Nothing symbolizes Prescott more than the holiday activities that occur in our great city at this time of year. The annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade, the Christmas Courthouse Lighting, both on the first Saturday of December, and the Holiday Light Parade on the last Saturday in November, bring thousands of residents and visitors to our historic downtown to embrace the spirit of Christmas.
These widely anticipated events kickoff a festive and joyous time in our community. It is almost impossible to walk and shop in downtown Prescott during the holidays and not be infused with wonder and delight.
Our city’s calendar is filled with music and joy and I encourage everyone to sample the many offerings this December. The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center offers six different must-see performances including Let the Season Begin, Winter Holiday Special, Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp, Prescott POPS Symphony, White Christmas Musical, and a fabulous, by satellite, performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s, The Nutcracker.
The Elks Theater and Performing Arts Center has its own fantastic lineup of shows which include: In the Christmas Mood, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas with the Rat Pack, the Beach Boys Surfin’ Holiday, and a showing of the film, Polar Express.
Prescott Center for the Arts is offering A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and An Acoustic Christmas. The number of organizations hosting activities and events at this time of year is just too large to list. But one thing is for certain: when the mood strikes you to celebrate the season, it isn’t difficult to find a holiday event in Prescott.
And don’t forget Acker Night -- that wonderful blend of downtown business and music that sets a tone of family fun, always on the second Friday of December. Acker Night is proof positive that music is alive and thriving in our community. The holiday season ends with the Whiskey Row Boot Drop on New Year’s Eve – even better than being in Times Square!
As you enjoy your Christmas activities, please remember to support our local businesses. I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a Healthy New Year. God bless Prescott.
For information about holiday events and activities, go to Visit-Prescott.com or visit the Prescott Chamber website at Prescott.org.
Greg L. Mengarelli is mayor of Prescott.