In an effort to make the event more memorable the town of Marana has made some changes to their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Marana Municipal Complex.
Join the Oro Valley community for a festive evening of live entertainment, activities for children, free refreshments, the lighting of the OV Holiday Tree and a special appearance by Santa on a Golder Ranch Fire truck. The event will be held Friday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oro Valley Marketplace (on the southwest corner of Oracle & Tangerine).
Add Oracle’s eighth annual Holiday Gifts & Art Market to your list of this month’s shopping destinations. Featuring an eclectic selection of handcrafted décor and gifting ideas, it opens Dec. 5-7 and continues Dec. 10-14 and 17-21.
The Oro Valley Police Department would like to provide the public with some safety tips for the upcoming holidays.
Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6 the annual Tubac Luminaria Nights will commence in song at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage. Starting at 6 p.m. both nights, The CosmoKids Choir will open the evening with a short set of children’s Christmas carols.
At Christmastime, three loveable hustlers outwit a nefarious gangster and save a family business from financial ruin. From New York to Miami and back, this madcap, merry trio will tickle your funny bone and tug on your heartstrings. Celebrate the Holidays with a hilarious, heartwarming tale for one and all. All of this and our Dean Martin Extravaganza Olio!
From the new Madaras coffee table book chock full of Tucson paintings, to hand-carved bowls and lazy Susans, to glass cutting boards and trivets featuring local scenes, to hard-to-find Southwest ornaments and holiday cards, and then, of course, art --including prints, canvases and the ultimate gift: an original painting—Madaras Gallery is the go-to place for holiday gifts with the Tucson touch. Add a personal signature from iconic artist Diana Madaras, and the gift becomes priceless. This year, the gallery has also added Southwest gifts from other renowned artists including statement jewelry from Kim Yubeta, Judson mosaic cowboy boots and Diane West’s hand-crafted gourds, masks and gourd ornaments. Other unique finds include mosaic menorahs, miniature bronzes, and Southwest holiday decor.
Be a part of the 10th Annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade. Now is the time to show support for the town that you love. Everyone is invited to either be a participant or a spectator. It is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. and will last 90 minutes. This year’s parade will be celebrating the Community of Oro Valley.
Tucson Medical Center presents Enchanted Snowfall, an all-time favorite event for the holiday season at La Encantada Shopping Center. With a new 28-foot holiday tree in the main courtyard, families can see live snowfall every Friday and Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an encore show at 6:45 p.m., from Nov. 28 until Dec.20. All shows will be open to the public, and admission is absolutely free. Photographers and camera crews are welcome.
Besides tree decorating, the lights, the food and the spirit - another favorite aspect of the holiday season is the movies. There are so many Christmas movies that can quickly take you back to your childhood, bring tears to your eyes and make the holidays a little brighter.
The Great American Playhouse began running its holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 21 and will continue through until Jan. 4.
Taking in the desert animals around her, Tucsonan Julie Rustad created a unique and educational tool for her son, which has now turned into a growing business.
Every year, 20 Tucson cyclists volunteer their time to Wheels for Kids, a nonprofit organization that acquires bikes, fixes them and donates them to charities and organization throughout the city.
The busiest shopping day of the year is just days away, and early predictions point to a conservative holiday season for the economy according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still popular with children, but nontraditional items are finding a way onto children’s wish lists this year, according to NRF’s 2013 Top Toys survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. For the first time, iPads are among the most popular gifts for both girls and boys, with demand among young girls being slightly higher (girls #4, boys #13).
Tucson shopping centers Park Place and Tucson Mall will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, the biggest shopping day of the year. Holiday sales in the U.S. are expected to increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. Additionally, early birds and those walking off a big meal are welcome to visit the many stores that will be open by 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Ken Blanchard, the Oro Valley resident who seven years ago, initiated the town’s Bag-a-Thon food drive, has packed up and moved to Tempe after being promoted within the financial company Edward Jones.
On the busiest shopping day of the year, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is giving weary deal hunters a reason to take a break and relax. Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds on Black Friday for some “RA Retail Therapy.” Enjoy extended happy hour on Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at RA Sushi at La Encantada.
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With the holidays creeping up on our calendar pages, the shopping zeal will soon set in amongst most of us. Going out and shopping for a loved one can be an exciting and rewarding experience as you pick out something that you know your loved one or friend will truly appreciate, but this time can also be quite stressful. We wonder what our friends and family will like, what is in and cool with the younger people on the shopping list, and what gifts will totally flop. With society advancing to a more technological future, it will be a safe bet this year that getting someone you know a present from the electronics section will bring a smile to their face.
It was Christmas of 2012, less than a year ago.
Food items are piled onto shelves and willing hands pack numerous bags of food at the Marana Community Food Bank, as the facility has become busier than ever with the holidays just around the corner. The food bank’s 130 volunteers and small staff are continually unloading, assembling and distributing food on a daily basis.
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but a new survey shows pressures and changes in routines can leave inattentive Arizona homeowners and shoppers vulnerable to disaster.
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While most may take a pair of socks for granted, Sun City resident Sandy Jasper knows homeless veterans don’t. For the last seven years, Jasper has taken one month out of the year to collect socks that are then donated to Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
Pima Animal Care Center wants everyone – including those with busy tails or long whiskers – to have a safe holiday season.
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Many people think of Hanukkah as the “Jewish Christmas”. However, Hanukkah has nothing to do with Christmas or the life of Jesus Christ. The only similarities between the holidays is that they fall around the same time every year and they feature festive lights.
Continuing a two-year tradition of giving, the Canyon Del Oro football team has come together again to donate to students at Prince Elementary School.
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and Walk-thru Bethlehem at Vista United Methodist Church. This interactive, family-friendly journey through ancient Bethlehem reenacts the night Christ was born. Take a guided tour among village shops, meet and mingle with town residents, and encounter Roman soldiers. Guided tours begin every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. (Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes). You’re welcome to dress in period costumes.