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Elf Academy

Back by popular demand, on December 15 from 11AM -1PM, meet Jingles, Snowflake, Buttons, Tinsel, and more of the North Pole’s friendliest elves as they lead young and old through a variety of the Workshop’s favorite games and activities throughout Desert Ridge Marketplace. For more information, visit shopdesertridge.com/.

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Worried About Family Conflict Over The Holiday Ham?

If you spend any time watching Lifetime’s Countdown To Christmas, you’d get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But of course we know that’s not always reality. Extended family gatherings are more like minefields embedded with family conflict.  People are […]

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Holidays of the Heart {Finding Joy when Trouble Complicates the Season}

Christmas is my favorite season. As a child, I always enjoyed the decorations, the yummy fudge my aunts and grandma would make, and listening to Elvis and Alabama play holiday classics on the old jukebox in my dad’s bar room. My mom conveniently placed herself behind the gigantic, 1980s, RCA camcorder that rested on her […]

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Nightly Shows & Snow

Every night from November 20 – December 31, Desert Ridge Marketplace is transformed into a living snow globe with nightly snowfall at 7pm and 8pm every evening (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) and every hour on Christmas Eve starting at 11am-8pm. Plus, enjoy holiday shows featuring local community groups throughout the season!

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Tree Lighting at Desert Ridge Marketplace

On November 18 from 6PM-8PM, Desert Ridge Marketplace will be hosting the inaugural Tree Lighting PLUS First Snowfall! Guests are invited to take a journey to the North Pole as Desert Ridge Marketplace transforms into a winter wonderland filled with living snowflakes, stilt walking princesses, life-size toys, and holiday favorites, including joyful elves and Frosty the Snowman. Experience a cirque-style show leading up to the magical tree lighting by Santa.

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How to Create a Magical Christmas on a Budget

Everywhere you look  the “Christmas Creep” is happening. Holiday music is hitting the radio, decorations are going up and stores are all in full-blown Christmas mode. The holidays, and related expenses, are approaching whether you’re ready or not. Having kids is expensive year-round, but the holiday season can be especially tough on the wallet. We […]

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Joy to the World :: Santa Photos at Arizona Mills

We excitedly partnered with Arizona Mills to bring you this post and are bursting with joy for the holiday season!Hello Holiday Season. This time of year is pure magic for our sweet kiddos—Santa, presents, holiday baking, the list goes on. For us parents working behind-the-scenes, this time of year can bring stress and seemingly mile-long […]

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