Christmas in Prescott

Christmas in Prescott

There is no better time of the year than Christmas in Prescott.  Prescott is known as Arizona’s Christmas City for good reason.  Prescott has holiday traditions that go back to the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1989 when the city got the moniker.  Governor Rose Mofford proclaimed Prescott as AZ’s Christmas City because of the city’s historic and festive lighting ceremonies.  Today, everyone can’t wait to see the Yavapai County Courthouse Lighting where the building and the square are decorated in beautiful lights and displays.  The Courthouse Lighting ceremony is usually held on the first Saturday night of December.

Other Events in Prescott

There are many Christmas events that are traditions for families in the area.  The Light Parade is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  After the light parade is over, head to the Bonfire Festival at the Mile High Middle School.   The official Prescott Christmas Parade is usually held on the first Saturday of December in Downtown Prescott.  Don’t miss Acker Night, usually held in December.  This annual event showcases over 100 musicians who perform in the downtown shops.

You will want to witness all of the exciting live performances as well during the holiday season.  For example, attend the Nutcracker Ballet, The Prescott Pops Symphony Concert or the Manheim Steamroller Concert. There are so many events happening in Prescott Valley, Dewey and Chino Valley too.  Take a look at our Christmas calendar below and start making your plans now.

Holiday Events in Prescott

The Nutcracker featuring Ballet Victoria

November 16, 2023 - November 17, 2023

Valley of Lights

November 24, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Christmas at Town Center Prescott Valley

November 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Prescott Light Parade

November 25, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Prescott Bonfire Festival

November 25, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stroll through the Valley of Lights

November 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Quad City’s Largest Arts and Craft Show

December 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - December 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Jake Shimabukuro – Christmas in Hawaii

December 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christmas Festival at Mortimer Farms

December 2, 2023 - December 3, 2023

Handel’s Messiah at Yavapai College

December 2, 2023 - December 3, 2023

Prescott Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Prescott Courthouse Lighting

December 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Prescott Valley Night Light Parade

December 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wildlights at Heritage Park Zoo

December 13, 2023 - December 30, 2023

Prescott Christmas Village and Christkindl Market

December 15, 2023 - December 17, 2023