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Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:21 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Imagine Santa ensconced in a diminutive sleigh made from a saguaro boot pulled by delicate reindeer crafted from natural devil’s claw.

Or how about a tiny quilt featuring a bobcat among wildflowers.

Or even a miniature nativity scene with a javelina, desert tortoise, cottontail bunny and snake.

These are among the pocket-sized artworks available at Tohono Chul Park’s 16th annual Holiday for the Park exhibit and fundraiser.

The annual ornament show represents a circle of giving “that begins with regional artists who create and donate exquisite and unique ornaments and holiday decorations which, in turn, are purchased by park supporters,” a release said. Funds raised through Holiday for the Park help Tohono Chul “fulfill our mission to provide a unique place where people an enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and learn about its natural, artistic and cultural heritage.”

Holiday for the Park’s approximately 125 unique ornaments and holiday decorations are offered for sale beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. A select group of special pieces will be offered in a silent auction. The silent auction closes on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, during the park’s Holiday Nights event.

The ornament sale continues through Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. All items can be picked up the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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