Take your pick.

For the next several weeks, a number of outfits will hold holiday celebrations in the area — from musical concerts, to tree lightings, to parades.

So, complaining of having nothing to do during the festive season simply won’t do, especially when one takes into account any of the following activities:


The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council’s “Holiday Fiesta!” concert on Saturday, Dec. 6 will feature the Catalinas  Community Chorus and the Arizona Symphonic Winds with conductor László Veres.

Together, the instrumental and choral groups are presenting a multi-media musical, “A World of Christmas,” that takes the audience around the globe.

Veres will lead his musicians through a patriotic medley, and the chorus will separately perform many favorite holiday selections, such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and “Little Drummer Boy.” Chaffee said she chose “familiar Christmas music people like to hear.”

The Winds and the chorus perform Irving Berlin’s “America” and “A World of Christmas,” including “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and “Away in a Manger.”

The chorus presents “Carol of the Bells,” “Still, Still, Still,” “African Noel,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “No Longer a Baby,” “Various Themes on ‘Fa-La-La,’” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

The chorus’ Chamber Singers follow with “S’vivion,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.”

The Men’s Ensemble presents “Mary Had a Baby.”

And the Arizona Symphonic Winds, with Veres, plays “Overture to a Winter Festival,” “Second Suite for Band,” “Three Moods for Hanukkah,” “Big Band Showcase” and “Saints Hallelujah.”

The concert will take place at the Ironwood Ridge High School auditorium, 2475 W. Naranja Drive. Tickets for the 3 p.m. matinee cost $15 and $22. For the 7 p.m. evening show, tickets cost $18 and $27.

For tickets and information, go online to www.govac.org or call 797-3959.


In its 80th season, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra has three special holiday presentations.

Handel’s Messiah, with the TSO Chorus, is offered Dec. 5 through 7 at Catalina Foothills High School. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; the Sunday concert is a 2 p.m. matinee.

The music of Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok is conducted by Guillermo Figueroa on Dec. 11, 12 and 14 at the Tucson Music Hall. Figueroa leads the orchestra in Mozart’s “Overture to ‘The Impresario,’” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4” and Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.”

The Thursday and Friday classic concerts begin at 8 p.m. The Sunday concert is at 2 p.m.

And the TSO presents its annual holiday musical extravaganza, the Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 19-21 at the Tucson Music Hall. It features Nutcracker excerpts, holiday sing-alongs and other fun.

The Friday and Saturday concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.

Group tickets are available, with prices starting at $17. For information, call Mary E. Emich at 520-9155, ext. 125, or e-mail her at memich@tucsonsymphony.org.


Marana’s holiday festival will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road.

The 10th-annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will be held in conjunction with the town’s inaugural Twinkle Light Parade, a nighttime procession featuring vehicles outfitted with lights, spirited decorations, bells and seasonal music.

Activities get under way at 3 p.m. with onstage performances by local dance troupes, school bands and choirs. Scott Kilbury from KOLD-13 News will take on the master of ceremonies duties.

Shortly before dusk, parade entrants begin their caravan around the park, while judges study the assemblage to decide winners in the categories of Most Original, Most Amusing, Best Christmas and Grinch.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, arts and crafts vendors will be open for holiday gift shopping, kids can participate in games and crafts activities and food will be offered for sale.

And, the fourth annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 13. The 90-minute parade will start at Ironwood Ridge High School at 9:30 a.m. and continue eastward along Naranja Drive, to just past the Oro Valley Public Library.

Television journalist Heather Rowe, of KOLD-TV Channel 13, will emcee the event.


The ninth-annual Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Miss Arizona Erin Nurss will host the program, which includes entertainment by several area school choirs. The festivities include the traditional arrival of Santa Claus, courtesy of the Golder Ranch Fire Company.

Mayor Paul Loomis and members of the town council will conduct the tree lighting ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

 Donations of non-perishable food items or unwrapped gifts for Adopt-A-Family will be accepted. Suggested donations are $1 per person, or $5 per family.

The event will include performances by several area school groups.

For more information, call 229-4800.

Don’t miss the holiday lights display at Tohono Chul Park, which concludes Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. both nights.

Visitors to the park’s 11th annual Holiday Nights spectacle can expect to see some 500,000 glowing lights.

With the price of admission, Tohono Chul Park offers guests complimentary cookies, hot cider, coffee and the Holiday for the Park Ornament sale and auction, all beneath and beside thousands of lights. During opening night last year, communication coordinator Glenn Nowak said the park had over 2,000 visitors.

To add to the ambiance of the lighted desert, live performances accompany visitors during Holiday Nights at the Exhibit Hall, the Overlook Ramada and the Performance Garden.

Admission costs $5 for adult members, $8 for the general public and $2 for children 12 and younger.

For more information, call 742-6455 or go online to www.tohonochulpark.org.

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