Holiday Lights in Tucson 2021

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 2021. 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 10, 2021 and December 11, 2021 | December 17, 2021 and December 18, 2021
  • Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Cost: $17/Adult; $6/Child (ages 5-12); $13 for Members; Children 4 and Under are FREE
  • Note: Masks are required at this event.
  • More Info: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

Holiday Nights are full of fun for everyone! Stroll along paths sparkling with over a million twinkling lights and enjoy musicians and entertainers performing throughout the gardens! Free hot chocolate and a cookie are included in your ticket price. Tickets are available online or at the door. Be sure to download Tohono Chul’s free iPhone or Android app to navigate the gardens, locate the performers and vendors, as well as receive notifications when a performance starts!

Wanderland at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Wanderland Holiday Lights Tucson Botanical Gardens | Holiday Lights in Tucson 2021
  • Location: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
  • Dates: December 3, 2020 through January 3, 2021
  • Time: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Cost: $15/Adult; $8/Child (ages 4-17); $13 for Students (ages 18+), Seniors (ages 62+), and Military; Children under 4 are FREE
  • More Info: Wanderland

Enjoy a leisurely stroll among more than 3,000 luminarias, over a dozen stunning Korean lanterns, 200+ elegant poinsettias, a 10’ tall succulent tree, a colorful array of LED lighting, and festive holiday music playing throughout the Gardens!

Parade of Lights & Festival in Downtown Tucson

2021 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant, and the immense concerns of crowding, the 2021 Parade of Lights & Festival has been canceled.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

  • Location: Winterhaven Neighborhood (near Fort Lowell & Tucson Blvd)
  • Dates: December 11, 2021 - December 26, 2021
  • 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

ZooLights Reid Park Zoo Holiday Lights 2021 | Holiday Lights in Tucson 2021
  • Location: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson
  • Date: December 5-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: $11 adults (ages 15-61), $9 seniors (ages 62+), $7 children (ages 2-14), Free for ages 0 to 1. Zoo Members receive $3 off any evening.
  • More Info: Zoo Lights

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at ZooLights: Holiday Magic, presented by Tucson Electric Power! Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the twinkling lights of Tucson’s favorite holiday tradition. Glittering lights illuminate the beautiful Zoo grounds with sounds of the season flowing throughout the Zoo. ZooLights begins with a Members-only night on December 2 and then opens to the public from December 5-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30. Please note that Santa flies home after Christmas and will not be in attendance for Encore Nights.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Falling snow
  • Pictures with Santa December 5-23
  • Festive entertainment
  • S’mores, sweet treats, and hot chocolate (with or without spirits!)
  • Thousands of glowing lights and lighted animals displays








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