Celebrate the Holiday Season with Merry Main Street in Downtown Mesa

November 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

It is a great way to celebrate the season! Merry Main Street presented by DPR Construction returns to downtown Mesa for the seventh consecutive year. Merry Main Street starts on Nov. 26 and continues through Jan. 2, offering an exciting variety of holiday activities.

Merry Main Street begins Friday, Nov. 26. There will be music at 5 p.m. by the Mesa City Band at the Mesa Christmas Tree, Main Street and Macdonald. That will be followed at 5:45 p.m. by a tree lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa Claus! Enjoy an evening of music, food and fun throughout downtown Mesa until 10 p.m.

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus holiday event. As part of the Merry Main Street kickoff, Mayor John Giles will host a live retelling of "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus," a beloved (and true!) Mesa story, on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center. The family-friendly evening will also feature musical guests and will be recorded for a future episode of Mayor Giles' "It's Always Cool in Mesa" podcast. Tickets are available for $10 at Mesaartscenter.com.

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink. Downtown Mesa will again feature a 6,005 square-foot ice skating rink at 20 E. Main St. The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink will open daily for thousands to enjoy our amazing winter weather while skating under the stars. Tickets for a specific day and session can be purchased at merrymainst.com/icerink. A limited number of walk-up registrations will be accommodated per session.

Mesa's Christmas Tree. Merry Main Street would not be complete without a giant Christmas tree. The nearly four-story tall tree will be located on Macdonald at Main Street.

Mesa's Menorah. New this year is the 12-foot-tall Menorah which will have a light added nightly from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6.

Visits with Santa. Free visits with Santa Fridays and Saturdays! Bring your cell phone or camera for pictures. Visit the activities calendar page on merrymainst.com for times and locations.

Santa's Merry Makers Marketplace. Local crafters and artisans will be selling their crafts and holiday foods near Mesa's Christmas Tree for two weekends: Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 17 and 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jack Frost's Food Truck Forest. Start (or end) your journey along Merry Main Street at Jack Frost's Food Truck Forest at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St. on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mesa Santa Express. Join us as we zoom down Merry Main Street. In our special Light Rail car, we will sing songs, enjoy cookies and, best of all, meet Santa! Wear your pajamas and enjoy the season in the childlike and festive tradition of the Mesa Santa Express, which runs Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. While rides are free, Mesa Santa Express is supporting United Food Bank by requesting a canned food donation per rider. Because it is public transportation, federal guidelines require all riders to wear a mask. Visit themesapolarexpress.com for details.

Holiday Happenings at the MAC. The internationally acclaimed Mesa Arts Center comes alive with holiday shows throughout December. Visit mesaartscenter.com for details and tickets.

For a complete list of Merry Main Street activities, including dates and times, visit merrymainst.com.


FREE parking is available in all open lots and on-street parking areas throughout downtown Mesa.

FREE light rail rides will be offered between Country Club Drive and Mesa Drive from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays:

Nov. 26 - 27
Dec. 3 - 4
Dec. 10 - 11
Dec. 17 - 18


Merry Main Street is sponsored by the City of Mesa, DPR Construction, Mesa Parks and Recreation, Downtown Mesa Association, Visit Mesa, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Benedictine University, Boeing, Caliber, Lennar, HomeServe, Hunter Contracting Co., Nesbitt Contracting, Sloan Park, SRP, Delta Hotels, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and Mesa Water.

Contact: Kevin Christopher
(480) 644-4699