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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.
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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.

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

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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Additional Saturday Performances:

  • 12pm - 2pm ¬†Strolling Carolers - Arizona Women's Chorus
  • ‚Äč2pm - 4pm ¬†Strolling Carolers - ‚ÄčWhat the Dickens
  • 3pm - 6pm ¬†Strolling Carolers - Havin' A Blast A Cappella
  • 2:30pm and 3:30pm ¬†Holiday Puppet Show with Red Herring Puppets - Adventures in Folklore
  • 5:15pm ¬†Reading of the Polar Express with Oro Valley Police Department Chief Riley
  • 5:30pm ¬†Holiday Sing-a-long with Tucson Girls Chorus

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Event Date

December 2, 2023

Event Time

10AM-5PM

Event Cost

FREE

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Oro Valley Marketplace

Address

12155 N Oracle Rd ‚ÄčOro Valley, AZ 85737

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