We know holiday shopping takes a lot of energy, but with all the amazing festivals, markets and deals in Mesa, there’s no need to stress this season! Throughout December, you can find fun and holiday cheer around every corner and still get everything on your gift-giving list. Here are a few of the upcoming events and specials throughout Mesa that, along with some holiday magic, are sure to make this shopping season enjoyable again!
Mesa Arts Festival - Dec. 9 & 10
The Mesa Arts Festival is a great place to kick start your holiday spirit and finish off your shopping list! With food, live entertainment, and free activities for kids, there's plenty of fun for the whole family while you stroll through the wide array of handmade offerings from local, regional and national artists. From jewelry to paintings, ceramics to woodwork, and more, there's no doubt you will find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list at the Mesa Arts Festival on December 9 & 10 at the Mesa Arts Center!
Mesa Book Festival - Saturday, Dec. 9
Book lovers are sure to enjoy the Mesa Book Festival on December 9 in Downtown Mesa! Partnering with the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, this event features local authors, 100 booths of great reading opportunities and programming for readers of all ages. Authors, publishers and book sellers are invited to register for space to showcase, promote, and sell their books. Readers can come and buy their books direct at this free event coming up, so come Downtown to share the literary love! Find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life!
Snowy Saturday at Mesa Riverview - Saturday, Dec. 9
Another can’t-miss on your holiday shopping trip – Mesa Riverview, of course! Don’t miss the merriment at Mesa Riverview this season, especially on December 9 during Super Snowy Saturday! Bring the family and enjoy carriage rides with Santa, music, games, tons of real snow, and more from 12-3 p.m. Plus, the first 250 kids at Super Snowy Saturday will receive a $5 Cinemark gift card! Make holiday shopping fun again this season at Mesa Riverview.
Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts - Saturday, Dec. 16
The annual Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts returns twice monthly for the 2017-2018 season on Main Street. Find the perfect holiday gift for the art lover in your life, or just treat yourself to a unique find among the many artists and vendors that line Main Street from 2-8 p.m. on December 16. Formerly known as the Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival, this event is free to the public and features unique artist creations, music and fun for the whole family!
Maker’s Market at Barnone - Friday, Dec. 15
Known already for their unique makers, Barnone in Gilbert is hosting the first annual Maker’s Market on December 15. Along with Barnone’s permanent collection of talented craftsmen, you can find truly extraordinary gifts from over 60 other makers from around the Valley at the Maker’s Market! From machine shops to woodworking, letterpress to wine making, and so much more, Barnone’s Maker’s Market is one stop you must add to your holiday shopping list! Don’t miss this unique opportunity, from 5-9 p.m. on December 15.
Mesa Christmas Market - Dec. 8 & 9, Dec. 15 & 16, Dec. 22 & 23
This year, Merry Main Street in Downtown Mesa welcomes guests to the Mesa Christmas Market on Fridays and Saturdays! With more than 30 vendors, the market is stocked full of unique, Santa-approved gifts for everyone on your holiday list. While you’re shopping, you can explore all the fun and merriment offered on Main Street this holiday season; from visits with Santa to the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Located near the mesa Christmas Tree, the Mesa Christmas Market is open thru December 23.
Santa Sunday at Dana Park - Dec. 10 & 17
Spend Sundays with Santa at the Village Square at Dana Park! During ‘Santa Sundays’, kids of all ages can meet and take photos with St. Nick in front of the Christmas tree from 1-4 p.m. Take a break from shopping to enjoy carriage rides and holiday music, too! When you’re ready to shop some more, you’ll find everything on your gift list at the wide variety of stores and boutiques offered at Dana Park.
San Tan Village
The vast selection of department and specialty stores at San Tan Village makes gift-giving simple. Along with daily deals throughout the shopping complex and holiday event specials during the month of December, you can enter for a chance to win a grand prize and daily prize with San Tan Village’s Holi-DAILY Sweepstakes. Hungry shoppers will also find a variety of upscale dining options here, so you can’t go wrong when shopping at San Tan Village in Gilbert!