by Alex Mintz
‘Tis the season to be jolly. December has come and there are many things going on. From making presents to putting up the tree, there seems to be a lot to do during the holiday season. There are also many events going on during this season in both Prescott and Prescott Valley. If you do not know what to do this Christmas season, let this be your guide for what is going on around this time of year!
Starting with Tri-City, we are having a Spirit Week through December 9th through December 12th. To show your spirit, there are various themes to dress up as. Make sure when dressing up that it is school appropriate.
Monday, December 9th: Warm PJ Day. Dress up in your coziest pj’s to school for the season.
Tuesday, December 10th: Holiday Character Day. Come to school dressed up as your favorite character.
Wednesday, December 11th: Socks, Hats, and Scarfs Day. Put on your festive socks, hats, and scarfs to school and stay warm!
Thursday, December 12th: Ugly Sweater Day. For the last day of Spirit Week, put on the ugliest sweater you can find.
For people who like theatre or movies, there are performances that are going on during this season. They will only be playing for a specific amount of time, so make sure you purchase your tickets to see these wonderful events. There
Hannah’s Heart. In December of 1935, Hannah Grace Meadows was just a shy of 11 years old. She was lucky. Her pap had work. Still, money was very tight, so Hannah hatched a plan to help Santa out. Then, things got complicated. Adapted from the book written by Diane Iverson, playwright and director Melanie Ewbank brings the heartwarming story of Hannah to life. The play is from December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. December 8th at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at Ruth Street Theater. The costs are: Adults $20, Seniors $15, students $10.For more information: http://hannahsheartaz.org
The Elk’s Theater is playing movies at the theater. There are tons of movies that will be playing throughout the Christmas season. The variety of movies they will be playing are White Christmas on December 11th and The Polar Express on December 18th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by cash donation of any amount. For more information: http://prescottelkstheater.com
Last, but not least, are the events that are public to all around this Christmas season.
- Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting. The Christmas parade starts at 1:00 p.m. and the Courthouse Lighting begins at 6:00 p.m. It is located in Prescott, Arizona on December 7th.
- Frontier Christmas follows up the Courthouse lighting on December 7th. Come join Sharlot Hall Museum as they will be dressed in its finest and decorated in traditional period style with luminarias, warm cookies, hot cider, and festive events for the entire family. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-members, and 17 and under are free. For more information https://sharlot.org/frontier -christmas/
- World’s Largest Gingerbread Village is back for the season. It is located at the Prescott Resort. Every gingerbread house is made by local chefs, businesses, families and organizations. It is open to the public 7 days a week and there is no charge to visit.
- On December 13th, Downtown Prescott is holding Acker Night. It is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will live music from local artists in various stores.
- At the Findlay Toyota Center at 7:00 p.m, there is a production called A Magical Cirque Christmas. See website for ticket info. For more information: 928-772-1819; https://findlaytoyotacenter.com
- On December 31st, Downtown Prescott is holding their ninth annual New Year’s Eve Whiskey Row Boot Drop. Everyone is welcome and the event is free. There will be two drops. The first drop occurs simultaneously with the tradition “Ball Drop” in New York City.
- Through this Christmas season, the Valley of Lights is open for the public to drive through and look at the spectacular light display. It is free admission and you can donate. More information at: http://www.pvchamber.org/events/details/valley-of-lights-2019-7802
There are many other events that are going on this time of season. Some are probably traditions while others you have probably never heard about. You can find more information on https://Prescott-NOW.com if there are other events you wish to look at. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday and a Happy New Year!