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Where to see light displays and find holiday events in the Old Pueblo

Posted: 2:35 PM, Dec 03, 2021
Updated: 2021-12-19 11:37:18-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. — Some Tucson traditions have been canceled due to COVID, including the Annual Parade of Lights & Festival, but most are still happening on schedule.

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Winterhaven Festival of Lights
Dec. 11 - Dec. 26
Open daily 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | drive-thru night on Dec. 26.

The Winterhaven Festival began in 1949 and is one of the longest running festivals of this kind in the country. Every home decorates for the holidays, allowing visitors to stroll up and down the neighborhood streets at their leisure taking in the holiday sights and lights. The Festival is free to attend. A donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is requested.

ZooLights 2020: Holiday Magic
Dec. 3 - Dec. 30
Reid Park Zoo (3400 Zoo Court)

Glittering lights illuminate the Zoo grounds with the sounds of the season flowing throughout the Zoo. Enjoy "falling snow" and visits with Santa through December 23. Sweet treats, and hot chocolate (with or without spirits!) accompany the thousands of glowing lights and lighted animals displays.

Wanderland: A Holiday Garden Stroll
Dec. 3 - Jan. 2
Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 North Alvernon Way)

Enjoy a stroll among more than 3,000 luminarias, over a dozen Korean lanterns, elegant poinsettias, a 10’ tall succulent tree, a colorful array of LED lighting, and festive holiday music. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (closed on 12/24, 12/25, and 1/1)

Miracle on Congress
Dec. 3 - Dec. 19
278 E. Congress Street

A pop-up holiday experience in Downtown Tucson, featuring free visits with Santa and a free scoop of ice cream for the kids. See Santa Fridays & Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. -6: 30 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Visitors are encouraged to bring a food donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Nineteenth Annual Miracle en el Barrio
Dec. 20
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. John’s Church, located at 602 W Ajo Way

19 years ago, NOVA Home Loans started Miracle en el Barrio event to help provide toys during the holidays to children on Tucson’s south side. Since then, the event turned into one of the largest toy donations, giving away toys to over 36,000 kids in need over the past two decades. Santa Clause will be at the event to hand out gifts.

Those looking to donate toys can drop them off to the following NOVA Home Loans locations:

  • Corporate, 6245 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 400
  • Northwest, 6893 N. Oracle Road, Suite 121
  • River: 1650 E. River Road, Suite 108
  • Sunrise, 3430 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 150
  • Swan, 2810 N. Swan Road, Suite 160
  • Green Valley, 210 W. Continental Road, Suite 248