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by Tracey Horn, Helken & Horn Ad Agency
Prescott’s First Annual Christmas Village & Christkindl Market will be held Dec. 16, 17 and 18 on West Goodwin Street in front of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce in downtown Prescott. Inspired by a centuries-old European tradition, the Christkindl Market will feature hand-crafted ornaments and other unusual gift items from local artisans and vendors. Kids can visit Santa (Saint Nikolaus), enjoy the kids’ carousel, kids’ Ferris wheel, bounce house and the Kinder Korner activities tent. Santa will meet with children, plus he will do storytelling and special performances. All ages will enjoy wagon rides with Clydesdale Horses around Courthouse Plaza, aglow with lights. There will be a variety of traditional German foods, as well as The Bier & Mulled Wine Garten. The event will also feature a traditional German band, the Christkindl Angel, plus an aerialist performing acrobatics, and choirs from local schools. Hours: Friday, Dec. 16 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by Arizona Office of Tourism, Desert Financial Credit Union, Experience Prescott Office of Tourism, Prescott Chamber of Commerce and Hensley Beverage Company. Admission is free, some rides and activities may require a small fee. Visit arizonachristmascity.com for more information.
The holidays wrap up in Prescott with the 12th Annual Whiskey Row New Year’s Eve Boot Drop.
If you are fortunate enough to be on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, Arizona at the stroke of 10 p.m. or midnight you will be thrilled by the one-of-a-kind spectacle of the Whiskey Row New Year’s Eve Boot Drop. Thousands will welcome 2023 on Dec. 31st from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This will be free for all ages. The festive 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot is lowered down a 40-foot flagpole for two drops, the first at 10 p.m. and the second at midnight. As the crowd cheers each drop, fireworks will light up the night sky. Food vendors, carnival games and rides and live music from Phoenix band The Pickup Lines will weave throughout the night. The Whiskey Row Boot Drop event is woven into Prescott’s holiday spirit and is a fitting closing celebration in Arizona’s Christmas City.
The Boot Drop is presented by Desert
Financial Credit Union, Experience Prescott
Office of Tourism, and Prescott Outpatient
Surgical Center. For more information visit
www.bootdrop.com or call 800.975.0013.