Globe Festival of Lights at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park
More than one thousand luminarias brighten up the stone walls and dwellings of these ruins, a maze-like 800-year-old Salado village. The evening includes holiday music, Native American storytellers and dancers, a visit from Santa Claus and a bonfire. Vendors, like Navajo jewelry maker Maryann Yazzie of Mesa, will sell gifts, and you’ll get hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot tea, coffee and cookies on the house.
DETAILS >> 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park, 1324 S. Jesse Hayes Road, Globe. Free admission. (928) 425-0320 or GlobeAZ.gov/visitors/besh-ba-gowah. [More on next slide >>]
Cottonwood Chocolate Lovers’ Walk
More than 35 merchants compete to make the best chocolate at this 20th annual event, where visitors meander Historic Old Town, wandering in and out of shops and collecting homemade treats in souvenir bags. Old Town Beer Company even offers chocolate beer. Carolers, twinkly lights and an interactive light and music show (with nearby bleachers, so you can relax while you watch) add holiday cheer to the affair.
DETAILS >> 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. At 827 N. Main St., Cottonwood. $25, includes a map, treat bag and chocolate at each stop. (928) 649-3038 OldTown.org/chocolate_walk.html. [More on next slide >>]
Tucson's Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair
If you’ve never gotten to know Tucson’s equivalent of walkable, shop-and-restaurant-filled places like Mill Avenue and Downtown Chandler, this cross between a fine arts festival and a carnival, held in the Old Pueblo’s eclectic Fourth Avenue district, is a great place to start.
You’ll find more than 400 artist booths (unique Christmas gifts, anyone?), 35-plus food vendors, two stages of continuous live entertainment, a hands-on art pavilion for kids, and sidewalk performers.
DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13-15 on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard, Tucson. Free admission. (520) 624-5004 or FourthAvenue.org.