The Snow Queen at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Anderson's The Snow Queen at Tucson Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, the Tucson Botanical Gardens has partnered with the Arizona Theater Company and Artist Donna Helms to bring the Hans Christian Anderson story of The Snow Queen to life.

In addition to Luminarias, Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and other festive décor, larger than life cutouts illustrating the story of The Snow Queen will adorn the garden paths during Luminaria Nights and the month of December. The staff at the Arizona Theatre Company has generously donated their time and talents to create the fairytale figures and Artist Donna Helms donated her time in the creation of the enchanting illustrations. The new display will go one step further with a reading and performance of a version of The Snow Queen each night during Luminaria Nights. An ATC actor will give an animated “story-time” reading of an abbreviated version of the story at 6:30pm each night in the Reception Garden.

After Luminaria Nights, the story of The Snow Queen will live on with readings every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11am at the Gardens from Dec. 17 to Jan. 3 (except Wednesday, Dec 24 when the Gardens are closed). Parents are also invited to check out the story from the gift shop themselves and read it to their children while wandering the Gardens.

About Luminaria Nights

  • LOCATION: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson
  • DATE: December 5, 6, 7 and December 12, 13, 14
  • TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • COST: $12 for adult n0n-members; $6 for child non-members; $10 for adult members; $4 for child members

Regular Admission to Tucson Botanical Gardens

  • HOURS: 8:30am to 4:30pm. Open seven days a week, year round, except, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • COST: Oct. to Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12. Children 3 and under and Members are always free!
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