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Tucson Holiday Traditions

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—though it certainly doesn’t always feel or look like it in Tucson! A favorite local tradition is a lit tour on a wagon, bus trolley or a pedal-powered group outing. The Winterhaven Festival of Lights takes place daily December 10 – 26, and the free event welcomes food donations that benefit local charities. However, prices for guided tours vary, and you’ll want to make your bookings soon.

The Salvation Army Tucson Christmas is another family-friendly charitable way to enjoy the holidays. You can adopt a local family, sponsor “Christmas Angels” or volunteer at the Christmas Dinner (though bear in mind those holiday spots fill up fast). Contact the non-profit and pinpoint your best way to serve this holiday season.

Seasons Greetings

Luminaria Nights at the Botanical Gardens take place the first two weekends in December, and you won’t want to miss thousands of traditional Southwestern lanterns. They season the grounds and turn the garden into a one of a kind winter wonderland. Enjoy hand-crafted ornaments, musical performance, decorated trees and much more. Local food trucks are on hand, dishing up seasonal goodies.

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul can’t be missed, with over one million lights turning the desert into a magical world. The desert-themed lights include treats, gift shop deals, art gallery specials and live music. A desert-inspired snowman is the real showstopper, and you can get tickets online or on site.

 

 

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