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Holidaze 2021: Seasonal Dating: Holiday Events Abound in the Community | Explore the holidays


Thanksgiving at Charro restaurants. Tucson’s favorite Mexican-inspired family of restaurants host a variety of Thanksgiving feasting options across town. First, you can pick up a complete Thanksgiving feast at Barrio Charro (3669 N. Campbell Ave.) that includes turkey, tamal stuffing, mashed poblano potatoes, nopalitos, and Pumpkin tamales. You can also dine at Charro Steak & Del Rey (188 E. Broadway) where they serve many of the same dishes, as well as prime rib, Mexican street corn, and a special tres leches pumpkin cake. For vegetarians, Charro Vida (7109 N. Oracle Road) is offering a special “Plantsgiving” dinner from November 23-27, where you can purchase a starter, two sides and a dessert, all for $ 23. www.sicharro.com

Thanksgiving buffet at El Conquistador. You can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner under Pusch Ridge at the Hilton El Conquistador. Their Thanksgiving buffet has way too much to list here, but top items include turkey with a drizzle of orange and cranberries, roast ham with cherry and pineapple salsa, and cornbread. southwest, brown sugar and pecan yams, roasted garlic mashed potatoes with chives, stuffed poblano peppers and much more. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 10,000 N. Oracle Road. $ 65 for adults. $ 25 for children. Call 520-544-1124 for reservations.

Roadrunners Thanksgiving Dinner Donation Program. Until Tuesday, November 23, the Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Team is running a new dinner donation program. The Roadrunners are working with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson to provide Title I families with a full Thanksgiving dinner. For $ 100 donated, the Roadrunners will offer another dinner. Each donor will receive a puck signed by Roadrunners goaltender Ivan Prosvetov and the opportunity to take a group photo with all of the other fans who donated in the November 26 game. Tucsonroadrunners.com

Action of grace. Hotel Congress is hosting a benefit show / dance the day after Thanksgiving with several electronic musicians. Line-up includes Kid Violet, Glacier Wav, and Dayak, as well as a pop-up tattoo and skate shop. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit Sonoran Prevention Works, which advocates for people affected by drug addiction in Arizona. 8 p.m. Friday, November 26. 311 E. Congress St. $ 15.

Holiday shows at the Fox Theater. The ‘crown jewel of downtown’ hosts everything from a Hawaiian holiday show to an Irish show in November and December. They kick off with singer / songwriter Sara Evans’ Blue Christmas tour on Friday, November 26th. On Saturday, November 27, ukulele master and “Aloha Joly Ambassador” Jake Shimbukuro will bring joy to the world with his Jake Shimabukaroo Christmas Event in Hawaii. On Thursday, December 9, Mariachi Sol De Mexico will present Jose Hernandez’s “Merry-Achi Christmas” with a tribute to Christmas traditions in Mexico. On Friday 10 December, An Irish Christmas will combine old and new traditions with dancing, singing and traditional Irish music. Finally, on Saturday, December 18, Fox is organizing a holiday musical show. “In the Christmas Mood” features Tucson’s top artists including Katherine Byrnes, Brian Levario, Chach Snook and Crystal Stark. 17 W. Congress St. www.foxtucson.com

Winterhaven Festival of Lights. After a dark and calm 2020, the beloved Winterhaven Festival of Lights is back this year. For the holidays, Tucson’s coziest neighborhood fills with lights, festivities and good holiday mood. The public can stroll through the Winterhaven neighborhood and enjoy a plethora of Christmas lights, as well as Christmas carols, hot chocolate, hay rides, and letters to Santa. “While it is still possible that our local government may restrict events like these in the future, for now we are moving forward with all planning for the event,” wrote the chairman of the festival, John Lansdale. Truly, no Christmas in Tucson is complete without the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Saturday December 11 to Sunday December 26. Based around Christmas Ave.

December events at the Tucson Museum of Art. The downtown Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block has a busy schedule throughout December, starting with its first free Thursday, December 2, where the public can enjoy music, art, d ‘a bar and take a look at what’s to come at the museum. The TMA also organizes two “trunk shows” on December 4 and 12 with artists making and selling their crafts directly in the museum. Finally, Sunday December 12 is Family Day at TMA. There will be activities for the kids, a holiday show and a special visit from Santa Claus. 140 N. Avenue Principale. TucsonMuseumOfArt.org

Skating rink in the city center. Ice skating in Tucson is no longer just a wild fantasy! Rio Nuevo and the City of Tucson reopen their downtown outdoor rink from Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, January 9. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Tucson Convention Center box office. Each session will start at a specific time and will last 90 minutes. Skates are included in the ticket price and start at size 8 for kids and run as big as size 15 for men. Socks are mandatory and gloves are highly recommended. 260 S. Church Ave. $ 17 for adults, $ 12 for children. tucsonaz.gov/tucsonholidayice

Elf. Eastside Tucson’s beloved Gaslight Theater gets into the holiday spirit with a musical parody of the Christmas movie “Elf”. If you’ve never been to the Gaslight Theater, here’s what to expect: classic song parodies, cheesy jokes, family entertainment, endearing costumes and props, and a good time in general. Plus, dinner food and drink to enjoy while you watch the show. There will be holiday jokes, candy cane colors, fake snow and — I’m guessing here — Santa himself! The show runs most days of the week until the New Year. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. www.thegaslighttheater.com

Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting. The town of Marana kicks off the holiday season with a variety of events in the city center. In addition to Santa and Mrs. Claus saying hello to the kids and an illuminating 25-foot Christmas tree, there will be singing, dancing, country music and more. The performance program includes the Marana Children’s Choir, Desert Dance Collective, Kevin Pakulis and his band, Marana High School Chamber Orchestra, Mountain View High School Dance and more. The festival will also feature over 40 food trucks and a holiday craft market. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Tchaikovsky and Carols. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holidays with a pair of themed events. On Friday December 10 and Sunday December 12, they will perform the music of Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer famous for his Nutcracker Suite. Then, on Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19, at Catalina Foothills High School, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will host a “Messiah, Chants and Songs” performance, featuring music by Bach, Handel and traditional songs. . www.tucsonsymphony.org

Jonathan’s cork food drive. Jonathan’s Cork is launching a food drive for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to give the community enough time to contribute. Last year the campaign brought in 2,000 pounds of food and over $ 500 in cash donations in just over a month, and they can’t wait to beat that this year, with an effort that will continue until to December 22. and dry goods are welcome, and envelopes for cash donations will also be available. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (PS They have special prices for cocktails for those bringing food donations throughout the campaign.) 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road.

VSPays-Frite Noël. Downtown’s Hotel Congress brings together a slew of country western musicians to sing holiday themed tunes. The lineup includes SouthWestern Stars, Mamma Coal, Steff Koeppen, Hans Hutchison, Alvin Blaine, Thøger Lund and Les Merrihew. The event will be held outdoors in Congress Square (or indoors if it’s too cold!) At 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 23. 311 E. Congress St. $ 15.

Land of vagrants. One of our favorite vacation events in town, the Wanderland of Tucson Botanical Gardens (formerly Luminaria Nights) lights up the garden with thousands of lanterns and lights. Take an evening stroll among the plants while listening to festive music, hundreds of poinsettias and many colorful paintings. It’s easily one of Tucson’s most photogenic events every holiday season. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 3 to January 2, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $ 15. Tucsonbotanical.org

Victorian Christmas at the Lavender Farm. Talk about a moment that sounds good! Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm at Oracle is hosting a unique way to celebrate the holidays. You’re invited to don your finest Victorian attire and enjoy a three-course holiday dinner with the Scottsdale Dickens Carolers performing traditional holiday songs. 4 p.m. Saturday, December 18. 1221 N. Rancho Robles Road. $ 75. lifeundertheoakslavenderfarm.com