When I first moved to Phoenix, Arizona as a teenager celebrating Christmas without snow seemed wrong. Now all these years later, I am grateful not to live in a cold climate and Flagstaff is less than two hours away where they get plenty of snow. I have come to appreciate Christmas in the desert and all of the many traditions we enjoy here in the grand canyon state. Here are some of favorite holiday festivities:
Prescott, Arizona is a darling town especially at Christmastime and this event is so special. The courthouse square is decorated in holiday lights and all the bars, hotels, restaurants and shops nearby celebrate on this first Friday in December with various entertainment and music.
The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun hosts annually La Fiesta de Guadalupe. This festival honors Mexico’s patron saint with music, dancing and performances including mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, the Yaqui Deer Dancers and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-guitar band. The festival also features a Los Posada procession where children from the Carrillo Magnet School sing in honor of the saint culminating at the Mission in the Sun. Local food and art vendors offer southwestern fair and souvenirs to guests.