Prescott Office of Tourism: Christmas Events

City of Prescott - Office of Tourism

Christmas 2012




World's Largest Gingerbread Village 

This fantastical village of more than 100 delicious structures resides in the lobby of

the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, free for viewing 24/7, now through Jan. 1. The money raised from the "lot sales" of these palatable properties goes to the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.


17th Annual Holiday

Light Parade

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. Prescott Courthouse Plaza, November 24 at 6:00 pm.


30th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade

Join us in downtown Prescott on December 1 at 1:00 pm for this ongoing tradition. This year's theme is "Christmas Joy & Peace". Parade route goes Cortez - Goodwin - Montezuma. Ring in the holiday season in Arizona's Christmas City with this parade at 1:00 pm, which is followed by the 58th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony.


58th Annual Prescott Courthouse Christmas Lighting

Arizona's Christmas City presents The 58th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony on Prescott Courthouse Plaza (after the 30th Annual Christmas Parade) in downtown Prescott. Enjoy music groups at 4:00 pm with lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm.


Frontier Christmas 


Sharlot Hall Museum's Living History interpreters revive the spirit of Christmas past at this annual celebration on December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 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. The Sharlot Hall Museum gift shop in the beautiful Victorian Bashford House will beopen until 8:30 pm with a fascinating selection of holiday gifts. Members $3, non-members $5, under 18 free.


Acker Musical Showcase 

On December 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, enjoy more than 100 musical groups performing in and around the Prescott

downtown area. A favorite Prescott holiday event. Visit the Acker website for more information.


Santa with the Animals

Santa will be bringing presents to the animal residents at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary on December 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. For more information, please call 928-778-4242.


3rd Annual Cowboy Christmas 

A rousing third installment on the range with your favorite Cowboy Poets and
musical performers focused on Christmas, Cowboy style. Featuring Joe Messenger, Tony Norris and Nancy Ruybal at Prescott Center for the Arts on December 15 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Call 928-445-3286 for tickets, or purchase them online.


Last-Minute Non-Profit Stocking-Stuffer Bazaar 


Over 50 nonprofit organizations selling their low-cost, high-quality merchandise to

raise funds for their agencies at the Grace Sparkes Activity Center on December 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Gifts from Santa for children accompanied by adults, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. For more

information, visit their website.

In 1989, then-Governor Rose Mofford extended the official proclamation that Prescott is "Arizona's Christmas City." Since then, residents have continued to work hard to make that a reality, and visitors discover to their delight that Prescott is suffused with Christmas spirit, year after year.


Enjoy the cozy, hometown feeling that Prescott offers. Join holiday revelers in the historic bars and restaurants. Plan a romantic getaway and stay in one of our charming hotels or B&Bs. Visit the many shops, galleries and boutiques downtown and at the Prescott Gateway Mall.

Come on up to historic Prescott, Arizona's Official Christmas City and the state's first territorial capital, and bask in some of that seasonal glow. Prescott has a great selection of shops to help you with your gift list, and a wide variety of events for the holiday.

Following are just some of the great Christmas events taking place in
Prescott over the next few weeks.


A Tuna Christmas

Prescott Center for the Arts

November 23-25


Prescott Center for the Arts

This popular comedy features Sean Jeralds and Cason Murphy as a variety of zany characters preparing for the holidays in a small fictitious town. Two evening and two matinee performances are available and tickets are $12 per person.

Call 928-445-3286 or visit the Prescott Center for the Arts website for information and tickets.


Wildlights and Animal Sights

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

November 23 - December 29


The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary will be lighted with festive holiday

decorations and spectacular light displays on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 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.


Effective dates:
November 23 & 24
November 31 & December 1
December 7 & 8
December 14 & 15
December 21 & 22
December 28 & 29


PCA Presents "Miracle on 34th Street"

Elks Opera House

November 30 - December 9


Join us for PCA's second year of their new tradition, presenting a delightful Christmas production in the historic and beautifully renovated Elks Opera House.

Based on the 20th Century film, bring the entire family to see Kris Kringle, an older man from a retirement home, take a job as Santa at Macy's. Kris is fired for sending customers to other stores for products Macy's doesn't sell. This sets the stage for a courtroom battle to prove or disprove the identity of the real Santa Claus and a way for all of us to experience the joy of Christmas.


Call 928-445-3286 for tickets, or purchase them online.


7:30 pm - Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6 & 8
2:00 pm - Dec. 2, 8 & 9


Elves Weekend

Prescott Courthouse Plaza

December 14-16


Come on down and join the fun and activities. There will be carolers, special 

promotions and refreshments in the shops, elves prancing with random acts of kindness, a drawing for a $500 shopping spree at Bashford Courts, a children's coloring contest, and shops open late for your last-minute purchases.


Take your filled-out shopping spree entry form or coloring entry to the Bashford Courts lobby and deposit it in the slot in the display case December 14, 15 and 16.


Only one entry per person. Entries before December 14 and after December 16 and multiple entries will be disqualified. Winner will be announced December 19, 2012. You can support the Holiday Lighting Program by stapling a donation to your entry coupon. Visit their website for registration and information.


November 14 - 3:00 to 6:00 pm
November 15 - 12:00 to 5:00 pm
November 16 - 12:00 to 4:00 pm


New Year's Eve 2nd Annual Boot Drop

Whiskey Row

December 31


Ring in 2013 with the New Year's Eve Boot Drop, held on Prescott's historic Whiskey Row (100 block of South Montezuma Street). 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. Visit the Boot Drop website for more information.


Dancing through the Decades

Elks Opera House

December 31


Elks logo

Listen and dance to the Big Band sound of the Prescott POPS Dance Band, a sixteen-piece band featuring members of the Prescott POPS Symphony, in the ambiance of the restored Elks Opera House.

The band, directed by Max Borjon, will perform everybody's favorite songs from five decades, 1930s through 1970s, and conclude the evening with the traditional "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight.

During "warm up" and band breaks, enjoy the Tumbledown House duo: sultry vocalist Gillian Howe and eclectic indie-jazz guitarist Tyler Miller.


Start the evening with an elegant buffet in the Marina Room at the Hassayampa Inn and then stroll cross Gurley Street to enjoy a memorable evening at Prescott's treasure, the Elks Opera House.

For additional information about Dancing through Decades and the buffet at the Hassayampa Inn, visit Tickets are available by clicking here, by calling 928-777-1370, or visiting the Box Office. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Prescott Jazz Summit New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance
The Club at Prescott Lakes
December 31


The First Annual New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance includes a five-course gourmet dinner and dancing until just past midnight with the Mike Vax Orchestra and special guest vocalist Sherry Roberson.

Price is $175.00 per couple and $87.50 for an individual, including tax and tip. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

This event is a fundraiser for the Jazz Summit Educational Outreach Program.