Tucson Events

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

Madaras Gallery Holiday Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, December 11, Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road, free admission, madaras.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

Reveille Men’s Chorus presents “The Gift,” 7:30 p.m., repeats December 3, 2 p.m. December 4, Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Avenue, $25, reveillemenschorus.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

The Music of Neil Diamond, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road, $31, gaslightmusichall.com

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Avenue, $50 includes up to four guests, childrensmuseumtucson.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, saaca.org/ovholidayfestival.html

Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre presents “Pooh,” various dates and times, Sunday, December 4, to Sunday, December 11, Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Avenue, Suite 131, $30, $28 age 65 and older, $15 student, scoundrelandscamp.org

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

First Aid/CPR Training, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PCOA Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center, 600 S. Country Club Road, free, pcoa.org 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

36th Anniversary Screening of “Howard’s End,” 7:30 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, free, loftcinema.org

Dementia Friends Information Training, 1 p.m., Pima Council on Aging, 8467 E. Broadway Boulevard, free, pcoa.org

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

Abstract Perspectives in Contemporary Art, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, through March 25, University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road, $8, $6 seniors 65 and over, artmuseum.arizona.edu 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

Wholly Cats Swing Club, Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, free, saaca.org/ovconcertseries.html

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

Harry Connick Jr., 8 p.m. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Boulevard, tickets start at $50, arizonaartslive.com/harry-connick-jr

An Irish Christmas, 8 p.m. The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, tickets start at $32, rialtotheatre.com

Antsy Nancy Crafting Club: Holiday Ornament Wreaths, 9 a.m., TMC for Seniors, 2695 N. Craycroft Road, $18 includes supplies and instruction, tmcaz.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

The Tucson Boys Chorus Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., University of Arizona Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road, $15, $20 premium seating, $8 children under 12, boyschorus.org

Arizona Opera Presents “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” 7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. December 11, The Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue, tickets start at $30, azopera.org/performances/ariadne-auf-naxos

Mavis Staples

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

Mavis Staples, 7 p.m., The Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street, tickets start at $42.50, foxtucson.com

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

Visit Biosphere 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Christmas Day, Biosphere 2, 32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, $25, $23 senior, $15 child ages 5 to 17, biosphere2.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Winterhaven Festival of Lights, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Monday, December 26, free, winterhavenfestival.org

Mindfulness Chair Yoga with Connie Lucas, 10 a.m., TMC for Seniors, 2695 N. Craycroft Road, $5, tmcaz.com 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: A Live Radio Play, various days and times through Saturday, December 24, Saguaro City Music Theatre, Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Boulevard, tickets start at $25, saguarocity.org

Meditation 101: Simple Tools for Peace of Mind, 10 a.m., TMC for Seniors, 2695 N. Craycroft Road, $5, tmcaz.com 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

Very Merry Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular, 7 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, $15, $10 children under 12, loftcinema.org, admission includes a “goodie bag” of props to use while singing 

Pima Council on Aging Winter Party, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 8051 E. Broadway Boulevard, free, pcoa.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Gardens, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., repeats Saturday, December 17, Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, $20, $6 kids 3 to 12, tohonochul.org, reservations recommended

Ethan Iverson Trio: Every Note is True, 7 and 9 p.m. repeats, Saturday, December 17, Hotel Congress, The Century Room, 311 E. Congress Street, tickets start at $25, hotelcongress.com/family/century-room

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

“The Polar Express,” 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street, $8.80, $16.60 under age 16, foxtucson.com, includes a short, pre-movie concert on the theater’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ

Arizona Women’s Chorus Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road, $20, azwomenschorus.org, free for children age 12 and younger

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

Hanukkah Hot Chocolate Fun Run, 8 to 9:45 a.m. Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, $35 for 1K; $65 for 5K, less for members, tucsonjcc.org/fun-run

David Fitzsimmons’ “The Arroyo Café at Rialto Theatre” Holiday Variety Show, 1 p.m., “The Arroyo Café at Rialto Theatre,” 318 E. Congress Street, $20, rialtotheatre.com

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo, 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through December 30, Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, $12, $10 over 62, $8 child 2 to 14, reidparkzoo.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

Hanukkah Happening, 5 to 6:30 p.m. El Con Center, 3601 E. Broadway Boulevard, tucsonjcc.org

Learn to Play/Practice Native American-Style Flute Online, 1 p.m., Zoom, email azaarp@aarp.org

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

Richard Avedon: Relationships (at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy), 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, closed December 23 through January 2, University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, ccp.arizona.edu

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22

Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District, East, offers lots of flat trails with great views, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for vehicles, 24 hours daily for walking, hiking and bicycles, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, $25 per vehicle, nps.gov/sagu/index.html. Lifetime senior pass to all the national parks, $80, store.usgs.gov/senior-pass. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 

Watch Raptor Free Flight, 10 a.m. daily except Wednesday, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, $29.95, $26.95 over 65, desertmuseum.org, reservations recommended

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24

“The Nutcracker Ballet” featuring Ballet Tucson and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, 1 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue, ballettucson.org/the-nutcracker

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Revue, 2 p.m., The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, $27, gaslightmusichall.com/blog  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

Merry Christmas! Also, Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day! Zoom with friends and family, then share some pumpkin pie and break out the jigsaw puzzles.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26

Boxing Day. Drink Earl Grey tea in memory of Queen Elizabeth. (It was her favorite.) Then think about tidying up. Is all that stuff really bringing you joy? If not, box it up for Goodwill.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27

Walk the Turquoise Trail of Tucson History, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Avenue, tucsonpresidio.com/turquoise-trail. Pick up a free map or check times for a guided tour. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28

Colonial Art/Arte Colonial, from the museum’s collection of art from the Indigenous Americas in the European colonial period, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, ongoing, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Avenue, $12, $10 seniors 65 and over, tucsonmuseumofart.org

Cafe at the Katie, 10 a.m., PCOA Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center, 600 S. Country Club Road, free, pcoa.org

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29

Fellini’s “Roma,” 7:30 p.m. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, $10, $7 seniors over 65, loftcinema.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30

The Sonoita-Elgin Wine Tour, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., pickup and drop off at your location, $139, fareharbor.com

Senior Olympics 50+ Registration Deadline, all day, Morris K. Udall Center, Carol West Senior Addition, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, tucsonaz.gov

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve Party at Hacienda del Sol, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Casa Luna Ballroom, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, $35 dessert and dancing, $125 includes dinner, haciendadelsol.com