The holiday season will be much more festive this year with the debut of Scottsdazzle -- a month-long holiday celebration in the Downtown through December.
The fun begins with a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Soleri Bridge. The city’s new holiday tree is sure to become a community landmark, with more than 1.2 million customizable lighting options aglow nightly.
The Nov. 25 lighting celebration will feature a variety of live performances, including Jazz vocalist Dennis Rowland and the Greg Warner Trio, Country Western singer Paula Erlene and other entertainers. Local chef, author and media personality Jan D-Atri will host.
The tree-lighting festivities are just the beginning of a most special season. Scottsdale is a gift-givers wonderland, filled with unique, one-of-a-kind stores.
Small Business Saturday celebration
There’s no time better to celebrate those eclectic offerings than during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26.
The Coach House restaurant, 7011 E Indian School Road, gets things rolling from 8 to 10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Later that day, Downtown’s 5th Avenue shops will be celebrating their 60th anniversary. Stop by the Kiva Plaza, 7121 E. 5th Ave., at 1 p.m. for some birthday cake, a gift wrap station and a variety of live entertainment sprinkled throughout the Downtown.
From 1 to 4 p.m. 5th Avenue transforms into Sugar Plum Avenue, abuzz with ballerinas and nutcrackers. Meanwhile, Old Town celebrates a Cowboy Christmas with free horse-drawn rides and Western entertainment.
While you take in the festivities, you can also support your favorite local businesses s by tagging them on social media. Use the #ShopSmallScottsdale tag this holiday season – and you may earn a reward.
Here’s a sampling of other activities taking place as part of Scottsdazzle:
- I Spy Santa ArtWalk: Main Street and Marshall Way Art Galleries host a fun scavenger hunt starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Elves in festive costumes will direct guests with clues. Other activities include holiday music, a Santa’s House and costumed characters
- Fridays on 5th Avenue featuring live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23
- Cowboy Christmas family entertainment, activities and free horse and wagon rides in Old Town on Main Street and Brown Ave from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17
- Sugar Plum Avenue family entertainment, décor and activities along 5th Avenue between Stetson and Marshall Way from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17
- Free horse and carriage rides on Thursday night ArtWalks 7 to 9 p.m. in December
For more information go to www.scottsdazzle.com.