The holiday season is once again here. All around us we are reminded of the upcoming holidays. Children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus, decorating the tree, hanging lights, and of course the sweets Parents delight in the joy of their children with everyone eagerly looking forward to holiday gatherings with family and friends. 

This time of year is extra special as the approaching winter brings much-needed relief from hot temperatures. With moderate temperatures, clear skies and gorgeous views, the holiday season is the perfect time of year to take the family on a hike, a bicycle ride, visit the Saturday Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch, or attend one of Oro Valley’s many holiday events.

A great way to kick off the holiday season is at the 14th Annual Oro Valley Tree Lighting Celebration held on Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m. This community event, which is held at the Oro Valley Marketplace, features performances from local elementary and high schools, as well as adult choruses and musicians. The hot chocolate and s’mores are a personal favorite of my children. With activities for kids, and a visit from Santa, courtesy of our friends from Golder Ranch Fire District, this is a cherished and well-attended holiday celebration. It’s perfect for guests of all ages. 

On the Saturday and Sunday following the Tree Lighting (Dec. 7-8), the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance will host its annual Oro Valley Festival of the Arts. This is another great event where the whole family can stroll along the vendor booths, checking out displays, enjoying delicious food and meeting friends and neighbors.

Finally, whether you’re walking in it or just watching, the whole community is out in full force for the Oro Valley Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14. Since being elected to Council, I’ve had the opportunity to walk in this parade with my family, and it’s great to see the community come together for a good time and to support our schools, businesses, athletics, programs and services. I’ll be there again this year with my wife and children, and I hope to see you lining Naranja Drive, as we make our way from Ironwood Ridge High School to the Oro Valley Public Library, beginning at 9 a.m.

This truly is a beautiful time of year, and the Town of Oro Valley works hard to ensure there are opportunities for residents of all ages. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the weather and the holiday spirit with your loved ones and neighbors. I hope to see you there.


(Editor’s Note: Brendan Burns is a member of the Oro Valley Town Council.)

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