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Holiday Lights in Tucson 2022

Holiday Lights in Tucson

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 2022. Featured listings include neighborhoods with outstanding Christmas decor, light-up events at local attractions, and evening parades.

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

  • Location: Tohono Chul, 7366 Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704
  • Dates: December 9, 2022 and December 10, 2022 | December 16, 2022 and December 17, 2022
  • Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Cost: $20/Adult; $6/Child (ages 3-12); $15 for Members; Children 2 and Under are FREE
  • More Info: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

An illuminated desert wonderland! Holiday Nights is a timeless tradition for children, students, couples, whole families, and everyone in between!

Walk down illuminated pathways, enjoy live entertainment, and be dazzled by twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the gardens. You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct experiences located throughout the grounds while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy festive treats!

Not finished with your holiday shopping? Peruse the Museum Shops where you are sure to find a unique gift for that special someone or purchase the gift of a membership to Tohono Chul.

LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

LightsUp Holiday Lights Tucson Botanical Gardens | Holiday Lights in Tucson 2022
  • Location: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
  • Dates: November 25, 2022 through January 15, 2023
  • Time: 6 nights a week from 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Cost: $30/Adult; $28/Child (ages 4-17); Children under 4 are FREE
  • More Info: Lights Up! A Festival of Illumination

Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, a carefully curated and artfully sequenced series of illuminated experiences will transform the Gardens into a glittering wonderland of lights.

Six distinct, but meticulously connected thematic zones with their own unique color palettes, will lead visitors through more than a million lights, custom-built oversized installations, and pieces created by local artisans. Be dazzled by a 50′ light tunnel and choreographed cypress trees. Plus, experience the golden world of luminarias like never before!

In addition to clouds of LED lights throughout the display, there will also be custom-built, oversized props and pieces including light tunnels, cypress-inspired spindle trees, punched-tin stars and trees, light curtains, and luminaria chandeliers and archways. A casual walk through the show will take approximately 60 minutes and will be accompanied by a soundtrack that, in some areas, will be choreographed with the lights.

Parade of Lights in Downtown Tucson

Downtown Parade of Lights Tucson | Holiday Lights in Tucson 2022

The route for the Parade of Lights will begin at 17th St. and Stone Avenue and will make its way through downtown to Armory Park. Attendees are encouraged to visit local downtown merchants, enjoy dinner, and stroll the light-filled promenades of downtown along the parade route. Additionally, some of Tucson’s top food trucks will be located on 12th Street, between 5th Ave and 6th Ave, offering a wide variety of dining options throughout the evening.

Staging for the parade will take place along 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th streets from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue. The best views will be available at Armory Park, St. Augustine Cathedral, and the Children’s Museum Tucson.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

  • Location: Winterhaven Neighborhood (near Fort Lowell & Tucson Blvd)
  • Dates: December 10, 2022 - December 26, 2022
  • Time: Every day, 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

Tour the lights on a hayride wagon ($), a bus trolley ($), or a pedal-powered group bike ($)! Alternatively, you can also see the lights on foot for free!

Zoo Lights: Holiday Magic at Reid Park Zoo

  • Location: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson
  • Date: December 2, 3, 5-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30
  • Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Cost: $12 adults (ages 15-61), $10 seniors (ages 62+), $8 children (ages 2-14), Free for ages 0 to 1. Zoo Members receive $3 off Tuesdays-Sundays.
  • More Info: Zoo Lights

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp at the confection-merry Candyland, share Seasons greetings in the oceans zone, and have a Santa-abulous visit with St. Nick who will be hearing wishes each evening through December 23. Experience falling snow in the Artic Zone, listen to festive music, or savor a hot cup of cocoa from the Zoo Café or carts as you travel through a colorful wild wonderland in this Tucson holiday tradition.

SEE A FULL LISTING OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS BELOW.

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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40

Holiday Chef’s Dinner at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Enjoy a delicious 5-course meal seated family-style. Tickets include the dinner, a glass of wine, and 1 admission ticket to LightsUp! A Fesiival of Illumination. Dine under the holiday glow […]

$98
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12

Marana Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting

Marana Municipal Complex 11555 W. Civic Center Dr, Marana, AZ

Featuring: Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 PM & 8:30 PM Encore FREE Photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus Letters to Santa station Community Performances on TWO stages  Creation Station presented […]

Free
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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Marana Christmas Express

Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival 14901 N. Wentz Rd, Marana, AZ

Admission Includes: Holiday Lights Train Ride, Playland Area, Farm Animals, Jumping Pillows, Mini Diggers, Mini Tractors, Honey Bear Spinner, Peddle Carts & Trikes, Super Slide **Children 2 & under or […]

$20 – $25
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Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul Park 7366 Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ

An illuminated desert wonderland! Holiday Nights is a timeless tradition for children, students, couples, whole families, and everyone in between! Walk down illuminated pathways, enjoy live entertainment, and be dazzled […]

$6 – $20
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12

Winter Wonderland at International Wildlife Museum

International Wildlife Museum 4800 W. Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ

Celebrate the holidays with Winter Wonderland! Play fun games, make themed crafts, and, of course, write letters to and meet Santa! The museum will be decked out in lights and […]

Free With Paid Admission
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Marana Christmas Express

Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival 14901 N. Wentz Rd, Marana, AZ

Admission Includes: Holiday Lights Train Ride, Playland Area, Farm Animals, Jumping Pillows, Mini Diggers, Mini Tractors, Honey Bear Spinner, Peddle Carts & Trikes, Super Slide **Children 2 & under or […]

$20 – $25
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Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul Park 7366 Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ

An illuminated desert wonderland! Holiday Nights is a timeless tradition for children, students, couples, whole families, and everyone in between! Walk down illuminated pathways, enjoy live entertainment, and be dazzled […]

$6 – $20
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LightsUp! A Festival of Illumination at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a holiday destination for over 30 years with their famous installation of over 3,000 luminarias.  Designed by nationally known public garden landscape architect Tres Fromme, […]

$26 – $40
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ZooLights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Ready, Set, Glow! ZooLights: Holiday Magic returns with thousands of enchanting lights, mesmerizing light shows, and displays and holly jolly fun for all ages. Stop in for a photo opp […]

$8 – $12
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Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Tucson, AZ

Tour the lights on a hayride wagon ($), a bus trolley ($), or a pedal-powered group bike ($)! Alternatively, you can also see the lights on foot for free!

Free+

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