Christmas in Tucson, AZ
Tucson's famous year-round mild temperatures keep the snow away but brings a warm glow to this special time of year celebrated in Arizona´s second largest city.
Tuscon started life inhabited by Native Americans who worked the land. The Spanish then arrived and claimed the settlement as there own and built the famous "presidio" fortress, which still stands today. With the arrival of the railways, Tucson became a bustling, vibrant town and has gone from strength to strength since then to become the modern metropolis it is now. Tucson is very proud of its history and has many diverse museums to visit charting its development, but although it still remains a mix of Native American, Spanish and English cultures, Christmas is a very traditional affair with a special focus on children.
A visit to the Christmas Tree farm to pick out the focal point of the festivities marks the start of the celebrations. Children are encouraged to make decorations for the tree such as snowflakes, festive ornaments, and cookies to hang from the branches.
Children are also invited to take part in making Gift Baskets. Normally filled with cookies and cakes, these baskets are left on the doorstep of friends and neighbors and serve as a gentle, fun and festive education about the meaning of Christmas and the onset of the season of goodwill.
The activities available in Tucson around the Christmas season vary on an annual basis and if you´re planning a trip there, it´s best the check with the Tourist Center beforehand and you can take advantage of the "Tucson Passport" which offers many discounts and offers on a variety of events. Whatever you decide to do, as Tucson is situated between the East and West Saguaro National Parks, it´s an ideal spot to commune with nature, rejuvenating and feeding your own spirit as you contemplate the spirit of this very special time of year.