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Tucson Christmas and Hanukkah holiday events for 2017

Looking for something do to in Tucson during the winter holiday season? There are dozens of kids-friendly Christmas and Hanukkah holiday events celebrated throughout November and December 2017.

Dates and times for some of these Tucson holiday events have not been finalized yet. Since they are annual events, follow the links for updated information. More events will be posted as they are received.  Follow the links for more information or to connect with sponsor's web sites.

These are some of the popular holiday activites and upcoming family winter events in Tucson. Submit your free Tucson holiday event to [email protected]

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December 2017 Events

Arizona Party Bike returns to Winterhaven Festival for 4th year, providing pedal-powered Christmas cheer. Arizona Party Bike will operate fun, family-friendly tours of the festival each hour from 6pm to 10pm.

Through December 31, 2017

  • A Christmas Carol Tucson at Foothills Mall at A Christmas Carol Theatre, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. December 8-9 at 7:00pm; December 10 at 3:00pm. $22.50. 325-3715.

Weekends Through December 24, 2017

  • Weekend Santa Photos at Tucson Premium Outlets welcomes families for FREE photos and visits with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning, 12-5 p.m. Families invited for photos, visits, holiday stories and more! Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the FREE Santa Photo Experience at Tucson Premium Outlets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December through Christmas Eve.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas, Roadrunner Theater, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Rd. Friday and Saturdays at 7:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm. roadrunnertheatercompany.org.

Fridays and Saturdays through December 23, 2017

  • Enchanted Snowfall at La Encantada every Friday and Saturday evening starting after Thanksgiving. It will snow TWICE at the shopping center and Blanco Tacos + Tequila provides hot chocolate, 6:00pm and 6:45pm. 2905 E. SKyline Drive. Visit laencantadashoppingcenter.com.

Through December 23, 2017

  • Santa is coming to Little Anthony's Diner! Skip the lines at the mall and come enjoy some home cookin' while getting to meet the one and only Santa Claus! Just bring in a can of food to donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and receive a FREE picture with Santa!

Through December 20, 2017

Sundays Through December 17, 2017

  • Jingle Bell Rock at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. SPeedway. Sundays, 12:30pm through December 17. livetheatreworkshop.org

Day by Day Holiday Events in Tucson

December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2017

  • Luminaria Nights is held December 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th, 9th, 10th from 5:30- 8:30pm at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 North Alvernon Way.

December 1, 2 & 8, 9 & 15, 16, 2017

  • Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Stroll the paths garlanded with more than a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. View the stars through a telescope. Peruse the museum gift shops. $12 for members, $16 for non-members, $3 for children 12 and under. For ticket information and performance schedule visit http://tohonochulpark.org/holiday-nights

Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Gingerbread House Unveiling and Holiday Party at Hilton Tucson El COnquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd., from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Enjoy a giant, life-sized gingerbread house, holiday treats of cookies and coca, children's activities and photos with Santa. This holiday event is free and open to the public. DOnations to JDRF are welcome. 520-544-5000 or visit http://www.hiltonconquistador.com

Saturday, December 2-30, 2017

  • Listen to your Holiday Favorites and Support Local Music, While Shopping for Great Gifts at the Tucson Premium Outlets! Celebrate the holidays in style at Tucson Premium Outlets as they host local bands performing holiday classics. Every Saturday night in December, you can enjoy free music alongside fabulous shopping as part of the fall concert series.

Saturday, December 2-3, 2017

  • Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Oro Valley Marketplace. The two-day festival is one of Southern Arizona’s largest community arts celebrations, with over 150 artisans, over 30 performances by student and local musicians, family arts activities, food trucks, and the TUBACHRISTMAS holiday play-along.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • Tucson Electric Power to Provide 19th Annual Shopping Spree to Brighten the Holiday Season for 120 Youth Club Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson this Saturday at Kohl’s (Pantano and Broadway).
  • Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting Event with 20 tons of snow! Food trucks, vendors, hot chocolate, entertainment and Santa Claus visit. 3:00-8:00pm at the Marana Municipal Complex Roundabout, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive in Marana, Free. Visit maranaaz.gov.

Friday, December 8-17, 2017

  • Arizona Repertory Singers Presents Heaven Full of Stars Holiday favorites and new works, including the world premiere of Festival of Lights by New York composer Karen Siegel. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at door, free for students.

December 8, 9 & 15 & 16, 2017

  • Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Stroll the paths garlanded with more than a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. View the stars through a telescope. Peruse the museum gift shops. $12 for members, $16 for non-members, $3 for children 12 and under. For ticket information and performance schedule visit http://tohonochulpark.org/holiday-nights.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

  • Rock & Roll Holiday Extravaganza. The holidays were always a very special time for The King of Rock n' Roll on Dec. 9 2017, 2PM & 6pm show at The Gaslight Music Hall.
  • Old Tucson kicks off the holiday season with a Peter Paul and Mary holiday dinner show performed by tribute band “Peter Paul and Mary Alive.”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • The Tucson Girls Chorus Sounds of Winter Concert will be held Sunday, December 10 at 3:30 pm at the The Fox Theater.
  • Musical Mayhem Cabaret presents CineMayhem: Holiday Edition 2017. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY on Sunday, December 10th 6pm at Unscrewed Theatre. Tickets are $7 presale or $10 at the door.

Tuesday, December 12-13, 2017

  • The Nutcracker is performed on December 12 & 13 @ 7pm at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • First night of Hannukah in Tucson.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday, December 15 & 16, 2017

  • Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Stroll the paths garlanded with more than a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. View the stars through a telescope. Peruse the museum gift shops. $12 for members, $16 for non-members, $3 for children 12 and under. For ticket information and performance schedule visit http://tohonochulpark.org/holiday-nights.

Friday, December 15 , 2017

  • Merry-Achi Christmas at 7:30 PM at Fox Tucson Theatre Downtown. Tickets Range from $26-$60.

  • The Nutcracker Ballet Tucson's own Ballet Rincon presents its 16th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's of the Nutcracker, Vail Theatre of the Arts, 2pm and 7pm.

Saturday, December 16-17, 2017

  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra Magic of Christmas, Dec. 16 at 4pm; Dec. 17 at 2pm. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church. $15-$76. tucsonsymphony.org.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2017 comes to Tucson entertainment on December 16 @ 7:30 PM at the Fox Tucson Theatre.
  • Holiday Arts Festival on Saturday, December 16, 017, from 10 AM–5 PM. This is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts! The festival features contemporary and traditional American Indian jewelry, Mata Ortiz pottery and jewelry, Zapotec rugs, and Oaxacan woodcarvings. National Parks Store.
  • 23rd Annual Parade of Lights Downtown. The parade starts and ends in downtown library's Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Avenue. Starts at 3:00pm-9:00pm with live music and entertainment. 6:00-6:30pm is the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony; 6:30-7:30pm Parade of Lights. Photos with Santa, Window Contest.
  • Christmas with the Rat Pack. Holiday music never had it so good as when it was being crooned by legendary “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The Gaslight Music Hall, 2PM & 6PM.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

  • Mariachi Extravaganza Feliz Navidad at The Gaslight Music Hall at 2PM & 6PM. Come join El Mariachi Tapatio, Ballet Folklorico Tapatio and Mariachi Estrella de Tucson.

  • Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will present a holiday concert with music spanning from medieval to boogie woogie and sacred on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee.

Thursday, December 21-24, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friday, December 22-24, 2017

  • Ballet Tucson presents its spectacular, award-winning version of the beloved holiday classic "The Nutcracker" at the Tucson Music Hall. Tucson's only professional ballet company dazzles audiences with brilliantly colorful sets and costumes and superb dancing!

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • In the Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular on @7:30 PM at the Fox Tucson Theatre Downtown.
  • 98° have made their Christmas plans for this year. The group is embarking on a 31-city “98° at Christmas” tour starting in November, highlighting their new album Let It Snow. This special holiday tour arrives at Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment’s Diamond Center on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Tickets start at $25.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

  • Lenny Lizzard: Entertainer is the one word to describe this lounge singer entertainer. He sings in the style of Sinatra & the Rat Pack as well as Classic Rock and his Famous - Lenny Lizzard Bluzz (blues). 7:00 PM at Vail Theater of the Arts.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Christmas Eve Dinner Specials at Maynards Market & Kitchen on December 24, 4pm - 8pm at Maynards Market & Kitchen.
  • Cup Cafe Recently promoted Executive Chef Joe Decker and Chef de Cuisine Carlos Mendoza have created an exceptional holiday menu meant to take the pressure of cooking off of your kitchen.

Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Christmas Day in Tucson.

Friday, December 29-31, 2017

  • Race Weekend December 29th - December 31st. Ring In 2018 With Tucson Dragway's Hangover Nationals!

Friday, December 29, 2017

  • Music for the Soul With George Howard Motown & Soul Review. Let's Dance, 7PM at The Gaslight Music Hall.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • 4th Annual Oro Valley Hot Cocoa 5k, 11:18 am at STeam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Number pick up and registration on Saturday, December 31, from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Oro Valley COmmunity Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. Children 12 and under race for free with paying adults. Walkers welcome. T-shirts available for purchase. $20 before race day, $25 on site. Prizes. http://bit.ly/cocoa5k2018

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Holiday Festivals & Fairs

  • Downtown Parade of Lights held downtown at Armory Park, this holiday parade with commercial, non-profit, community entries, Santa, lighted vehicles, floats, music, food and musical groups, free, 6 pm, 520-837-6504.
  • First Night Tucson, New Year's Eve Celebration held downtown Tucson, is an alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration for all ages, with live music, comedy, movies, kids' activities, and more staged at multiple downtown venues on New Year's Eve, plus a fireworks show at midnight, 4 pm - 12:30 am, 520-837-6504.
  • Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is held the first weekend of December all along 4th Avenue near Downtown between Ninth St. and University Blvd. Join tens of thousands of Tucsonans and visitors to see more than 400 arts & craft booths, food, entertainers & musicians from around the US, 2 stages & street performers. Free from 10 am - 6 pm.
  • Holiday for the Park at Tohono Chul Park 9 AM. The annual Holiday for the Park's approximately 125 unique ornaments and holiday decorations are offered for sale beginning at 9 AM to 5 PM. Cost / Pricing. $7 adult members, $10 general public, $2 children 12 and under. 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte.
  • Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park with music, home-baked cookies, shopping, holiday dining, stroll through thousands of twinkling lights, live music, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455.
  • Indian America New Year's Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market held at Rillito Raceway Park. Watch dancers from more than 50 tribes, authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, children's activity area, dance to bring in New Year. 520-622-4900.
  • Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts held at the Oro Valley Marketplace. Arts and crafts of all kinds are on display and available for sale at the two-day. Southern Arizona's largest outdoor shopping center. Dozens of local artists will showcase jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and more. Free festival.
  • Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival held at the AVA Amphitheater. Tucson's top tamale competition and sale, tamales available in gourmet, green corn and traditional varieties, two stages with live music and entertainment, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's play area, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-838-6700.
  • Winterhaven Festival of Lights is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country. The Festival of Lights celebrates the holiday season in Tucson and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over southern Arizona.


Holiday Festivals in Southern Arizona

  • CASABEL: The 37th Annual Cascabel Community Fair is held on the banks of the San Pedro River at 10am-4pm each day.
  • TUBAC: Luminaria Nights: Fiesta de la Navidad - Village of Tubac, hundreds of luminarias line the streets and artist studios, shops open until 9 pm, carolers, homemade food, Santa, free, 5-9 pm, 520-398-2704.
  • TUMACACORI: 47th Annual La Fiesta de Tumacacori - celebrating the many cultures that were historically and presently associated with the Santa Cruz Valley, traditional creations of all the cultures including 50 food and craft booths, continuous live entertainment on stage and children’s activities, a Mariachi Mass preceded by a traditional procession on Sunday, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-398-2341.

Holiday Sporting Events

  • 5th Annual Walk for Kids - UA Mall, join 1,000 walkers supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, presented by McDonald’s Local Owner/Operators, HSL Properties, and Walgreens, features family activities in a Kids’ Zone, music, snacks, hot beverages, special appearances by Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, the UA Pep Band and more, registration includes your official Walk for Kids long-sleeved t-shirt, 8 am.
  • Jingle Bell Walk held at Reid Park. This popular Tucson events has jingle bells on the shoes of 100s of people walking & running a 5K, costumes, food, fun, children's activities, free T-shirt, $35 minimum pledge for Arthritis Foundation, check in at 9 am, 520-917-7070.
  • USTA National Winter Tennis Championships at the Reffkin Tennis Center is a top-rated 12- and under-14-year-old tennis players compete in major, annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned event, 520-791-4896.
  • Winterhaven Run Through the Lights in Winterhaven Square. 5K fun run through the lights of the Winterhaven neighborhood, flat, paved course, closed to automobiles, festive, holiday attire is encouraged, free, 6 pm, 520-326-9383.
  • Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo. Twinkling lights and jingle bells, Santa Claus, and holiday decor, music, and refreshments, $1-4, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, 6-8 pm, 520-791-4022.

Tucson Holiday Music Events

Christmas Celebrations

  • "Christmas at San Xavier" held at the Mission San Xavier del Bac. This is one of Tucson's top choirs during Christmas in Tucson, The Sons of Orpheus in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the Mission, 6 & 8 pm,
  • La Fiesta de Guadalupe held at De Grazia Gallery in the Sun on the grounds of adobe gallery and chapel built by foremost Southwestern painter, the late Ted DeGrazia, spirited outdoor performances by mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, traditional Yaqui deer dances, ethnic foods, La Posada procession, arts and crafts, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-299-9191 or 800-545-2185.
  • Las Posadas Procession at the Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School. Since 1936, Schoolchildren walk through Barrio Historico neighborhood reenacting the Christmas story, free, 5:30 pm food and music, 7:30 pm procession begins, 520-225-1200.
  • Luminaria Nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Browse the gardens to see 2,000 traditional luminarias, cider & cookies, music by 30 different musical groups, from madrigal singers to classical music, $3-9, 5:30-8 pm, 520-326-9686.
  • A Tucson Pastorela at the TCC Leo Rich Theatre. Borderlands Theater presents a uniquely Tucson nativity story, features shepherds, sheep and a dog on a magical journey to Bethlehem, led by the shining estrella (star) and accompanied by Christmas carols in Spanish and English, includes pinatas for the kids, $10.75-20.75, 7:30 pm.

Christmas Tree Lots

  • Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Christmas Tree Lot is staffed by Chorus members and their parents, and has been a traditional holiday fundraiser for the non-profit group. The lot will be open through December 22, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00AM to 9:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and 10:00AM to 7:00 PM on Sundays.

Hannukah Family Events in Tucson

There will be several major Hanukkah (Hanukkah or Chanukah) December events in Tucson sponsored by the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

  • Hanukkah Mall Madness at Park Place is held Sunday, December from 1:00-3:00pm. Free crafts, games and food.
  • Tucson's Festival of Lights for Hanukkah takes place at Temple Emanu-El. This year's theme is The Greatest Hanukah on Earth with a brisket and latke dinner.



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