Prescott, Arizona is a burgeoning but quiet town tucked in the mountains of northern Arizona. The thick forests and relatively mild weather make for a great place to visit this holiday season. Whether you’re traveling for a romantic getaway or you have a large family to entertain, Prescott has plenty to offer you this winter.
The World’s Largest Gingerbread Village
1500 Arizona 69, Prescott, AZ 86301
This year marks the 22nd Gingerbread Village where people come from all over the state to create gingerbread masterpieces. From cute little cottages to sprawling gingerbread mansions, this display is sure to delight everyone who’s remotely young at heart. The village is displayed in the lobby of the beautiful Prescott Resort and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge through December 31.
Heroes: A Tribute in Dance
117 East Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Heroes come in all forms, and this song and dance soaked performance honors them all. Whether your hero is a police officer or the fantastical characters of comic books, IndepenDance Studio works hard to make sure this annual performance is a joy to everyone who attends. Tickets are $12 for adults 12 and up, while kids two and under are free. You can buy tickets online or at the box office at Elks Theater on Gurley Street. The performance is December 4th at 6:30pm.
60th Annual Courthouse Lighting
120 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
Prescott has been affectionately dubbed “Arizona’s Christmas City”, and they live up to this expectation with their annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony on December 6th. Musical groups are in attendance to entertain guests with a variety of robust Christmas carols starting at 4:00 pm. Dress warmly as you mingle with the locals and sip on cocoa; the lighting ceremony will start promptly at 6 pm.
Arizona 69, Prescott, AZ
Enchanted Christmas is a compilation of the beauty of seasonal Christmas lights while showcasing indoor displays of classic Christmas tales. It opens to the public on November 28th and stays open until December 30th. There are 19 themed areas where you’ll travel from Arizona’s Christmas City display all the way to the North Pole. The North Pole is complete with a reindeer barn, Elf Village, and even Santa’s very own home. Admission is donation based, or the production company asks you bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or non-perishable foods for the holiday food drive.
415 West Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Christmas of days past has a special shine to it. The Sharlot Hall Museum’s Living History interpreters bring old-fashioned Christmases to life on December 7th as they decorate the historic buildings with historical accuracy and perform live music. A beautiful Christmas tree is adorned with vintage decorations and interpreters share some of Prescott’s most beloved tales.