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Upcoming Christmas Festivities in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie

There are still a number of days until Christmas but everyone is already getting into the holiday spirit!  We are lucky to have the city of Prescott officially named "Arizona's Christmas City"  Prescott was named Arizona's Christmas City by Governor Rose Mofford in 1989, in recognition of the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit.  As always this time of the year there are great events and festivities throughout the Prescott area.

Prescott Events

38th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: Parade begins at 1:00pm

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: Free

Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs to beautiful Downtown Prescott for the 38th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade. After the parade, eat and shop, then stay for the 64th Annual Christmas County Courthouse Lighting!


64th Annual Courthouse Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time:  Events start at 5:00 PM - Lighting begins at 6:00 PM

Location: Downtown Courthouse Plaza

Cost: Free

Some consider this the event in Arizona’s Christmas City!  The spectacular holiday light displays will light up the Courthouse Plaza.  Come enjoy live music and performances starting at 5pm.


30th Annual Acker Music Night

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, opening ceremony 5:00 PM

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: Free to attend

Visit downtown store fronts and enjoy the sounds of local musicians while you shop.  This annual tradition combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents. Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.


Gingerbread Village Display

Date:     11/24/2018 - 1/1/2019

Time:     Open 24/7

Location: Prescott Resort & Conference Center (1500 E. State Route 69, Prescott)

Cost: Free

View hundreds of gingerbread villages located in the lobby of the Prescott Resort.


Enchanted Christmas Indoor Tour of Lights

Event:  11/30/2018 - 12/30/2018

Time: Sun: 12-8pm, Mon: 2-8pm, Tues: Closed, Weds: 2-8pm, Thurs: 2-8pm, Fri: 12-9pm, Sat: 12-9pm

Location: Depot Marketplace (377 N. Montezuma Street, Suite 101, Prescott)

Cost: $5, kids under 5 are free

Amazing Indoor Holiday Light Attraction.  Experience the magic of Christmas as you journey through themed rooms adorned with over 1/2 million lights.  Perfect for all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Prescott Valley Events

Holiday Festival of Lights & Parade

Date: November 30, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Cost: Free

Holiday light parade along with holiday events to kick off the holiday season


Valley of Lights

Date: November 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Time: Daily 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Fain Park (2200 N 5th St, Prescott Valley)

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Annual tradition of many in the Quad-Cities!  Take a spectacular one-mile drive in your vehicle through the holiday light displays.



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Prescott, AZ 86305

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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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Prescott AZ 86305
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