The Prescott Downtown Partnership invites you to enjoy the magic of the holiday season in our historic downtown. 

Each year the community comes together to live up to our designation as Arizona’s Christmas City and to make it a special time for all.

The kickoff for the Christmas events was the 23rd annual Holiday Light Parade sponsored by the Prescott Downtown Partnership and Unisource Energy.

The parade was on Saturday, Nov. 24 and began at 6 p.m. The parade route began at the corner of Carleton and Cortez streets and finished at Mile High Middle School.

There were commercial and family entries, dance troops and the parade usually includes one or two bands during the 40-minute event. Christmas lights, costumes and music – what could be better?

The parade finished at the middle school on Goodwin Street where the floats circled around the track. Santa handed out candy canes and was available to interact with the kids in the crowd. 

There was a bonfire and Christmas music to finish off a great evening! Many thanks to the more than 25 volunteers who staffed these events.

Saturday, Dec. 1, was a big day, starting with the annual Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. At 6 p.m., Sharlot Hall Museum welcomed visitors to Frontier Christmas at its campus just east of the square.

The big event of the day was the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony, starting off with caroling and a short program at 6 p.m., with the lighting taking place at approximately 6:20 p.m. There was a huge crowd gathered to see more than a quarter million lights shining in the night.

Friday, Dec. 7 is Acker Music night. This downtown event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature live music in 140 businesses. You can enjoy the lights and the music and wander the streets while the fun continues until 8:30 p.m.

Bring your youngsters to see Santa at the Holiday Courtyard next to the Grand Highland Hotel on Dec. 22 and 23. The visit will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so bring your camera and make some memories.

New Year’s Eve has a Western flavor in downtown Prescott with the Whiskey Row Boot Drop. Located right on Whiskey Row, you can ring in the new year with refreshments, entertainment and a boot drop at 10 p.m. and midnight.