Arizona’s Christmas City – Prescott

Arizona's Christmas City - Prescott

Arizona’s Christmas City – Prescott Courthouse Lighting

If you are having a hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit in the Metro Phoenix/Scottsdale area while enjoying warm sunny days and surrounded by cactus, then maybe you should consider a short trip to Arizona’s Christmas City, Prescott, AZ.

Located just 90 minutes north of the Phoenix area, Prescott is surrounded by the 1.2 million acres of the Prescott National Forest. Downtown Prescott boasts over 700 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, providing a warm, “hometown” ambience. Prescott’s beautiful, tree-lined Courthouse Plaza is the heart and soul of the city and venue for many events throughout the year.

Prescott Holiday Events - Courthouse Lighting CarolersPrescott was named Arizona’s Christmas City by Governor Rose Mofford in 1989, in recognition of the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit which is perhaps best exemplified by the annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony, which has been celebrated for over 60 years. Over 100 trees in the park-like Courthouse Plaza are decorated with colorful holiday lights, along with the iconic Yavapai County Courthouse. This year the lights will be turned on Saturday, December 3rd (2016).

Prescott Holiday Events - Christmas Parade

Prescott Christmas Parade

Earlier that day from 1 to 3pm the traditional Christmas Parade takes place in downtown Prescott with many residents and businesses participating in what will be the 34th annual Christmas Parade.

From November 19th to January 2nd the Prescott Resort hosts the “World’s Largest Gingerbread Village”. Another very popular Christmas event is the “Acker Musical Showcase” taking place on December 9th (2016). Over 100 local shops and businesses host musical groups of all genres performing for several hours throughout the downtown area. On December 31st, ring in 2016 with the New Year’s Eve Boot Drop at 10pm and midnight!

For more information on these and other events in Arizona’s Christmas City, please visit their website.

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