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Calendar of Events in Pima County

Spotlight Events:

Attractions and Tourism

Christmas in the Desert at Colossal Cave

Photo credit: Colossal Cave
Enjoy some Christmas cheer with a western twist at Colossal Cave Mountain Park’s historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Marvel at 60,000 lights during historic wagon rides through the grounds and keep warm with s’mores, hot cocoa, and other goodies. Word is Santa will make an appearance every night until Christmas Eve — he’s a bit busy that night!

Admission runs $10 for adults, $8 for children 3 to 12. Little ones two years of age or under get in free.

WHEN: Friday, December 14 - Monday, December 24 • 6 - 8:30 p.m. daily
WHERE: Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail
INFORMATION: 520.647.7275 | Contact | Online | Tickets

Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

Antique Toy Horse Exhibition

Kino Sports Complex

Lights of the World Festival

Photo credit: Cheri Raftery Photo credit: Lights of the World/Facebook
Get a first-ever look at a unique set of child's toy horses from the collection of rancher Cheri Raftery. These antiques from the pre-Civil War, Federal, Victorian, Great Depression and post WWII eras come from all over the U.S. and Europe and feature many types of mechanisms of motion — one made from a Model T spring! Several have real horse hair manes or tails.

Admission $10.
The largest light and lantern festival in North America combines the age-old tradition of paper lanterns with cutting-edge technology to create displays highlighting different cultures from around the globe. Visitors also can enjoy carnival rides, a sea lion show, plus food, carnival games and craft arts.

General admission, $24.99; senior and military discounts, $19.99; first responders free with ID on Tuesdays. Parking, $6.

WHEN: Tuesdays - Saturdays, December 8 - January 5 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley
INFORMATION: 520.724.5220 | Email| Online

WHEN: Daily through January 2 • 5 - 10 p.m. daily (closed Mondays)
WHERE: Kino Sports Complex - South, 2500 E. Ajo Way
INFORMATION: 520.250.0480 | Email | Online | Tickets

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