Tucson Holiday Traditions


It might not look like a winter wonderland outside if you’re staying in Tucson for the holidays, but look closer. There are rich, fun and fabulous traditions to be had here, like the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. It’s one of the oldest Christmas affairs in Tucson, and the longest-running in the country where Aleppo pines are decked out in lights. Free and open to the public, you can enter on Ft. Lowells, Prince, Tucson or Country Club Roads. Reserve a ride on a local hay wagon, pedal-powered group or trolley for a unique experience.

The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is the perfect place to pick up your holiday shopping. In mid-December, over 200 arts vendors set up shop. Enjoy scores of musicians and street performers, a craft area for the kids, and plenty of food trucks and demos. From balloons to a chair massage, Fourth Avenue shuts down for the festival—and it’s where you’ll find one of a kind treasures.

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Make the most of Tucson and check out:

  • Zoolights at Reid Park Zoo. Experience the event where lit animal sculptures and twinkle lights welcome visitors to the zoo at night. Through December 23, cookies and hot cocoa pair well with visits from Santa. (Keep in mind most animals won’t be visible).
  • Christmas at San Xavier Annual Concert. Visit the gem of the city at the San Xavier Mission, just south of downtown. Annual holiday concert favorites include Bach, Faure and Schubert performances. Seats average $100 per person.
  • Downtown Parade of Lights. The family-friendly parade features holiday music with performances and floats. Judges award prizes to the Best Cultural Theme or Historical Float, and seasonal snacks are available. It coincides with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Where will the holiday spirit find you?

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