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December Events
The following list describes events that occur annually in Tucson. For exact dates and information, check local listings in newspapers and magazines or check out VisitTucson, or call 888-638-8350.
American Indian Traditional Arts Fair
Family-friendly "Sunday in the Park," with traditional musicians and artists, and craft-making.Colossal Cave Mountain Park. (520) 647-7275.
Assistance League of Tucson's Tux 'n Boots Gala
A fundraiser featuring dining, dancing and an auction.
Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour
An open-house tour of local B&B's, benefiting Casa de los Niños.
Children's Festivals of Light
Family-friendly, weekend festivals featuring holiday music, dance, stories, and fine- and folk-art traditions from around the world. Tucson Children's Museum, (520) 792-9985.
Christmas Apple Festival
An array of crafts, entertainment, and fine art. Wilcox, AZ, (520) 384-2272.
Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival
Downtown Tucson holiday parade with Santa Claus, tree-lighting ceremony and fabulous floats, music, food, and entertainment. Tucson Downtown Alliance, (520) 547-3338.
El Nacimiento
More than 2,000 miniatures are used to re-create a traditional Mexican nativity scene. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, (520) 624-2333.
Feria Navidena
All-month celebration of Mexican traditions during Christmas season. El Centro Cultural de las Americas, (520) 629-9536.
Fiesta Bowl Basketball Classic
UA men's and women's basketball teams compete against top schools from around the country in an elimination tournament.
Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, food vendors, street musicians and performers, and kids' entertainment. Between Ninth St. & University Blvd. on Fourth Ave. Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, (520) 624-5004.

Holiday in the Gardens
Family-friendly festival features carolers and holiday garden exhibits, including gingerbread houses, with cookie decorating and wreath-making. Tucson Botanical Gardens, (520) 326-9686.
Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park
This Sonoran Desert Park is covered in thousands of twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Tohono Chul Park, (520) 742-6455.
Holidays in the Old Pueblo
Traditional Christmas choral music and a humorous look at the holidays. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Reveille Tucson Gay Men's Chorus, (520) 304-1758.
Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis
Participants in bells and costumes walk, run, skate or wheelchair around a 5k course.  Arthritis Foundation, (800) 568-4045.
La Fiesta de Tumacacori
Celebration of the cultural continuity of the historic upper Santa Cruz River Valley, with folk arts, music, and food vendors at Tumacacori Mission, a National Monument founded by Padre Kino. Tumacacori National Historical Park, (520) 398-2341.
Las Posadas
Centuries-old Mexican tradition featuring a re-enactment of the scene at Bethlehem, performed by school children.  Carrillo Magnet School, (520) 225-1200.
Luminaria Nights
Holiday music, refreshments, and candlelit walkways. Tucson Botanical Gardens, (520) 326-
Nacimiento Tour
A tour of some of Tucson's most beautiful nativity scenes sponsored by St. Elizabeth of Hunagry Clinic Auxiliary.
Native American Month Social Powwow and Indian Craft Market
Tribal members share their culture with dance, food, music, crafts, and demonstrations.  Rillito Raceway Park, (520) 622-4900.
New Year's Eve/New Year Competition Powwow
Dancing and drum competitions, arts and crafts and Native American food. Sponsored by the Native America Co-op. Sometimes held in January.

San Xavier Christmas Concert
Sons of Orpheus and Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Set in Stone: 2000 Years of Gem & Mineral Trade in the Southwest

Discover how turquoise, Arizona's state gem, has brought trade and influence to the Southwest for centuries and see how modern techniques unlock the stories hidden in these stones. Arizona State Museum, (520) 621-6302.
A Southwest Nutcracker
With music by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest dancers from the San Francisco
Ballet, this original, full-length ballet translates the classic Nutcracker to 1880s Tucson. Tucson Music Hall, (520) 885-0862.
Territorial Christmas
Exhibit of more than 200 antique toys, ornaments, cards and decorated trees.  Lasts all month. Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House, (520) 622-0965.
Tubac Luminaria Nights
Shops, galleries, and studios stay open late on the glowing luminaria-lighted streets. Tubac, AZ, (520) 398-2704.
Tucson Boys Chorus Holiday Concert
World-renowned Tucson Boys Chorus presents annual holiday concert. UA Centennial Hall, (520) 296-6277.
Tucson Girls Chorus Holiday Concert
World-renowned Tucson Girls Chorus presents annual holiday concert.  (520) 577-6064.
Tucson Marathon and Expo
Course starts in Oracle, north of Tucson, and runs on a paved road along the majestic Santa
Catalina Mountain range, dropping through the town of Catalina and finishing in Oro Valley at the base of the scenic Pusch Ridge at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort. (520) 320-0667.
A Tucson Pastorela
Brave shepherds, sheep and dog take the road to Bethlehem to witness the Nativity. An all - time favorite. Live waila music and piñatas for the little ones. Borderlands Theater, (520) 882-7406.
Tucson Sing-in
Every year volunteers from all over our community come together to share in this wonderful event. Admission is FREE and parking is free. Come and watch Jeffry Jahn conduct and sing along with your neighbors at this year's Sing-In. Grace of the Nations Church, (520) 792-8537.
TSO Pops! Holiday Spectacular
Tucson Symphony Orchestra holiday concert. Tucson Music Hall, (520) 882-8585.

USTA National Winter Tennis Championships

Top-rated United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tennis event on the National Junior Schedule. Randolph Tennis Center, (520) 791-4896.
Winter West Fest
All-month old-fashioned holiday celebration. Old Tucson Studios, (520) 883-0100.
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
A wonderland of lights and decorations, between Ft. Lowell and Prince, Country Club and
Tucson Blvd. (520) 881-4483

Zoo Lights
Twinkling lights, jingle bells, Santa Claus, and holiday decor, music, and refreshments at the zoo. Reid Park Zoo, (520) 881-4753.


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