In between the holiday gatherings, there are many activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Here is a roundup of fun things over the next week:
Every December the Reid Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with lights covering the exhibits and the paths. There will be live entertainment and a visit from Santa.
When: Nightly, now – December 30th, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716
Cost: $10 for Adults, $6 for Children (2-14), Children 1-year-old or younger are free, Members get $2 off admission
This is one Tucson’s greatest and most magical traditions. Get your friends and family together for a stroll through Christmas-lit Winterhaven. Bring a donation for the Community Food Bank.
When: Now through Dec. 26, 6-10 p.m. On December 26th, you can drive through.
Cost: Free (but donations for the Food Bank are appreciated).
Watch a family-friendly Christmas-themed gun show at Trail Dust Town and then shop, eat and play on the ferris wheel, train or carousel.
The show is packed with loud gunfire, explosion effects, fist fights, and Santa Claus.
When: Wednesdays and Fridays now- January 8th
Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Cost: $5 per person. Children 3 and under are free (not recommended for little ones).
Everyone’s favorite elf is coming to the big screen. Get the family together for a Christmas classic.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
Cost: Regular Price is $7 and $5 for students/seniors/active military.
Enjoy a cookie with Santa, and don’t forget your camera! Enjoy jumping, sliding, and playing on the fun-filled inflatables! Call for details- (520) 888-9198
When: Friday Dec 21st, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 3248 N Freeway Industrial Loop Ste 108, Tucson, AZ 85705
Cost: Pre-Registration is $12 per child. Price Day of: $14 per child (accompanying adults jump free).
With a 28-foot holiday tree in the main courtyard, families can see a unique ‘desert style’ snowfall.
When: December 21st and 22nd, 6 p.m. with an encore at 6:45 p.m.
Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
Cost: Free of charge
The Gaslight Music Hall’s “Jingle Bell Rockin’ Revue” is fun for the whole family! Whether you’re 8 or 98, you’ll love belting along to your favorite holiday hits with our All-Star Cast of singers and an amazing 7-piece GMH Showband. Whether you prefer dancing elves or singing reindeer, this show is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit- and if you’ve all been good little boys and girls, you might even get a visit from Kris Kringle himself!
When: Now- December 24th, times vary
Where: 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ
Cost: $21.95, with discounts available for children, students, seniors, and members of the military.
A spellbinding Christmas show that will dazzle you into the holiday spirit!
Features classic Christmas music played by the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Wrap yourself in Christmas reverie with contortionists, aerial artists, and cirque acrobats.
When: December 23rd, 2 p.m.
Where: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Varies depending on seating, but half off for kids!
Here is a list of Christmas Eve services throughout Tucson.
If you’ve never been to a Christmas service at San Xavier del Bac Mission, it’s an experience unique to the Southwest, unmatched in beauty.
When: December 25th, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Where: San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746
Cost: Free of charge
Enjoy the festivities with your loved ones- we wish you all a great rest of the holiday season and a happy, safe New Year!
Zoo Lights: -reidparkzoo.org/event/zoo-lights
Elf At Loft Theatre: -foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=848
Holiday at Pump It Up: -pumpitupparty.com/tucson-az/other-ways-to-play/special-events/
Gaslight Music Hall: -gaslightmusichall.com/2018/10/21/jingle-bell-rockin-revue-select-dates-11-28-to-12-24/
Cirque With The Tucson Symphony: -tucsonsymphony.org/event/a-cirque-holiday-with-troupe-vertigo/2018-12-23/
Christmas Eve Services: -tucsontopia.com/christmas-eve-tucson/
San Xavier: -sanxaviermission.org/
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