Luminarias and Live Entertainment

December 02, 2019

“Luminarias” are small lanterns that harken the 19th-century traditional bonfires that led worshippers to Christmas Mass. Today, they still play a major role in Tucson Christmas celebrations.

Less than 10 miles away, the Tucson Botanical Gardens is known for hosting spectacular events—and their holiday special is no exception. On the weekends of December 6-8 and 13-15 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, experience a Southwestern tradition in this verdant setting. Take in the dazzling height and light of the 10-foot poinsettia tree in the Poinsettia Pavilion. Among 3,500 luminarias, Korean lanterns, and a garden snowfall experience, you’ll also encounter the Grinch and Santa’s mailbox. You can also expect food, drink, and live music.

Also on the weekend of December 13-15, head to Fourth Avenue in Tucson for the annual Winter Street Fair, which takes place from 10 am to dusk each day. This is a 50-year-old tradition that fills the heart of the Old Pueblo with families and festivity. There will be art, decadent holiday food, live entertainment, and the all-encompassing mild Sonoran Desert winter climate.

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