Looking for a place to see the the merry twinkle of lights in Tucson? We’ve curated a list of the best places around town to see holiday light displays in 2015.
Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul
- Location: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson
- Date: December 4 & 5, December 11 & 12; December 18 & 19
- Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
- Cost: $16 General Public, $12 Member. Children under 12 are $3.
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Kick off the Holiday Season with a stroll through a magical winter wonderland. On six special evenings across three consecutive weekends, Tohono Chul takes on an air of holiday magic as they invite the community to enjoy the tradition of Holiday Nights, highlighted by live music, holiday treats, and shopping. Each night, the grounds are transformed by over a million twinkling lights and very special desert snowmen.
Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo
- Location: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson
- Date: December 3-23 (with encore nights on Dec 26-27)
- Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Cost: $9 for adults; $5 for children (ages 2-14); free for children under age 2; members get $2 off admission
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Zoo Lights, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is guaranteed to put you in the winter spirit! Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, falling snow, Santa, and thousands of sparkling bulbs will help make Zoo Lights a part of your Tucson holiday tradition. Camel and carousel rides will be open during the event for an additional fee. Free cookies will be provided each night. Hot cocoa will be available. Encore nights (Dec. 26 and 27) will NOT feature live entertainment or visits with Santa (because he’ll be back at the North Pole!).
Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens
- Location: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson
- Date: December 4, 5, 6 and December 11, 12, 13
- Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
- Cost: $18 for adult n0n-members; $9 for child non-members; $10 for adult members; $5 for child members
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A festive Tucson holiday tradition, Luminaria Nights is now in its 29th year. Adults and children can visit with Santa Claus, wander the garden paths listening to live holiday music, and bask in the glow of thousands of luminarias and twinkling lights. Hot chocolate, libations, and holiday treats will be offered and food from a variety of vendors will be available for purchase. New this year – guests can enjoy Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks during the event.
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
- Location: Winterhaven neighborhood (central Tucson – Ft. Lowell & Prince)
- Date: December 12-26, 2015
- Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
- Cost: Free. Please bring a donation of food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
- More Info: Winterhaven Festival of Lights
This will be the 66th year for the Winterhaven Festival of Lights – one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country.
The Festival of Lights celebrates the holiday season in Tucson and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over southern Arizona. Moreover, the Festival is one the most important events for the Community Food Bank in Tucson. In 2014, over $18,000 and 42,965 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank through the Festival.
Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights
- Location: Downtown Tucson
- Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
- Time: 6:30pm
- Cost: Free
- More Info: Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights
Gather your friends and family for the 21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights taking place on Saturday, December 19th in the beautiful Armory Park neighborhood.
Enjoy a day Downtown by grabbing a bite to eat, shopping, and visiting the holiday festival at Armory Park beginning at 4pm. Stay for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:45pm and then celebrate the holidays with the parade at 6:30pm!