Every December downtown Tucson hosts the Annual Parade of Lights at Stone Ave., an event for the whole family with dozens of floats, holiday music, and performances. The parade of lights has been Tucson’s downtown major holiday event since the 1990s. Baile Folklorico dancers wear magnificent lights, marching mariachis play festive music, and even pups are parading. A panel of judges hands out awards for best float, best musical group, best use of lights, as well as other categories.
The Parade is followed by the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony and a joyful festival at Jacome Plaza. Vendors offer delicious holiday treats. About 15 tons of snow create winter weather in the middle of the desert so visitors can play and sled down the hill. The Parade of Lights in Tucson also features a health fair and a bell ringing ceremony.
About 40 downtown buildings and 150 trees are decorated with white lights and dozens of downtown businesses take part in a window decorating contest. Jacome Plaza hosts festive activities during the whole month of December.