Compiled by Dana Boyd
Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair
The 43rd annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, Tucson’s largest arts venue, will line Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The fair features two stages for live entertainment, street performers, more than 400 arts and craft exhibits, 35-plus food booths and a free Tucson Children’s Museum hands-on-art pavilion.
All Night Screen-O-Rama Holiday Horror Show
Wear pajamas and bring your favorite blanket while enjoying holiday horror screenings at The Loft Cinema from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Movies will include “Black Christmas,” “Santa’s Slay,” “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Gremlins” and “Jack Frost.” Advanced admission costs $13 and day-of admission is $15, with a discount for Loft members.
Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights
Kick off your holiday celebration downtown with a day out to shop, eat, visit Santa Claus and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will lead a Holiday Tree Lighting in Armory Park at 5:30 p.m. End the evening watching a lighted parade filled with bright, shimmering floats. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on 17th Street. It runs along Stone Avenue to Ochoa Street, and ends at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue.
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
For more than 60 years, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights has brought the wonder of holiday lights to the Old Pueblo. This winter wonderland in the desert has entrances at Fort Lowell Road and at Prince Road. Most nights, visitors walk through the neighborhood to view lights, but Dec. 17, 27 and 28 have been designated for cars to drive through. Along with a wide array of holiday-themed homes, Winterhaven offers hayrides and trolleys. There are no entrance fees, but donations of canned food or money for the Tucson Community Food Bank are encouraged.