Prescott is Arizona’s Christmas City. It may seem hard to think about Christmas with so much sunshine, cactus, and blue sky, but every Arizonan deserves to enjoy a festive celebration for the holidays and Prescott has it.
Governor Rose Mofford declared Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City in 1989 as a way to recognize the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit which is perhaps best shown by the annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony. This year marks the 63rd Annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting to be celebrated on Saturday December 2, at 6:00pm. The celebration will begin with children’s choirs from around the Prescott area and followed by a reading of the Christmas Story. Make plans to visit for the entire weekend because earlier in the day, at 1:00pm is the 35th annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade in downtown Prescott. This year’s theme of A Cowboy Christmas will bring all of the cozy and festive feels to downtown with all of the glowing lights on the Courthouse Plaza. Prescott Resort hosts one of the largest gingerbread villages in the world, the Acker Musical Showcase brings musical talent from near and far, and over 100 local shops and businesses host musical groups of all genres to perform for hours throughout downtown in the month of December. Plan a visit this Christmas season and see why, by Governor’s decree, Prescott is Arizona’s Christmas City.