2015 Holiday Events

Christmas in Cochise County

The small communities sprinkled throughout Cochise County celebrate the Christmas season in uniquely colorful ways that reflect the heritage of the southeast region of Arizona. Cowboys, Spanish heritage, Railroading, and Mining all blend together for a great mix of Americana. Each community has their own home grown themes that are interwoven into the tree lighting ceremonies, Santa's arrival, parades and other festive events.

Benson Cascabel Community Fair
Saturday, December 5th & Sunday, December 6th, 10AM-4PM
Three sites within easy strolling distance provide variety and adventure for the whole family.

  • Oasis Bird Sanctuary conducts scheduled tours of their exotic birds and sells products that support animal rescue efforts.
  • Akasha Center of Light offers original paintings by the resident artist and unique Christmas decorations.
  • Cascabel Clayworks - a cottage industry and homestead established in 1970, will host an open house. Joining them will be many other fine artisans displaying their work in fiber, metal, wood, jewelry, clay, leather, photography and more. You will enjoy touring the wide variety of locally made products and fresh farm produce displayed under the mesquite canopy. Live music adds to the ambiance of this rural adventure.
  • Way Out West, a trio who writes and performs country western music (Saturday afternoon)
  • The Bufflegrass Band for some bluegrass on Sunday afternoon
  • Vince and Friends will entertain on Saturday morning
  • Sunday morning will showcase local talent

Benson Christmas on Main street
Saturday, December 12th, 9AM
Christmas on Main starts at 9AM at the corner of 4th & Land with food, crafts, and lots of fun until 5PM. For more information, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 520-265-8031.

Benson Festival of Lights - Light Parade
Saturday, December 12th, 6:30PM
The parade starts at 6:30PM at Union & Patagonia in downtown Benson. Floats that represent the theme "The Musical Magic of Christmas" will win first, second, and third place prizes. Join us for this 4th annual local favorite! Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa at the Museum following the parade. Contact info: City of Benson Recreation Department, 520-720-6044, www.cityofbenson.com under What to do Today.

Benson Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 12th, the tree will be lit following the Festival of Lights - Light Parade
Location: Benson Museum and Quilt Gallery, 180 S. Pedro Street, Benson, AZ 85602
The Benson Museum will host the 4th annual Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony - "Wings of Christmas". The Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony symbolizes the start of the Holiday Season - a time for family, friends, and giving. There will be a variety of guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following the Festival of Lights - Light Parade, the Tree will be lit, and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa! The City of Benson will announce the winners of the parade and award them with their prizes following the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Bisbee Festival of Lights
Friday, November 27th, 2PM-8PM
Location: City Park in the Brewery Gulch District in Old Town Bisbee
Tree lighting at dusk. Holiday event fun for the entire family! Border Patrol color guard, live music, performers, games, prizes and a visit from Santa! www.discoverbisbee.com

Bisbee Small Town Holiday
Saturday, November 28th
Come enjoy "Small Town Holiday", an old fashioned holiday shopping event throughout historic Bisbee from 10AM to 8PM. Enjoy musicians, carolers, and other performers and get started on your holiday shopping at the more than 30 shops and galleries that will be open late. Santa will be on Main Street from 2PM to 4PM. Be ready to vote for the best decorated window from 10AM to 7PM and get entered in a raffle for great prizes! From 6PM to 8PM, the merchants of Bisbee After 5 are offering a free Old Bisbee Holiday Tour of the Christmas Windows. The tour will be provided by The Bisbee Tour Company. For additional information, contact Kathy Sowden at 520-432-2900. www.discoverbisbee.com

33rd Annual Bisbee Historic Home Tour & 14th Annual "Chairs of Bisbee" Art Chair Auction
Friday, November 27th - Saturday, November 28th
The Bisbee Woman's Club presents the 33rd Annual Bisbee Home Tour. www.discoverbisbee.com

Bisbee After 5
Saturday, December 12th
The merchants of Bisbee After 5 invite you to attend "Handcrafted Holiday", a second Saturday Art Walk on December 12th featuring the many hand crafted items available from Bisbee Artists! Enjoy the crisp air and twinkling lights while doing that last minute Holiday Shopping! More than 30 shops are open until 8PM. For additional information, contact Kathy Sowden at 520-432-2900. www.discoverbisbee.com

Douglas Christmas Light Parade
Saturday, November 27th, 7PM
The parade will begin promptly at 7PM on 3rd Street & G Ave. Hundreds of families from both Douglas and Aqua Prieta line up on G Ave. with anticipation at each year's parade. The children watch with wide eyes as the parade files past with music and many surprises. The parade route ends on 14th St. and G Ave. For more information, call 520-417-7340 or visit www.douglasaz.org

Sierra Vista Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4th, 5:30PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Park
It will be a magical time for children of all ages as we enjoy holiday entertainment courtesy of the Sierra Vista Community Band, a special appearance by Santa Claus, and the unveiling of the collection of larger-than-life Old World Santas. Warm up with refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate.

57th Annual Sierra Vista Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 5th from 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Fry Boulevard between 7th Street & Highway 90/92.
This lighted parade brings the spirit of Christmas alive as floats, marching bands, animals, and vehicles-all aglow with holiday splendor-make their way down Sierra Vista's main thoroughfare.

Arizona's Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis
December 26 & 27 at 2PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve
Inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame, and named as an Arizona Culture Keeper, Ellis will perform at this intimate venue on two special nights. For information and reservations, email [email protected] or call 520-378-6165.

Tombstone Western Christmas Days
Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 27th, 6:30-9PM

with Santa, caroling, and cocoa.

Light Parade and Fireworks
Saturday, December 12th, 6:30-9PM
with the Light Parade beginning at 6:30PM and the 4th Annual Firework Display at 8PM

Santa in the Park
Saturday, December 19th, TBA

Willcox 36th Annual Holiday House, Christmas Bazaar
November TBA
The LOC AZ Beta's 36th Annual Holiday House will be hosted by the Willcox Elk's Lodge. For more information, please contact Debbie Regnier at 520-384-3119.

Willcox Lighted Parade
Saturday, December 5th
Come join us downtown for our Christmas Lighted Parade. Enter your stroller, cart, wagon, motorcycle, car, etc with lights in our parade. Also Santa will be present with candy for children of all ages and hot chocolate and hotdogs available. For more information, contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 520-384-2272.