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  • Celebrate first-ever “Christmas at Canoa” Dec. 7

    Nov 20, 2019 | Read More News
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    The holiday season will be in full swing Dec. 7, 1-6 p.m., for the first-ever Christmas at Canoa celebration at Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley.

    All are welcome to the celebration, which will feature food, music, arts and crafts, carolers, vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, a tree lighting ceremony, and, of course, Santa. Entry is free to children and $5 for adults.

    Visitors will find Canoa Ranch decorated with all the holiday trimmings. The ranch Volunteers decorate Canoa Ranchheadquarters will be opened and exhibits will be available for guests to enjoy. 

    “We also have families who have donated their beautiful nacimientos (nativity scenes), which will be on display in the Grijalva House,” Valerie Samoy, special staff assistant for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, said.

    Danzacultura Mexicana Ballet Folklorico will perform, as will Mariachi Milagro de Tucson, featuring youth age 9 to 14.  

    The schedule for the day:
    • 1-4:30 p.m.: Vendors, children’s games, arts and crafts stations, visit with Santa, wagon rides, food trucks, artisans
    • 1-3 p.m.: Danzacultura Mexicana Ballet Folklorico performance
    • 3-4 p.m.: Mariachi Milagro de Tucson performance
    • 5 p.m.: Community caroling on the lawn in front of the Manning Jr./Schnaufer House
    • 5:30 p.m.: Tree lighting, with desserts and hot drinks to follow.

    The entry gate to Historic Canoa Ranch is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for access to Canoa Lake and the Anza Trail. Open hours at the ranch are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visit www.pima.gov/canoaranch for tour schedules and other info.

    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.

    For details, contact Valerie Samoy, Valerie.Samoy@pima.gov, 520-724-5220.