If you visit Mesquite during the last two months of the year, you’ll feel like you’ve come home for the holidays. Sip a steaming mug of cocoa, snack on fresh-baked cookies, and lose yourself in the twinkling downtown Christmas lights. Gather in the town square for caroling while your kids climb on Santa’s knee. Enjoy a sing-along with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra one week, and roasted marshmallows in Westlake Park the next.
From early November through New Year’s, Mesquite is transformed into a winter wonderland, so put on your favorite Christmas sweater and enjoy mild days filled with loads of sunshine and evenings with just enough chill to feel like the holidays. It’s the season to make Christmas memories at Mesquite’s holiday markets, festivals, and community celebrations.
The Marketplace Artisan & Farmers Market
Local growers and artisans gather around the gazebo in Heritage Square on the second and fourth Saturdays in November for The Marketplace Artisan & Farmers Market. Foodies will love the farm-to-table produce, spice blends, candies, and bakery treats while perusing the one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and stocking stuffers from local makers.
Hometown Holiday Market
Shop the Christmas boutiques at the Mesquite Hometown Holiday Market in November for unique handmade gifts you can’t find anywhere else. Tour arts and crafts booths in the 35,000-square-foot Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall for gifts, and a treat or two for yourself. Swag bags go to the first 50 visitors and kids can create a handmade gift, play in the kid’s zone, and visit with Santa. Continue your power shopping spree at Town East Mall shopping district with more than three million square feet of retail and 160 stores festively decorated inside the mall.
Small Business Saturday
An inviting alternative to the frenzy of Black Friday is Mesquite’s Small Business Saturday on the last Saturday in November. Start your stroll at our welcome station at 214 W Davis St. for coffee and cocoa, then peruse gift ideas throughout our downtown. Pick up a passport and have local merchants stamp it while you shop to win door prizes.
Christmas on the Square
Watch Mesquite’s official Christmas tree light up in Heritage Square at Christmas on the Square on the first Tuesday in December during the evening. Enjoy live music from the Mesquite Community Band, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and dance performances. Vote on your favorite downtown window displays, stroll Candy Cane Lane, and go viral with a post from the Elfie Selfie Stations scattered throughout downtown. Arrive early to get your free limited edition Downtown Mesquite Christmas ornament.
Mesquite Community Band: A Christmas Celebration
Enjoy a festive and family-oriented evening of Christmas tunes at the Mesquite Community Band’s annual winter concert held on the first Saturday in December at the Mesquite Arts Center. The all-volunteer band, a mix of high schoolers, retirees, and everyone in between, plays hits like Sleigh Ride and other familiar holiday classics for an informal musical celebration for all ages.
Christmas in the Park
Catch the Christmas spirit at Mesquite’s biggest annual event, Christmas in the Park. Over the first weekend in December, Westlake Park’s rolling lawns become Christmas central when holiday crowds arrive for crafts, games, treats, and more. Kids can make a craft at Winter Woodlands Village and play carnival games at Rudolph’s Reindeer Games. Visit Mrs. Claus for storytime, roast marshmallows on the Yule log, and have your photo taken with Santa and your favorite holiday storybook characters.
Deck the Paws Pet Shopping Extravaganza
Remember your furry friends this holiday season with a two-day pet-astic shopping extravaganza at Deck the Paws. Head to the Mesquite Convention Center during the second weekend of December for pet portraits with Santa, a pet/owner ugly sweater contest, and paw painting for four-legged artists. While you’re there, meet the pets that are up for adoption, pick up dog biscuits at Simba’s Barkery, and treat yourself to refreshments at the beer and wine garden.
Mesquite Symphony Orchestra: Christmas Memories
Christmas carols ring through the halls of the Mesquite Arts Center as the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra returns on December 14 for their annual holiday concert, Christmas Memories. The concert features an 80-100 voice choir made up of choir members from several of Mesquite's high schools. Sing-alongs, classics, and contemporary movie scores evoke happy memories of holidays past at 5 and 7:30 pm performances.
Cocoa and Carols on the Square
Join in for Carols and Cocoa the Saturday before Christmas at Heritage Square, 223 W Davis Street. Bundle up and get into the holiday spirit at this free family event that includes a community caroling sing-a-long, a family movie shown outdoors, the announcement of winners of the Winter Wonderland contest, surprises, and fun for all!
Mesquite Championship Rodeo Winter Classic
After you’ve opened presents and before you ring in the new year, head to the stands inside Mesquite Championship Rodeo for the Mesquite Winter Classic held the last Friday and Saturday in December. Get to the Kid’s Corral early for the bounce house, pony rides, and stick horse races. Next, cheer on Texas cowboys and cowgirls competing in bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, roping, and steer wrestling.