Take a step back in time at YULETIDE and experience a true Christmas extravaganza this holiday season!
Our holiday spectacular combines the magic of Old Tucson with stunning décor, period costumes, live shows, and interactive experiences. YULETIDE highlights the unique Wild West history of Old Tucson and creates a one-of-a-kind event that has quickly become an annual tradition for the entire community.
Experience Yuletide select evenings November 24, 2023 to December 24, 2023, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
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Experience the joy of Christmas with our live productions!
Explore magical holiday decorations and activities in the Old West!
Shows & Attractions
In 1866, the Claus family rode into the American West on a magical train car in search of the “West Pole”. Somewhere amongst the saguaros of Tucson, their magical train car failed. Until they could find a new vessel capable of holding the magic of Christmas spirit, they were stranded. As they created a series of magical bells from metal salvaged from their train car, the Claus family fell in love with this valley that would later become Tucson Mountain Park and decided it would make a fine western base, thus settling their own West Pole of choice. The West Pole would become the home base for many of the extended Claus family over the years, in addition to the sole location where the Clauses continue to manufacture their magical bells to this day.
Flash forward and Jack Frost has come to the West Pole seeking to take over the town and commandeer the magic of Christmas spirit for his own uses. Join the Claus family as they attempt to keep safe the magic of Christmas spirit and hold back Jack Frost’s icy advance!
Join Santa for a West Pole welcome and the ceremonial lighting of the tree! Let’s just hope Jack Frost doesn’t show up. Rumor has it he’s taken over part of the town nearby…
The Grand Palace Stage is home to The West Pole Bell Shoppe, where Santa’s sons and the St. Cloud sisters are hard at work manufacturing our magical bells. There’s one problem this year; Santa’s eldest son, Nicky, has fallen out of love with Christmas. Can Nicky’s Christmas spirit be rekindled. Come find out in this heartwarming 20 minute original musical filled with holiday songs new and old.
Jack Frost has taken over the depot on the north end of town, kidnapped Santa’s son Leslie and stolen his magical bells. Come find out if West Pole Sheriff Angus St. Cloud and his elven sidekicks have what it takes to vanquish Jack, rescue Leslie, and take back Santa’s magical bells.
Atticus Bartholomew Claus is trying to give a magic show only to be interrupted by a loveable dimwitted elf named Twinkle who just wants to participate. A funny and lighthearted show that kids will love.
Come hear the pitch from Sir William Wiley himself for the most magical elixir that ever existed in this interactive, hilarious 15-minute comedy happening at the Wiley Wagon in Town Square five times a night! “Sir William Wiley’s Miracle Elixir: If you’ve got a problem, it’s guaranteed to fix’r!”
Join us in the Grand Palace several times an evening for traditional Mexican Christmas music played and sung live on stage.
Gather to hear local choirs perform Christmas tunes on the steps of Town Hall.
Our Carolers will be ringing in the holidays all evening at different locations throughout the park with a wide range of gorgeous Christmas classics.
High atop Town Hall sits two holiday elves, keeping watch over the West Pole as they crack jokes and chat up the guests who pass below. If you’re familiar with Nightfall’s beloved gargoyles, then you’ll love the Roof Goofs — Yuletide’s new hilarious tradition.
Let our Mine Elves take you on a tour through what was, until recently, Jack Frost’s secret lair in one of the West Pole’s defunct iron mines.
Have you been good this year? Get your photo with Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes!
Come enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus and learn the secret of the key that will allow Santa to visit your home anywhere, even without a chimney.
Sing along to Christmas favorites on our horse-drawn hay ride!
Ride the train, enjoy the sights and lights, and hear the story of the Claus Family’s founding of The West Pole.
Enjoy a carousel ride to the tunes of the holidays.
Our talented artists offer various festive designs for a celebration of the holidays.
Kids will have the chance to win a prize by answering Holiday Trivia questions in our Holiday Snow-It-All Trivia Game Show!
As Santa Claus bids farewell, we’ll learn what became of Jack Frost’s antics.
From our scrumptious food, seasonal craft beverages, and tasty treats, there’s always something new and delicious to enjoy with the family at Old Tucson. We can’t wait to see you this holiday season!
Policies & FAQs
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For the safety of our guests and staff, Old Tucson has instituted a clear bag policy. The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the park. The following is a list of bags that will be accepted for entry:
Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, after being searched.
Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection, including but not limited to oxygen tanks, diabetes kits, allergy pens, etc.
Prohibited bags may not be placed in a clear bag in order to gain entry. Personal items may be enclosed in a small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand. These small bags will be searched.
The following items are prohibited, and not allowed inside Old Tucson:
· Outside food
· Marijuana or Marijuana based products
· Glass containers
· Open containers
· Coolers of any size
WATER BOTTLE POLICY:
All water bottles are subject to inspection.
• One sealed plastic water bottle per person – Max size 2 liters
• One clear/see-through empty plastic personal water bottle per person – max size 2 liters
• All guests with personal water bottles will be asked to empty the contents of the water bottle upon entry and exit of the park.
FOOD & BEVERAGE POLICY:
All food and beverage items are subject to inspection and approved for entry if they meet the criteria below. Please see security at the time of entry for a medical approval sticker.
• Any food or beverages needed for medical, nutritional, or dietary needs
• Special items needed for medical purposes
• Baby food and baby formula – all baby supply tote bags are subject to inspection
• A small kids personal bagged snack, limited two per group
Old Tucson Entertainment reserves the right to modify these policies at any time with or without notice. Please check with the park for additional specific items.
Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited on Old Tucson property, except in the designated smoking area. The designated smoking area is located near the Restrooms by Shelton Hall. This is the only designated smoking location within the property, including the parking lot. All other areas outside of the designated smoking location are considered smoke-free.
Please note that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are treated the same as tobacco and only permitted in designated smoking areas.
The consumption of, or possession of marijuana or marijuana related products is prohibited at Old Tucson. This includes the consumption of food related items such as edibles, gummies, baked products, etc.
Changes to the date and time of a reservation can be requested but are subject to availability and pricing differences. If entry slots are available on another date/time, our reservation agents will do their best to accommodate your request. However, no guarantees can be made that your reservation can be changed. Please use the form on our Contact Us page or call 520-640-0010 to initiate a date or time change request.
The purchaser must change the entire order to a single date and time. The purchaser may not split off a portion of the order for a different date or time.
Like sporting events, concerts, and other live events, tickets for YULETIDE are not refundable.
YULETIDE will continue to operate in various weather conditions including rain. Some attractions may be temporarily unavailable due to inclement weather.
If conditions such as lightning or flash flooding occur, YULETIDE events and attractions may be delayed or temporarily closed. If event dates are canceled due to weather, all guests on affected dates/times will receive an option to attend on a later date (based on space availability) or a full refund.
MOBILITY & ACCESSIBILITY:
Portions of the property at Old Tucson are accessible to those using mobility devices.
Please be advised that due to the operation and design of the park, large portions of the property are unpaved and have areas with uneven surfaces. This includes buildings and attractions that feature steps, dirt surfaces, and wooden plank surfaces. Due to building limitations, tight spaces, and uneven surfaces, some areas may not be accessible to those using mobility devices.
Due to the terrain of the park, we do not rent or lend any mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or electronic scooters.
It is highly recommended, that Guest who require the assistance of walking aides, such as a cane or walker, use these devices while on property.
Please contact an Old Tucson employee if a member of your party requires assistance with mobility issues or accessibility.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The well-being of guests and staff is our highest priority during your experience with us.
Planning ahead can help enhance your enjoyment and keep your party as safe as possible. Please follow these tips before and during your adventure:
It is recommended that Guests entering the park wear the appropriate footwear for outdoor desert terrain, such as sneakers, boots, or outdoor-specific footwear. Closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended, and we highly suggest that guests avoid footwear such as heels, sandals, or flip-flops. Sturdy, comfortable footwear will help keep you safe and comfortable throughout the day.
Weather conditions can change unexpectedly so please monitor forecasts closely and bring appropriate clothing layers. During emergency situations, park employees will instruct guests to the closest shelter.
The desert offers a variety of wildlife. The park diligently ensures the containment and release of wildlife from the property. Be advised that you may encounter or run across wildlife while on park property. If you see wildlife, including snakes, coyotes, or javelinas, please keep your distance, and contact a park employee immediately.
Don’t wait to hydrate. It’s a good idea to drink at least 4-6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. This is especially important during hot weather and at high altitude. Old Tucson provides water bottle fill opportunities inside our restaurants. We also offer bottled water for sale at various locations, including retail shops.
Feeling sick? Please be considerate of other guests and staff if you’re not feeling well. Rebooking options may be available, so please consider joining us another time if you are feeling ill.
Customers who wish to rebook their tickets are advised to contact us HERE with your reservation information and rebooking request. Customers may also call to rebook by phone at 520-640-0010.