by Marnie Uhl, President/CEO, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce
The spirit of the season is alive and glowing in Prescott Valley. Its premier holiday destination, the Valley of Lights, anchors a community that celebrates the Christmas and holiday season with lights, music and art.
Valley of Lights is a 1-mile drive through animated and lighted displays in Fain Park. Each of the 63 displays consists of multiple parts decorated with thousands of lights that cover areas on both sides of the roadway.
Everywhere you turn there is something magical to be seen, including overhead as you drive through one of the three beautiful tunnels.
Valley of Lights is open seven days a week through Dec. 30. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and holidays 6 to 10 p.m. There is no admission, however a suggested donation is $5 per vehicle; and you may go through as many times as you wish. Valley of Lights is sponsored by local businesses and organizations and is presented by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Town of Prescott Valley makes a huge investment for the holidays with their lights around the Civic Center. The official lighting was Dec. 3 — each of the three buildings comprising the campus, along with trees, walls and shrubbery, is covered in thousands of lights and on every night until New Year’s Day.
More lights fill the Prescott Valley Entertainment District with displays and a Singing Christmas Tree.
Art plays a huge part of the holiday celebration with the Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission’s Create-a-Tree display. Trees are decorated by individuals, businesses, organizations and groups and then put on display in the library. Each year one tree is voted the “People’s Choice.” The trees can be seen during library hours through the new year.
The sounds of the season can be heard throughout Prescott Valley with musical and theatrical performances presented by the local schools and youth groups. Live holiday shows are presented throughout Prescott Valley.
This year Yavapai College Performing Arts Department is producing “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the Performing Arts Center stage Dec. 16 to 19.
For more information about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, visit www.prescott.org or call 928.445.2000 or 1.800.266.7534, or stop by the Visitor Information Center, 117 W. Goodwin St.