Reid Park ZooLights, 2022 (copy)

Santa heads for his station for the night, through a series of lighted arches just before the gates open for ZooLights: Holiday Magic, presented by Tucson Electric Power, at Reid Park Zoo on Dec. 7, 2022.

Every time we curate our big ol' list of events for the month, we ask the same thing: how did we get here? What do you mean Thanksgiving is over and December is in two days?!

Time is FLYING BY and now we're into the last month of the year. That means tree lightings, holiday light shows, artisan markets and the return of December favorites like the Tamal Festival, Downtown Parade of Lights and Winterhaven. December also brings an anime festival, free and cheap movie screenings and the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. 

Of course, things can change quickly these days. Check for the latest info before heading out!

Don't want to scroll as much? Click the links below to see events separated by date.

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a treasure trove of miniature antique and contemporary dollhouses and roomboxes.

Night at the Museum: Minis & Sip

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is pairing miniatures with wine! Alongside wine and small snacks, create your own miniature world through a tunnel book. 

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30

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

Cost: $40. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Yuletide at Old Tucson

Old Tucson is hosting a holiday experience that will highlight "the unique Wild West history of Old Tucson" with live shows, interactive experiences and period costumes.

When: Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 24, plus Dec. 14 and Dec. 20-21

Where: Old Tucson, 201 Kinney Road

Cost: $39 for adults, $24 for kids ages 5-12

Visit the event page for more information.


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#ThisIsTucson worked with 3 local shops to curate amazing gift boxes for the holidays

Our team visited three local shops¬†‚ÄĒ Di Luna Candles, Creative Kind and YŇćlia Bot√°nica¬†‚ÄĒ and picked out our favorite items for gift boxes for the holidays. Each of the gift boxes are available for in-store pickup or shipping. See what we picked and shop the boxes here! ūüíē


Tucson Holiday Ice

Ring in the holiday season at Tucson's pop-up ice skating rink! Skates, which begin at size 8 for kids and go up to size 15 for men, are included in the admission price. Socks are required and gloves are recommended. 

When: Now through Jan. 7

Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Cost: A 90-minute session is $22 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 years old. The first session of each day is discounted to $12 for adults, $8 for kids. Book your tickets online. 

Visit the event page for more information.

LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination

Kick off the holiday season with a stroll through the Tucson Botanical Gardens. There will be luminaria displays, 1 million twinkling lights and dancing sculptures among the gardens' six themed light areas.

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Jan. 7

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

Cost: $20-$50 for adults and $18-$45 for kids, depending on the day.

Visit the event page for more information.


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#ThisIsTucson's holiday merch is back for the season!

If you‚Äôre in search of a very Tucson gift, or you‚Äôre just looking to treat yourself, we have good news.¬†We have desert-themed holiday merch in our online shop! ūüĆĶūüéĄ We now have ornaments, hoodies, greeting cards, coffee mugs, T-shirts, phone cases and hats!¬†Shop here!¬†(Please allow 14 days for shipping.)


Creative Kind Workshops

Maker shop Creative Kind has four artsy events on its roster: make your own mini saguaro-shaped soaps on Nov. 30, embroider an ornament on Dec. 9, watercolor a winter wreath on Dec. 14 and enjoy a holiday art night on Dec. 21.

When: Various times and dates.

Where: Creative Kind, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: $45-$48 for the soaps, ornament and watercolor workshops; $15 for holiday art night.

Visit the event page for more information.

Discovery Nights at Children's Museum Tucson

Visit Children's Museum Tucson for a free night of science and art, including story times and pop-up science experiments. 

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Gardening Hour

Learn about gardening and bring home clippings all while connecting with The Garden Kitchen team. 

When: 7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays

Where: The Garden Kitchen, 2205 S. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Enchanted Snowfall

Looking to enjoy a snowy evening? Head to La Encantada to see snow flurries, all while sipping hot chocolate and enjoying live entertainment. 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 23. Snowfall is 6-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7 p.m. Entertainment is 6:15-6:45 p.m. and 7-7:45 p.m.

Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Loom Holiday Market

Loom Market is part of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, which puts on Tucson Meet Yourself each year. The market will feature Indigenous, African American and Mexican American heritage-based artists with jewelry, paintings, pottery and more. There will be live music and a silent auction as part of the event.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1

Where: Historic Pima County Courthouse courtyard, 115 N. Church Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Festive Fridays

Trail Dust Town is hosting five Fridays of holiday festivities. Enjoy snowfall, holiday drinks, discounts on wristbands for amusement rides and a Christmas-themed stunt show.

When: 4-8 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 29

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

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for rides

Visit the event page for more information.

Artist Amy Bumpus sorts greeting card prints of her work in the Tucson Gallery corner at Proper Shops.

Proper Shops 1-Year Anniversary Bash

Proper Shops, which houses several shops under one roof, is celebrating its first birthday. The anniversary bash is set to include giveaways, music, cocktails and food. RSVP online and get 50% off your drink ticket when you check in!

When: 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1

Where: Proper Shops, 300 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

Art Corner with BICAS

Get free access to recycled bike art parts, tools and other materials and get creative! Once you're finished, you can donate your creation to BICAS or give a suggested donation to the nonprofit, if you're able to. Check in at the front counter before heading to the art area.

When: 4-6 p.m. Fridays

Where: BICAS, 2001 N. Seventh Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, donation suggested 

Visit the event page for more information.

Community Self-Defense

Jenna Herder teaches self-defense classes for women and the LGBTQ+ community.

When: 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 for Female Friday; 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 for the LGBTQ+ class.

Where: Combat Krav Maga, 3273 N. Freeway

Cost: Pay what you can

Visit the event page for more information.

18th Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival

This festival celebrating all things tamales is back for another year at Casino Del Sol. Attendees will enjoy a tamale contest, live entertainment, and food and artisan vendors. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Artist James Lee paints on a canvas in his booth during the Festival of the Arts and Holiday Tree Lighting in Oro Valley Marketplace on Dec. 4, 2021.

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Tree Lighting

Check out more than 100 Southern Arizona artists at this two-day festival, all while enjoying performances, food trucks, art activities and the lighting of Oro Valley's 35-foot tree alongside carolers and a parade. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. The tree lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Hundreds gather at the Marana Civic Center to get up close to the lighted Christmas tree during the Marana Holiday Festival in 2021.

Marana Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting 

Ring in the holiday season at Marana's holiday festival and Christmas tree lighting. Snap a photo with Santa, order food from one of 30 food vendors, watch live performances, shop from artisans, plus enjoy lots of kid-friendly activities like crafts, train rides and inflatables. At 6 p.m. Marana will light their 40-foot Christmas tree.

When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food and shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

Walk through a wonderland of lights at Tohono Chul, set to also include live entertainment.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, plus Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16. Member-only night is Dec. 1!

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Cost: $20 for adults, $6 for kids

Visit the event page for more information.

ZooLights Holiday Magic 2023

Reid Park Zoo's annual ZooLights is almost here! Find colorful light displays, falling snow, festive music and visits from Santa Claus. 

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2-23; Dec. 26-30; Jan. 2-7

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court

Cost: $13 for general admission; $8 for kids ages 2-14. Bring a donation of two cans of food, a pet toy, an unwrapped children's toy or non-functioning holiday lights to recycle and receive $1 off admission.

Visit the event page for more information.

Vegan Night Market

The third Vegan Night Market is happening on Dec. 2, hosted by Death Free Foodie and Tucson Foodie. Expect 36 vendors with everything from cakes and tortillas to pizza and hot dogs.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Owls Club, 236 S. Scott Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food. This event is family-friendly in the courtyard, though it's ages 21 and up inside the bar.

Visit the event page for more information.

Makers Market at The Tuxon

Local maker Lilith & Daughters puts together this seasonal makers market at The Tuxon. Expect more than 70 vendors across two days (around 35 each day), selling bath oils, jewelry, baked goods, stickers, plushies, ceramics and more.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: The Tuxon, 960 S. Freeway

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Las Mujeres Verdes Mercado

Las Mujeres Verdes is a group with a goal: helping other minority-owned small businesses thrive through frequent artisan markets. You can typically find food, candles, jewelry and more. There will be a food drive for South Tucson Community Outreach!

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Coalition Space, 311 E. Seventh St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Holiday Festival Car Show and Tree Lighting

Forty Niner Country Club is hosting a car show and tree lighting to kick off the holiday season. Also expect games, inflatables, face painting, photos with Santa and a petting zoo. Bring an unwrapped toy as part of a donation drive!

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 for the car show; 3-6 p.m. for the festival. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m.

Where: Forty Niner Country Club, 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Free First Saturday at Valley of the Moon

Local fantasy park Valley of the Moon opens its doors for free this Saturday. The park will be hosting a donation drive for the city's shower trailer ‚ÄĒ donations in need include socks, underwear, gloves, beanies and hygiene items.¬†

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Amonwadee ‚ÄúDee‚ÄĚ Buizer opened Senae Thai Bistro in 2016 to showcase the upscale side of Thai cooking.

Senae Thai Pop-up

Anyone else miss Senae Thai? The popular Thai restaurant closed in 2021 but Chef Dee is putting together a pop-up dinner at MotoSonora Brewing Company this weekend.

When: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: MotoSonora Brewing Company, 1015 S. Park Ave.

Cost: $22-$24

Visit the event page for more information.

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Ponderosa Cactus is hosting its sixth annual succulent wreath-making workshop! A portion of the proceeds go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Ponderosa Cactus, 3751 E. Fort Lowell Road

Cost: $65

Visit the event page for more information.

Winter Garden Bazaar

Sixteen local makers will be part of this upcoming bazaar in Barrio Santa Rosa where you'll find handcrafted journals, leather accessories, baked goods and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3

Where: 115 W. 20th St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Great Paper Airplane Fly-off

Kids ages 6-14 can compete in the Great Paper Airplane Fly-off by making and throwing their paper airplane to see whose goes the farthest.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road

Cost: Free to attend, register online

Visit the event page for more information.

"The Muppet Christmas Carol"

Fox Tucson Theatre is screening two showings of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" this Saturday. A pre-film concert takes place 30 minutes before the movie starts!

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

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

Cost: $6-$8

Visit the event page for more information.

Hawaiian Luau Dinner: Maui Fundraiser

The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center is hosting a dinner and performance in support of the Maui Strong Fund. The performance is by Halau Hula O Ualani. 

When: 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road

Cost: $50 for adults, $25 for kids ages 12 and under

Visit the event page for more information.

First Saturday ArtWalk

The Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center is hosting its First Saturday ArtWalk this weekend, set to feature work made by local artists, a wine bar and music.

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center, 101 W. Sixth St. 

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Untitled Gallery Small Works Show

With an opening reception on Dec. 2, Untitled Gallery is showing off for more than 100 small pieces as part of a new exhibit open through Feb. 17.

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Untitled Gallery, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Cookies with Santa

Desert Valley Pediatric Dentistry is hosting a free event for kiddos this Saturday. Expect an ornament creation station, face painting, train rides and free photos with Santa. 

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Desert Valley Pediatric Dentistry, 4140 E. 22nd St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Winterfest in Sahuarita

Shop from a vendor market, watch a light parade, tree-lighting ceremony and live ice sculpting, order a bite to eat from food trucks, and more at Winterfest in Sahuarita.

When: 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

'80s Dance Party at Surly Wench

Surly Wench Pub is hosting an '80s-themed dance party. Wear your best '80s attire!

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

Where: Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $5. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Beer + Bikes

This bike ride goes along The Loop to 1912 Brewing Co. for a beer or two, followed by a ride back to Button Brew House for food truck bites.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for brews and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Di Luna Saturdays

Di Luna Candles, known for its beautifully scented candles, recently opened a brick-and-mortar with candles and lots of other gift items and goodies. Every Saturday, a handful of makers pop up with their own creations in and around the Di Luna storefront. 

When:¬†10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; Local maker Mi CorazoŐĀn de Mexico will be popping up Dec. 1-2.

Where: Di Luna Candles, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Goat yoga

Enjoy an hour of yoga and goats with this class at Udall Park! 

When: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2-23

Where: Northeast of the Udall Pool building at Udall Park, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: $25

Visit the event page for more information.

St. Philip's Plaza Market

Visit St. Philip's Plaza to shop from local makers from silversmiths to candle makers. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Where: St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

La Fiesta de Guadalupe honors the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, and will feature live music and dancing.

Fiesta de Guadalupe

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is hosting its annual Fiesta de Guadalupe with music and dancing, plus food and art vendors. 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Tianguis in South Tucson

This market from Alianza Indigena sin Fronteras is slated to feature 20 Indigenous and South Tucson vendors, selling items like handmade soap, apparel, resin creations, food and more. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: South Tucson City Hall, 1591 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Chicken Poop Bingo

Yes, chicken poop bingo is a real thing. And it's a fundraiser for Tucson Village Farm's camp scholarship fund! 

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring cash to play

Visit the event page for more information.

Medella Vina Antique and Vintage Fair

Once a month, Medella Vina Ranch hosts an antique fair where you can shop vintage items from more than 100 vendors, plus take a break at an onsite food truck.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.

Where: Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

The Sugar Plum Tea

Ballet Tucson is celebrating the return of The Nutcracker with a high tea. Watch ballet performances, listen to highlights from the original Nutcracker story and participate in a silent auction. 

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second St.

Cost: $50 for kids, $75 for adults

Visit the event page for more information.

A Very Merry Christmas Tea Party

Enjoy drinks and snacks at Trail Dust Town during this tea party featuring visits with Santa, crafts and snowfall. Tickets include unlimited amusement rides!

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

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

Cost: $40

Visit the event page for more information.

Winter Wonderfest

Local nonprofit Make Way For Books is kicking off the month with free books, games, crafts and food.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: The Coalition Space, 311 E. Seventh St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

13th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt

Head to Desert Sky Community School for a German-style market featuring artisan vendors, performances, crafts, carriage rides and food.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: Desert Sky Community School, 1350 N. Arcadia Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Cat events at El Jefe Cat Cafe

Spend time with the cats at El Jefe Cat Cafe! December events include bingo, trivia, sound bath meditation and yoga.

When: Various dates in December.

Where: El Jefe Cat Cafe, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Prices vary based on event.

Visit the event page for more information.

First Thursday at Tucson Museum of Art

Visit the Tucson Museum of Art every first Thursday of the month for pay-what-you-wish admission, gallery activities, live music and a cash bar. This month's event will also feature a trunk show with textile crafts, a panel on weaving and memory, and Gigi's Fusion food truck.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Cost: Pay what you wish

Visit the event page for more information. 

A small crowd gathers to watch Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin light the first of eight candles on Tucson's tallest menorah signifying the first night of Hanukkah at El Presidio Park in downtown Tucson in 2022.

Chanukah at Downtown Tucson

Celebrate Chanukah at the 40th annual lighting of what's dubbed Tucson's tallest Menorah. In addition to the lighting, there will be music, crafts and treats.

When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7

Where: El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Startup Tucson Downtown Holiday Market

Shop from local makers at Startup Tucson's upcoming mini market, all while mingling with fellow entrepreneurs.

When: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7

Where: FORGE at Roy Place, 44 N. Stone Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Safe Shift Store 3-Day Sale

The Safe Shift estate store, which helps raise funds for firefighters and first responders through the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, opens its doors for three days each month. Past items for sale have included furniture, home decor, kitchen items, books and more.

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 7-9

Where: Safe Shift, 2801 E. Grant Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Odyssey Live Storytelling

Attend this live storytelling event to hear stories surrounding the theme of "winterizing."

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cost: $15

Visit the event page for more information.

A customer browses drawings at the Black and White Art Studio tent during the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair in Tucson, Ariz. on March 24, 2023.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair

The biannual Fourth Avenue Street Fair is back this December! Shop from more than 350 artists, plus eat all the food of your dreams and listen to live music.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: Along North Fourth Avenue

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information. 

Marana Christmas Express

The Marana Pumpkin Patch will be transformed for the holidays and turned into the family-friendly Christmas Express. Check out train rides, farm animals, jumping pillows, a super slide and more. Santa will be there too!

When: 5-9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 8-23. Closed Dec. 24.

Where: Marana Pumpkin Patch, 14950 N. Trico Road

Cost: $20

Visit the event page for more information.

BICAS Art Auction

Local nonprofit BICAS is hosting its 26th annual art auction filled with bicycle-themed art. Enjoy a night of art, music, drinks and food. This is BICAS' largest fundraising event of the year.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9. Bidding ends Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. 

Where: Splinter Collective, 901 N. 13th Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Tasting History: Squash

Learn about the origins behind squash and how it became part of Tucson's agricultural and culinary traditions. Demonstrations and tastings are part of the fun.

When: 9-11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

Visit the event page for more information.

A Happy Hive Holiday Market

Shop from 50 local makers and creatives at the upcoming Happy Hive market. Beyond the market, you can get tickets for a charcuterie boat or a gingerbread house workshop.

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 

Where: Forty Niner Country Club, 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

A well lit house draws a couple of admirers at Treat Avenue and Richards Row on the opening night of the 73rd annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights on Dec. 10, 2022.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

A holiday tradition for more than 70 years, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights makes its return on Dec. 9. Walk through this charming neighborhood decorated in holiday lights and displays. 

When: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 9-25

Where: Winterhaven neighborhood; north of Fort Lowell Road and south of Prince Road, west of Country Club Road and east of Tucson Boulevard.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Art After Dark at Children's Museum Tucson

Each month, Children's Museum Tucson hosts Art After Dark with local arts groups and free admission! This special edition of Art After Dark features an outdoor screening of "The Grinch," thanks to The Loft Cinema. 

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Bark in the Barrio

This dog-friendly event features adoptable dogs, games, food, music and local vendors. Your dog can even get a photo with Santa himself. 

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Anime Wonder Festival

This two-day festival celebrates anime and Japanese culture through vendors, food, car displays, cosplay, music and more.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: Rillito Park, 4502 N. First Ave.

Cost: $35

Visit the event page for more information.

Saturday with Santa

Celebrate the holidays with the Arizona Diaper Bank's Saturday with Santa event, set to include a jumping castle and climbing wall, face painting and visits with Santa.

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

Where: Arizona Diaper Bank, 1050 S. Plumer Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Santa at Harlow Gardens

Kids can meet with Santa at Harlow Gardens, plus make their own ornament to take home.

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

Where: Harlow Gardens, 5620 E. Pima St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Cirque du so-Gayla

Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce is hosting this upcoming Gay-la featuring cirque performances, tattoos, live music, food and local queer icons. 

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: The Downtown Clifton, 485 S. Stone Ave.

Cost: $125

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Repair Cafe

Need something fixed? Bring it to the Tucson Repair Cafe to be fixed for free! All items are welcome.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Xerocraft Makerspace, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

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2nd Saturdays

Check out food trucks, live music and local makers during this monthly outdoor street festival.

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Downtown Tucson along East Congress Street

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

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Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch

The second Saturday of every month is special at Steam Pump Ranch. Find historic tours of the grounds, demonstrations led by Archaeology Southwest, crafts for kids, vendors selling their artwork and a farmers market.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

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Vail Vendor Fair

Hosted by Vail Coffee Stop, this market will feature vendors, food and music.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Vail Coffee Stop, 13105 E. Colossal Cave Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Second SundAZe at TMA 

Visit the Tucson Museum of Art every second Sunday for pay-what-you-wish admission. Enjoy art-making, gallery activities, family yoga and performances. In this edition of Second SundAZe, you'll also find a Nutcracker ballet class and photos with Santa.

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

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Cost: Pay what you wish

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Fruit Cocktail Lounge

Head downtown for an LGBTQ+ cocktail party and social at The Century Room at Hotel Congress! Enjoy cocktails, small plates and entertainment. 

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: The Century Room, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $10. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Mercado Flea

Check out more than 45 vendors selling antique and vintage items at the Mercado Flea. 

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month through May.

Where: Mercado District, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Ride with FUGA

Take a bike ride with organization FUGA, which advocates for mobility, accessibility and representation for Tucson's south-side and west-side communities. 

When: 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10; 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29

Where: Ward 1, 940 W. Alameda St., on Dec. 10; El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, on Dec. 29

Cost: Free to attend

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The Northwest Chanukah Festival

Chabad of Oro Valley is putting together a Chanukah celebration with music, free latkes and doughnuts, Jewish art, crafts, inflatables, cookie decorating, challah braiding and a menorah lighting. 

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 11695 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

Grand Chanukah Celebration

Chabad of Vail is hosting a community menorah lighting with doughnuts, latkes and a chocolate gelt drop.

When: 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: Purple Heart Park, 9800 E. Rita Road

Cost: Free to attend 

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Amanda Rochelle was celebrating her 30th birthday and incorporated that into her story during a Female* StoryTellers showcase at The Rock on Dec. 20, 2022.

Live storytelling with F*ST Female Storytellers

F*ST, Female* StoryTellers, is back with a night of live storytelling. This time, the night will be centered around the theme "Ho Ho Ho."

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12

Where: The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. 

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

PJ Library Latkes + Laughter for Parents

This afternoon at the Tucson J is for Tucson parents. Expect mocktails, food and games.

When: 4-5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13

Where: Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Planetarium Shows at Flandrau

Flandrau Science Center is hosting a month of planetarium shows, including holiday screenings and laser shows themed with Daft Punk and Pink Floyd music.

When: Various times and days through December. 

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

Cost: Varies based on show. $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids ages 3-15 for some; $18.95 for laser shows and admission to science exhibits.

Visit the event page for more information.

Concerts in the Courtyard

Head to Marana for this monthly concert series. This month, enjoy music from Good Trouble. Food trucks will be onsite and you can get a free photo with Santa. Bring your own chairs or blankets!

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14

Where: Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

The Mercado Holiday Bazaar

The annual Holiday Bazaar in the Mercado District is set to feature more than 60 local artists and collectors. 

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

Where: Mercado District, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Shyla Harlan leads the procession as the Knocker Child, the figure who asks shelter for the nacimiento, as the 86th annual Las Posadas winds its way through the neighborhood near Carrillo K-5 Communications and Creative Arts Magnet School on Dec. 16, 2022. Harlan is the first girl in the local procession's history to play the part of the Knocker Child. A record number of Carrillo students participated in the procession.

87th Annual Las Posadas

Las Posadas has been a neighborhood tradition at Carrillo Magnet School for more than eight decades. The main part of the event is a procession from the school through the Barrio Viejo neighborhood, which commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph made in search of a place for Mary to give birth to baby Jesus. 

When: Friday, Dec. 15

Where: Carrillo Magnet School, 440 S. Main Ave.

Cost: The procession is free to watch

Visit the event page for more information.

Queer Speed Dating 

Find your next date or make a new friend at this queer speed dating event!

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15

Where: Bawker Bawker Cider House, 400 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to participate with the purchase of one drink. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

The 25th annual Parade of Lights in downtown Tucson on Nov. 30, 2019.

Downtown Parade of Lights

Back for its 29th year, the Downtown Parade of Lights will snake through the Armory Park area this holiday season. Last year's parade had more than 30 floats and 1,000 participants. Before the parade starts, a festival will take place at 4 p.m. with food trucks, vendors and music.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Festival begins at Armory Park at 4 p.m.

Where: Armory Park area, see the route here.

Cost: Free to attend

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Desert Haze Market

This market features a lineup of about a dozen vendors who curate vintage clothing. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

The Winter Queer Bazaar

This event typically happens a couple times a year, hosted by Tucson Hop Shop. Vendor list TBA!

When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

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Creative Kind Holiday Mini Market

Maker shop Creative Kind is hosting a mini market. The full vendor list is TBA but for now it includes four artists selling items like jewelry and desert-inspired kids clothing.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Creative Kind, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

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Cat Video Fest

Cat Video Fest, a compilation of kitty videos, is back at The Loft Cinema! This time, The Loft says it's a holiday encore presentation. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

Winter Wonderland

Tucson Parks and Recreation is hosting a free family-friendly event with carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, hot chocolate and visits with Santa. 

When: 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St.

Cost: Free to attend

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Spooky Rave

Who says spooky season is over? The folks behind the TikTok-famous Shrek Rave are bringing a Spooky Rave to Tucson this December. The event is described as a "super fun horror movie visual music experience." 

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $17.68. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Make N Take at Pima Air and Space

Kids ages 6 and up will receive a quick-build model aircraft kit that they'll be able to put together, all while learning about the aircraft itself. Kids will also get to visit the aircraft they're set to build.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Pima Air and Space Museum's administrative building north of the parking lot, 6000 E. Valencia Road

Cost: $20 per child. An adult is required to be present with the child during class. Admission to the museum is not included and admission is not needed to participate in the class.

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Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser for Youth On Their Own

Enjoy breakfast and meet Santa, all while supporting local nonprofit Youth On Their Own. 

When: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Park Place Mall food court, 5870 E. Broadway

Cost: $5 for kids ages 10 and under, $10 for adults

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Southern Arizona Cat Rescue Pasta Benefit Dinner

Southern Arizona Cat Rescue is throwing a benefit dinner with pasta catered by the culinary club at Sahuaro High School. There will also be a raffle, live music, a silent auction, cookie decorating and photos with Santa. Proceeds will go toward the Southern Arizona Cat Rescue's medical fund.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Armory Park Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave.

Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids under 10 years old.

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Mission Garden is located at the base of "A" Mountain, at 946 W. Mission Lane.

Traditional O'odham Agriculture at Mission Garden

Attend this event to learn about Tohono O'odham agricultural practices, including demonstrations and talks about traditional crops like corn, beans and squash.

When: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

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Skate Country Late Skate

Skate Country after hours! The local roller rink is hosting Late Skate with an '80s theme.

When: 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd St.

Cost: $15, skate rental included

Visit the event page for more information. 

A new toy was the entry fee for the vehicles and owners at Ramon's Miracle on 31st Street Car Show in 2021.

Ramon's Miracle on 31st Street 

The Miracle on 31st Street Christmas party and toy giveaway has grown from a backyard barbecue to a seasonal celebration gifting toys to local kids for more than five decades. 

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17

Where: Greyhound Park, 2601 S. Third Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

First Avenue Flea

There's a new antique market in town ‚ÄĒ and it's indoors!

When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Sunday of the month.

Where: 3239 N. First Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" Movie Party

Catch a screening of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at The Loft Cinema, dressed in a movie- or holiday-themed outfit to enter the costume contest. There will be props to use during the movie, plus a sing-along! 

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

SnO-V: An Oro Valley Holiday Event

A snowy event is taking over Oro Valley! There will be snow, visits with Santa, games, crafts, food and drinks. 

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21

Where:¬†Oro Valley Community Center,¬†10555 N. La Ca√Īada Dr.; but park at town hall,¬†11000 N. La Ca√Īada Dr.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Free Third Thursdays at MOCA

Third Thursday at Tucson‚Äôs Museum of Contemporary Art is a party. The art museum is open late with free admission ‚ÄĒ and free beer from Barrio Brewing Co. KXCI will be DJing!¬†

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event site for more information.

Ballet Tucson's The Nutcracker

It's that time of year, Tucson. Ballet Tucson and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra are putting together five showings of The Nutcracker this holiday season. 

When: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23

Where: Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

Cost: $30 and up

Visit the event site for more information.

Sonoran Cinema at Tohono Chul

Visit Tohono Chul's Sonoran Cinema for an indoor screening of "The Polar Express." Get cotton candy and popcorn from the concession stands!

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Cost: $4

Visit the event page for more information.

Fire Show at Sky Bar

The Cirque Roots Fire Troupe puts on a 20-minute fire show every fourth Friday, right outside of Sky Bar. 

When: 8:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22

Where: Sky Bar, 536 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

The Star Wars Holiday Special

Catch a free screening of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special ‚ÄĒ with the original TV commercials!¬†

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Let Them Eat Cake: New Year's Eve at Hotel Congress

Get ready for Hotel Congress' royal NYE bash complete with drinks, live entertainment and a midnight toast.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $60. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

2023 Taco Bell New Year's Eve Downtown Bowl Bash

Arizona Bowl is hosting a party in downtown Tucson, complete with music, a silent disco, food trucks and beer stations. Fireworks and the big taco drop will happen when the clock strikes midnight (a tradition that Hotel Congress started in 2014, but handed off to Arizona Bowl several years ago). 

When: 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: Downtown Tucson, 41 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street.

Tucson's Rockin' New Year's Eve Concert

The Rialto Theatre is hosting a rockin' NYE bash including an '80s hair metal tribute and a band that promises to provide the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd experience.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $20-$30. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Queer New Year's Eve

Ring in the new year at this queer dance party with DJs, giveaways, vendors, food trucks and a photo booth. 

When: 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.

Cost: $12. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

NYE with Little House of Funk at Monterey Court

Connie Brannock's Little House of Funk is performing at Monterey Court's annual NYE bash. There will be a four-course dinner and a champagne toast at 10 p.m. 

When: 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile

Cost: $30 for entry into the event; dinner is $70 per person.

Visit the event page for more information. 

Board Game Day at Flandrau

Kick off New Year's Eve with Board Game Day at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. This family-friendly event will feature classic board games ‚ÄĒ¬†think Scrabble and Clue¬†‚ÄĒ and the science exhibits will be open.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31

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

Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for kids

Visit the event page for more information.


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