Find out what's happening in Southern AZ this December

Find out what's happening in Southern AZ this December

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Events happening in and around Tucson in December. Check out the list below.


11           TUCSON: Christmas with The Rat Pack - Fox Tucson Theatre, get ready to be transported back to a Vegas-style lounge for a night of singin' Christmas songs, featuring an amazing six-piece band and talented cast of vocalists, 7:30 pm,

11-12     TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – features a million lights blanketing the Park, stroll through the grounds under a nearly a million twinkling lights, sip hot cider, enjoy tasty holiday treats and are joyfully entertained by music and dance performances throughout the evening, $3-16, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or

11-13     TUCSON: 45th Annual Fourth Avenue Fall Street Fair – (between Ninth St. and University Blvd.), 400+ arts & craft booths, food, entertainers & musicians from around the US, 2 stages & street performers, art area for kids, a cross between a fine art show & a carnival, free, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or    H  z

11-13     TUCSON: The Nutcracker - UA Centennial Hall, Ballet Tucson's beloved production continues its tradition of filling audiences with the joy and wonder of the holiday season, $25-60, 520-621-3341 or

11-13     TUCSON: 29th Annual Luminaria Nights - Tucson Botanical Gardens, paths are lined with luminarias for the holidays and the gardens are filled with musical entertainment and festive refreshments, $9-18, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-326-9686 or

12           TUCSON:  Living History Day at Tucson Presidio - a replica of the city's original adobe-walled fortress with museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life, with craft- and food-making demonstrations, soldier drills and more, $3, 10 am.- 3 pm, 520-837-8119 or

12           TUCSON: Jingle Bell Run/Walk to Cure Arthritis – Reid Park, walk or run, wear your ugly Christmas sweater or tie jingle bells to your shoes for the Arthritis Foundation's long-running Jingle Bell Run, this festive race helps champion arthritis research and brings together people from all walks of life, 6:30-10 am, 602-212-9909, register and join a team at

12           TUCSON: Holly Jolly Hobble - Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, a non-competitive 3-mile festive fun run benefiting the Community Food Bank, a casual-paced run with friends and family of all ages filled with holiday cheer, festive, holiday attire is encouraged , there may be a little caroling involved, entry fee is two cans of food for the Community Food Bank, , 5:15 pm,

12           VAIL: 10th Annual Vail Jingle Trail 5K and Santa's Little Helper 1K – Cienega High School, 5K will be run on a cross country course on the High School campus, includes music and refreshments, bring a new unwrapped toy, benefits the school's Key Club, $10-25, 8:45 am,

12-13     TUCSON: A Southwest Nutcracker – Tucson Music Hall, featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, original, full length classical ballet translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880's complete with the battle of the coyotes and the US Cavalry, travel over the glistening, falling snow of Mt. Lemmon to a Desert Dream of Chili Peppers, Mama Pinata and the waltzing Desert Poppies, professionally designed sets, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-886-1222 or

12-13     TUCSON: Messiah - Holiday Special - Catalina Foothills High School, Peter Bay conducts, Handel's pulse pounding, earth shaking Messiah, one of choral literature's most important and popular works, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and TSO Chorus perform, George Frideric Handel's masterpiece is the perfect way to start the holiday season, creating a glorious sound experience when performed in one of Arizona's most outstanding acoustical venues, 8 & 2 pm,

12-26     TUCSON: 66th Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights – (entrances into the neighborhood during the Festival are off Ft Lowell and Prince), walk-through nights every night, drive-through on 12/26, donations for Tucson Community Food Bank, 6-10 pm,

13           KITT PEAK: Meteor Mania with the Geminids - view a meteor shower under the pristine dark skies of Kitt Peak, observe one of nature's most spectacular cosmic shows, learn about meteors, comets, meteor showers, pre-register, $25-45, 10 pm – 3 am, 520-318-8726 or

13           TUCSON: 75th Annual Holiday Concert - UA Crowder Hall, this concert premiered in 1939, time-honored holiday tradition with the Boys Chorus accompanied by an orchestral ensemble,  features all levels of the Chorus from the youngest Cadet Choir through the oldest singers in the Young Men's Ensemble and highlights songs of holiday celebrations world-wide including Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah favorites, 3 & 7:30 pm, $8-20, 520-296-6277 or

16           TUCSON: Escher Quartet - Leo Rich Theater, America's Escher Quartet takes its name from the great Dutch graphic artist who inspires the musicians with his interplay between individual components working together to form a whole, featuring Janácek: Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"; Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 2, Op. 15; Mendelssohn: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2, presented by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, $10-30, 7:30 pm,

17           TUCSON: A Christmas Together - University City Church, a collaborative tour from some of today's top songwriters, artists, and worship leaders, featured artists include Dominic Balli, Propaganda, Izzi Ray, Brady Toops, Scott Erickson, and Gary Rea, designed to unify people by providing top level artistry and musicianship focused around the birth of Jesus this holiday season, $15, 7 pm,

18-19     TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – features a million lights blanketing the Park, stroll through the grounds under a nearly a million twinkling lights, sip hot cider, enjoy tasty holiday treats and are joyfully entertained by music and dance performances throughout the evening, $3-16, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or

19           TUCSON: 21sth Annual Downtown Parade of Lights – Armory Park, holiday parade with commercial, non-profit, community entries, Santa, lighted vehicles, floats, music, food and musical groups, free, 6 pm, 520-837-6501or

19-20     TUCSON: Magic of Christmas - Holiday Special - Tucson Music Hall, Michael Hall conducts, Bruce Chamberlain director of TSO Chorus, see and hear the TSO and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, sing, dance and tell the story of Christmas and the forecast calls for snow! plus, Santa is going to make a special visit no matter if you've been naughty or nice, featuring UA Dance, 4 & 2 pm,

27-1/2   TUCSON: USTA National Winter Tennis Championships – Reffkin Tennis Center, United States Tennis Association hosts the Junior Winter National tennis tournament, one of the biggest national events in the USA for boys/girls 12 and 14s, junior players have to qualify for this tournament, multi courts will be in use, 8 am – 9 pm, 520-791-4896 or

29           TUCSON: Inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl - Arizona Stadium, sanctioned by the NCAA, the bowl game is the third in Arizona and will feature two teams from among the Mountain West Conference, Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference, it is the first-ever bowl game to have a digitally-focused broadcast strategy to be orchestrated by primary digital media partner, Campus Insiders, 5:30 pm, MST,

31           TUCSON: 10th Annual New Year's Eve Gala 2015 - JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, themed "Blue Chicago," features world-renowned trumpet player Rick Braun along with top-caliber jazz musician headliners, including saxophonists Mindi Abair and Euge Groove, special guest performer will be singer Larry Braggs, $214-274, doors open at 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or


5-25       SIERRA VISTA: Annual Santas in the Park – Veterans Memorial Park, beautiful and intricately hand-painted Santas are displayed throughout the park, these Old World Santas are created by remarkable artists and share stories of Santa told throughout the world, free, 520-417-6960 or

12           BENSON: Christmas on Main Street – street vendors, local entertainment a visit from Santa, 9 am – 5 pm, Christmas Light Parade at 6:30 pm, 520-586-2842 or or

12           BISBEE: Bisbee After 5 - merchants of Bisbee After 5 invite you to attend "Handcrafted Holiday", a second Saturday Art Walk featuring the many hand crafted items available from Bisbee artists, enjoy the crisp air and twinkling lights while doing that last minute Holiday Shopping, more than 30 shops are open until 8 pm, 520-432-2900 or

12           FORT HUACHUCA: 23rd Annual Historical Tour of Homes – Brown Parade Field, Fort Huachuca Community Spouses' Club offers a peek at how historical homes look today, receive a booklet with historical information about the homes at the turn-of –the century, current residents open their doors to the public and allow them to wander on the ground floor while docents answer questions, the fundraiser, benefits scholarships for military family members and disbursements for local nonprofits, $12-15, 1:30-4:30 pm, 520-333-7590 or   not  H

26-27     SIERRA VISTA: Arizona's Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis - Arizona Folklore Preserve, inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame, and named as an Arizona Culture Keeper, Ellis will perform at this intimate venue on two special nights, for reservations, email  or 520-378-6165


13           TUBAC: Ted Ramirez Christmas Concert - Tubac Center of the Arts, 2 pm, 520-398-2371 or

19           TUBAC: Nuevo Mundo Concert - Tubac Center of the Arts, early music concert, 2 pm, 520-398-2371 or

20           TUBAC: Christmas Celebration - Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, live music by TaliasVan's 40-voice Bright & Morning Star Choir & Orchestra and The CosmoKids Choir, a visit with Santa Claus, and The God Child Came Christmas musical/play,  proceeds benefit Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children, $7, 6:30 pm, 520-398-2542 or