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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…Flagstaff is reminiscent of a cherished Norman Rockwell piece of art with historic downtown adorned in tens of thousands of sparkling lights, lamp posts decked with wreaths, and a retired steam engine providing a beautiful glistening backdrop for must-have holiday photos. Locals and visitors have much to enjoy and discover this holiday season to capture holiday cheer and the spirit of giving.
Now, is the time to bundle up and grab the mittens to experience Lights at the Station located in the heart of historic downtown at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 E.Route 66.) While enjoying the lights, please consider donating a non-perishable food item at the Visitor Center’s Giving Advent Box. Donations will be accepted through December 20, 2020, and the collection benefits the Flagstaff Family Food Center anticipated to help thousands of families in need this holiday season. This is also a great family, friend or work team project and Flagstaff Local-My Actions Matter encourages all to join the fun and participate in this holiday activity by making your own decorated Giving Advent Box filled with a variety non-perishable goodness to be delivered to 1903 N. 2nd Street. And, take the Flagstaff Local pledge at flagstafflocal.com to support our community pillars: Donate, Shop Flagstaff, Be Eco-Friendly, Volunteer, Mentor, Vote and Support Education.
A local favorite is visiting Little America Hotel to capture millions of beautiful holiday lights from your vehicle. If you park and walk remember to dress warmly. Enjoy the stunning display of holiday lights covering the hotel grounds through mid-January 2022.
Delight in a festive holiday meal this season with loved ones whether it’s for carry-out or in-person dining. Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler, is offering Christmas dinner at the beautiful Silver Pine Restaurant for in-person dining. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, is offering an amazing Christmas plated dinner at the lovely Woodlands Restaurant (reservations required.) Also, check out these local favorites for special pre-order holiday menus with all the trimmings at Tourist Home All Day Café or Simply Delicious Café Daily Fare. Restaurant Directory.
Celebrate the season’s wonders, make new memories and feel festive in downtown Flagstaff with Santa Sightings and holiday shopping. Stroll through Flagstaff's charming downtown and keep a lookout for Santa as the jolly old elf wishes good cheer with a camera ready smile and a ho, ho, ho! Purchase the perfect gift for family and friends this season in downtown Flagstaff and cast a vote for your favorite holiday window display at participating businesses online at downtownflagstaff.org.
Enjoy the 2021 season finale of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival with the famous Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Productions of the show begin in December at Coconino Center for the Arts with performances available digitally to attend virtually online.
Did you know? The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is presenting Home for the Holidays, an online gala on December 12 sponsored by Nackard Pepsi and Tinderbox Kitchen. The gala is designed to bring us together virtually and celebrate the season with holiday music videos with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s talented musicians and special guests. Register online at https://www.flagstaffsymphony.org/events/category/concerts-and-events/.
Relatives or friends in town and need a little extra space? When they book Flagstaff accommodations, and present their “treat voucher” or hotel receipt from the night(s) before to the staff at the Flagstaff Visitor Center, 1 E. Route 66, they will receive a Winter Wonderland Pop for visiting responsibly. The offer is valid November 27 – January 15, 2021, supplies are limited and restrictions apply.
Flagstaff is Arizona’s official winter wonderland with an impressive average of 100 plus inches of snowfall each year. Be prepared and know where to go safely and responsibly for winter recreation with an official Snowplay map available at discoverflagstaff.com or the Flagstaff Visitor Center. And, there is also a snowplay hotline just call 1-844-256-SNOW.
Ring in the new year and celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the Weatherford Hotel’s Great Pinecone Drop. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration exemplifies a local symbol of hope and prosperity that may be more meaningful than ever before as we ring in 2022. Attend the Great Pinecone Drop at noon, 10 p.m or midnight and you can even watch it out online at pineconedrop.com.
For directions to winter recreation areas, please refer to the snowplay map found below, or call 1-844-256-SNOW.
Download the Flagstaff winter snowplay from above or here as a pdf: wintersnowplaymap.pdf.
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