Madaras Gallery Holiday Art Walk. Once you realize who Diana Madaras is, and what her art style is, then you’ll be noticing her work all over town, and you’ll start to associate seeing her brushstrokes with being in the city you call home. What better gift is there than a little piece of your hometown and your heart? Purchases of ornaments, décor, Madaras’ children’s book and items like calendars and cards at this event will benefit the Pima Animal Care Center. There’s even a plush toy version of Kitty Humbug, a character so cute you’ll just have to see it. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 3035 N. Swan Road. Details here.
El Nacimiento. In the heart of the Sonoran Desert lies Tucson. In the heart of Tucson lies the Tucson Museum of Art. In the heart of the Tucson Museum of Art lies La Casa Cordova, the oldest adobe home in downtown Tucson, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the heart of La Casa Cordova lies El Nacimiento, the largest and longest-running nativity scene in the Southwest. Artist Maria Luisa Tena put it up in the ’70s! It’s easy to spend hours checking out all the nooks and crannies of the 800-piece set, which has the grandeur and feel of a Christmas tree. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 college students and free for kids 12 and under, veterans and museum members. Details here.
Gingerbread House Reveal. It’s been a bittersweet year for the gingerbread community, as it always is. After the giant gingerbread house built at the Hilton El Conquistador last year had to ultimately be taken down (the reasons were unclear—did the gingerbread family residents fail to pay their rent? Was there a termite problem?), this year sees the rise of a new life-size gingerbread house to live in the hotel’s lobby through December. At the grand reveal, you can get photos with Santa, see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! in the movie room, decorate cookies and ornaments and even enjoy some light refreshments (no, you can’t eat the gingerbread house). 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Free. Details here.
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Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.