Holiday Boulevard 2017

Holiday Boulevard Bash 2017 – December 17 – 1 to 5pm

Holiday Boulevard Schedule of Events Details

December 5-10: Cinderella at Centennial Hall

December 6: Ugly Sweater Party at Espresso Art Cafe 8pm – 1am

December 10: What the Dickens Carolers 12 – 3pm
Free Pics with Santa 1 – 4pm
Snow Flurries in Geronimo Plaza 12 – 3pm

December 12: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Dusk

December 17: Main Gate’s Holiday Bash benefiting Steele Children’s Research Center
Pueblo Express to Santa sponsored by KXCI & Main Gate Square
Tucson Girls Chorus Saguaro Stompers
The 3 Kings Live in Geronimo Plaza at 3pm
Marshmallow Roasting, Luminaria Making, Snow Flurries and Elves Crafting Table
Hanukkah Gifts of Dreidel & Gelt
Mannheim Steamroller at Centennial Hall

Free Pics with Santa 1 – 4pm
Tucson Girls Chorus in Geronimo Plaza 1pm
Saguaro Stompers at the Holiday Float from 2 – 3pm
Gus and Alex: After Dark 3 – 5pm (roaming on University Blvd)

Breakfast with Santa at Pasco Kitchen & Lounge 10:30am – noon, Call for reservations: (520) 882-8013

December 20: Frog & Firkin Holiday Sing-a-Long with Bob Einweck & Santa,  Ugly Sweater Contest, Kids Activities.

December 22: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 23: Breakfast with Santa at The Dutch Eatery & Refuge,  11:00am, Call for reservations: (520) 792-6684

December 24: Santa Claus Reads “The Night Before Christmas” 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Free Pics with Santa 1 – 4pm

Main Gate Square, Sun Link and KXCI present: The Pueblo Express to Santa. On Sunday, December 17th the Sun Link Streetcar will magically transform into The Pueblo Express as it transports caroling families and merry elves to see Santa at Main Gate Square’s Holiday Blvd Bash.

Ring in the holidays with festive activities including a special holiday musical performance in Geronimo Plaza followed by marshmallow roasting, holiday crafts (including a luminaria station and Hanukkah themed activities), and there’s even snow in the forecast!

The Pueblo Express will be leaving at 2pm sharp from the Mercado Station on Avenida Del Convento. A regular Sun Link day pass is required to ride, children 5 and under ride free. Space is limited and no reserved passes are available.

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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Benefit

Many of you have seen and admired the “I Think I Can” award-winning Rose Bowl Float that is on display as part of Main Gate Square’s Holiday Decorations.  It was donated to us by UA Steele Children’s Research Center. UA Steele Children’s Research focus of each research project is the child. Their scientists conduct research in many areas—like autism, Crohn’s disease, cancer, lung disease, to name just a few of the 75 research areas.

In order to thank them for their generous donation and contribution to our decorations and support their important work, some of our merchants will contribute a percentage of sales for December 17 when presented with the above image. (Keep an eye out for this same flyer on the door of every participating merchant)

The following Main Gate Square merchants are donating a percentage of sales to UA Steele:

Fox in a Box, Frog & Firkin, Fuku Sushi, Gentle Ben’s, Panera Bread, Scented Leaf Tea House (from 1 to 5pm), Swindlers, Woops! BakeShop.

You will be able to learn more about UA Steele at Santa’s Sleigh in front of Red’s Smokehouse and Tap Room during the Holiday Blvd Bash!

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These are some pictures from last year’s Holiday Blvd Bash, expect even more fun and holiday spirit this year! Check out the activities below:


Tucson Girls Chorus’ Jubilate Chorus performs in Geronimo Plaza from 1 to 2pm. From 3 to 4pm, enjoy the sounds of Carols By Keli and Carlos, also in Geronimo Plaza. Gus and Alex: After Dark Strolling Musicians will play in the area between 3 and 5pm. #FreeConcerts


Enjoy intermittent snow flurries in Geronimo Plaza from 1 to 5pm. Photo courtesy of Dan Marries.


Tucson’s Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company will perform at the Holiday Float in front of CVS from 2 to 3pm. Join in on the fun and learn some clogging moves during the instruction period.

What is clogging?

American clog dancing took shape in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s. Despite the image it conjures for many people, it is very different from Dutch clogging (klompendanskunst). American clogging gets its name from the Gaelic word for time, a reference to using your feet to keep time to the music, generally emphasizing the downbeat. It has roots in Irish, English, German, African, and possibly Cherokee dances. It looks most similar to tap and Irish step dance.

Typical clogging shoes are similar to tap shoes except we use special taps made out of two steel plates with rivets in the middle. This creates noise when the taps touch the ground and also when they click together. Taps are made to either be nailed or glued on, making it possible to clog in many styles of shoes.


2-Eee the Elf Balloon Artist and Face Painter

(943 E University Blvd, in front of Red’s) 

December 17th, 24th: 1 – 4pm


Bear Track U: $5 Cheese Crisps and Quesdillas, 2 for 1 Tequila Shots, $3 Dos XX drafts 

Ben’s Bells: Kind Notes Station & Open Studio 1 to 5pm

Boutique 816: 50% off Sale Rack

Campus Athletic: $10 off One Sweatshirt or One Sweat Pant

Campus Candy: Sample Yogurt Machine & Prize Wheel

Espresso Art Cafe: Espresso Art Hot Toddy for $5 & Free Pastry for Kids

Frog and Firkin: Free Frog & Firkin Bracelets, Holiday Drink Specials throughout the day

Fuku Sushi: Happy Hour from 3 to 6pm

Gentle Ben’s: Happy Hour from 3 to 6pm

Panera Bread: Free choice of cookie

Posner’s Art Store: Ornament Marbling Station & Holiday Stencils

Scented Leaf Tea House: Buy One Loose Leaf Tea & Get 2nd Tea 25% off

Swindlers: Sidewalk Sale

Woops! BakeShop: Macaron decorating station for kids