2014 Holiday Events

Christmas in Cochise County, Arizona

Benson, AZ – 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 Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 25th from 6 - 8 PM
Location: Benson Museum and Quilt Gallery 180 S. San Pedro Street, Benson, AZ 85602
The City of Benson has partnered with the Benson Museum to host our third annual Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Festive Winter Tree Lighting Ceremony symbolizes the start of the Holiday Season – a time for family, friends and giving. This event will feature live music performed by Bost Family Traditions, arts and crafts, refreshments and the arrival of our very special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following the lighting of the Tree at 7:00 pm, children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa!
Benson Cascabel Community Fair
Saturday, December 6th & Sunday, December 7th
Listen to live music while you enjoy many fine artisans displaying their work in clay, wrought iron, fiber, wood, jewelry, leather, photography, painting, and more. Three sites within easy strolling distance provide variety and adventure for the whole family with tours of exotic birds, paintings for sale by the resident artists, unique Christmas decorations, and the Cascabel Clayworks will host an open house. Homemade lunches and desserts available and a dollar raffle for prizes including a locally made quilt. Cascabel is located along the banks of the beautiful San Pedro River. Click here to see the location on a map.

Benson Christmas on Main Street & Festival of Lights – Light Parade
Saturday, December 13th
Christmas on Main starts at 9 AM at the corner of 4th & Land with food, crafts, and lots of fun until 4 PM. The Light Parade starts at 6:30 PM at Union and Patagonia in downtown Benson Floats that represent the Theme "Treasured Holiday Stories" will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes!  
For more information about Christmas on Main Street call 520-265-8031


Bisbee Festival of Lights & Small Town Holiday
Friday, November 28th from 10 AM – 8 PM
Location: City Park in the Brewery Gulch District in Old Town Bisbee
Get the Holiday Spirit in Historic Old Bisbee! Stroll Main Street for an old fashioned holiday shopping event throughout historic Bisbee from 10 AM – 8 PM. There will be free horse and wagon rides all day, booths, activities with dancing, music and carolers. More than 30 shops and galleries will be open on Main Street until 8 PM for your holiday shopping and Santa will be in the City Park.  

Saturday, November 29th from 10 AM – 8 PM
Galleries and Shops open on Main Street, Holiday window decoration tour, Santa Claus, face painting, and lots of entertainment.



Willcox 35th Annual Holiday House
Friday, November 21st from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
The LCO AZ Beta’s 35th Annual Holiday House will be hosted by the Willcox Elks. The perfect place to find unique handmade Christmas gifts. Tickets are $3 for Adults and $2 for children.  

Willcox Western Christmas Festival
Friday, December 5th from 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 6th from 10 AM – 4 PM

The western style Christmas festivities are in Old Town Willcox. The Annual Lighted Parade has the theme of Western Heritage and there will be free hot dogs for the children.  



Tombstone Western Christmas Days
Picnic in the Park with The Cameo LadiesSaturday, November 29th at 12 PM
Christmas Tree LightingSaturday, December 6th at 6PM with caroling and cocoa.
First Annual Historic HomeSaturday, December 6th from 9 AM – 4 PM
Lighting of the Luminaries Friday, December 12 from 6 – 8 PM
Start the holiday season off with the annual Lighting of the Luminaries and open house at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Christmas in TombstoneSaturday December 13th
Experience the Christmas Spirit in historic Tombstone with a Light Parade, Tree Lighting and Fireworks.
Santa in the ParkDecember 20th

Tombstone at TwilightDecember 27th
This monthly event takes place the 4th Saturday evening of each month and December has a special Holiday flair. Shop, dine and be entertained. Shops will stay open late and there will be gunfights in the streets, featuring the Blood at Dusk Gunfighters. Experience the flash of gunfire in the evening hours. Shopping will get you an extra treat in the form of a raffle ticket. For every purchase you make after 5 PM you will receive a ticket for one of three raffle prizes during the evening. You must be present to win Details will be updated on their Tombstone at Twilight Facebook page.
Contact the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce for more information at 888-457-3929



Douglas Christmas Light Parade
Saturday, November 29th at 7 PM
Historic downtown Douglas will glow with Christmas lights as the annual parade begins at 3rd Street & G Ave.  
For more information call 520-417-7340

“Christmas on Ice”
Saturday, December 20th
Downtown G Ave. (In front of the Government Center). Free Hotdogs. Vendors. Music. Ice Skating. Donations are appreciated.

Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Annual Festival of Trees & Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 23rd – Friday, December 5th at the Mall at Sierra Vista is an event that is close to the hearts of our community’s residents. A long time community tradition, the Festival of Trees has heralded the start of the holiday season in Cochise County and has become a highly anticipated and popular event that benefits a local charity.

Sierra Vista Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5th at Veterans Memorial Park at 5:30 PM
It will be a magical time for children of all ages as we enjoy holiday entertainment courtesy of the Sierra Vista Community Band, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate will warm our bodies as the lights and community fellowship warm our spirits.
56th Annual Sierra Vista Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
"Christmas Around the World" will again deliver the spirit of Christmas to Sierra Vista.

N.O.E.L. Night Of Extraordinary Lights Christmas Village
Friday, December 12th from 4 - 10 PM
Saturday, December 13th from 2 - 10 PM

A holiday favorite on Brown Parade Field at Fort Huachuca. Activities include light displays, ice skating rink (skates provided), photos with Santa, holiday movies, and more. Free admission.
For more information, call 520-417-6960, 520-538-0836, or 520-533-5714.

22nd Annual Fort Huachuca Historical Tour of Homes
Saturday, December 13th from 2 - 4 PM
Enjoy a glimpse of Christmas-past as you stroll the Fort Huachuca "Old Post" area. A uniformed soldier will greet you at the door at each of the turn-of-the-century officer's homes, all beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Gather near the gazebo at Brown Parade Field on Fort Huachuca. $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For ticket purchases and more information, go to www.fhcsc.com/tour-of-homes.html. 520-417-6960 or [email protected] Please note, no children under age 10. No backpacks, cameras, camera phones or video equipment will be allowed.
Note: Fort Huachuca is an active military installation and specific entrance requirements are enforced. US citizens may access the post after providing photo ID for everyone over the age of 16.

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