Happy Holiday Shopping in Arizona!
Are you the type who loves to shop local and fill stockings with arts and crafts? All month, Arizona will be filled with Christmas festivals and pop-up markets for shoppers to find the gifts they’ve been looking for. Here are a few you might want to check out:
- Christmas Light Festival and Pop-Up Market at the Farm, Phoenix, 6106 S 32nd St., Dec. 21 from 5:30–8:00 p.m.
- Scottsdazzle, Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, Nov. 25–Jan. 1
- Christmas Extravaganza!, Phoenix, Topgolf, Dec. 14 from 6:00–9:00 p.m.
- Christmas Gift Show, Cave Creek, Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., December 15–17
- Hello Handmade Market, Phoenix, Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th St., Dec. 16
- Holiday Express Arts and Crafts Show, Tucson, 410 E. Toole Ave., Dec. 16
- NACA Native American Festival of Arts and Culture, Flagstaff, Double Tree Hilton, Dec. 16
- Ahwatukee Holiday Festival, 5031 E. Elliot, Dec. 16–17
- Holiday Market AZ, Noah’s Event Venue, Chandler, Dec. 16–17
- Bell Rock Plaza Arts and Crafts Show, Sedona, 6246 S. Hwy 179, Dec. 30–31
Vendors will offer everything from food and warm drinks to knitted goods, paintings, sculptures, handmade ornaments, clothing, kids’ toys, wood carvings, and more. Most can accept credit cards but it’s always a good idea to have cash on hand (you might be able to bargain a bit that way).
It’s also wise to carpool with friends, take public transit, or walk or bike if possible because parking might be tight in some locations. Remember that parking lots get busy and many accidents happen inside busy lots. Pedestrians can be hit by someone who is eager to pull into an open space or someone who is driving too quickly in the lot. Cars can get damaged by children opening their doors too quickly or drivers who pull in too close while parking. Bicyclists may not be noticed by distracted drivers and get hit. If you drive, make sure to drive with caution and avoid becoming distracted, especially around busy markets.
Pack extra snacks and drinks to avoid the long food lines and to have something in case you get stranded. Also, bring a few shopping bags to carry your wares home and protect them from breaking. If you take your children, plan a meeting spot if you accidentally become separated, and keep smaller children in packs or strollers so they can’t get lost in the crowd.
Have a great time this holiday season, and happy shopping!