Some families see certain shows each year as part of their annual holiday tradition. Some families may see a performance for the very first time as a special way to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. No matter which category your family falls into, make this holiday season meaningful, memorable and magical with a spectacular show or fun activity that you and your family can savor together.
Featuring talent from around the globe, “A Magical Cirque Christmas” will astound audiences with jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, and angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols with live musicians on stage. This holiday show is sure to dazzle audiences of all ages. It will be a feel good, great way to kick off the holiday season with your whole family! Also, direct from the finals of “America’s Got Talent,” Duo Transcend will appear in “A Magical Cirque Christmas” this holiday season. See them on Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre.
If you want to be dazzled and delighted by a fantastic holiday light display, head over to the Kino Sports Complex to check out the largest light and lantern festival in North America.
Lights of the World will brighten the Tucson skies from Nov. 8. through Jan. 2, 2019. Admission includes free carnival rides. Kids 3 & under are admitted free. You'll feel like a world traveler while you soak in the sights and sounds of different countries around the world, then go for a whirl on a fun carnival ride. For more information, go to lightsoftheworldus.com.
Get hip to the holidays with Under the Streetlamp! They’ll give their spin to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and “Ave Maria.” Everyone’s favorite man band, Under the Streetlamp delivers classic hits with their own unique blend of tight harmonies and dance moves. Enjoy your favorite doo-wop, Motown and old time rock n’ roll holiday hits. Under the Streetlamp performs on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox.
Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso, AKA the Acoustic Ninja, Trace Bundy will perform at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Bundy’s music has been described as poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos and more to provide an unforgettable live concert experience. See and hear the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live—a special treat for any music lover. So don’t let the ninja slip by, see Bundy this December at the Fox.
Have a rootin’, tootin’ western holiday with a visit to Old Tucson this month. Old Tyme Holidays will include visits from Santa and a Christmas musical.
Don’t miss a holiday rock event for the whole family! The Wizards of Winter perform a rock opera, “Tales Beneath a Northern Star,” featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and others. This musical journey takes audiences in search of the true meaning of Christmas. WOW brings its intensity, theatrics and holiday fun to the Fox on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Enjoy soaring harmonies and precision instrumentation in a stunning show that celebrates the season.
Experience a throwback to the classic holiday variety show when you go see “In the Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular.” Tucson’s own Crystal Stark will be one of the singers paying tribute to treasured Christmas songs on Dec. 21 at the Fox. Special guests include the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Enjoy classic songs with a show that is the perfect way to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Jackie Evancho first dazzled television audiences at the age of 10 with her stunning debut on “America’s Got Talent.” Since then, she has released platinum and gold albums—she’s the youngest solo platinum artist and the youngest person to give solo concert at Lincoln Center. Now you can see Evancho perform in Tucson on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.
In Southern Arizona, the sounds of the season include the voices of the world-famous Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. The TABC Holiday Concert is Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Crowder Hall at the UofA. Hear your favorite holiday songs, traditional favorites, and more. For more information, contact the Chorus office at 296-6277.
Feel like a jolly giant in a Wee Winter Wonderland at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. From Nov. 20 through Jan. 6, 2019, the museum is decorated for the holidays and features over a dozen miniatures depicting holiday celebrations around the world and through time. Check the calendar of events for additional holiday programming. For more information, visit theminitimemachine.org.
See over 2500 candlelit luminarias and more than 20 Korean lanterns at the Tucson Botanical Gardens this winter. Luminaria Nights will also light up with nightly performances by local musicians, dancers and school groups from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9. Luminaria Nights takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find more information at tucsonbotanical.org.
All aboard for fun! Head to the Polar Express Holiday Open House at the Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit Santa, watch the movie, "The Polar Express," drink hot chocolate and enjoy the magic of Christmas with toy trains. You can even wear your pajamas!
Whether you plan to gear up for the season or relax for the holidays, the perfect way to celebrate is by enjoying a holiday performance or event with friends and family!
For more information on all of these activities, find contact information on page 17 in this issue. Enter the coloring contest for your chance to win tickets to a holiday performance or special event.