Mom loves this time of year, but she also works very hard getting, wrapping, and sending gifts, decorating, baking, and hosting parties. She had a super busy weekend, and her reward was eating dinner out and heading to the outlet stores to see the big Christmas tree. I got to tag along.
First of all, the outlet stores off Anthem Way changed their name to the Outlets North Phoenix. Second, we didn’t know it, but they had a parade scheduled. We showed up and wondered by people were lining the sidewalk. A nice lady told us a bunch of razers and jeeps were decorated and would be driving by once it was dark.
We walked around to shop, but honestly, the outlet is dying a slow and painful death. It just doesn’t have many stores anymore. Most of the arms are vacant with only a few stores facing the front. Very sad.
However, the Christmas tree did not disappoint. It is the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in the entire state of Arizona! A crew of 10 to 12 people spend weeks decorating it with 5,000 ornaments and bows. The LED lights measure 1.5 miles in length, and the star on top is made of copper in honor of “The Copper State” at statehood in 1912.
We attended the tree lighting once, and decided we didn’t need to attend again. It was pretty lame. We didn’t have high hopes for the parade, but we were already there. After walking around for 30 minutes, we lined up with everyone else.
Surprisingly, a long stream of razers and jeeps drove by all decked out for Christmas. They were quite festive and friendly. They were parked in the back and zoomed by right where the Christmas tree is located.
We aren’t fans of the razers as they are destroying our forests and the tranquility of nature. But we appreciated the hard work everyone put into decorating and showing their Christmas spirit. As in years past, Santa has a house where you can get your picture taken. I’ve met the man personally and have the picture to prove it! He is a jolly fellow, I must say. I reminded him that I have been a very good boy.
Mom had been on her feet all day, so we departed early. As we drove out of the parking lot, we saw the last of the parade. Seems like the kids enjoyed it. I don’t know if we would make a special trip for it, but it was an added bonus to our outing. You’ll need to check the Outlets website/calendar to see what other activities and events they have scheduled for the season. The food court has several options from Mexican to Chinese to burgers. We are fortunate to have this local gem.
I cannot believe it is December already. Goodness, this year has gone by fast! I’m grateful for all the adventures I’ve had and look forward to more in the new year. Enjoy this wonderful time of year. I’m pretty sure we will go on an SOS mission: Search of Snow! I’ll keep you posted.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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