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23rd Annual Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

The Parade of Lights has a new route and new activities this year. Check it out here.

Where: Starts at Church Avenue and ends at Stone Avenue

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 3-9 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

Festivus at Metal Arts Village

Join the fun and go to the first annual Festivus Party at the Metal Arts Village. The night will be filled with live music, a raffle, feats of strength, airing of grievances.

Where: The Metal Arts Village Tucson, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $10 and proceeds benefit the homeless animals in our community.

For more information click here.

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2nd Annual Christmas on the Farm (Marana Pumpkin Patch)

Ride the Christmas train to see Santa, holiday light displays, jumping pillows, petting zoo, Christmas story time, great food and hot chocolate.

Where: Marana Pumpkin Patch, 14901 North Wentz Road

When:¬†Dec. 8-23, Sunday-Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 21, 5‚Äď10 p.m.

Cost: $8 per person plus tax

For more information click here.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Bookmans 

Santa is coming to town and he's stopping at every Bookmans store to bring a little bit of holiday magic and cheer to all.

Where: All Bookman locations

When: Dec. 16 and 23. Click here for times.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

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Ballet Rincon presents The Nutcracker Ballet

Enjoy a night out and watch a holiday fairy tale performed by Ballet Rincon. 

Where: Vail Theatre of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way

When:  Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cost: $10-$16

For more information click here.

3rd Annual Santa's Holiday Workshop Event

Bring the family and get a chance to see Santa arrive in a firetruck. There will be plenty of family activities, like cookie and ornament decorating, hot cocoa, shopping at the holiday craft fair, Christmas music, carolers and more. 

Where: Southwest Community Center, 5950 S. Cardinal Ave.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, noon-4 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend and remember to bring some extra money for activities, food trucks and holiday shopping

For more information click here.

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Enjoy a festive event with the family with Christmas classics from Mannheim Steamroller. 

Where: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35-$150

For more information click here.

Marana-Tucson Run Run Rudolph

Run with the reindeer at this holiday event: Run Run Rudolph Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5K, and Reindeer Dash. Be sure to register online to get your kit. 

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $20-$70

For more information click here.

Board Game Day at Flandrau

Put down the smart phones and iPads and have some old school fun with the family by playing some board games. 

Where: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $4-$8

For more information click here.

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Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Presents 13th Annual Holiday Express with Santa

Get a chance to talk and take a photo with Santa in front of the 1673 Locomotive at Maynards. you can enjoy holiday music, write a letter to Santa, see the museum’s bilingual exhibits and live action model trains, listen to the storytelling of the Polar Express and climb into the train cab.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 12-4 p.m.

Where: 414 N. Toole Ave.

Cost: Free

Main Gate Square Holiday Bash (and Pueblo Express)

Go caroling with families and see Santa at Main Gate Square's Holiday Boulevard Bash. You can participate in the holiday activities, like the holiday musical performance, marshmallow roasting, holiday crafts, and there’s even snow in the forecast! The Pueblo Express will be leaving at 2 p.m. from the Mercado Station on Avenida Del Convento. A regular Sun Link day pass is required to ride, children 5-and-under ride free. Space is limited!

Where: The Mercado to Main Gate Square

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2-5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, tickets for rides are free for 5-years-and-under

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Dog Pictures with Santa

Do you got a little pup that's feeling left out this holiday season? Treat your pet with pictures with Santa, paw-print painting, snacks and drinks. 

Where: Tucson's Best Free Doggy Socialization Classes, 3042 S. Quail Trail

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2-5 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, but taking donations for festivities

For more information click here.

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The Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XIX

This free event begins with blessings and songs as we light the giant Millstone Family Menorah on Country Club Road. Don't miss the musicals, dance performances and the opportunity to light your own Hanukkah menorah.

Where: Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Rd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free to attend

For more information click here.

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Santa is coming to Our Play Place

Playtime, crafts, cookies, cocoa and photos with Santa at this new indoor place place.

Where: Our Play Place, 3951 W. Costco Dr.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Cost: $15-$20

For more information click here.

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Kids Holiday Paint-a-Pot Class

Let the kids help decorate this year and make a festive plant pot for the house. Workshop includes all supplies to paint and plant the pot: 1 annual, 1 (5-inch) pot, soil, paint and brushes. 

Where: Green Things, 3384 E River Rd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: $12

For more information click here.

Kids Ornament Class

Bring the kids and watch them make some memorable ornaments. The cost includes one ornament, two mini accents (choice: mushroom, flamingo, nutcracker and snowman) and a base of sand or moss. You can also bring your own accents.

Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Cost: $12

For more information click here.

Santa for Extra Special Kids

All children and family in the special needs community welcome. Little kiddos get to enjoy wagon polar express, arts & crafts, therapy dogs, therapy horses, reading corner and much more. Reservations are encouraged. To make reservations call Katie at 707-505-6491

Where: Courtyard at Pima and Swan, 1661 N. Swan Rd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

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Lola Torch has added lyra and aerial silks in her arsenal of dancing skills. 

Tucson Libertine League Holiday Mingle Fest

Join the cast and crew of Tucson Libertine League. Celebrate the holiday season in your festive attire and have some laughs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 Congress Street

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, bring some money for food and drinks

For more information click here.

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Beginner Aerial Hoop Workshop

Bring your flexible buddy and learn how to aerial hoop. This workshop will focus on the basic foundations. You will learn about the apparatus and how to safely execute tricks and poses. 

Where: Take Flight Yoga and Movement, 35 E Toole Ave.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:30-3 p.m.

Cost: $25

For more information click here.

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Ugly Sweater Christmas 

Enjoy a festive and fun event with Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary for senior pets. They will have a ugly sweater contest with a winner and a runner up. Enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, brats, salads, homemade chili, and of course desserts. Also, raffles and prizes will take place. The food is made by volunteers and there will be a donation jar set up.  

Where: The Shelter Cocktail Lounge, 4155 E. Grant Rd.

When: Friday, Dec. 15, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated 

For more information click here.

Holiday Centerpieces

Learn how to create a beautiful living holiday centerpiece. Bring some festive joy to your home and learn a little something at the same time. 

Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: Cost of this class is cost of supplies, such as the container, soil, and plants chosen. 

For more information click here.

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The Very Merry Holiday Sing-A-Long Spectacular at the Loft

Don't miss the opportunity to see your¬†favorite seasonal TV shows, movies and music videos. You'll get to see Michael Bubl√©, Nat King Cole, ‚ÄėN Sync, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Grinch, Sonny & Cher, Mariah Carey, The Muppets, Pee-Wee Herman, Charo, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Sam Smith, Glee Cast Members, Dolly Parton and more. Admission includes a Very Merry Goodie Bag filled with fun props to use during the show. Have Fun!

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$13

For more information click here.

The Star Wars Holiday Special - Free Admission

Grab the kiddos and show them one of the classics on big screen for free. This is a great event to take advantage of during the busy holiday season.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Monday, Dec. 18 at 8-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Don't miss the mother of all cult classics as it hits the big screen this weekend.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 11:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Cost: $5-$7

For more information click here.

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Mercado Holiday Bazaar

This year's holiday bazaar will feature new shops and more booths with the expansion of the Mercado Annex. There will be more than 60 handpicked vendors offering a selection of local handmade items and vintage finds.

Where: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

When: Dec. 15-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

For more information click here.

Drop and Shop

Sneak away and do some shopping and leave the kids at Our Play Place. Kids enjoy a fun-filled evening that includes pizza, drink, craft, a movie and playtime. 

Where: Our Play Place, 3951 W. Costco Dr.

When:  Saturday, Dec 16,  6-9 p.m.

Cost: $15 per child, must be potty trained

For more information click here.