VALLEY OF LIGHTS CAPTIVATES VISITORS

by Marnie Uhl, President/CEO, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce What began 18 years ago as a small community Christmas-light display has grown into one of the state’s most brilliant holiday attractions. Prescott Valley’s Valley of Lights has delighted residents and visitors alike with lighted and animated displays created with thousands of colored lights guaranteed to … Read More…

THE CHRISTMAS TREE SEARCH

by Ashlee Mortimer, Mortimer Farms Growing up on a ranch is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. I think a lot about why this is — why I am so in love with the life that I am able to have. Many reasons come to mind — my love for the land, my love for … Read More…

LIGHT PARADE KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON

by Kendall Jaspers, Executive Director, Prescott Downtown Partnership The 22nd annual Prescott Holiday Light Parade once again lit up downtown Prescott. Sponsored by the Prescott Downtown Partnership, the parade took take place 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25. The parade route began at the corner of Carleton and Cortez streets and went north on Cortez … Read More…

PRESCOTT CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY WITH MUSICAL SHOWS

by Kathleen Wells, Owner, Foghara Advertising and Public Relations The hustle and bustle (frantic running around) of the holiday season includes house cleaning (guests are coming), menu planning (you’ve got to feed them), decorating, shopping, shopping and more shopping. Fighting the traffic and crowds to get those errands done takes time and depletes whatever patience … Read More…

COURTHOUSE PLAZA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE DATES TO 1916

by Drew Desmond, for the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc. 1916 was an auspicious year for Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza. In October construction began on our current courthouse. To celebrate, the idea was raised to erect a Christmas tree in the plaza. A week before the holiday, a large meeting of city officials and ministers decided … Read More…

ACKER NIGHT BRINGS THE PROMISE OF JOY

by Ann Petrovsky, Vice President, Acker Committee “It’s my favorite event of the year!” These are the words I hear most often when I speak of Prescott’s beloved Acker Night. Indeed, after almost 30 years it has become possibly the most anticipated evening of all time. More than 100 of Prescott’s downtown businesses will host … Read More…

MOTHERS GATHERING TO HELP COMMUNITY CHARITIES

Bringing people together is something Danielle Hampton and Veronica Phillips are passionate about. Upon seeing a need for something new and fresh for moms in Prescott, Hampton and Phillips founded the not-for-profit Mothers in Bloom organization in 2017. The group aims to bring local mothers together, all while giving back to the Prescott community. Each … Read More…

35th Annual Chamber Christmas Parade: Honoring the Grand Marshal

A new signature event was unveiled this November for the holiday season. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce introduced the Grand Marshal Gala, its newest signature event and planned Prescott tradition, which honors the Grand Marshal of the Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade and all of the Chamber sponsors who support the Chamber’s holiday events. The Grand … Read More…

CITY OR TOWN, PRESCOTT HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

by Ken Leja, Sharlot Hall Museum Holiday celebrations in Prescott date back to the first days of the town in 1863, but the community’s designation as Arizona’s Christmas City or Christmas Town began about 100 years later. In 1962 Arizona Gov. Paul Fannin officially declared Prescott as the state’s official Christmas Town. About a quarter-century … Read More…