Photos Courtesy of Desert Ridge Marketplace

This December, Desert Ridge Marketplace transforms into the ultimate holiday destination with a variety of free and festive events, dazzling art installations, ways to give back to the community, and more.

The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace officially kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 22 with the annual holiday tree lighting, live entertainment, snowfall, and more.

As in seasons past, guests are invited to spread the love this year by participating in the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree Program. Now through Dec. 22, donate gifts to help fulfill the holiday wishes of more than 50,000 children in Arizona. Stop by the Salvation Army Angel Tree near Dave & Buster’s to pull a tag and enjoy the gift of giving.

Looking for a festive photo op? Christmas in Color is back with vibrant, festive displays scattered throughout The District. Now through Dec. 31, take photos with massive nutcrackers near H&M, stroll through a 20-foot-long Starry and Bright tunnel, walk under a canopy of illuminated ornaments, and more.

Every night through Dec. 31 (excluding Christmas Day), watch as The District transforms into a living snow globe with Nightly Snowfall at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. near Copper Blues Live. Nightly Snowfall can be enjoyed every hour on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For those looking for more traditional activities, children and their families are invited to meet Santa! Free digital photos with Santa will be offered on Fri., Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Photos are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Immerse yourself in the festivities with live music every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and catch the hottest local bands to top off the holiday cheer.

Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. For more information, visit