Mayor to Light Tucson's Official Christmas Tree on Friday

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the Downtown Tucson Christmas tree this Friday, Nov. 23, at a 5 p.m. ceremony in Jácome Plaza. The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the City of Tucson welcome the community to help start the holiday season.

This year, The ceremony is being held three weeks earlier than usual and is a stand-alone event, separate from the Parade of Lights & Festival on Dec. 15. The revised schedule allows more time for the public to enjoy the tree.

The tree-lighting ceremony marks the start of "Desert Nights Downtown Lights," a program featuring numerous events during the holiday season. This year, Downtown Tucson will have 60 buildings adorned with thousands of holiday lights, more than 150 tight-wrapped street trees, and approximately 50 decorated storefronts.