Merry Movie series

The Merry Movie series makes its return to the quad for the first time in two years.

The holiday season is in full swing at Scottsdale Quarter. 

Scottsdale Quarter kicked off an arm’s length list of activities and 17 locally owned shops and more than 60 other retailers are primed to welcome visitors.

“We’re doing our best to spotlight the businesses that make our community a special space,” said Christina Calhoun, the marketing director of the Scottsdale Quarter. 

“We really want to highlight and congratulate these smaller, locally owned, businesses that have helped create a sense of community here and have withstood a lot of challenges over the past year and a half.”

Calhoun also believes that by supporting these businesses, customers will ensure that there will be gifts under the tree or in the stocking. 

“When you factor in businesses like Junk in the Trunk – who are featuring goods from handmade artisans and things that are made here locally – it eliminates the obstacle of having to bring things in from overseas and having supply chain issues,” she said. 

For Scottsdale, reopening the Quarter full throttle for Christmas is all a big step forward in a return to normalcy. 

“Last year looked really different for us and while we still tried to incorporate as many fun and festive events as we could, we had to eliminate a lot of larger events where we would have drawn a crowd,” said Calhoun. “A lot of our events have been brought back from years past and have been amplified.” 

This year’s celebration will not just serve as entertainment for the humans in guest’s families as there has been a list of events added for pets as well: Guests can have their pets’ picture taken with Santa 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. 

There will also be a special shopping day for pets on Dec. 11 where guests can bring their pets between noon and 3 p.m. to receive treats and shop in any of the pet friendly stores within Scottsdale Quarter. 

This will also mark the first holiday season in which Scottsdale Quarter is celebrating the completion of its grand vision. 

“We are so excited to have the final section of the property completed and to have welcomed so many retailers to the quarter,” Calhoun said. “It’s exciting to bring the businesses together for the holiday season when we have such good energy.” 

In addition, guest may notice a QR code outside of the Coca-Cola vending machines scattered throughout Scottsdale Quarter. Coca-Cola has partnered with Scottsdale Quarter to give away 20 $500 prepaid visa gift cards; customers can enter the drawing by scanning the QR code with no purchase necessary. 

Overall, Calhoun is excited to kick off the holiday season at the Quarter and to provide a fun experience for all guests who gather there. 

“Our goal here at Scottsdale Quarter is to create this community gathering space where people can get together and make holiday memories while spending time with friends and family,” she said. “We do these events so that people can enjoy themselves and celebrate.”