Winter Wanderland. The Tucson Botanical Gardens is hosting an all-new holiday experience that improves upon one of their most beloved annual traditions, the luminaria nights. “Wanderland: A Holiday Garden Stroll” allows guests to walk through the gardens, twilit by 3,000 luminaria lights, over a dozen Korean lanterns, 400 poinsettias, and an array of colorful LED lights. The evenings will also include Santa’s Mailbox and a poinsettia Christmas tree, and the whole festivity will be filled with a festive playlist of holiday music thanks to a collaboration with KXCI Community Radio. With the way this year’s been, we owe it to ourselves to go hard for the holidays! Beginning Thursday, Dec. 3. Open the evenings of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony’s Diner. In 2020, maybe more than ever, aren’t we all longing to return to simpler times? Times when couples shared a milkshake from across the table at the town diner? When social media hadn’t taken over our lives? When there wasn’t a global pandemic? Ahh, those sure were the days, weren’t they? Well, these shows give you an opportunity to hearken back to the days of yore. Call ahead to reserve a reservation, then pull up to enjoy the classic car hop, live music and some good old fashioned diner food. Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Free.
Fall Ikebana Floral Festival. We’re having a hard time even coming up with a phrase as peaceful and soothing as the “Japanese art of flower arranging,” which is just what Ikebana is. So if the stressors and pressures of this year are getting you down, this opportunity to stroll through Yume Japanese Gardens and marvel at dozens of signature floral compositions is probably just what you need. You’ll see a variety of styles, and even if you know nothing about Ikebana, you’ll see lots of beautiful flowers in a serene environment. Hightail it over there to get some peace of mind, stat! 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $16 GA, $5 for kids under 15, $10 for members. Includes entry to the whole garden.