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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:55 am

As 2011 winds down to an end, activities are cranked up to their fullest. The holidays are here, and with them comes a wealth of concerts, classes, plays and other events, most aimed at bringing smiles to people of all ages.

The listings below were confirmed through a number of resources. Still, The Explorer recommends purchasing tickets early to guarantee attendance or calling free events before you head out to make sure there are no last-minute schedule changes.

You wouldn’t want to mix a little “humbug” in with your holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Nov. 25

• Crafternoon for Kids

2 to 4 p.m., Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson.

Kids ages 8-12 (younger children must have parent help) can make a handcrafted holiday card, candy cane mice ornament or decorated picture frame. Make one or make them all. All materials are provided, while supplies last. Free. No registration required.

For more information, call 594-5200.

Nov. 25

• Holiday Boulevard at Main Gate Square

5 to 9 p.m., Main Gate Square, University Boulevard, Tucson.

You’ll have a UA holiday with a 6 p.m. Bear Down pep rally, featuring the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, cheerleading contests and other spirit activities.

Free. For more information, call 797-3959 or visit www.saaca.org.

Nov. 25-27

• Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Steam Pump Village Shopping Center, North Oracle Road and North First Avenue, Oro Valley.

Visitors will shop from a variety of local artists and crafters. They also can drop off a new, unwrapped toy to support the Toys for Tots toy drive.

For more information, call 440-6317 or email AnayaPromotions@aol.com.

Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3

• Holiday Nights 2011 at Tohono Chul Park

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson.

The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with 750,000 holiday lights and a special desert snowman. Live entertainment will include performances by singer Joe Bourne, Desert Melodies, Ballet Tucson and Kids Unlimited.

Tickets cost $10 for park members, $15 for non-members and $2 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call 742-6455, ext. 0.

Nov. 25-27

• Holiday Open House at Sun City Vistoso

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sun City Vistoso Gift Shop, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Guests will enjoy holiday shopping for such items as greeting cards, jewelry and doll clothes, and homemade cookies made by SCV women. They also can enter a raffle for jewelry, holiday items and more. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be Nov. 27; need not be present to win.

For more information, visit www.vistosogiftshop.com.

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

• Oracle Holiday Gifts & Art Market

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 1995 W. American Ave., off Oracle Road in Oracle.

Will feature work by 15 Oracle artists and artisans, and includes jewelry, metal and glass garden ornaments, stoneware, raku sculpture, water and oil paintings, candles and papier-mâché vessels.

For more information, call 896-2464 or 896-2079.

Nov. 26-27

• Tucson Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson.

A 20-year tradition, the fair will feature more than 80 artisans from Southern Arizona. Use the Concert Place entrance off Country Club Road. Free admission and parking.

For more information, call 791-4877.

Dec. 2

• Oro Valley Tree Lighting

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of North Oracle and East Tangerine roads.

Will feature music and dance shows by local schools, a fire pit with s’mores hosted by Golder Ranch Fire District, and crafts and cookie decorating beneath a 25-foot tall Christmas tree. The tree will be lit around 6:15 p.m.

Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Oro Valley.

For more information, visit www.orovalleyfestival.org and www.orovalleyaz.gov.

Dec. 2-3

• “A Christmas Carol” Dinner Theater

6 p.m., Ironwood Ridge High School cafeteria, 2475 W. Naranja Drive.

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal while viewing the school production of this holiday classic.

Tickets are $16 for general, $15 for seniors and military and $14 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, email jcanalia@amphi.com.

Dec. 2 and 4

• “Christmas at Home”

7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4, SaddleBrooke’s Mountain View Clubhouse, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd.

The 70-member SaddleBrooke Singers will perform a variety of holiday favorites, under the direction of Dr. Linda Griffin. Open to the public. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door, if still available. To purchase tickets, call 825-2818 or visit www.dvpac.net.

Dec. 2-4

• Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens

5:30 to 8 p.m., Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson.

The garden pathways will be lined with thousands of luminarias plus decorated trees and wreaths for the holidays, and the gardens will be filled with musical entertainment and festive refreshments. More than 30 entertainment groups will perform.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, call 326-9686 or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org/events.

Dec. 2-4, 8-11,15-18, 21-23

• Zoo Lights

6 to 8 p.m., Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson.

Enjoy falling snow, animal-themed light sculptures, jingle bells, holiday displays and a visit from Santa Claus.

Admission costs $4 for members, $5 for non-members and $3 for children ages 2-14. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tucsonzoo.org.

For more information, call 881-4753.

Dec. 3

• Marana Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting

4 to 8 p.m., Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Mayor Ed Honea and the Marana Town Council will light the tree around 5:35 p.m. Activities include performances by local dance, theater and choir groups, arts and crafts fair, kids crafts, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and cookies and cocoa.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots.

• Meet the Artists

5 to 8 p.m., Oracle Holiday Gifts & Art Market, at 1995 W. American Ave., off Oracle Road in Oracle.

Meet the 15 artists and artisans participating in this year’s market at a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

• St. Philip’s Plaza’s A Winter Night’s Dream

4 to 7 p.m., St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

A Winter Night’s Dream will transform St. Philip’s plaza into an elegant holiday scene, featuring musicians, boutiques and restaurants. Rescue Lights and Crystal Stark will serenade the plaza while retailers display their seasonal and holiday collections and attendees enjoy wine and cocktail tastings in a chic and festive environment.

For more information, visit www.saaca.org.

Dec. 3-4

• Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of North Oracle and East Tangerine roads.

Shoppers can peruse unique and handmade holiday gifts, including jewelry, sculptures, textiles, photography, framed paintings, candles, glass art and more. Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.

Free admission. For more information, visit www.orovalleyfestival.org.

Dec. 4

• Heritage Highlands Holiday Fair

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Heritage Highlands Country Club, 4949B W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana.

More than 53 artists and artisans from Heritage Highlands and the City of Tucson will be selling items for year-round and holiday gift-giving, and shopping. Food specials will be offered on the patio of the Heritage Highlands Grille.

For more information, call 579-9574.

• Holiday Card to Tucson

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson.

This annual tradition by the UA School of Music choral area will feature five choirs: Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Tucson Girls Chorus, Arizona Choir, the Symphonic Choir, and the University Community Chorus.

Free admission.

• PCC Holiday Concert

3 p.m., Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson.

The PCC Chorale & College Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, will perform a concert of holiday carols, ranging from English melodies to jazz-style arrangements.

Tickets are $6. To order or for more information, call 206-6986 or visit www.pima.edu/cfa.

Dec. 5

• “Messiah” Sing-In

7 p.m., Grace to the Nations, 6180 E. Pima St., Tucson.

The audience will perform the chorus parts in this performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” With orchestra and soloists. Free admission. “Messiah” scores may be purchased for $12 or rented for $12 with $5 refunded when the score is returned. Audience members may bring their own score.

For more information, visit www.tucsonsingin.org.

Dec. 6

• CDO Holiday Concert

7 p.m., Canyon Del Oro High School auditorium, 25 W. Calle Concordia.

The CDO Concert and Symphonic Orchestra will perform holiday favorites, and finish with music from “Harry Potter” and the “Lord of the Rings” with full orchestra.

Free. Open to the public.

Dec. 7

• CDO Canyon Singers Holiday Concert

7 p.m., Canyon Del Oro High School auditorium, 25 W. Calle Concordia.

The CDO Canyon Singers will perform holiday choral music.

Free. Open to the public.

Dec. 8

• “Blue Christmas” (Variety Show)

7:30 p.m., SaddleBrooke’s MountainView Clubhouse, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd.

Now in its seventh year, Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band will continue a holiday tradition and perform a yuletide salute to the music of Elvis Presley. Open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance, $20 for Lonely Street Series holders, and $30 at the door, if still available. To purchase tickets, call 825-2818 or visit www.dvpac.net.

Dec. 9 and 11

• “A Holiday Twist” (Variety Show)

7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road (east of La Cañada Drive), and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Crowder Hall, UA School of Music, near Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue.

The 85-voice Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will celebrate the winter season with an eclectic sampling of traditional Christmas music, Hebrew folk songs and Middle Eastern melodies.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free.

For more information and tickets, call 404-3148 or visit www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org.

Dec. 9-11, 16-18

• “Promise of Christmas” (Musical Play)

Evenings and matinees, Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia.

A family-friendly holiday concert. The free-will offering will be donated to Interfaith Community Services.

Dec. 10

7th Annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade

9:30 a.m. This Oro Valley tradition will begin east of Ironwood Ridge High School at the intersection of La Cholla Boulevard and Naranja Drive. It will proceed east along Naranja to the Oro Valley Public Library/Town Hall campus, just past La Cañada Drive. It is expected to last 90 minutes.

Catalina Community Services will have barrels along the parade route for the collection of non-perishable food items.

• Operation Homefront Arizona Holiday Open House

Noon to 4 p.m., Air National Guard Armory 162nd FighterWing, 1700 E. Valencia Road.

A holiday party for children of the active duty military in Tucson. Events wil include a toy giveaway, a visit by Santa, crafts and cookie decorating. Children also will be able to select gifts to give to their parents and siblings.

Military families are encouraged to register in advance at www.operationhomefront.net/Arizona, or they can register at the door on the day of the event. Military ID is required.

• Wreaths Across America

9 a.m. to noon, Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson.

Will pay tribute to our military by laying wreaths on veterans’ graves. Ceremony will start at 9 a.m. followed by the laying of wreaths at 10 a.m.

To learn more or to sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

• “Holiday Harmony Happening” (Variety Show)

7 p.m., SaddleBrooke’s DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive.

This musical holiday event will feature performances by the Cañada Del Oro Barbershop Chorus, the Women of The Sweet Adelines Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus, and Audacity, the International Senior Quartet champions.  Open to the public.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door, if still available. To purchase tickets, call 825-2818 or visit www.dvpac.net.

Dec. 10-11

• Handel’s “Messiah”

8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson.

Performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director and conductor George Hanson. Guest soloists and the TSO Chorus will bring Handel’s choral work, including the legendary “Hallelujah Chorus,” to life.

Receive a 40-percent discount on tickets for holiday concerts in December when purchased by Dec. 1 by using the Promo Code: 1211. Limit four tickets per order. Cannot be used with any other offer. For complete information and to order tickets, call 882-8585 or visit www.tucsonsymphony.org.

Dec. 10-11

• “The Spirit of Christmas” (Variety Show)

7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., Tucson.

A Broadway-style musical and dance show with more than 100 singers and dancers, presented by Tucson Dance Academy.

Tickets are $24-$28. $1 from each ticket will be given to Interfaith Community Services.

To purchase tickets, visit www.uapresents.org.

Dec. 10-24

• “A Cactus Christmas” (Holiday Play)

2:30 p.m., Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. Sixth Ave., downtown Tucson.

A family-friendly original play about two “desert rats” living in the ghost town of Wishbone, Ariz., and how they try to interfere with a family on vacation.

Tickets are $8-$19. Order online at www.beowulfalley.org.

Dec. 10-18

• “The Magic of Christmas” (Musical Play)

7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Temple of Music & Art’s Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave., downtown Tucson.

Arizona Rose Theatre updates its original production, with Santa’s elves going on strike until they get the respect they deserve.

Tickets are $6-$10 in advance and $8-$12 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling 888-0509 or visiting www.arizonarosetheatre.com.

Dec. 12

• CDO Band Winter Concert

7 p.m., Canyon Del Oro High School auditorium, 25 W. Calle Concordia.

The concert will feature the CDO Symphonic Band and premiere the CDO Guitar and Percussion ensembles.

Free. Open to the public.

Dec. 13

• CDO Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert

7 p.m., Canyon Del Oro High School Welsh Little Theatre, 25 W. Calle Concordia.

Free. Open to the public.

Dec. 13-15

• 15th Annual Christmas at San Xavier Concert

8 p.m., Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson.

Patronato San Xavier presents the Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Boys Chorus in a concert of Christmas music at San Xavier Mission to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission.

Tickets cost $90, of which $70 is tax-deductible. 6 p.m. concert is sold out.

For more information and tickets, call 407-6130.

Dec. 17

• Country Christmas

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

Celebrate the holidays with MHC Healthcare, music by country singer Greg Spivey, Santa and Tuffy, a miniature pony. The new Copper Café will hold a ribbon-cutting at noon.

Dec. 17

• Tucson Girls Chorus Sounds of Winter Concert

7 p.m., Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson.

The chorus will showcase all five choirs in a concert featuring a rich program of holiday music.

Tickets are $15 for general seating. To preorder tickets or for more information, call 577-6064 or visit www.tucsongirlschorus.org.

• 17th Annual Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights

6:30 p.m., begins at 17th Street and Stone Avenue and ends at Armory Park, 220 S. Sixth Ave.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership hosts the annual street parade with holiday-themed floats, vehicles and entertainers.

For more information, visit 837-6504.

Dec. 17-18

• TSO Holiday Spectacular

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., downtown Tucson.

Annual TSO Pops holiday concert under the baton of guest conductor Michael Hall, with selections from A Southwest Nutcracker, sing-alongs, and special performances by the TSO Carolers, Tucson Regional Ballet and Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School.

Receive a 40-percent discount on tickets for holiday concerts in December when purchased by Dec. 1 by using the Promo Code: 1211. Limit four tickets per order. Cannot be used with any other offer. For complete information and to order tickets, call 882-8585 or visit www.tucsonsymphony.org.

Dec. 21

• The Christmas Spider Puppet Show

10:30 to 11 a.m., Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson.

Find out why we place tinsel on a Christmas tree when you hear the legend of the Holiday Spiders. Free. Space is limited; get your tickets one hour before.

For more information, call 594-5200.

Dec. 22-24

Ballet Tucson presents The Nutcracker Ballet

Ballet Tucson presents the full-length holiday classic, a grand-scale production with swirling snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, and candy confections at Tucson Music Hall.

To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Jan. 1

• Egg Nog Jog

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Continental Ranch Reserve Park, 8900 N. Coachline Road.

This 5K fun run/walk will get your year off to a healthy start. Open to all ages. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. To register, call 382-1950.

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