Monday, December 11, 2017 / by Tami Sauerman
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Old Tucson Studios SHOPPING:
Fridays | 10am-2pm | Banner UMC
Bringing the freshest produce and other local food products to the faculty, staff, patients, students, and public. With over 20 vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Friday-Sunday | 10am-4pm | Mercado San Agustin | Free
Over 60+ artists, makers, movers and shakers come together in one pop-up market at the Mercado District to celebrate the holidays and bring you the very best of regional talent. Come discover new stores, more food and lots of shopping fun!
HOLIDAY EXPRESS WITH SANTA AT HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT
Friday | 12pm-4pm | The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum | Free
Write letters to the North Pole, watch the holiday movie, and take a photo with Santa in front of Locomotive 1673 and enjoy holiday music at the 13th annual family fun event.
THE TUCSON FLEA MARKET
Friday | 4pm-8pm | Owls Club | Free
All sorts of interesting stuff to pick through from new created artwork and jewelry to vintage clothing, household items. Enjoy a Happy Hour cocktail and a psychic reading.
FRIDAY FOOD, FUN, AND FLIX
Friday | 4pm-9pm | Jacome Plaza Downtown | Free
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy holiday movies under the stars, dinner from popular Tucson Food Trucks including popcorn and fun pre-movie activities syuch as lawn games, table tennis, and human-sized board games. Free Photos with Santa - Bring your camera! Movie: The Santa Clause.
Night Under the Stars
Friday | 5pm-8pm | Historic Canoa Ranch | $5 Suggested Donation
Stargazing event! Weather permitting, Staff from Whipple Observatory will start the night with presentations, followed by stargazing.
SANTA AT THE PETTING ZOO!
Saturday | 10am-5pm | Funny Foot Farms | $8
Santa Claus will be at the farm! No extra cost to see Santa it is just the normal cost of the petting zoo which includes food for all the animals and a full tour! Come down and say "Hi" to Santa and meet capybaras, tortoise, goats, chickens, porcupines and lots more!
3RD ANNUAL SANTA'S HOLIDAY WORKSHOP EVENT
Saturday | 12pm-4pm | Southwest Community Center | Free/Food Donation
There is no entry fee for the event, though we are asking for donations of perishable and non-perishable food items for our Happy Food Box program. Santa arrives by fire truck! Cookie and ornament decorating, photos with Santa, Christmas music and carolers, Holiday Craft Fair, Food Trucks & More!
A TUCSON PASTORELA
Friday 7:30pm | Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm | Sunday 2pm | Leo Rich Theater | $10-27
Written by Milta Ortiz and the Ghosts Writers, directed by Marc David Pinate, this show has been a Tucson holiday tradition for 21 years! Archangels send a group of shepherds on a harrowing journey to meet el baby Jesus. But first they must make it past ornery devils. A Tucson Pastorela is generously infused with musical numbers, and farcical satire lampooning 2017’s biggest political and pop cultural events.
Saturday | 5pm-9pm | Metal Arts Village | $10
Hosted by The Humane Society of Southern Arizona/The night will be filled with Live Music, a raffle, Feats of Strength, Airing of Grievances, and more! Proceeds benefit the homeless animals in our community!
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R)
Saturday | 11:45pm | The Loft Cinema | $6, Prop Bag $3
A Loft tradition for 38 years and counting! Whatever happened to Saturday night? It was locked in a closet with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and it hasn’t been the same since! Unleash your inner Sweet Transvestite when the mother of all cult classics hits the big screen with the “Heavy Petting” shadow cast, live and in your face.
Sunday | 7:45am-10:15am | Tanque Verde Ranch | $75
At the Ranch, the early riser gets the horse, not to mention blueberry pancakes. These unforgettable rides pass towering cacti and climb rolling hills, as you make your way to the Old Homestead. Upon reaching your destination, indulge in a freshly cooked breakfast prepared right before your eyes. Our famous blueberry pancakes, ranch-style eggs, bacon, chocolate milk, orange juice, and more await your grumbling stomach. Take a seat fireside while you enjoy great company and the beautiful scenery.
COOKING WITH PRICKLY PEAR TALK
Sunday | 3:15pm-3:45pm | Saguaro National Park (West) | $15/car
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible.
TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Saturday 4pm | Sunday 2pm | Tucson Music Hall | $11.50+
You’ll hear all of your favorite Christmas holiday songs, see UA’s exceptional dancers perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and raise your voice for a sing-along of your very favorite carols. Plus the forecast calls for snow in the Music Hall and Santa is going to make a special visit no matter if you’ve been naughty or nice.
THE ANNUAL DICKENS FESTIVAL & A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday-Sunday | Various Times | Berger Performing Arts Center | $5-20
See the streets of Olde London come to life! Holiday Amusement, Merry Merchandise Vendors, Jolly Musicians & Caroling, Scrumptious Food & Treats, Photos with Father Christmas, Roaming Victorian Era Characters, A Christmas Carol the Musical.
OLD TIME HOLIDAYS AT OLD TUCSON
Now- Dec 31st | 10am-5pm | Old Tucson | $10.95-18.95
Join Old Tucson for the holidays! Old Time Holiday Celebration is a fun family event featuring holiday-themed Old Tucson musical and comedy shows through December 31.
Now-December 23rd | 6pm-8pm | Reid Park Zoo |$6-10
This event is guaranteed to put you in the winter spirit with jingle bells, twinkling lights, lighted animal sculptures, visits with Santa, and live entertainment nightly through December 23. Cinnamon rolls, s'mores, and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Most animals will be off exhibit for this event.
SEASON OF LIGHT
Now-January 7th | Various Times – See Website | Flandrau Science Center | $12-16
The annual family favorite weaves together the astronomy of the Winter Solstice with the history of light festivals across times and cultures in celebration of the spirit of renewal. The 34-minute "Season of Light" show has been updated for the new Flandrau Full Dome projection system so the imagery covers the entire planetarium dome.
U OF A WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. HAWAII
Sunday | 2pm | McKale Center