Kick-Off Party

Bringing Ahwatukee Together Since 1995

Ahwatukee’s Premier Event, the Festival of Lights Holiday Kick-Off Party,

will be held at Desert Foothills Park the Saturday before Thanksgiving this year!



NOVEMBER 19, 2022

DESERT FOOTHILLS PARKWAY (1010 E Marketplace SE, Phoenix, AZ 85048)
11 AM TO 10 PM

Marketplace Street Fair at the Kick-off Party

The Kick-Off Party’s Marketplace Street Fair is host to a wide variety of vendors offering unique wares and services. This year’s lineup has been specifically curated to appeal to those looking for gift or holiday appropriate merchandise and services.


Additionally, this year we are offering a silent auction at the Marketplace Fair. Each vendor represented has donated items from their booth that can then be bid on inside our silent auction booth. All proceeds will be donated to our local charity.


So grab your kettle corn, make a shopping list, and kickoff your holiday shopping among the bestcrafters, artisans, and unique merchandise Phoenix has to offer!

Kick-off Party

Festival Food

Food Truck Trail will feature a variety of culinary delights which will be located on 12th Street at the top of the hill sharing space with Marketplace. Expect food trucks, trailers, and other food vendors available for your enjoyment from open to close!

Participating restaurants will be listed here as they are confirmed.

Kick-off Party

The Tavern

Watch the game! Visit with other grown-ups! Listen to live entertainment! Enjoy the weather in Phoenix by being outdoors with neighbors, family and friends.

The Tavern for 2022 is sponsored by WCKD Brewery, which is locally owned by an Ahwatukee family and focuses on craft food, specialty craft cocktails, and craft beer. Wicked Brews is sponsoring the entire Tavern including all food served in and immediately outside the Tavern and the beer garden and the music/entertainment/DJ from 1:30-10:00PM on the stage. 

The Tavern will be open one hour later this year – operating 11am until 10pm!


Kick-Off Party


The Festival of Lights Holiday Kick-Off Party is a premier family event for the Ahwatukee community that raises funds for area nonprofit organizations as well as the lighting of the medians over the holidays on Chandler Boulevard. Plus, it provides a fun family event for the community.

We have inflatables, the Marketplace Street Fair, Tavern/Beer garden, food and beverage galore, visits with Santa, entertainment for the family, and other fun activities.

Up to 15,000 attend this daylong festival.

We hope that you will join us for:

  • Community performances from 11am – 1pm
  • Music/Live Music beginning at 1:30PM until 10 pm

2022 Charities TBD

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