2022 Christmas Schedule
Looking for something to do this Christmas season? Plan your visit and celebrate Christmas the Arizona way, in Prescott! Prescott has a variety of events and activities to enjoy! From tree lighting and parades to concerts and performances, there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone.
Fun Fact: In 1989, then Governor, Rose Mofford, designated Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City.
Prescott’s 2022 Christmas Events
30th Annual Gingerbread Village
Friday, November 25, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023
Prescott Resort & Conference Center
1500 E. State Rte. 69
Prescott, AZ 86301
The Prescott Resort & Conference Center invites you to join us for the 30th Annual Gingerbread Village. Get in the holiday spirit this year and make plans now with your co-workers, family and friends and build a cottage, a bungalow or estate! Applications are now being accepted! Proceeds benefit Hungry Kids project in Prescott. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for all the details. Information at 928-776-1666
68th Annual Courthouse Lighting
Saturday, December 3, 2022
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza
120 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
This time-honored tradition is the must-see event of the year. Music starts at 5:30 pm / Ceremony will be @ 6 pm, followed by Courthouse Lighting!
More Information www.prescott.org or 928-445-2000
Valley of Lights 2022
November 25, 2022 through December 30, 2022
Sunday – Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Holidays 6:00 pm -10:00 pm.
2200 N 5th St
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Drive through the one-mile displays of holiday lights.
Valley of Lights opens on Thanksgiving night and is open every night through December 30
Festival of Trees
Christmas Holiday Lights Parade and Courthouse Lighting
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Since 1982. Prescott’s Annual Holiday Light Parade will be rolling around the streets of downtown Prescott. Colorful lights and Christmas music will illuminate all floats and entries. From high school bands and bicycles to elaborate incandescent floats. Santa Claus may surprise us too! Bundle up with coats, scarves, and gloves and enjoy the kick-off Holiday event in Arizona’s Christmas City.
100 West Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
3 pm-5 pm, Lighting Event takes place after the parade
December 9th 2022
Opening Ceremony 5 pm
Acker Night 5:30 – 8:30
What is Acker Night?
This is a FREE downtown event for everyone. The streets in downtown Prescott are closed and the businesses open their doors for a few hours for this wonderful evening event. The Christmas lights are gleaming and music fills the air for this special time.
All the “tips for Scholarships” donations go to Yavapai County school age children for music lessons to those that may not otherwise get that chance. Depending on how much is donated year to year, we also donate to our school district’s music department since the arts are the first to get budget cuts. We also with donations permitting, have repaired local school music departments, sent special musicians and groups on to bigger competitions and have purchased or given instruments for those in need.
Let the Season Begin!
Start the season with your favorite holiday carols performed in festive, grand style! Join the Yavapai College combined choral ensembles, guest soloist Sarah Smith, a full orchestra, and Prescott’s own High Desert Ringers as they bring joy and musical mastery to the sounds of the season. A holiday treat the whole family will love!
Fri, December 2 | 7 pm
Sat, December 3 | 3 pm
Sarah Smith, soprano
Sarah Smith holds a Master of Music from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Making her professional debut in Arizona as a concert soloist with the Phoenix Symphony in 2010, Sarah most recently performed as the soprano soloist in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Arizona Philharmonic in January 2022; held the role of “Cinderella” in Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Desert Stages Theater in Scottsdale in 2021; and was the soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Symphony of the Southwest at Mesa Arts Center in 2019. Sarah has also been a featured soloist with the Arizona Musicfest, Arizona Bach Festival, Colorado New Music Ensemble, Classical Revolution Phoenix, and Concerts on the Desert at St. Barnabas.
Prescott is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a festive getaway this holiday season. With plenty of events and activities happening throughout December, you’ll never be bored. Plus, with our charming small-town atmosphere, you can feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland without traveling too far. Need more information? Give the USA team a call – we would love to help you plan your visit! (928) 775-0400