Special Events for Holiday Shopping in Arizona

Did you know that money that is spent on local businesses means that more of that money stays in our community? These are Christmas holiday events where you can find those perfect gifts for everyone on your gift list—including yourself. Many of these afford the opportunity to purchase gifts that are more unique than those mass-produced items at traditional stores.

There may be an admission charge for some of these events.

  • 01 of 09
    Heard Museum in Phoenix
    Judy Hedding

    Decorate your home for the holidays with Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops. Choose from hundreds of ornaments in a variety of styles, media, and colors for yourself or for unique holiday gifts. Prices vary. Museum admission is not required unless you want to visit the museum.

  • 02 of 09
    Tempe Festival of the Arts
    Judy Hedding

    One of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country, the Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place on the streets of Downtown Tempe on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December each year. Discover original paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and original creations of all mediums, sizes, and price ranges. Free admission.

    Look for it in Mill Avenue District, Tempe.

  • 03 of 09
    Boston terrier Christmas
    Genevieve Morrison / Getty Images

    Find the latest in pet products, pet foods, and pet-related services to unique and one-of-a-kind arts & crafts, perfect for your pets and pet-loving friends. See dog demonstrations, microchipping, photos with Santa. If you bring a pet, go online for waiver information. Free admission.

    Look for it in WestWorld in North Scottsdale.

  • 04 of 09
    pottery for sale
    Robert Alexander / Getty Images

    Shop Local for your Christmas gifts this year, from Arizona's finest vintage and handmade vendors. Browse one-of-a-kind items. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

    Look for it at the Phoenix Convention Center, Downtown Phoenix (South Building).

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  • 05 of 09
    chocolate tamales
    Food City

    Locally owned and operated Food City presents a festival celebrating the best tamales. Tamale-makers from local faith-based groups prepare their tamales in church commissaries and then sell them at the Festival to fundraise for their organization. Food City also will be selling tamales, menudo, carne asada burritos, durros, aguas frescas, and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate). Thousands of attendees will be able to taste and buy a wide selection of savory and sweet homemade tamales, as well as enjoy jewelry, arts and crafts, and more. The two-day event will also offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers, and other musical entertainment. Celebrity judges will name the Best Tamale.

    Look for it at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 200 W. Washington Street, Downtown Phoenix (you can take light rail).

  • 06 of 09
    outdoor clothing market
    Uncommon Market

    The two-day event presents regional artists and goods, from art that benefits social change to upcycled home furnishings, serving as an ideal source of custom goods, perfect for those on the list who have everything. General Admission tickets are $10; kids 12 and under are FREE. VIP Day Passes are $22.75 and include 2 drink tickets, reserved parking, and access to the VIP Lounge.

    Look for it at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale.

  • 07 of 09
    Mesa Arts Festival
    Mesa Arts Center

    Find unique gifts for the holidays. The annual festival will feature original works of art for sale from local, regional, and national artists in various mediums; live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages; live artist demonstrations. Free parking and free admission.

    Look for it at the Mesa Arts Center.

  • 08 of 09
    Ugly Holiday Sweater Chandler Art Walk
    Courtesy Downtown Chandler Community Partnership

    Don your ugliest holiday sweater and meet downtown for the monthly Third Friday Chandler Art Walk. Over 35 local artists will display and sell their works in Dr. A.J. Chandler park west and along N. San Marcos Pl. starting at SanTan Brewing Co. and heading south. Artists will be selling various mediums: jewelry, paintings, drawings, woodworking, and more, with many selling items priced at $50 or less. The event is a great opportunity to get in some last minute Christmas shopping and gift a local treasure.

    Look for it in Downtown Chandler.

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  • 09 of 09
    gift basket
    Chandler Farmers Market

    Shop the weekly local vendors you know and love as well as additional craft vendors for last minute holiday shopping. Also, Santa will be available for a complimentary photo. Elves will be walking around the market in preparation for the Family Flicks event in the same location.

    Look for it in Downtown Chandler.