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Celebrate the holidays in southern Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's that time of year again, the holidays have arrived.  With Thanksgiving over and the rush to buy presents is on, here are a few ways to spend your down time. 

Holy Hope Cemetery to host National Wreaths Across America Day

Dec. 16, beginning at 7 a.m.:Wreath-laying ceremony, joining more than 1,200 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day. The Cholla High School ROTC and the Tucson High School Troubadours will perform.
7:00 a.m.: A few volunteers will arrive to begin unpacking wreaths.
9:30 a.m..: Coffee & pastries for volunteers 
10 a.m.: Ceremony begins 
Holy Hope Cemetery at 3555 North Oracle

Old Tucson hosts Peter Paul and Mary Holiday Dinner Show

Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: kicking off the holiday season with a Peter Paul and Mary holiday dinner show performed by tribute band “Peter Paul and Mary Alive.”
here will be a hearty, buffet-style dinner served to accompany the harmonious sounds of Peter Paul and Mary’s greatest hits mixed with classic holiday tunes. 
Visit their website at http://www.peterpaulandmaryalive.com/ for more info.
Tickets: $49.95 per person. This ticket price includes both the meal and the show.     


Tucson Premium Outlets - Santa experiences

Dec. 1 - 24: families are invited for photos, visits, holiday stories and more!
On Saturdays, Santa will read special holiday stories out loud from 12 – 1 p.m. in the children’s play area then head over to Mountain Court near the fireplace, where he will be available for photographs from 1 – 5 p.m. The whole family is invited to meet Saint Nick—even four legged friends! Pet photos with Santa will be allowed from 4 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. 
Shoppers can also enjoy the delightful sounds of holiday music and caroling with live performances in Mountain Court. Local school music departments will perform festive tunes on Mondays through Thursday afternoons November 27 through December 14. The Mountain Court Concert Series presented by SAACA will also continue to showcase live local musicians on Saturdays from 5-8PM.
Tucson Premium Outlets at 6401 Marana Center Boulevard, Tucson 85742
For more information, please visit www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/tucson

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium 

Nov. 24 -  Jan. 7 - Holiday planetarium shows, "Season of Light" and "Laser Holidays"; 2 p.m. holiday shows every weekday starting on Dec. 12.  All the shows are presented in the renovated Eos Foundation Planetarium Theater for a captivating, comfortable, fulldome experience.
For tickets and more information: http://flandrau.org/holiday2017

Reid Park Zoo - Zoo Lights

Dec. 7 - 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.  Buy your tickets online HERE.
For more information: www.ReidParkZoo.org 

Tohono Chul’s Twinkle Lights during Holiday Nights 

Dec. 8 & 9; 15 & 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Stroll along paths sparkling from over a million twinkling lights, enjoy musicians and entertainers performing throughout the gardens, not to mention free hot chocolate and cookies are included in the ticket price! 
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.
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 $36.95 per person, $17.50 for children ages 8-12, and children ages 7 and under eat free. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

For more information click here http://tohonochulpark.org/holiday-nights

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain - Holiday 2017 events 

Dec. 2 - 27: Dine-In Gingerbread House 
Childhood dreams come true as groups of up to six can dine in this amazing, life-size gingerbread house. Lunch and dinner reservations are offered daily, with advance booking required. $200 per midweek seating or $250 per weekend seating, plus individual meal costs. Please call (520) 572-3050 for reservations.

Saturday, Dec. 23 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Gingerbread Decorating Workshop
Sunday, Dec. 24 from 5;30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Christmas Eve Dinner at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar - Featured holiday menu, $98 for adults, $38 for children under 12. Excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.
Monday, Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christmas Brunch at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar - $90 for adults, $38 for children under 12. Excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.
Monday, Dec. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Dinner at Cayton’s Burger Bistro
Monday, Dec. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Dinner at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar - Multi-course holiday menu, $98 for adults, $38 for children under 12. Excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.

Little Anthony's Diner come meet Santa and help Pack the Pickups

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. 8 to 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Dec. 15 to 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Dec. 22 to 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe - Fifth annual Evening with Santa 

Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 135 South Wilmot Road and 3570 North Craycroft Road 
Kneaders will serve its popular Chunky Cinnamon French Toast breakfast for dinner, with 100 percent of the sales will be donated to TMC for Children. 
Santa will be on site to spread holiday cheer and take free photos with children. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras as there will not be a formal photographer present.

Celebrating the holidays in Cochise County (Thanks to the Cochise County Tourism Council for the following information):


Benson’s Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 4th (Main Street) between Patagonia Street and San Pedro Street
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with treats for the kids. We’ll have children’s activities, entertainment, local vendors and lots of yummy food. Plus, prize drawings for the best decorated booth and a raffle prize drawing. Contact 520-265-8031 or info@besonchamberaz.comfor more information. We look forward to celebrating the season with you!

Bisbee After 5 “Holiday Season” - Saturday, Dec. 9, until 8 p.m. 
Bisbee After 5 is a monthly artwalk that occurs on the Second Saturday of each month in Old Bisbee, Arizona. Over 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late, until 8:00 pm. Artists' receptions, live entertainment, special promotions, and a free raffle are some of the many things we offer! Please visit http://www.bisbeeafter5.com/events-openings for December specials.

Copper City Saloon “Christmas Gift Fundraiser” - Sunday, Dec. 10
Copper City Saloon is hosting a Christmas party, in effort to raise money for kids’ Christmas presents. We are working with John Acosta who is President of the Board of Directors for Coalition for the Homeless. All the proceeds go to the kids. There will be a white elephant gift exchange, (no more than $10), a DJ, free food, prizes, plus celebrity local bartenders – all their tips are donated as well. As a community, we have the opportunity to make Christmas magical for those less fortunate. This is going to be a lot of fun, so please come support this event and make a child smile at Christmas! https://www.facebook.com/coppercitysaloon/


6th Annual Douglas on Ice - Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Placita Park in front of the Gadsden Hotel and inside Government Center
Come and take your picture with Santa, ice skate (parent signature required), free popcorn and hot chocolate, and tons of fun! *Food & Craft Vendors are welcome*

Old World Santa Display - Dec. 1 – 25 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Boulevard
This distinguished display is a collection of beautiful and intricately hand-painted Old-World Santas created by remarkable artists. These Old World Santas depict the stories of Santa told throughout the world.

Christmas Light Parade - Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning at Sixth & Allen Street
The Tombstone Chamber of Commerce once again is pleased to bring you the Annual Christmas Light Parade. Join us, as the entries walk, ride and drive down historic Allen St....we not only have the parade is evening but the parade will end at the Tombstone Court House State Park. Interested in being in the parade, it's free entry also and applications are available at The Tombstone Chamber or call (520)457-9317. 

Lighting of the Courthouse Luminaries - Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Third & Toughnut Street
The staff at the courthouse will begin lighting luminaries at dusk. All luminaries and the Courthouse tree will be fully lit upon conclusion of the Tombstone Christmas Parade. There will be cookies and hot chocolate at the Courthouse to celebrate the season and the beauty of the luminaries. 
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