The 2021 holidays are just around the corner and that means families are looking for plans and opportunities to celebrate this amazing season with their loved ones.
Every year, cities all around the country prepare and offer amazing events for families to enjoy during this time, and Tucson, Arizona is no exception!
Take a look at our top picks for family-friendly holiday events this 2021 in Tucson below:

Kids and their best friends can join Our Play Place for an awesome Thanksgiving celebration!

They will enjoy a Friendsgiving bash and a fun friendship craft, thanksgiving snacks, and fun playtime!

Where: Our Play Place
When: November 21: 9 AM- 10.30 AM

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will be beautifully decorated for the season, including more than a dozen miniatures depicting holiday celebrations around the world and through time!

You can see it all during Wee Winter Wonderland.

Where: Wee Winter Wonderland
When: November 23 – January 8: 9am to 4pm

Santa is coming to the Wild Katz Jungle!

With the purchase of a playing wristband, each child will receive a ticket to visit Santa. This is a great way for kids to celebrate this holiday season.

Where: WILD KATZ
When: Mondays and Wednesdays in December. 4.30 PM- 7.30 PM

The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts has grown to become one of the largest fine art and craft festivals in the region!

Families will enjoy many family-friendly activities including student performances, Tuba Christmas, Free Children’s Activities, Jazz, cultural foods, and more!

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace
When: December 4 & 5: 10 AM- 5 PM

Families with kids can enjoy and have their own private pictures with Grinch and Max!

Max ( AKA Noodles) is an emotional support dog. Noodles is a golden-doodle that is hypoallergenic, so this is a pet allergy-friendly event!

Where: Our Play Place
When: December 5,11,12: 9 AM- 12 PM

Celebrate Santa’s Magic in a sensitive environment and support Autism Speaks with any photo experience purchase.

In partnership with Autism Speaks, Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience for the community at participating locations across the US.

Where: Park Place
When: December 5, 12: 9.30 AM- 10.30 AM

Families will get to snuggle up with their loved ones and enjoy Santa reading the Polar Express!

There will be special treats and a magic bell. You are welcome to take pictures with Santa!

Where: Our Play Place
When: December 10, 17: 5 PM- 6.30 PM

Stroll through Tohono Chul Park and be dazzled by a million twinkling lights, enjoy tasty holiday treats, and sip hot cocoa!

You’ll also enjoy music and dance performances throughout the evening.

Where: Tohono Chul Park
When: December 10, 11 & 17,18: 5.30 PM- 8.30 PM

Celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends and this amazing event!

You will get to enjoy live music, food, drinks, dancing, an optional $20 gift exchange, and a $3 left/right game. You’ll enjoy Italian food and playing a few games too.

Where: 4750 N Campbell Ave
When: December 11: 1 PM- 2 PM

Visitors can tour the light on a hayride wagon, a pedal-powered group bike, or a bus trolley!

They can also see the lights on foot. However, if you wish to use a ride, reservations are recommended as they are popular ways to see the lights.

Where: Winterhaven, TS
When: December 11-26: 6 PM- 10 PM

Kids will have a super special time this holiday season!

Mrs. Claus is coming from the North Pole to read her favorite children’s holiday stories at CATALYST Arts & Maker Space in the Tucson Mall!

Where: CATALYST Arts & Maker Space
When: December 18, 1 PM – 2 PM | December 28, 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Ballet Tucson’s award-winning, beloved production of The Nutcracker is the must-see event of the holiday season!

If you’re looking for something special to do with your loved ones over the Christmas holiday week, this is the right plan!

Where: Tucson Music Hal
When: December 23-26: Hours vary by day.