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Patrons of the arts in Tucson can celebrate the holidays with traditional events like “The Nutcracker” or festive twists on traditional events. Want something discreet? Visit the Oro Valley or Marana for their tree lighting ceremonies.

To celebrate

Centennial Hall

1020 East, University Boulevard

7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 and

Wednesday, November 23

A Magical Circus Christmas

Magical hostess Lucy Darling guides guests through dazzling performances and breathtaking circus performers, accompanied by holiday music. Get into the spirit with this family show.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6

Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller has become a holiday staple as the show is one of the best performances of the season. Enjoy the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in a multimedia setting.

8 p.m. Friday, December 9

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. celebrates the holidays with his take on Christmas classics, as well as originals and fan favorites like “(It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus” and “When My Heart Finds Christmas.”

4 p.m. Saturday, December 10

TDA: Spirit of Christmas

Tucson Dance Academy’s “Christmas Spirit” encompasses the “holiday magic of New York on Broadway” (including Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and the Grinch) and the spiritual dimension of Christmas.

The Hall of the Century

311 E. Congress Street


7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, December 23

“Nossa Bossa Nova: Jazz Christmas Italiano”

Celebrate the holiday season with Nossa Bossa Nova as she performs songs from her 2020 album, “Jazz Christmas Italiano.”

Featuring Brice Winston, Richard Katz and Alejandro Canelos with Theresa and Mike Levy, the evening will mix traditional holiday standards, sung in Italian with an acoustic jazz quartet.

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, December 24

Britney Chauntae: “A Christmas in New Orleans”

New Orleans singer Britney Chauntae heads to Tucson to celebrate Christmas with jazz music. In 2009 she competed, won and toured with (BET) 106 & Park’s “Wild Out Wednesday Competition”. After this win, Chauntae wrote and performed music while living in California. She then signed to write music in Australia with world-renowned Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil.

Chauntae first visited New Orleans in early 2012, when she volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and also sang on Bourbon Street at night. She made it her permanent home in 2014 — the same year she auditioned for Season 14 of “American Idol.” She went to Hollywood Week.

Fox Theater Tucson

17 W. Congress


7 p.m. Sunday, November 27

Jake Shimabukuro

Cheerful ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will celebrate the holidays with his “Christmas in Hawai’i” show.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1

A Carpenters Christmas featuring

Lisa Rock

Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece band carry on the Carpenters’ holiday traditions with their stage show.

Based on music from both The Carpenters’ holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, “A Carpenters Christmas” features “Merry Christmas Darling” and the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3

Big Bad Voodoo Dad Holiday 2022

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turns holiday songs into their own jazzy versions of “Jingle Bells”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Winter Wonderland”.

Expect “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” with an Andrews Sisters-meets-the-blues twist, and a version of the Heat Miser song from the classic “A Year Without a Santa Claus.”

The band rips Chuck Berry’s “Run, Run Rudolph” and Lou Rawls’ “Merry Christmas Baby” and slows things down for Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” There’s a New Orleans-flavored “Frosty the Snowman” and a calypso “A Party for Santa.”

2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, December 4


The heartwarming “Elf” goes to the Fox Tucson Theater.

For the few who missed “Elf,” the 2003 film stars Will Ferrell in the lead role – a human raised by Santa’s elves – who discovers his origins and travels to New York to meet his biological father. . Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer plays a medley of holiday songs 30 minutes before the film begins.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9

“In the mood for Christmas: a holiday

Spectacular Music”

Produced by Khris Dodge Entertainment, “In the Christmas Mood” features holiday tunes such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Happy Holidays,” “Jingle Bells,” and “The Christmas Song.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10

Mavericks’ “Very Merry Christmas Tour” with special guest JD McPherson

Grammy winners The Mavericks will perform selections from their 2018 holiday album “Hey! Merry Christmas!” as well as the successes of their 30-year career. Guests of JD McPherson.

8 p.m. Thursday, December 15

Doo Wop Project: “A Doo Wop


Listen to holiday hits with a doo-wop twist.

The show features Christmas tunes as well as “doo-wopified” versions of hits by Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and Sam Smith.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 16

Merry Christmas Achi

Mariachi Sol De Mexico with Jose Hernandez’s Merry-Achi Christmas has become an annual tradition.

While his family tree is rooted in five generations of Mariachi musicians hailing from the La Sierra del Tigre region of Jalisco, Hernandez has expanded mariachi music into new lands, into new musical genres, and into the hearts of new audiences.

2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, December 17

“The Polar Express”

The 2004 computer-animated film “The Polar Express” stars Tom Hanks, starring Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett and Eddie Deezen.

Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer will play a medley of holiday songs 30 minutes before the film begins.

7 p.m. Sunday, December 18

“All is calm: the 1914 Christmas truce”

A German soldier sings “Stille Nacht”. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, December 23

“It’s a wonderful life”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra.

Based on the short story and booklet “The Greatest Gift”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who gave up his personal dreams to help others in his community. His suicidal thoughts on Christmas Eve prompt the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer will play a medley of holiday songs 30 minutes before the film begins.

Leo Rich Theater

260 S. Church Ave., Tucson


Various times from Friday December 2 to Sunday December 4

“The Gift” of the Reveille Men’s Choir

With a mission to promote acceptance of LGBTQI people through music, Reveille Men’s Chorus will present their 28th holiday show of the season.


Linda Ronstadt Music Hall

260 S. Church Avenue


2 p.m. Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11

Tucson Regional Ballet’s Southwest Nutcracker


Tucson Regional Ballet’s “A Southwest Nutcracker” transports Tchaikovsky’s traditional Nutcracker to 1880s Tucson, giving the characters and events a touch of the Sonoran Desert.

Since 2003, the Tucson Regional Ballet has collaborated with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for live accompaniment.

Various times Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18

Tucson Symphony Orchestra: “Happy Holidays ¡Feliz Navidad!”

Join Maestro José Luis Gomez, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Tucson Girls Chorus, Tucson Boys Chorus, and other special guest artists to celebrate the holidays with a multicultural flavor of Tucson.

Several times from Thursday December 22 to

Saturday December 24


The Tucson Symphony Orchestra teams up with Ballet Tucson for “The Nutcracker.”

Tucson Convention Center

260 S. Church Avenue


Several times on Sunday November 20 at

Sunday January 8

Tucson Holiday Ice Cream

The Tucson Holiday Rink, hosted by the City of Tucson, will be located on Church Avenue, south of Broadway, across from the Tucson Convention Center.

The skates start at size 8 for children and go up to size 15 for adult men. Socks are mandatory and gloves are highly recommended. Tickets are for 90 minute sessions; $20 adults, $14 for children under 12. Skating aids are $5. Private use is $700 per 90 minute session outside of business hours.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


11555 W. Civic Center Drive,



3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 3

Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting

The Marana Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting features artisans and craft vendors; more than 30 food trucks and vendors; free travel on the holiday train; free bouncy castle/inflatable experiences; a photo booth with Desert Photo Booth; Holiday Laser Projections in Santa’s Yard/Christmas Tree Lighting (6 p.m.); free photos with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus; letters to the Santa Claus station; community performances and a creative station with Lucky Cat Social Art.

Oro Valley

Oro Valley Market, 12155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley


Several times on Saturday December 3 and

Sunday, December 4

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts and Holiday Tree Lighting

Oro Valley Marketplace hosts the Oro Valley Festival of the Arts and Holiday Tree Lighting. Recognized as one of the biggest arts and crafts festivals in the region, the event is scheduled for all age groups.

Hosted by Mayor Joe Winfield and Santa Claus, the Oro Valley Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 3-6 p.m., preceded by cookie decorating and photos Free with Santa and the Golder Ranch Fire Truck (3:30-5:30 p.m.). . Arts Action Station will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 3 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 4.


Tucson Children’s Museum

200 S. Sixth Avenue, Tucson


10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4

Gingerbread workshop

For $50, up to four people can design a prebuilt house with tons of frosting and candy. Reservations required.

Southern Arizona

transport museum

414 N. Toole Avenue, Tucson


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 17

17th Annual Holiday Express

Includes tours with Santa Claus in front of ‘Oklahoma’ Locomotive 1673, bilingual exhibits, reading of ‘The Polar Express’, singing holiday music and an arts and crafts show. 


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