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Your New Holiday Traditions

Late fall and early winter are a magical time of year in Southern Arizona. The air gets crisp, and the temperatures begin to drop, and it’s time to break out sweaters and coats. Couple the changing weather with our painted sky sunsets and the Tucson area’s variety of cultural events and this is the most wonderful time of the year.

Marana Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 30 – Bring the whole family out for all of your fall favorite activities. Everything from corn mazes to tractor rides, and of course plenty of pumpkins to take home for carving.

Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 25 – 27 – Come out again for another year of Boo at the Zoo! Ride a Zombie Zebra on the Scare-ousel, meet pirates and mermaids, and even let it go and say hi to your favorite frozen princesses.

University of Arizona Homecoming
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 – A full week celebrating U of A, and welcoming back Wildcats from all over the world. 

Dusk Music Festival
Nov. 9 – 10 – Returning for the 4th year, Tucson’s own arts and music festival will feature sets from Kaskade, 2 Door Cinema, and Fitz and the Tantrums, plus a dozen more acts, amazing food stands, and art from some of Tucson’s best loved artists.

Marana Unified School District Benefit Concert
Nov. 14 – Join us in The Highlands Ballroom for a night of music with renowned vocalist Eric Genius. Tickets are $30 with a goal to raise $30K to help students in need.

Thanksgiving at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Nov. 28 – Don’t feel like putting together the entire traditional spread? Let the incredible culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain treat you for Thanksgiving Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner. Call for reservations.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 8 – Doors open at 5:00pm. This annual tradition is a great way for all of Dove Mountain to meet our neighbors at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. And even better, the $5 entry fee is donated to a local charity every year.

70th Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights
Dec. 14-29, 2019 – Possibly Tucson’s most enduring holiday tradition, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights will once again dazzle and get everyone into the spirit of the season.

Tucson Run Run Rudolph Half Marathon
Dec. 15 – With a half marathon, a quarter marathon, a 5K, and a reindeer dash, there’s an event for every ability level. Get an early jump on New Year’s Resolutions by starting before the 31

A Southwest Nutcracker
Dec. 15 – 16 – Another Tucson holiday tradition, this full-length classical ballet translates the traditional nutcracker story to Tucson in the 1880’s with coyotes, cavalry, and rattlesnakes! 

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