December is here, and with it, the official start of Winter! There’s no shortage of fun around town to delve into – how about an “olde tyme” holiday wild west experience? Maybe a classic stage production like Jesus Christ Superstar is more up your alley? Everyone can enjoy Reid Park Zoo’s ZOOlights festivities. Do something new or take comfort in a time honored tradition this month!
Olde Tyme Holidays at Old Tucson
Spend the holidays at Old Tucson, “Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive!” We will have a special Christmas musical, Christmas comedy show, classic Christmas song performances, visits from Santa Claus and general holiday cheer, running through December 31. Check out a sample schedule of the shows and events happening during Old Time holidays! (schedule is subject to change). Old Tucson Hours of Operation 2019:Nov 29 – Dec 22 : Open Fri – Sun | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m; Dec 24 – 25 : CLOSED; Dec 26 – Dec 31 | Daily | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ET The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert- TSO Special
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents a Thanksgiving weekend special performance and screening of Steven Spielberg’s family classic. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, this heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. TSO performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score live while this beloved film is shown on the big screen. TSO is the perfect place to bring the entire family during the holidays with a 50% discount for kids, at the Tucson Music Hall.
Broadway in Tucson: Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.
Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo
ZOOlights at Reid Park Zoo is guaranteed to put you in the winter spirit with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling show, lighted animal sculptures, visits with Santa, and live entertainment nightly. Sweet treats, s’mores and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Most animals will be off exhibit for this event. Zoo Lights begins with a Members-only night on December 4 and then opens to the public from December 5-23 with Encore Nights December 26-30. Presented by Tucson Electric Power.
Come experience what will be our most magical Luminaria Nights yet. With new experiences added that include Poinsettia Pavilion featuring a 10′ poinsettia tree, an enhanced Winter Wonderland: Our Garden Snowfall Experience, 3,500+ luminarias, 24+ Korean lanterns, the Grinch, and Santa’s Mailbox. Delight in wonderful food and drinks and enjoy an incredible musical lineup featuring the Manhattan Dolls and many more talented Tucsonans. Parking at the Tucson Botanical Gardens is limited and is handicapped only. Free parking will be available at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1825 N. Alvernon Way. A free shuttle ride will take you over to TBG.