Kick-Off Party

Bringing Ahwatukee Together Since 1995

Ahwatukee’s Premier Event, the Festival of Lights Holiday Kick-Off Party,

is held at Desert Foothills Park the Saturday after Thanksgiving

  • NOVEMBER 27, 2021
  • DESERT FOOTHILLS PARKWAY (1010 E Marketplace SE, Phoenix, AZ 85048)
  • NOON TO 8 PM


Marketplace Street Fair at the Kick-off Party

We welcome a variety of vendors to showcase their products and services at the Marketplace Street Fair during the Ahwatukee Festival of Lights Kick-Off Party held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year.


Begin your holiday shopping with our selection of more than 100 crafters, artisans, services, packaged foods and other unique items


Kick-off Party

Restaurant Row

All spaces are full for this year’s Kick-Off party and you can be sure we will feature a mouth-watering variety of food and beverages.

Participating restaurants will be listed here as they are confirmed. This list contributed to our fantastic event in 2019.



Kick-off Party

The Tavern

Watch the game! Visit with other grown-ups! Sneak peeks at the Corn Hole Tournament going on nearby. Enjoy the weather in Phoenix by being outdoors with neighbors, family and friends.

The Tavern will be open one hour later this year until 9 pm!


Festival of Lights Kick-off Party

KB Kornhole Tournament

KB Kornhole will once again be running a variety of corn hole tournaments at this year’s Festival of Lights Kick Off Party!

Don’t worry if you are new to the game! Corn hole is all about having fun and meeting new people. There are a lot of friendly people who are eager to help newcomers learn the game and there are games for the following levels!

  • Novice Division doubles tournament
  • Experienced Division doubles tournament (ACL Regional)
    • Intermediate, Competitive and Advanced players
  • Junior Singles (12 and under)

A portion of the proceeds from the corn hole tournaments will benefit the the non-profit Festival of Lights as well as their charities, Kiwanis, Y OPAS and the Clothes Cabin.

PLEASE NOTE that the corn hole tournament will be held INSIDE the Tavern (beer garden) where alcohol is for sale. Absolutely NO OUTSIDE alcohol can be brought into the park.

Kick-Off Party


The Festival of Lights Holiday Kick-Off Party is a premier family event for the Ahwatukee community that raises funds for the lighting of the medians over the holidays on Chandler Boulevard and provides a fun event for the community.

We have inflatables, rides and games for the children, Marketplace Street Fair, a beer garden, restaurants throughout the park, visits with Santa, entertainment for the family, and other fun activities. Up to 15,000 attend the daylong festival.

We hope that you will join us.

Check out our 2019 Entertainment Schedule! Expect another great time when we return in 2021.


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