Tucson, AZ – A month full of cheer at the Fox is just what we all need! It wouldn’t be the holiday season without the beloved movie classics Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Polar Express, this year with the added bonus of holiday music on the Mighty Wurlitzer preceding each film. Nothing beats sharing good times with legends Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mavis Staples, and Gordon Lightfoot, and no one brings the down-home holiday vibe better than the Mavericks. The In the Christmas Mood Holiday spectacular is a must, along with A Carpenters Christmas, and a Doo Wop Christmas. And the true spirit of the season shines brightly in the live stage production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. It’s all at the Fox in December!
HOLIDAY SHOWS AT THE FOX
Dec 1, 7:30pm – Lisa Rock in A Carpenters Christmas
While The Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas and featuring “Merry Christmas Darling” and the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” it’s a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.
Dec 3, 7:30pm - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday 2022
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its world-renowned live show, and fun and quirky take on the holidays, with arrangements of classic holiday songs in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy style including Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Winter Wonderland. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is “Andrew’s Sisters” meets the blues, and the just as classic Heat Miser song transports listeners back to another beloved holiday special. The band rips through Chuck Berry’s "Run, Run Rudolph," Lou Rawls’ "Merry Christmas Baby," and slows things down for Elvis Presley’s "Blue Christmas." Detours to New Orleans for "Frosty the Snowman," and to the Caribbean for the Calypso A Party for Santa, keep things interesting. The band takes a moment to reflect on the beauty and spirituality of the holidays with their moving arrangement of "We Three Kings."
Dec 4, 2pm and 6pm - Elf
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum with Will Ferrell as the title character, a human raised by Santa’s Elves, who learns about his origins and heads to NYC to meet his biological father. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenbergen, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart appear in supporting roles. The Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer will play a medley of holiday tunes 30 minutes prior to each holiday film
Dec 5, 7:30pm – An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot - SOLD OUT
The Legend in concert - Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 21 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for over 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s, and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen #1s, Eighteen Top 10s, and Twenty-One Top 40 hits.
Dec 9, 7:30pm – In the Christmas Mood – A Holiday Music Spectacular
Produced by Khris Dodge Entertainment, In the Christmas Mood will feature treasured holiday songs such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Happy Holidays,” “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” and many, many more. It’s the perfect way to get in the spirit of the holiday season.
Dec 10, 7:30pm – The Mavericks’ Very Merry Christmas Tour with special guest JD McPherson - SOLD OUT
Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks are pleased to present the 2022 edition of their Very Merry Christmas Tour, featuring super special guest JD McPherson! Featuring selections from their 2018 holiday album Hey! Merry Christmas! alongside the classics and favorites of their acclaimed 30-year career, don’t miss music’s most genre-defying band as they revisit their own special twist on the holidays.
Dec 11, 7:00pm – Mavis Staples
“I’m the messenger,” Mavis Staples says on the eve of her 80th birthday. “That’s my job—it has been for my whole life—and I can’t just give up while the struggle is still alive. We’ve got more work to do, so I’m going to keep on getting stronger and keep on delivering my message every single day.” That message—a clarion call to love, to faith, to justice, to brotherhood, to joy—lies at the heart of ‘We Get By,’ Staples’ spectacular twelfth studio album and first full-length collaboration with multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Ben Harper. Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples breathes extraordinary life into Harper’s compositions on the record, delivering roof-raising performances with both a youthful vigor and a commanding maturity.
Dec 15, 8pm – Doo Wop Project – A Doo Wop Christmas
Classic & Modern Christmas Hits…with a Doo Wop twist! Back with their brand-new Holiday show, The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their delightful Christmas show, The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey of Holiday favorites + the foundational Doo Wop tunes you know and love! Hits from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos…through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons…all the way to "DooWopified" versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith
Dec 16, 7:30pm – Merry-Achi Christmas
Mariachi Sol De Mexico with Jose Hernandez presents Merry-Achi Christmas: A beloved Tucson annual holiday tradition. The humor, the spirit, and even the bittersweet, inspire us to a world where we live out our dreams. In that same way, much of the excitement of Jóse Hernàndez’ Mariachi Sol de Mexico® is that all things mariachi are possible. While his family tree is rooted in five generations of Mariachi musicians that hail from La Sierra del Tigre region of Jalisco, Jose built on that foundation to grow mariachi music in new lands, in new musical genres, and in the hearts of new audiences.
Dec 17, 2pm and 6pm – The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a 2004 American computer-animated adventure film co-written and directed by Rober Zemeckis. The film features human characters animated using live-action and motion-capture CGI animation. It tells the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window and is invited aboard by its conductor. The boy joins several other children as they embark on a journey to visit Santa Claus preparing for Christmas. The film stars Tom Hanks, also one of the film's executive producers, in multiple distinct roles, with Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen in supporting roles. The Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer will play a medley of holiday tunes 30 minutes prior to each holiday film
Dec 18, 7pm - All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. “One of the top live events for Christmas in North America”- BBC Music Magazine
Dec 23, 2pm and 6pm – It’s a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern self-published in 1943 and is in turn loosely based on the 1843 Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams, in order to help others in his community, and whose thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). The Fox’s Mighty Wurlitzer will play a medley of holiday tunes 30 minutes prior to each holiday film
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The Fox Tucson Theatre enlivens Tucson, fostering community growth and connections by shaping exceptional, live arts experiences in a celebrated setting. The “Crown Jewel of Downtown” makes memories, makes connections, and makes Tucson proud. Programming includes exciting year-round live entertainment from the top entertainers in the US, as well as community produced events, classic movies, family programming, and more. Beautifully restored, the historic 1930’s Art Deco theatre Fox has become an important symbol of the resurgence of a thriving city center and continues to contribute to the economic growth in the region. The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at 17 W Congress. For additional information and Covid protocol requirements please visit www.foxtucson.com or call the Box Office at 520-547-3030.