The 13th annual Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is the year's shopping event, celebrating the kickoff to the Holidays in the Oro Valley, AZ community. This highly attended annual juried marketplace draws up to 30,000 attendees and features one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods and holiday gifts, specialty foods, and the most beloved Holiday entertainment event of the year.
The festival is the essence of creative placemaking, cultivating the arts as an essential part of Oro Valley's identity. The two-day festival is one of Southern Arizona's largest community arts celebrations, with over 125 artisans, over 150 students, and local performers presenting holiday-themed performances on the event mainstage, family art activities, food trucks, the TUBACHRISTMAS holiday play-along, and free photos with Santa in front of the Golder Ranch Fire Truck.
Festivities culminate on Saturday with the lighting of the official 35-foot holiday tree, alongside carolers, the official Santa parade, and local culture at the center of it all. The festival brings the community together, stimulates the local economy, enhances surrounding businesses, and provides opportunities for local artists to promote their work.
Saturday December 2, 2023 - MAINSTAGE
10:30am - 10:50am Desert Dance Collective
11:00am - 11:25pm Wilson Elementary & Middle School Choir
11:30pm - 12:15pm Cross Middle School
12:30pm - 12:50pm Maguire Academy of Irish Dance
1:00pm - 1:15pm Saguaro City Music Theatre
1:20pm - 1:30pm Team Dance
2:00pm - 2:45pm Tuba Christmas
3:00pm - 3:10pm Santa Procession PARADE with IRHS Nighthawk Vanguard Marching Band
3:10pm - 3:30pm WELCOME by Monica Garcia (KVOA), Oro Valley Mayor, Santa
3:30pm - 3:55pm Ironwood Ridge High School Jazz Band
4:30pm - 4:50pm Tucson Girls Chorus Ladybugs
5:00pm - 5:45pm Kids Unlimited
6:00pm TREE LIGHTING
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