March 2, 2024 12:32 PM

December Is a Special Time In Prescott – Mayor Phil Goode’s Monthly Letter

December in Prescott is a special time, as we fully embrace our designation as Arizona’s Christmas City.  Traditional annual events nearly every weekend of the month are connected by the magical lights on the Courthouse Plaza, on display every night. Whether you enjoy the reverie of festive traditional events, or just a quiet stroll through a display of thousands of brilliantly colored lights, Prescott has something for everyone this month.

On Friday, December 8th, Prescott comes alive with music, for the Acker Musical Showcase.  This event features musicians, choirs and musical groups performing for free at local shops and businesses around the downtown area.  Donation cannisters at each location combine to raise thousands of dollars for youth music education in Prescott.

One of our newest traditions features the Prescott Christmas Village and Kristkindlmarket, December 15-17th on Goodwin Street across from the Courthouse Plaza.  Modeled after European holiday markets, visitors will enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, kids’ activities, traditional German food and drink, and dozens of local vendors selling thoughtfully curated gifts of all kinds.

Finally, on December 31, we will give 2023 “the boot” with the 13th annual Whiskey Row Boot Drop.  Enjoy live music, a Ferris wheel and lots of family fun activities.  The six-foot boot will drop from the top of the Palace/Jersey Lilly at 10 p.m. and 12 Midnight to ring in the New Year on east coast time and Arizona time.

All of these events and more can be found at .

Another new element worth noting is the Enchroma Colorblind Accessibility program. Prescott is a color-blind friendly destination. Colorblind residents and visitors alike can borrow special glasses to help them seen the full spectrum of beautiful holiday colors on our Courthouse Plaza.  The glasses are free to borrow at the Prescott Public Library, the Prescott Chamber Visitor Center, Western Heritage Museum, and several other locations around the City.  For more information go to

As you can tell, Prescott proudly reflects the designation of Arizona’s Christmas City.  Come out and celebrate the season with us!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  And Happy Hannukah to our Jewish friends and neighbors.


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