December 9–25, 2023
6pm–10pm everyday

Made possible by TEP

Tucson Electric Power is the title sponsor of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. With their generous support and partnership we are proud to present for the 74th year Tucson's favorite holiday tradition.

See the lights on the move
Reservations suggested.

Drive-thru date:
NO drive-thru dates for 2023

Support the Community Food Bank

Donation stations at every entrance available day & night.

The Festival is free to attend.
We ask everyone to bring a donation of food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Most needed items:
Peanut butter, oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, canned tomato products, canned tuna & chicken, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice & pasta, shelf stable milk

In 2022, the Tucson community donated $57,336 and 42,016 pounds of food to the Food Bank during the Festival of Lights.

Donate online
Help to make the season bright for families in Tucson!

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Community Support

The festival is 100% supported by the community. There are two ways you can support the festival

Become a corporate sponsor

In return for your sponsorship, your company name will be prominently displayed on advertising associated with the event and on this website.

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Our Sponsors

Without them the Festival would not be possible. Thank you!

Title Sponsor

TEP Tucson Electric Power

Supporting Sponsor

Cox Communications


Festival History

In 1949 CB Richards created a cooperative water company and a modern residential development north of what was Tucson at the time. By 1957 all but 19 of the 257 original lots had been developed.

The Festival of Lights began in 1949. Mr. Richards was inspired to create the Festival after visiting a similar display in Beverly Hills, California in the 1930s. He purchased the first set of Christmas lights in 1949 and donated them to the neighborhood. He purchased the Aleppo pines from a local nursery that was going out of business. They were planted at regular intervals throughout the neighborhood and electrical connections were hooked up near each tree for the lights.

For the first few years of the festival Richards personally judged all the displays and the winner was awarded $100.00. After he moved to San Diego, Richards continued to visit Winterhaven for the Festival of Lights.

The Festival has been held continuously since 1949 except for two years: once during the 1970's energy crisis when the residents of Winterhaven voted to stay dark, and in 2020 due to coronavirus.

74th Annual Festival of Lights

This year would have been the 74th year for the Winterhaven Festival of Lights – one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country.

The Festival of Lights celebrates the holiday season in Tucson and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over southern Arizona. Moreover, the Festival is one the most important events for the Community Food Bank in Tucson. In 2022, $57,336 and 42,016 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank through the Festival.

The subsidy from the City of Tucson that has been used to pay for safety and traffic control has been discontinued because of the City’s severe budget issues. Rather than cancel the Festival, we are turning to the Community for its support.


Arizona Party Bikes 844-654-5544
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Winterhaven Hayrides 520-825-0208
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Winterhaven Trolley Tours 520-955-3090
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Star Kettlecorn 602-319-8775
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Trucking Good Cupcakes 520-329-4411
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Common Grounds Espresso 520-770-9270
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You Sly Dog 520-954-8174
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Silent Adventures (NEW!) 520-256-0469
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Sing & dance to a festive playlist through the streets of Winterhaven in a 40 minute tour led by talented guides. It's a silent disco meets flash mob, but you don't have to have any skills to join the fun. Let's help this new business become a success Tucson!

Suntran Bus Map

ADA Access

Community members with disabilities can enjoy the Festival of Lights in the following ways:

  1. Trolley - ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts.
  2. Hayrides - Ramps are available.
  3. Individuals with wheelchairs or walkers can be dropped off at the entrances of Tucson Blvd, or Prince to wait for their parties.
  4. Motorized mobility scooters are welcome.

Winterhaven Public Events
Festival of Lights Policies

1. Dogs
Dogs are allowed at The Festival on leashes but the festival can get busy. We ask dog owners to exercise common sense and courtesy.

2. Cigarettes
The Festival is a family event with many elderly and young participants. We kindly ask you refrain from cigarette smoking.

3. Trash
Please dispose of trash in the many trash cans placed in and around Winterhaven

4. Bicycles
please be safe, use sound judgment and walk your bicycle when crowded.

5. Sounds Amplification
For pedestrian and vehicular safety, and to avoid residential disruption, only residents and approved vendors are approved for sound amplification.

6. Freedom of Speech
Individuals or groups wishing to use The Festival of Lights (FOL) for display of signage, distribution of materials, solicitation or other advocacy for social, cultural, political, religious or other ideological purposes during the Festival shall be treated the same as other individuals and groups. These individuals and groups are not endorsed by The Festival of Lights (Winterhaven Public Events) or The Winterhaven Neighborhood Home-Owners-Association.

The FOL has large crowds, takes place in a residential neighborhood on public streets, free of charge. FOL is concerned to protect the peace, welfare and safety of all residents, persons attending the Festival.

Individuals or groups wishing to engage in expressive activity may do so as long as they do not block, impede, or otherwise disrupt motorized vehicles, pedestrian traffic, or access to vendors. To safely accommodate these individuals and groups, they must:

  • move with pedestrian flow and not be stationary
  • not erect a display or structure on Festival streets and sidewalks designated for vehicles, pedestrians and vendors
  • not transport a display or structure on Festival streets and sidewalks designated for vehicles, pedestrians and vendors
  • not erect signage or sell products; This is a right reserved and paid for by vendors