I'm participating in Liz's Christmas Joy Blog Hop today
Since Prescott has the reputation of Arizona's Christmas City, I thought I would share some of the events of the season here. We didn't participate in a lot of stuff, but did do a few things.
The decorated courthouse by day; at night the trees all around it are decorated with lights as illustrated on my blog header picture.
This is actually in Prescott Valley that connects with Prescott. It was a light display through a one mile road at a local park. You stayed in your car driving through the display. There were a total of 58 lighted displays, some even animated. I just included a few of the many pictures taken that night.
This is actually not listed on the program of the Valley of Lights, it is right outside the start of it; but I thought it was very pretty.
This candy cane display had were 30 inches tall.
This light display was over in Prescott Valley in front of their city buildings.
Another lighted event, this time held indoors at the shopping mall. You walked through it. They had converted the Old Barnes and Noble store building into individual displays of lights, featuring snowmen, penguins, Santa, etc. Each room was playing an appropriate Christmas song that corresponded to the theme of the room.
No Christmas is complete unless it includes a lighted cactus.
Lots of nuts needed for these nutcrackers.
Need to remember why we celebrate Christmas :)
At the Prescott Resort Center they had a display of the world's largest gingerbread village. It is neat, they had whoever wanted to enter the contest make a gingerbread house. They judged them and displayed them into a village, donations of which would go to a local organization that helped people.
These were made from honest to goodness food; gum drops, pretzels, gingerbread, etc. Very cute display.
There was also the lighted parade downtown the Saturday after Thanksgiving where each entry had lights on it. It was a bit cold so we didn't go to that one.
And also a week later the Christmas parade during the day and then the annual Christmas tree lighting at night. It was a busy weekend so we didn't make it to that one.
And the zoo here has a display of lights in it that people can walk through and see. We are planning to do that this next weekend so that's why no pictures of that.
Last Friday night was what they call Acker Night. It showcases musical talent by having different groups performing either in front of local businesses on the courthouse square or inside the stores themselves. People just walk around listening to the music, shopping, etc. It was fun. A lot of the entertainment was inside the stores since a snowstorm was forecasted, but the snow held until later in the evening.
So all in all, I do think Prescott can qualify for the distinction of Arizona's Christmas City. I'm sure there were lots of events that went on that I wasn't even aware of too.
And to end the festive holiday season, on New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight to welcome in the new year, there is a boot drop downtown on the courthouse square followed by fireworks. Last year we didn't go because it was our first day in Prescott, we had driven all night, and it was COLD; (close to 10 degrees cold) so we opted out. Might go this year, we'll see.
What favorite activity does your city do that you like to participate in at Christmastime?
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