Stagecoach Village Launches First Western Vacation | News

C.ave Creek is home to its own Christmas celebration, Western Holidays, in early December.

Sponsored by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln, the festival will take place at Stagecoach Village multiple times from Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. Admission is free with a toy or food donation to Operation Santa Claus.

The Stagecoach Village Board of Directors hired event and property manager Patty Pollnow to host a holiday celebration, as the town of Cave Creek did not have one. The result is a festive community gathering featuring a wide range of activities, cooking, and shopping opportunities to kick off the holiday season.

“It’s going to be a very family-oriented holiday event. It has rides for all ages and I think it will be fun for everyone,” Pollnow said.

“Cave Creek is really known for community and family, so that’s what we wanted to put together at this event at Stagecoach Village, just focusing on community and families.”

The highlight of Western Holidays is the Yuletide Artisan Market, which will feature local artists offering handmade goods for gifting.

Around 25 artisans are scheduled to host the vendors during the three days of the event. Živel Natural Creations, Grandma Chickens Homemade Country Jam, and Calico Whiskers are some of the vendors guests will be able to shop.

A variety of restaurants from Stagecoach Village and around the community will also be on hand to provide festive food for market-goers.

“We have our restaurants that I like to focus on, which include Ofrenda, Brugo’s Pizza Co. & Bistro, Village Coffee & Crepery and Mountain View Pub,” Pollnow said.

Other participating local establishments include It’s A Divine Bakery, Mike’s Chicago Dogs, The City Creamery, Papa Murphy’s and Phat Turtle BBQ.

A beer and wine garden will be available to accompany the drinks with the meal.


Adjacent to Vendor Alley, the first day of the holiday celebration will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus in a Daisy Mountain Fire Truck at 5:30 pm

Following your arrival, there will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm attended by Cave Creek Mayor Bob Morris and Christmas carolers to kick off the holiday season.


The second day of Western Holidays will feature activities for both adults and children.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a children’s corner will be open for young market-goers to enjoy blowing bubbles, face painting, glitter tattoos, making decorations and jumping on bounce houses.

“We have a group of mini horses arriving on Saturday afternoon, and I think everyone will enjoy seeing them and being around them,” Pollnow said.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make another appearance for photos and storytelling. 450 books provided by Usborne Books will be raffled off.

Cowbells Western Interiors of Stagecoach Village will also be hosting its first Cowbells Crazy Christmas Hat contest from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm It will be held in the store in suite 131.

Winners will be announced at 7 pm the same day. Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to first, second, and third place, respectively.

At 5:30 p.m., the evening sky will light up with the glow of two hot air balloons. Globe glow times depend on weather conditions.

The Stagecoach Village gazebo will also be decked out in sparkling lights for your live entertainment. The Cactus Shadows High School student band and choir will perform, as well as the local band The Crown Kings performing from 5-9 p.m.

In true Western fashion, the Old West reenactment group, the Salt River Regulators, can be found roaming the grounds and re-enacting a gunfight on both Saturday and Sunday.


Kicking off the last day of the Western festivities, there will be a chili cook-off where individuals or teams can showcase their culinary skills and favorite chili recipes.

Participants must cook two to three gallons of chili off-site and bring their creations to the event in a crock pot or other heat-retaining container. Power will be provided.

Participants are required to bring their own table, tasting glasses, and supplies. There is no limit on entries.

Installation begins at 10 am and tasting at 11 am Voting will take place as a popular election. Winners will be announced at 2 pm, with prizes for first through fourth place.

The cost of admission is $10. If you have questions, please contact Sue Marshall at 602-570-4148 or [email protected]

For entertainment on the last day of the event, there will be a classical music performance by the Jubilate Conservatory of Music at 1 pm.

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WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, December 9; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 10; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 11

WHERE: Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek

COST: Free entry with a toy or food donation to Operation Santa Claus

INFORMATION: 480-876-6108,

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