'Tis the season to be jolly!
Winter is the high season in Tucson, thanks to the city's great weather and unique Southwestern cultural attractions. The city comes alive from November through January with seasonal events full of holiday cheer.
Check it out:
10) Winterhaven Festival Of Light: The Winterhaven Festival of Lights is one of the longest-running holiday traditions in Tucson, and one of the longest running light festivals of its kind in the country. The festival is FREE and open to the public (the residents of Winterhaven have hosted the festival for generations, and consider it their gift to the people of Tucson).
9) 4th Ave Winter Street Fair: The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is one of the biggest arts and shopping events on the annual Tucson calendar. The event, which takes place over the course of one weekend in mid-December, brings together more than 200 arts and craft booths, plus food vendors, and dozens of musicians, jugglers, and other street performers.
8) A Southwest Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker is translated to the Tucson of the 1880s for Tucson Regional Ballet's special presentation of A Southwest Nutcracker. A Southwest Nutcracker offers a new way to experience a holiday classic.
7) Zoo Lights At Reid Park: Zoolights at Reid Park Zoo is an annual Tucson holiday tradition that transforms the zoo into a winter wonderland.
6) Tucson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Special: Zoolights at Reid Park Zoo is an annual Tucson holiday tradition that transforms the zoo into a winter wonderland.
5) Christmas At San Xavier Annual Concert: Set in the historic San Xavier Mission south of downtown Tucson, the Christmas at San Xavier Annual Concert celebrates one of the Southwest's most historic gems and the warmth of the holiday season.
4) Annual Downtown Parade of Light: For more than 20 years, downtown Tucson has hosted the Annual Parade of Lights, a family-friendly parade featuring floats, performers and holiday music.
3) Holiday Artisans Market: The Tucson Museum of Art turns into a celebration of holiday art every late November in downtown Tucson.
2) Holiday Nights At Tohono Chul: More than a million lights transform the scenic Sonoran Desert at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson every winter.
1) Luminaria Nights At Tucson Botanical Garden: Tucson Botanical Gardens is transformed into a magical wonderland in December during its annual Luminaria Nights.
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