Holiday Events Come to Main Gate Square Every Friday

November 21, 2011

Every Friday beginning November 25, University Boulevard will be transformed into “Holiday Boulevard.” The first Friday will be during Main Gate Square’s final Bear Down Friday and will feature a press conference with Santa Claus, a sleigh with Ben’s Bells, a tree decorated with kindness garland, donation drives, holiday music and more. Attendees of Main Gate Square’s annual Open House can enjoy shopping and dining deals, live music, refreshments and merchant activities.

The Main Gate Square Scavenger Hunt will give one lucky entrant $250 in Main Gate Square merchandise and gift certificates. Ben’s Bells, a charity that promotes everyday kindness, will scatter “kind surprises” throughout the event for attendees to find. A Kindness Tree will feature a large chain highlighting the kind acts done or observed by people of all ages.

Immediately after the Open House, Santa will make a grand entrance for this season’s last Bear Down Friday, followed by a press conference at 6.p.m.  The pep rally, now in its sixth year, will also feature the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, main stage performances, contests with cheerleaders and other spirit activities. After the pep rally, Santa Claus will visit with children in his sleigh, give away Kindness Coins and hear children’s wishes for Christmas.

The event will also have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and Parade, and kids can ride on the pony carousel, featuring real ponies from Rockin’ Star Ranch from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy face painting and a balloon artist.

Main Gate Square is a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination featuring more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona and Tucson’s historic neighborhoods. Parking is free all day at the Main Gate & Tyndall Garages.


Concert Line-up:

1 p.m.              High Desert – bluegrass

2 p.m.              Jimmy & The Jitterbugs – jazz swing standards

3 p.m.              Bunny Kirby – guitar / vocal

4 p.m.              Apocalypso – steel band

5 p.m.              Jim Howell Band – rock / blues / country / soul

6 p.m.              Pep Rally

7 p.m.              Jim Howell Band – rock / blues / country / soul


Other Holiday Boulevard at Main Gate Square Events:

December 2    5 PM to 7 PM—-Santa Sightings Activity

December 9    5 PM to 7 PM—-Dinner with Santa

December 16  5 PM to 7 PM—-Pet & Children Pictures with Santa at Ben’s Bells

December 23    5 PM to 7 PM—-Storytime with Santa


Holiday Boulevard at the Main Gate Square

When: Open House begins at 11 a.m., Bear Down Friday begins at 5 p.m.

Where: Main Gate Square, between Park and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard

Cost: Free