Prescott is Arizona’s Christmas City

During the holidays, a palpable glow extends from the Prescott area, just 90 miles north of Phoenix. Part of this illumination comes from the festive lighting displays of Courthouse Plaza. Some originates from within the lighted window displays of Prescott’s boutiques, galleries and gift shops. The majority of this luminosity, however, seems to derive from the people themselves.

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 Area Holiday Events
World’s Largest Gingerbread Village – November 21 through December 27
The largest gingerbread village in America adorns the lobby of the Prescott Resort. Open 24 hours.
Valley of Lights in Prescott Valley – November 26 through December 30
A one-mile drive through Prescott Valley’s Fain Park features a huge array of lighted and animated seasonal displays.
Acker Musical Showcase – December 11
Celebrating its 20th season, this outstanding event is a holiday favorite. Festive luminaria lights surround Courthouse Plaza and local merchants open their doors and host over 100 of the area’s entertainers for this downtown open house. 5:30-8:30 pm.
Dickens of a Holiday – December 12
Set on Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza
from noon to 6:30 pm, visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, visit Santa’s toy workshop, crafts, ice skating and a Winter Wonderland Fireworks Show!
Elves Weekend Downtown – December 18-20
Strolling carolers, folks in period costume, musical groups and lots of Santa’s elves will be on Prescott’s historic downtown Courthouse Plaza. Noon to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm Sunday.
Prescott in the winter is a great place to be. For more information, call the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at 800-266-7534, or visit