Merry Main Street, a winter holiday festival, officially begins Friday, November 27 at 5:45 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony. The ceremonial “flip the switch” will illuminate a three-story Christmas tree on the southeast corner of Main Street and Macdonald in front of the Bank of America building.
Following the tree lighting, there will be a brief grand opening at 7:00 p.m. for the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink presented by the Arizona Coyotes.
“I’m excited to see Merry Main Street back in downtown Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “This is the one event I hear our residents reminisce about each holiday season. I invite everyone to take a spin on the ice rink and take in all of the sights and activities along Main Street.”
Merry Main Street will be held November 27 through January 3 and will include the ice rink at Mesa City Plaza and Jack Frost’s Food Truck Forest at Pioneer Park presented by Cox Communications. Santa’s Market Place, including visits by Santa Claus, and Holiday Happenings, sponsored by Sundt at the Mesa Arts Center featuring free live performances at the Alliance Pavilion outdoor stage, will be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings between November 27 and December 19.
“It is very exciting that downtown Mesa once again will be transformed into Merry Main Street. I am so glad that the next generation of Mesa families will get to experience it and create memories like I did when I was younger,” District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover said.
For a complete list of Merry Main Street activities, including dates and times, visit www.merrymainst.com or #merrymainst.
The original Merry Main Street began in 1998 as a winter holiday festival and was once the largest holiday celebration in the east valley attracting more than 35,000 people to downtown Mesa. The City ended the annual event in 2005 due to budget challenges and businesses unable to bear the financial burden. On October 1, 2015, City Council gave direction to bring Merry Main Street back to downtown.
The City of Mesa; SRP; Downtown Mesa Association; Arizona Coyotes; Mesa Arts Center; Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities; Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Visit Mesa; Lennar Homes; Sundt and Cox Communications are partnering to present Merry Main Street.