Best Small Cities in America found in the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie


If small city living is for you, look no further than the communities of the Quad Cities! With lower living costs, a tighter community feels, and a more laid-back living style, small cities are a great place to raise a family. Personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked 1,268 cities in the United States to find the best communities in terms quality of life and affordability. Their analysts looked at metrics regarding economic health, affordability, quality of life, safety, and education and health in cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. After analyzing the results, they ranked the cities in the nation to find the best of the best.

 The results…...Prescott and Prescott Valley were listed as two of the best small cities in America!  



Prescott is a small town filled with history. This community offers amazing historic sites and cultural attractions that allow you to feel like you are stepping into Arizona’s past. Prescott offers the feeling of a small city with all the amenities and facilities your family could need. It ranked highly for Quality of Life for the WalletHub study. Explore stunning natural landscapes in the numerous park facilities located around town.



Prescott Valley is beautifully situated in the middle of Prescott National Forest. Nature lovers will find an oasis in this town with all there is to explore in the over 300 acres of open space. Plus, the beautiful climate year-round makes spending time outside a popular pastime for this community. With affordable housing and a great public education system, families will find a home in this great small city.




If you are interested in living in some of the best small cities in Arizona, Joe Karcie is here to help you find your dream home. Give me a call today or visit our website at



Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Prescott AZ 86305
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