8 Magical Holiday Event in Prescott
Prescott is often called Arizona’s Christmas City because it becomes a magical destination during wintertime. Each year, Yavapai County lights up over 100 trees at the Yavapai County Courthouse and the surrounding plaza. Thousands of lights illuminate the majestic columns of the courthouse and yes, Santa makes an appearance on a horse-drawn carriage. Many compare it to the small-town Christmas feel of Bedford Falls in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Here’s a look at the best Prescott Christmas events throughout the month of December.
Bring family, friends, blankets and chairs to the 38th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade, 1-3 p.m. at the Yavapai County Courthouse and stay for the 64rd Annual Courthouse lighting at 5 p.m.
2. Sharlot Hall Museum Annual Frontier Christmas – December 1
Immediately following the Courthouse Lighting, travel two blocks west of the plaza to Sharlot Hall Museum for the Frontier Christmas celebration, featuring music, refreshments by a roaring fire, shopping and living history re-enactments of holiday celebrations during Arizona’s territorial days.
6-8:30 p.m., 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott
Free for museum members, $5 for non-members, 17 and under free.
3. Acker Musical – December 7th
Acker Night combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents. Their mutual goal is to keep music alive and thriving for the youth of Prescott. Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.
5:30- 9 p.m., Dec. 7, at the Yavapai County Courthouse, Prescott.
4. Whiskey Row Boot Drop – December 31st
Whiskey Row becomes a street party to ring in the New Year. Watch as a 6-foot illuminated Cowboy Boot is slowly lowered down The Palace Building’s flagpole. Live music, giveaways and food.
Two drops: 10 p.m. and midnight. 120 S. Montezuma Street., Prescott.
5. Valley of the Lights in Prescott Valley – Nov. 27 – Dec. 30 from 6 – 10 p.m.
A beautiful selection of artistic lighting that can be seen from your car along a one-mile loop in the Fain Park area. Takes about 15 minutes to drive through. Bring a food donation.
2200 N. 5th, Prescott Valley.
6. Wild-lights and Animal Sights at Heritage Park Zoo – Dec 23 – Dec. 29
The holiday light display will be opened to the public every Friday & Saturday evening from 6 – 8:30 p.m., beginning November 23 and running through December 29. The park will be filled with festive holiday decorations, music, and spectacular light displays.
1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott.
Special event admission is $4 for HPZS members and $6 for non-members.
7. Arizona’s largest Gingerbread Village – All December
The Prescott Resort and Conference Center joins in the holiday fun with the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village. This stunning attraction is made up of over one thousand unique gingerbread structures that are handcrafted and displayed in a whimsical village at the resort. The minute you walk into the resort, you will be able to smell and hear the holiday joy.
1500 E. State Route 69, Prescott. It’s a fundraiser for Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Open 7 days a week.
8. Enchanted Christmas at Prescott Gateway Mall – All December
Enchanted Christmas is an amazing Indoor Holiday Light Attraction. Experience the magic of Christmas in the warmth as you journey through our themed rooms adorned with over half a million lights as you create special holiday memories with your family and friends. Perfect for all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd., Prescott.
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