Celebrating the holidays in southern Arizona in 2018

Celebrating the holidays in southern Arizona in 2018
(Source: Bill Morrow)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - How do you celebrate the holidays? Here are a few events to add to those holiday traditions.

Salvation Army Christmas dinner

(Source: Salvation Army)
(Source: Salvation Army)

For the first time the Salvation Army's Hospitality House will host the 28th Annual FREE Christmas meal for the community.

More than 200 local volunteers will help to prepare and cook the traditional Christmas meal including turkeys, hams, and holiday sides. While our guests enjoy their meal, they will be entertained by the singing and dancing group, Kids Unlimited.

Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center at 260 South Church Avenue.

Donations are still being accepted at the Hospitality House, 1002 N. Main Ave. Food donations that are desperately needed: Turkeys, canned green beans, instant box potatoes, butter, already cooked assorted pies, yams, eggs, cranberry sauce, turkey stuffing, loafs of bread, brown gravy, cartons of milk, and gallons of milk.

For more information about the Christmas meal, please contact The Hospitality House at (520) 795-9671 or visit the website: www.salvationarmytucson.org/christmas-community-meal

69th Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights

(Source: Winterhaven Festival of Lights)
(Source: Winterhaven Festival of Lights)

Now through Dec. 26, from 6 pm to 10 pm everyday.

There is only one drive thru night on Dec. 26, the rest of the dates are walking only. Entrances for the Festival are on Ft. Lowell, Tucson, Country Club, and Prince and there are no official parking areas. There is also no entrance fee to the Festival of Lights, though donations of non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are appreciated.

For more information click here: http://winterhavenfestival.org/index.html

Old Tucson - Old Time Holidays

(Source: Old Tucson)
(Source: Old Tucson)

Celebrate the holidays with Old Tucson -- Arizona frontier style featuring music, comedy, and historical perspective. From now to Jan. 1, Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation present a holiday-themed event, Old Time Holidays. This special program celebrates the Christmas season with an historic western flair. For more information: http://oldtucson.com/events/old-tucson-presents-old-time-holidays/

Four cemeteries to hold National Wreaths Across America Day

(Source: Wreaths across America)
(Source: Wreaths across America)

On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m., Wreaths Across America will be at Holy Hope Cemetery (3555 N Oracle Rd, Tucson 85705) to Remember and Honor veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of the country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

This event will also be taking place at Evergreen Cemetery (3015 N Oracle Rd, Tucson 85705) and East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery (5801 E Grant Rd, Tucson 85712); South Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery (5401 S Park Ave, Tucson, 85706).

For more information and to sponsor a wreath click here: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/17776/locations/?relatedId=14727

The Mini Time Machine Museum: Holidays Around The World and Throughout Time

(Source: The Mini Time Machine Museum)
(Source: The Mini Time Machine Museum)

Now through Jan. 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson 85712.

Admission: General: $9, Senior (65 or older)/Military: $8, Student: $6, Youth (Age 4-17): $6, Children 3 and under: Free.

For more information click here: https://theminitimemachine.org/portfolio/holidays-around-the-world-and-throughout-time/

Tucson Premium Outlets - Santa experiences

(Source: Tucson Premium Outlets)
(Source: Tucson Premium Outlets)

Now through Dec. 24: families are invited for photos, visits, holiday stories and more.

On Saturdays, Santa will be at Mountain Court near the fireplace from noon to 5 p.m. The whole family is invited to meet Saint Nick to share their Christmas wishes and take a photo. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras. Tucson Premium Outlets is at 6401 Marana Center Boulevard, Tucson 85742 For more information, please visit www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/tucson

Reid Park Zoo - Zoo Lights

(Source: Reid Park Zoo)
(Source: Reid Park Zoo)

Dec. 6 - 23; encore Dec. 26 - 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Twinkling lights, live music, falling snow and Santa Claus!

$10 adults, $6 children; $2 off for members.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - Holiday 2018 events

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(Source: Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain)

Gingerbread workshop - Dec. 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. make a gingerbread house. $40 Plus tax and gratuity per gingerbread house. Limit of 4 guests per house.

For more information: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/arizona/dove-mountain/hotel-overview/calendar

Marana Tree light show - encores

(Source: Town of Marana)
(Source: Town of Marana)

Enjoy the Christmas Tree light show every night through Dec. 31 at the Marana Municipal Complex at 11555 West Civic Center Drive Marana 85653

Monday to Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Lights of the World

(Source: Lights of the World)
(Source: Lights of the World)

Now through Jan. 2, 2019, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kino Sports Complex at 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson 85713

General admission tickets cost $24.99 online or at the gate. Kids ages 3 and under get in free.

Tohono Chul’s Twinkle Lights during Holiday Nights

(Source: Tohono Chul)
(Source: Tohono Chul)

Holiday Nights takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Dec. 14 - 15. Tickets are $12 for members, $16 for the general public, and $3 for children ages 12 and under, and available online or at the door. Be sure to download Tohono Chul’s free iPhone or Android app to navigate the gardens, locate the performers and vendors, as well as receive notifications when a performance starts!

The Garden Bistro continues its annual holiday buffet tradition during Holiday Nights with special menus featured weekly. Reservations are required as seating is limited and interested parties can call 520-742-6455 x 501 to secure their seats. Enjoy fantastic food with friends and family for $42.95 per person, $17.50 for children ages 6-12, and children ages 5 and under eat free. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Little Anthony’s Diner come meet Santa

(Source: Little Anthony's Diner)
(Source: 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! Bring in a can of food to donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and receive a FREE picture with Santa! Little Anthony's Diner at 7010 East Broadway Boulevard 85710

Dates and times for Santa:

  • Dec. 14 to 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Dec. 21 to 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

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