The Holidays are in full swing! Here’s some of what you can get into in and around Tucson over the first couple of weeks of December. Don’t want to forget? Make a list, maybe even check it twice!

Tucson Presidio: Living History Days
Volunteer re-enactors provide a glimpse of what life was like in 1775-1856, back when the Santa Cruz River flowed, myriad cultures were impacting each other, and the Old Pueblo was just beginning. Visitors to the Presidio San Agustín see soldiers at drill, blacksmiths, candle-makers, merchants and weavers.  These volunteers interact with the public to demonstrate and teach about the challenges of daily life when there were no cell phones and no running water.
Dec 7 and 8: Luminaria Nights at the Presidio  Friday, Dec. 7, 4 pm – 7:30 pm. Docent-led night tours of the Presidio by Luminaria light, we will also be giving out cookies and hot chocolate.
Sat, Dec. 8. 4 pm – 7:30 pm: Presidio re-enactors will present nighttime activities and musket demonstrations. Carrillo School will present Las Posadas. Hot tamales will be for sale. Children will enjoy Old World craft activities.

Wizards of Winter at Fox Theatre
A Holiday Rock event for the whole family featuring former members of  Classic Rock giants -The Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and others along with Broadway  and Theater veterans. The Wizards of Winter perform a holiday rock opera titled “Tales Beneath a Northern Star.” Join them on a musical journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas. The story is based around the music of their self-titled CD and their album “The Magic of Winter.”  WOW will bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to venues across the nation again this year. This 12 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past. Celebrate the Season with WOW! at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

Baracutanga Dance Extravaganza
Baracutanga is a seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA) that prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways,such as huayño and cumbia with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian festejo with Andean zampoñas, among several other rhythmic combinations.
Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

24th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights
The Downtown Tucson Partnership presents the 24th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights & Festival features a new route focused on the Downtown core and Jacome Plaza along with holiday-themed floats, vehicles, and entertainers, and ending the day with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony. Enjoy the day downtown by visiting Santa Claus at the Historic Train Depot, shopping at new downtown retailers, or enjoying a treat from a downtown restaurant.

La Fiesta de Guadalupe
This annual festival celebrates Mexico’s patron saint with spirited outdoor performances by youthful mariachi and folklorico groups, Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-Guitar Band, and a Yaqui Deer Dance ceremony. Piñatas filled with treats are hoisted hourly for the kids while vendors offer regional food. Art vendors offer southwestern fare and souvenirs to guests.   The event is FREE and open to the public.