Various reptiles and dessert creatures were on display for guests to see and even pet on Dec. 8, 2023. (Photo by Diego Esquivel)

Mesa Community College brings holiday spirit to Red Mountain campus

Friday, Dec. 8 saw the return of a holiday tradition at Mesa Community College where vendors come together to create a festive atmosphere just in time for Christmas.

Families gathered on Friday night at MCC’s Red Mountain campus to attend their 2023 holiday boutique and car show event that captured the true spirit of the holidays.

Guests were greeted with imitation snow falling from above upon walking on Red Mountain’s campus. A live DJ was present to set the mood by playing a variety of Christmas classics.

Two food trucks, serving hot dogs and Mexican food, were present and vouchers were provided to guests upon arrival for food truck discounts.

“We transform the campus into a winter wonderland.  We make it festive for everyone.  A lot of hard work goes into making this a success.  We will even have snow.  We want the community to know that we are here to provide a great education for those that want one.  We also get high schoolers excited about attending college.  We have vendors that will have awesome products and people enjoy seeing the classic cars that are on display at the car show,” said MCC Red Mountain administrative support, Crystal Golden 

The car show featured plenty of classic cars, such as a 1969 Pontiac GTO, 1965 Ford Mustang, and 1967 Chevrolet Corvette. Guests were able to look at the many vehicles on display, as well as chat with the car owners.

A variety of vendors were out looking to gain support for their businesses as well. One in particular, Camisha Walker, was selling flowers, jewelry, and lanterns from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“I love the comradery of the holidays and outings like this, it’s just so holiday-ish to me. So I love that. But I was up here and one of the staff told me about it and so I asked, can I sign up? That’s how I found out about it, but yes, the holiday’s are just magical so I love it,” said Walker. 

Walker expressed her joy and gratitude in participating in the event and working with the college for the first time. 

Walker hoped families could take away the various cultures featured throughout the vendors and wished for guests to enjoy themselves. 

At the end of the night, the college not only hoped to bring families out for future events, but also future students to consider what MCC has to offer.

“We hope families take away the fact that Mesa Community College Red Mountain is a great place to bring their families for our community events and especially, a great place for people to attend college.  We have classes for “traditional” students and we have our New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning program which provides classes for “non-traditional” students.  We care about our students, faculty and staff,” said Golden.

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