Holiday Magic at McCormick Ranch

Writer Grace Hill

Step into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season during the fifth annual Holiday Magic on McCormick Ranch. The exclusive event, held on December 3 and located at the McCormick Ranch main entrance park, proudly brings the community together for fun-filled holiday excitement.

“Holiday Magic is an event unique to McCormick Ranch that allows Ranch residents to gather together to celebrate our community and the holiday season,” says Leo Berg of Ranch Realty, who is also a Holiday Magic volunteer and corporate sponsor. “Holiday Magic promotes area merchants, community involvement, local schools and Scottsdale’s first responders. This is our event!”

And Holiday Magic truly creates a one-of-a-kind experience, beginning with the highlight of the night — the snow! With an impressive 50 tons brought in, McCormick Ranch becomes a snowscape in the Arizona desert, where kids will enjoy gliding down snow slides or making snow angels.

The festivities continue as children magically transform through the talents of a face painter, and then fill with giddiness as Santa patiently listens to their wish lists. The enchantment lingers as they meet storybook characters and get swept away by a horse and carriage. A special appearance will also be made by the Scottsdale Mounted Horse Patrol and Scottsdale Fire Department trucks. Magic will definitely be in the air for children!

Adults will enjoy some grown-up magic, as well. Included in the evening fun will be sponsor booth giveaways and prizes from the annual raffle. Every $1 raffle ticket purchased provides a chance to win amazing prizes, including restaurant and retail gift cards, kitchen appliances, artwork, gift baskets and more. Adults can also treat themselves to the delicious menu of various food trucks and free hot cocoa, iced tea and lemonade, while enjoying the camaraderie of old and new friendships made at McCormick Ranch.

Live music and entertainment will bring further holiday cheer to the event. The line-up includes A Capella Syndicate, the Circus School of Arizona and the Cochise Elementary, Chaparral High School and Saguaro High School choirs. The cheerful sounds will continue all throughout the night, with music from a DJ concluding the event.

Leo Berg sums up this magical holiday party by saying, “You’ll have a great time connecting with your neighbors, enjoying the music and food, playing in the snow and providing Santa with your wish list!”

The holiday spirit abounds as friends and family gather together under the starry night sky during this year’s Holiday Magic.

A special thanks goes to the McCormick Ranch Property Owners’ Association, which funds part of Holiday Magic. Additional funding is also provided through the event’s many sponsors. Primary sponsors include Ranch Realty; Rowland Carmichael Advisors; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Lox, Stock and Bagel; Desert Schools Federal Credit Union; The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch; Arizona Partners representing the Mercado Shopping Plaza; Linda LeBlang of RE/MAX Fine Properties; and Images Arizona magazine.

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