Prescott Arizona Holiday Events - Arizona's Christmas City

2013 Prescott Holiday Events
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In the minds of holiday revelers “Christmas” and “Arizona” rarely conjure up images of dancing sugar plums.

But in mile-high Prescott, just 90 minutes north of metro Phoenix, the yuletide spirit crackles like a toasty fire, conjuring up memories of perfect family holidays past. So much so that Prescott was designated "Arizona's Christmas City" by Governor Rose Mofford in the late 1980s.

Prescott Holiday Events 2013Holiday festivities in “Everybody’s Hometown” get underway in late November leading up to three signature events: the heavily attended 30th Annual Christmas Parade, followed by the 58th Annual Courthouse Lighting ceremony, with caroling and a reading of the Christmas story; and the Acker Musical Showcase, a night of incredible eclectic music. Walk into almost any downtown store and catch blues, big band, folk, steel drum, and pop performances. The event is free to the public.

2013 Prescott Holiday Events:

World's Largest Gingerbread Village
November 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Prescott Resort
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day

The World's Largest Gingerbread Village is ready for all to tour this coming holiday season. The Village is in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. There is no charge to see the Village. This annual whimsical village of over 100 houses is a fundraiser for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

4th Friday Art Walk
November 22, 2013
Various Prescott locations, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

On the 4th Friday of each month, over 18 participating Prescott galleries keep their doors open to visitors and local alike for a night of fun, food, music and ART!

Wildlights and Animal Sights
November 29 – December 28, 2013
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, Fridays & Saturdays 6:00 to 9:00 pm
1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott
www.heritageparkzoo.org

The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary will be lighted with festive holiday decorations and spectacular light displays on Fridays and Saturdays. Special event admission fee is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members. Concessions will be available during the event times, as well as the Sanctuary's unique gift shop. For more information, please call 928-778-4242.


2013 Annual Holiday Light Parade
November 30th, 2013
Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 6:00 pm
120 S. Cortez St., Prescott

Enjoy a parade of floats, festively and creatively decorated with lights; holiday music; and Santa to kick off the holiday season. Bring your chairs and dress warmly.


31st Annual Prescott Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Ring in the holiday season in Arizona's Christmas City with our 31st Annual parade at 1pm, which is followed by our 59th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony at 6pm. Music groups at 4pm.


59th Annual Prescott Courthouse Christmas Lighting
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 6:00 pm

Arizona's Christmas City presents The 59th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony after our Annual Christmas Parade on the historic Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. Enjoy music groups at 4:00 pm with lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm.


Frontier Christmas
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sharlot Hall Museum, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
415 W. Gurley St., Prescott
www.sharlot.org

Sharlot Hall Museum’s Living History interpreters revive the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy the Museum’s finely decorated historic buildings, live seasonal music, refreshments, a Christmas tree with vintage decorations, and engaging stories of Prescott’s past. Members $3, non-members $5, under 18 free, 6pm – 9pm, 928-445-3122.

Acker Musical Showcase
December 13, 2013
Various downtown locations, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Over 100 musical groups performing for three hours in and around the Prescott downtown area. A favorite Prescott holiday event.

Santa with the Animals
December 8, 2013
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott
www.heritageparkzoo.org

Santa will be bringing presents to the animal residents at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. For more information, please call 928-778-4242.

Cowboy Christmas
December 14, 2013
Prescott Center for the Arts, 2:00 and 7:30 pm

Mary Kaye, headliner of the 4th Annual Cowboy Christmas Concert is the Western Music Association 2013 “Best Solo Musician” of the year, “Best Western Song” Female Performer, Songwriter, and Entertainer of the Year.

December 21, 2013
"The Old Armory", 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
824 E. Gurley St., Prescott

More than 50 non-profit organizations, scout, school or service groups will be selling new one-of-a-kind gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle chances, and MORE!

Bring the kids to see Santa 12 - 2 p.m. Free gifts for youngsters visiting Santa with an adult.  For more information, visit their website at www.stocking-stuffer-bazaar.com.

4th Friday Art Walk
December 27, 2013
Various Prescott locations, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

On the 4th Friday of each month, over 18 participating Prescott galleries keep their doors open to visitors and local alike for a night of fun, food, music and ART!


New Year's Eve 3rd Annual Boot Drop
December 31, 2013
The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
120 S. Montezuma St., Prescott

Ring in 2014 with the New Year's Eve Boot Drop, held on Prescott's historic Whiskey Row at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon.

There will be vendor booths and fun for the whole family! Festivities begin at 8:00 pm. There will be two Boot Drops, one at 10:00 pm for the early birds and the second at midnight, with a fireworks display.
 

For more holiday events in Prescott, please visit:

www.visit-prescott.com