Mayor Giles and the It's Always Cool in Mesa Podcast Present "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus"

November 14, 2023 at 1:22 pm

As part of the Merry Main Street events in downtown Mesa, Mayor John Giles and several local actors and musicians will perform a holiday variety show which includes the live retelling of "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus" on Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center. The event will also feature special guest singer and songwriter Emma Nissen and will be recorded for a future episode of the It's Always Cool in Mesa podcast, also hosted by Mayor Giles. Tickets for the live event are $10 and available now at the Mesa Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 480-644-6500.

"The holiday season in Mesa is something I look forward to each year, and I love that this evening of great music, storytelling and entertainment has become a tradition for everyone to enjoy," said Mesa Mayor John Giles. "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus is a great story, in part, because it's true! That's what the podcast is all about -- sharing some of the great stories, places, people and events that are treasured in our city."

It's Always Cool in Mesa is now entering its fourth season and is available on Apple, Google and Spotify. Past episodes of the podcast include Mesa Pub Crawl: The Hot New Oxymoron; Jagger Eaton, Mesa's Skateboarding Olympian and Alice Cooper Comes to Town.

Those attending the live event are encouraged to enjoy the Merry Main Street tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. and visit a downtown eatery before or after the performance. Everyone is invited to return to Downtown Mesa throughout the season to take part in ice skating and other holiday activities.

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus is generously sponsored by Caliber - The Wealth Development Company and the Ahlstrom Farnsworth Family of Companies.