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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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