Alfaro family

Alfaro family with Santa.


Each winter, Tavan Elementary School puts on its annual holiday boutique called Tavan Twinkles. Shoppers can expect to find a wide array of food, gifts and entertainment for the whole family. 

“The goal of this event is to bring folks together and unite Scottsdale Unified School District families in a warm, holiday environment,” Tavan PTO member Deann Jensen said. “This long-standing tradition is highly-anticipated by members of the community.”

The Tavan parent-teacher organization plans and executes this festive affair. 

“Our parents have been wonderful at organizing this event, and they always get a wide array of community partners to participate,” Ellen Young, Administrative Support Coordinator, said. 

The organization makes sure to include a mix of student entrepreneurs and local businesses at the event. Guests will find goods ranging from $5 to $50. 

“At first, there were just vendors, and over time, we realized there was a need for entertainment, so we involved surrounding schools, which made it more of a community event,” Young said. 

Tavan Twinkles will take place outside on the campus to allow for social distancing. Guests can also purchase festive drinks and eats from local vendors and food trucks. 

“We’re striving to provide a variety of bakery and food options so that there is something for everyone,” Young said. 

As the boutique-goers shop, eat and mingle, they’ll experience a tree lighting, classic holiday movies on the big screen, live performances by students across the district, and kid-friendly activities. 

“Our family has been at every Tavan Twinkles they’ve organized. It’s a great time,” vendor Katrina Alfaro said. “We purchase a vendor booth more to support the school and the community; we don’t sell anything but we do promote our local sports league, Arcadia Sports Central.”

Alfaro’s son, Jordan, will set up a booth this year to sell shoe keychains. 

“The part we enjoy the most is seeing the community come together during the holidays and support vendors,” Alfaro said.

Attendees can purchase locally sourced goods ranging from health and wellness items, hand-knitted pieces, honey, jewelry, hair accessories, home goods, and more. In addition, junior entrepreneurs will be selling their handmade trinkets. 

“I can’t wait to meet new people and promote my small business. I hope everyone loves the handmade sewn goods I’ll be selling,” Arcadia High student Hannah Biesecker said. 

“I’m looking forward to sewing for the holidays, knowing that people will be opening my homemade gifts and stocking stuffers and supporting local crafters. My family has always shopped small businesses and I’m so happy to be part of that,” Arcadia freshman Sydney Fouts said. 

Sydney will be selling handmade tooth fairy pillows, leather card holder wallets, holiday hair scrunchies and boo-boo bags for little “ouchies” that happen.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 11, from 4-8 p.m. at 4610 E. Osborn Road. Admission is free. 

“I think that the most important thing about this event is coming together after a challenging few years and being able to embrace the neighborhood, along with the greater community,” Jensen said.