👍 Editors Picks 👍

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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 N. Wentz Road

When: Dec. 8-23, Sunday-Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 21, 5–10 p.m.

Cost: $8 per person plus tax

For more information click here.

Historic Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair

Bring your family and see the action on Fourth Avenue. Visit 400 arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors, street musicians, and tons of other family fun activities. 

Where: Fourth Avenue between University and Ninth Street.

When: Dec. 8-10, 10 a.m. to sundown

Cost: Event is free to attend 

For more information click here.

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
Emerge is accepting donations of gift cards, new toys, bath sets, electronics and household items to stock the Holiday House, through Dec. 14, at 2545 E. Adams St.

Donate to Holiday House (Sponsored)

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse has kicked off its annual Holiday House event, a store-style setting where participants and their families can shop for holiday gifts in a safe location. Holiday House is stocked with all new items including toys; makeup and toiletries; sports items; electronics; household items; and gift cards donated by the public.

Click here for a list of suggested donations.

When: Donations will be accepted weekdays through Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse administrative offices, 2545 E. Adams Street

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The Winterhaven Festival of Lights, which is in its 67th year, will continue for at least five more years, thanks to TEP.

Winterhaven opens Saturday

Winterhaven Festival of Lights is the big Christmas light display in Tucson. The midtown neighborhood has been lit up for 68 years. It's free to visit, although donations for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are collected.

When: Dec. 9-26, 2017; 6-10 p.m. every night. Monday, Dec. 26 is the drive-through night.

Where: The Winterhaven neighborhood is bounded by Ft. Lowell Road on the south, Prince Road on the north, Tucson Boulevard on the west and Country Club on the east. If you plan to walk, look for parking on Tucson Boulevard and Prince Road and wear comfortable shoes.

Cost: Free but bring some canned food to donate and money for hot cocoa or popcorn.

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Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Over 2,000 candlelit luminarias and a special holiday light show transforms the gardens into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live music and food trucks. 

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Dec. 8-10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $4-$13

For more information click here.

🛍️ Markets and Shopping 🛍️

Holiday Bazaar Extraordinaire 2017

Free all-day activities while you shop for art, soaps, jewelry, clothing, oils, incense, candles, hair products, crafts, books and more. West African dance and drum circles, face painting, karate, yoga, henna designs, shakere/percussion workshops, games from African and African American traditions, traditional head wrapping lecture and demo, holiday singalong and more.

Where: Dunbar Center, 325 W. Second Street

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food 

For more information click here.

Menlo Park Neighborhood Flea Market Second Saturday

Have fun with family and friends and shop 8-10 vendors at the flea market. 

Where: Menlo Home and Garden, 914 W. Congress Street

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend 

For more information click here.

Holiday Market at Tucson Village Farm

Shop for handmade gifts and seasonal produce. Enjoy soup, bread and hot cocoa (available by donation) by a cozy campfire.

Where: The Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend 

For more information click here.

Melissa & Doug Sidewalk Sale

Get your shopping bags ready. JBF Tucson is selling Melissa & Doug items for 25-percent-off retail. Items are new. Cash only and all sales are final.  

Where: Smoothie Factory, 1031 N. Park Ave., Suite C

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend but bring cash for purchases

For more information click here.

🎅 🎄 Holiday Events and Santa Sightings 🎄 🎅

Tohono Chul Holiday Nights 2017

Stroll along paths with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. Free photos with Santa 6-8 p.m. (with admission)

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

When: Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-2; 8-9; 15-16, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $3-$16

For more information click here.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

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. 9, 16 and 23. Click here for times.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

Trail Dust Town

Santa Comes To Trail Dust Town - A Christmas Celebration

Live music, petting zoo, hot cocoa and sweets, rides, and more. Santa and the festivities in the courtyard are free.

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 3-6 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

The Santa Experience

Book a private photo session with Santa and the kids.

Where: Something Blue Photography, 312 S. Convent

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: For registration, pricing and availability email info@somethingbluephotography.net 

For more information click here.

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Santa Adoption Party 

Take your furry friend to see Santa Claus. Santa will be posing for family photos and handing out gifts. While you're there, go see pets looking for a home during this holiday season. These adoptable pets would love to lay under your tree.

Where: Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

Kids Create Family Fun Program

These projects are designed for school-age children to help youth learn about, talk about and create miniatures. At this event you will be able to create a mini snowman. 

Where: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9. 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

For more information click here.

North Pole Photo Props

Kids can make fun props and then strike a pose in front of a festive photo backdrop.

Where: Michaels, 3749 W. Ina Road

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10-noon

Cost: $2 per kiddo

For more information click here.

Santa at Harlow Gardens

Bring your kids, pets and camera to take a picture with Santa. Your children also get to make their own Christmas ornament to take home with them.

Where: Harlow Gardens, 5620 E. Pima St.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Victorian Christmas Ball

Get dressed up and enjoy an evening with friends or your SO. Scottish and English country dances will be taught before each dance and there will be a walk-through so that guests will be familiar with the dances. 

Where: First United Methodist Church, 915 Fourth Street

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $15

For more information click here.

 🎥 Movies and Theater 🎥

Courtesy of Salpointe Catholic

Salpointe's Beauty and the Beast

Come see this wonderful fairy tale retold. 

Where: Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E. Copper Street

When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 1-10 click here for showtimes 

Cost: $5-$20, Salpointe students are free with Student ID.

A Nashville Tribute Band - Christmas

Enjoy signature tight harmonies, powerful Nashville-style production, and creative decorations. 'Tis the season to be jolly.

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street

When: Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: $17-$27

For more information click here.

Tucson Girls Chorus - Sounds of Winter

Come hear more than 200 harmonious voices of the Tucson Girls Chorus. The choirs will perform a variety of contemporary, folk, and traditional seasonal music. 

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $6.75-$18.80

For more information click here.

Russian Grand Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The Russian Grand Ballet performs this winter classic for two nights at the Fox Theatre.

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $41-$77

For more information click here.

Home Alone outdoors at the Children's Museum

Free outdoor screening of the holiday classic, Home Alone. There will also be free hot chocolate, cookies, snowflake crafting and a movie-themed photo booth. Please dress warmly and bring your own seating.

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 6-7:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Ninjago sensory-friendly film showing

People are permitted to bring their own snacks from home respecting dietary needs. Feel free to move about, dance, and sing. This event is meant to provide an opportunity for family members and individuals on the autism spectrum and/or other disabilities to experience a theater.

Where: Century Gateway 12, 770 N. Kolb Road

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $3-$3.50

For more information click here.

White Christmas Singalong

Bring family and friends to sing and have a great time during this holiday season.

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

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 4-7 p.m.

Cost: $10

For more information click here.

 👯‍♀️ Friend dates 👯‍♀️

Free women's self-defense class

Bring your besties and learn some safety tips. Try to make both classes to get the most out of this event. Both days will be different. Open to all women, age 12-and-up. 

Where: Gracie Barra Tucson Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense, 5700 E. Broadway Blvd.

When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec 8, 7-8:15 p.m.

Cost: Free and be sure to wear comfortable clothing

For more information click here.


Latin Dance Community free downtown outdoor social

Bring a group of friends and enjoy the free dance class, guest performances by Monzon Bachata, Zona Pachanga, Gerardo & Lupita of Salson Dance, and Tucson Casineros. Come and dance salsa, bachata, timba, kizomb. 

Where: Jacome Plaza Downtown, 60 W. Pennington St.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

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Live Wreath Class

Bring a friend and learn how to create a wreath with fresh greens. Don't miss out on the "Poinsettia" drink, included in your class fee. 

Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Cost: $50

For more information click here.

Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Tamales 101

Learn the art of authentic tamal-making in this hands-on class. It's a step-by-step process of how to prepare the masa & red chile. Supplies for half-dozen tamales are provided. You must be 21-or-over to attend.

Where: 1912 Brewing Co., 2045 N. Forbes Blvd, Ste 105.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Cost:  $30 per person (includes a 1912 beer)

For more information click here.

💸 Weekly ads 💸

Target - Dec. 3-9. Buy one, get one 50 percent off. Kids and toddlers select apparel, shoes for the family and jewelry/accessories. 

Bond, Jennifer

Ulta - Dec. 3-9. Ulta beauty collection makeup sets on sale for $9.99, Ulta beauty 73 piece collection for $19.99. Make up stocking stuffers, bath gels, body mists and nail lacquer five for $10. 

Bond, Jennifer

Joanne - Dec. 3-13. 60 percent off entire stock of holiday decor, 50-60 percent off select fabric, 70% off clear ornament tubes and don't miss the doorbusters starting Dec. 7.

Bond, Jennifer

Kohl's - Dec. 3-9.  40 percent off all jammies for the family, 30-40 percent off slippers, 40-50 percent off doorbusters, which includes select women's apperal. 60-70 percent off doorbuster jewelry and men's gifts for under $20. 

Bond, Jennifer

Walgreens - Dec. 3-9. Toys on super sale! 50 percent off Sharper image remote control car drone and remote control drone with virtual reality headset. Lego toys 20 percent off, children's toys buy two at $6.99 each and get two free with card. 

Bond, Jennifer

Michaels - Dec. 3-9. 50 percent off select holiday floral, 50 percent or more off select Christmas trees, 50% off select Christmas decor, 50 percent off all Christmas wrapping and ribbons and don't forget the select toys and crafts that are up to 50 percent off.

Bond, Jennifer

JC Penney - Dec. 6-9. Go shopping and get up to 50 percent off across the store. 50 percent Liz Claiborne apparel and 50 percent off sweater dresses. 50-60 percent off active wear, 50 percent kids apperal, 50-70 percent clearance items, 50 percent select holiday decor and Christmas trees, Select bath towels for $6.99, up to 60 percent off heated blankets and mattress pads, up to 50 percent off select men's apparel and don't for get you get an extra 20 percent off select items if you use your JC Penney credit card.

Bond, Jennifer

Petsmart - Dec. 4-Jan 2. Save up to 30 percent off select holiday dog toys, save 40 percent on select pet sweaters, Save 30 percent off pet beds. They also have great sales on cat and dog food. 

Bond, Jennifer

Petco - Dec. 6-25. Buy two, get one free on entire stock dog treats and chews, Buy two, get one free on select pet toys and 40 percent to 50 percent off select dogs beds.