The 13th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration will be held this Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Oro Valley Marketplace, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event will be emceed by KOLD News 13 Anchor Dan Marries, and the tree lighting will be conducted by Mayor Satish Hiremath.
The entertainment lineup kicks off at 4:30, and Santa is expected to arrive around 5:45 p.m., right after the lighting of the tree.
This year’s entertainment has been expanded to include adult performance groups such as Tuba Christmas, Sun City Singers and the Two Suite Holiday Trumpet Duet. The event will also feature performances by local school children and a variety of family-friendly activities, including cookie decorating and a fire pit for making s’mores.
In the spirit of the season, Oro Valley staff will partner with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 53 to collect money for the Shop‐With‐A‐Cop program, benefitting local families in need. Staff will also collect donations of non‐perishable food items for the Interfaith Community Services food bank.
Entertainment Schedule – Friday, November 30, 2012
4:30 Two Suite Holiday Trumpet Duet
4:50 Sun City Singers Holiday mini concert
5:20 Oro Valley Color Guard
5:25 National Anthem—Page Piercy
5:30 Casas Christian School Orchestra
5:35 Welcome and thank you—Mayor Satish Hiremath
5:40 Explanation of Shop with a Cop—Police Chief Danny Sharp
5:45 Lighting of the Tree, Santa arrives—Mayor Satish Hiremath
5:50 Tuba Christmas Teaser
5:55 Announce award winner from the Painted Sky Tuba/Art project
6:10 Painted Sky Elementary School Choir
6:20 Wilson Elementary School Choir
6:30 Wilson 6th Grade Choir
6:40 A Capella Musical Group
6:50 Ironwood Ridge Glitz Show Choir
7:10 Wilson Middle School Choir
7:20 Ironwood Ridge Touch of Class Concert Choir
7:40 Canyon Del Oro Show Choir
8:00 Ironwood Ridge Encore Show Choir
SAACA Festival of the Arts
The annual Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Festival of the Arts will also be held at the Oro Valley Marketplace this weekend. This free, holiday arts and crafts spectacular is Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For festival information and a performance schedule, visit www.orovalleyfestival.org.