Your Guide to Winter Holidays in Tucson

During the holidays in Tucson, you can expect a wide array of fun events to celebrate the season. From family-friendly outings to adults-only fine dining events, you can celebrate the winter holidays in style without traveling far from home. Keep reading for a quick guide to the events you won’t want to miss throughout December in Tucson.  

Holiday Lights

The Winterhaven Festival of Lights is certainly one of the most iconic holiday events in Southern Arizona. This decades-long tradition has only grown larger through the years, with some of the central Tucson neighborhood’s residents creating elaborate displays with hundreds of lights adorning their homes. There are both drive-through nights and pedestrian-only evenings at Winterhaven, so plan accordingly. For something with a more distinctly southwestern feel, check out Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens, which takes place during the first two weekends in December. 

Nutcracker in Tucson

Seeing The Nutcracker ranks high on the list of Christmas traditions for many families, and there are several opportunities to do so this year. Close to downtown is Ballet Tucson’s The Nutcracker, which is being presented at the Tucson Music Hall on S. Church Ave. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be held at U of A’s Centennial Hall, and Tucson Regional Ballet’s A Southwest Nutcracker will put a fun spin on tradition at the Tucson Convention Center. 

New Year’s Eve in Tucson
Many of Tucson’s finest restaurants host prix fixe menu dinners on New Year’s Eve, and reservations tend to fill fast—especially if you are dining downtown. These events are typically for the 21 and over crowd. For an all-out extravaganza including a midnight champagne toast, Lowes Ventana Canyon and Hacienda Del Sol both host special events to ring in the New Year in style. 

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