For Everyone🎉

Downtown Parade of Lights

Feel the holiday cheer with a fun parade of lights downtown. See the dancers with lit dresses, Santa, cars, live entertainment, food trucks and don't forget to stop by the snow play area.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, festival starts at 3 p.m.; parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Tucson

Cost: Free

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The Very Merry Holiday Sing-A-Long Spectacular

Listen to your favorite musical moments from your favorite seasonal TV shows, movies and music videos. The Sing-a-long features Michael Bublé, Nat King Cole, ‘N SYNC, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Grinch, Sonny & Cher, Mariah Carey, The Muppets, Pee-Wee Herman, Charo and more. Wear your most over-the-top Christmas-themed costume and join the kooky Christmas costume parade.  Admission includes a goodie bag filled with fun props to use during the show and free candy canes. 

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

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:30-9:45 p.m.

Cost: $10-$12, hurry tickets are selling fast. Bring an unwrapped toy for donating to Casa de los Ninos and receive half off admission.

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Winter Waterland in Marana

This event is free to the public and will feature kids activities, performers, vendors, craft and cocoa. At 6:15 p.m. the splash pad will debut a holiday colored water show.

Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

When: Friday, Dec. 14, 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend. Free cups of cocoa and free plush toys for first 200 attendees. 

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Holidays at the Markets

Shop till you drop at Heirloom Farmers Markets' annual event.  This holiday week will have something for everyone, including live music, 15-100 vendors (depending on location), kid's activities and a free raffle. 

When: Dec. 12-16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans Market; Friday, Dec. 14, Trail Dust Town; Saturday, Dec. 15, Oro Valley Farmers Market and Sunday, Dec. 16, Rillito Park Farmers Market.

Cost: Event is free to attend, but bring some money for shopping.

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Christmas in the Desert at Colossal Cave

Take a historic wagon ride surrounded by 60,000 twinkling lights. After you ride, take a seat on Santa's lap and have some s'mores and hot cocoa.

Where: Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail

When: Dec. 14-24 , 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10, $8 ages 3-12, ages 2 and under are free.

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Oro Valley Concert Series

This live music series supports local musicians with the opportunity to perform monthly in the community’s largest shopping center. Remember to bring your own chairs.

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Mercado Holiday Bazaar

Visit this family-friendly outdoor holiday market this weekend with more than 60 vendors to shop art, crafts and collectables. 

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

When: Dec. 14-16, 10 a.m. 

Cost: Free to attend

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The Tucson Flea: Ho Ho Humbug

Shop more than 30 vendors for vintage, crafts and collectibles to finish off your holiday hit list. 

Where: The Owl's Club, 236 S. Scott Ave.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, but bring some money for shopping.

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Winter Festival and Light Parade in Sahuarita

Where: Sahuarita Parks and Recreation, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 6-10 p.m.

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

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Meadowbrook Holiday Hayrides

Take your friends and relatives on a mule drawn hayride through the Meadowbrook subdivision near River and La Cholla while looking at festive holiday decorations.

Where: Holiday Hayrides, 2350 W. River Road

When: Dec. 14-25, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person, ages 5 and under are free.

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Gather A Vintage Market

Enjoy this four-day market, which features vintage furniture and goodies for your home.

Where: Gather A Vintage Market, 657 W. Saint Marys Road

When: Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 12-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

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Christmas on the Farm 

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

Where: Marana Pumpkin Patch, 14901 North Wentz Road

When: December weekends 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, from 5-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $8 per person plus tax.

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Run, Run, Rudolph

Help Rudolph and the gang get ready for Santa and the big night. All participants will receive a medal, dri-fit tech shirt and socks. Group awards will be given for top three in the half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K. Runners and walkers can enjoy a before and after race brunch with bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade and more. Packet pick-up on Saturday, December 15, 2-5 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Oro Valley.

Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $20-$75, registration is a mail-in for available here

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13th Annual Vail Jingle Trail 5K and Santa's Little Helper

The 5K takes you on a cross country course at Cienega High School and a special ornament award will go to the first 400 finishers. All participants will receive a free long sleeve t-shirt if registered by Thursday, Dec. 6. There will be music and refreshments for all racers and don't forget to bring your unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

Where: Cienega High School, 12775 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Rd. 

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. Day-of-race registration, bib number and t-shirt pick-up starts at 8 a.m.

Cost: $10-$25

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Reid Park Zoo Lights

Enjoy a night at the zoo with colorful light displays and animals. Santa will be there as well as live entertainment, food and snow to play in.

When: Dec. 6 to Dec. 23, 2018, 6-8 p.m. With encore nights from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30.

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Ct.

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for kids ages 2-12. Reid Park Zoo members get $2 off admission.

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Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Watch the whole neighborhood light up before your eyes as you stroll around Winterhaven. Food trucks, hot chocolate and fake snow will be there to make your holiday season even better.  

When: Dec. 8 to Dec. 26, 2018, from 6-10 p.m. every day.

Where: Neighborhood is located near Fort Lowell and Country Club. 

Cost: Free. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will be collecting food and money at the event.

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Holiday Ride to Winterhaven

Tugo Bike Share and Living Street Alliance are hosting a holiday group ride to Winterhaven Festival of Lights. The ride starts at Time Market at 5:30 p.m. You'll ride 4 miles to Danny's Baboquivari Lounge and then walk into Winterhaven.  

Where: Time Market, 444 E. University Blvd.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free

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Tohono Chul's Holiday Nights

Take a walk through a brilliant display of lights, while you listen to local musicians and watch artists perform. Telescopes will be provided for stargazing and don't miss a special visit with Santa. 

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

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

Cost: $16 general admission, $3 for kids under 12 and $12 for members.

Santa Sightings 🎅

Miracle on Congress Street

Starting Nov. 23, 2018, Santa and his elves will be downtown. In addition to Santa, the Miracle on Congress Street, located just west of Hub on Congress features free photos on Fridays, free arts and crafts activities, Christmas music, live performances, free sugar-cookie and adult drinks, hot cocoa and coffee will be available for purchase.

When: Starts Friday, Nov. 23 to Dec. 23

Fridays, Dec. 14 and 21, 4-8 p.m. 

Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Miracle on Congress St., 300 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free

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Santa at Little Anthony's Diner

He's making a list and checking it twice at Anthony's Diner all month long. Get a free photo with Santa when you bring in a non-perishable food item to donate to Tucson Community Food Bank.

Where: Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.

When: Friday to Sunday, 14-15, 21-23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Holiday Express with Santa at the Maynard's train museum

Get a chance to talk and take a photo with Santa in front of 1673 Locomotive. 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, climb into the 1673 Train, and see arts and crafts show.

Where: Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Free Pics with Santa in Main Gate Square

Join in the holiday fun and go caroling with families and see Santa at Main Gate Square. Participate in the holiday activities, like the musical performance, crafts, elf balloon artists and face painting.

Where: Main Gate Square, 943 E. University Blvd.

When: 

Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23, 1-4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 24, 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

Free Photos with Santa at the HabiStore

Shop around and visit with Santa at the HabiStore. Get free photos with Santa, light refreshments and some shopping goodies. 

Where: Habitat for Humanity, 935 W. Grant Road

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

More information here

 

Themed Photo Nights with Santa at Park Place Mall

 More Santa fun is happening at the Park Place Mall, now until Dec. 24. Beat the long lines and reserve a time to meet the big guy here, you can also save some money if you buy your photos in advance.

Where: Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

Hours/Themes:

Nov. 16 to Dec. 24, 2018

Pet Nights: Nov. 12 to Dec. 17, Mondays 5-8 p.m. 

Ugly Sweater Day: Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, all-day event 

Where: Park Place Mall, 5870 Broadway Blvd.

Cost: Visiting Santa is free, but the price of photos varies.

More information here.

Dave & Buster's Breakfast with Santa

If you like gaming and Christmas, then this is the spot for you this season. Enjoy a breakfast buffet, with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, roasted potatoes, bagels, waffles, beverages, ticket games, unlimited video games and a picture with Santa.

Where: Dave & Buster's, 1390 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m.

Cost: Starts at $16, kids 2-and-under are free 

More information here.

Kids🎈

Grinchmas Party at Our Play Place

What if Christmas means a little bit more! Story time at 10 a.m. and Grinch themed activities and snacks are available throughout the day.

Where: Our Play Place, 3951 W. Costco Drive

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $10, get your tickets here

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Nightmare Before Xmas Paint Night

Have a family paint night and get creative with the characters of Halloween Town and our favorite boney Santa, Jack Skellington. 

Where: The American Eat Co. & Market, 1439 S. Fourth Ave.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $25 per adult or $40 for adult and child.

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Cookies, Coco and Holiday Cheer at Our Play Place

Kids will be bouncing off the walls for this family fun event. They'll get to play, decorate cookies and drink hot cocoa. 

Where: Our Play Place, 3951 W. Costco Drive

When: Friday, Dec. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 for first child and $8 for siblings, get your tickets here

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Free Kids' Holiday Puppet Show: Fun Frosty & Friends

Take the kids to see some free holiday fun with puppets. Santa Claus, snowmen, grinch, nutcrackers, elves and reindeer puppets will entertain your kids to ensure they have gumdrop dreams.

Where: Midtown Mercantile Merchants, 4443 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Holiday-themed Disney Junior Play Date

Families can enjoy a variety of activities including make and take crafts, photo booth fun, a visit from Mrs. Claus, music and more.

Where: Tucson Premium Outlets, 6401 W. Marana Center Blvd.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend.

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Parents Night Out at the JCC

It's the parents turn for some fun, so enjoy a night off while the JCC staff entertain the kids. The evening includes themed programs, dinner, snacks, games, a movie and more.

Where: Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

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

Cost: Members: $25, sibling $20 and public pricing: $30, sibling $25

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Pet Parents🐾🐾

Annual Ugly Sweater Party at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge

Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary is throwing a funky ugly sweater party. Grab your tacky apparel and get dressed for a fun fundraiser to help senior pets in need. This event is for ages 21 and up. Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. 

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

When: Friday, Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, but bring some money for goodies and prizes.

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Santa, Pups and Pints at Crooked Tooth Brewing

Enjoy a craft beer and bring your pups for a $10 photo shoot with Santa. Your favorite pics will be emailed to you right away to share with friends and family before Christmas. A percentage of the event sales will help support No Kill Pima County.

Where: Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., 228 E. Sixth St.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-5 p.m.

Cost: $10

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Deck the Howls

Celebrate the National Deck the Howls howliday — kids ages 5-14 can read holiday tails to adoptable pets and create holiday crafts, while wearing their favorite pajamas.

Where: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 635 W. Roger Road

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $10, register here to attend the event.

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BFF👯‍♀️

Picture Frame Wreaths at My Seester's Restyle Boutique

Add some joy to your holidays and make a wreath a classier way. This is a simple step-by-step workshop that anyone can do without any special skill level.  

Where: My Seester's Restyle Boutique, 1015 W. Prince Road, #131 

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m.

Cost: $45

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Yule Party and Craft Night

Create some holiday crafts, drink cider and make some friends at The Ninth House. You will make a yule log, an altar and some holiday decor to take  home. 

Where: The Ninth House, 236 S. Scott Ave.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $5 donation

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Santa Sighting at Creative Juice

Follow step-by-step instructions while you sip some wine and create your own holiday art. 

Where: Creative Juice, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road, Ste. 160

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $29

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Sumits Yoga and Beer

Bend and reach your way through a yoga session and don't forget to grab your tasty beer too. Remember to bring your mat and water.

Where: Casa Marana Craft Beer, 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, Suite 191

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $10

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Movies🍿

Holiday Classics: Miracle on 34th Street

See the 1947 film version of "Miracle on 34th Street" at the historic Fox Theatre.

The movie is about a department store Santa who claims to be the real St. Nick.

Where: Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

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X-Mas Double Feature: Home Alone 1 & 2

See Kevin set up gadgets and traps to catch two unlucky criminals in these holiday classics.  

Where: Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday, Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Free Screening: Whale Rider at The Loft

Watch this Oscar-nominated family film from New Zealand. It's a magical story of a young girl’s struggle to fulfill her destiny. 

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

When: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30-9:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

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