In between the holiday gatherings, there are many activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Here is a roundup of some fun activities through the 2022 holiday season.
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, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716
Cost: $12 for Adults, $10 for seniors, $8 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. No drive through dates for 2022.
Where: Winterhaven neighborhood
Cost: Free (but donations for the Food Bank are appreciated)
The Fox Theatre is screening several movies over the holiday season, with Anastasia, a winter class being a standout. “From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s”. Get the family together for a Christmas classic.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6th- Saturday, December 10th (times vary)
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
Cost: $31 and $149
With a 28-foot holiday tree in the main courtyard, families can see a unique ‘desert style’ snowfall.
When: Now-December 23rd (Thursday-Saturday) 6-6:15 p.m. with an encore at 6:45-7 p.m.
Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
Cost: Free of charge
Kick off your holiday season at the Gaslight Music Hall with our star-studded Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Revue! Share the joy of Christmas with our spectacular GMH Show Band and Performers! You and your family will sing along with some holiday favorites, enjoy some swingin’ seasonal songs, and even hear a few unexpected rockin’ Christmas hits.
When: Now- December 24th, times vary
Where: 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ
Cost: $27, with discounts available for children, students, seniors, and members of the military.
Celebrate the beginning of our vibrant new partnership with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for what is sure to be the highlight of Tucson’s holiday season. The celebrated production of the world’s most famous ballet brings the enchanting story of The Nutcracker to life with stunning dancing, lavish costumes and sets, and the magnificence of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s world-class musicians.
When: December 22-24th (times vary)
Where: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Varies depending on seating
Patronato’s beloved concert series that, for many, defines the beginning of the holiday season in Southern Arizona returns for 2022. There are only a few concerts this year, so tickets are limited. If you’ve never been to San Xavier, this is a magical way to experience the mission.
When: December 6th & 7th
Where: San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746
Enjoy the festivities with your loved ones- we wish you all a great rest of the 2022 holiday season and a happy, safe New Year!
-Main image provided by the Pima County Public Library