Desert Nights Downtown Lights

Powered by the City of Tucson & Pima County

Desert Nights Downtown Lights, powered by the City of Tucson and Pima County, sets the stage for a festive holiday season in Downtown Tucson. With over five weeks of festivities, 60 illuminated buildings, 139 trees tightly wrapped with LED lights, dozens of decorated storefronts and hundreds of events, programs and specials, Downtown Tucson is the place to be during the holiday season.

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Downtown Tucson Gift Card

Give the gift of downtown this holiday season! Share what you love about Tucson with a gift of downtown’s best dining, entertainment, shopping, arts and services. The all NEW Downtown Tucson Gift Card can be used at over 50 downtown businesses. This Card is issued by MetaBank®, N.A., Member FDIC.

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Shop Small This Season

Downtown Tucson Partnership is hosting a Small Business Saturday giveaway! Shop, dine or support a participating downtown small business on Saturday, November 27 and you could win 1 of 25, $20 Downtown Tucson Gift Cards. You have to keep your receipt, snap a photo of it and submit it online for your chance to win.

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Downtown Holiday Activities

There's plenty of festive holiday activities and events happening downtown like Tucson Holiday Ice on Church Avenue! Rio Nuevo and the City of Tucson invite you to skate on Tucson's outdoor ice rink over the holidays, November 20, 2021 - January 9, 2022. Learn more about Tucson Holiday Ice and explore other downtown holiday activities at the link below.

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Downtown Holiday Gift Guide

Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts at these downtown small businesses. Scroll through our Holiday Gift Guide to find that special gift to mark off your list. Everything from Southwest Native American merchandise, bikepacking gear and accessories, musical instruments, low waste home and body products, jewelry, vinyl records, natural wine and much more - downtown has something for each person on your list, even those that are hard to buy for.

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Window Decorating Contest

Downtown Tucson businesses are bringing holiday cheer to the streets of downtown through the 11th Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. We need your help to determine the winner of this year's contest by casting your online. The contest voting will start on December 6 and ends on December 20. The winner will be announced on December 21.

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2nd Annual Scott Griessel Holiday Photo Contest

Scott Griessel, a beautiful and stellar Tucson photographer, passed away on December 1, 2020 after a courageous 7-month battle with Glioblastoma. Downtown Tucson Partnership will continue to hold a holiday photo contest in memory of Scott. Take a photo in Downtown Tucson showing the downtown lights or something festive, and tag @DowntownTucson on social media + use hashtag #DowntownScottG to enter.

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Street Illumination

Downtown Tucson Partnership illuminates the main streets of downtown with sponsorship support from the City of Tucson and Pima County. Over 130 downtown trees are adorned, from trunk to canopy, in thousands of warm white LED lights. In conjunction with (usually) cooler weather, strolling among the downtown lights is the perfect way to enjoy a brisk desert night. Thank you to the City and County for your support!

Building Illumination

What's that shimmering in the nighttime desert sky? Yep, that's downtown. The Building Illumination Program began in 2017 as a unified initiative to illuminate Downtown Tucson's skyline for the holidays and attract people from all over the region to dine, shop, play and stay downtown. Downtown Tucson Partnership encourages property owners to purchase warm white LED light line for this cooperative display of lights. The result is a striking silhouette of the downtown skyline visible from Interstate 10, the Catalina Foothills and beyond.

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Cross-Promotional Campaign

Downtown Tucson Partnership cross-promotes dozens of holiday business specials, events and other festive happenings through an extensive five-week holiday marketing campaign. This year, the DTP will focus its campaign efforts on small businesses and encouraging Tucsonans to shop small. The campaign kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 27 followed by additional specials and small-scale events through New Years Eve. Stay in the holiday loop by signing up for email updates.

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