Looking for a different holiday gift buying experience? Join Local First Arizona on Saturday, November 22nd for our 2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Road Trip to Tucson! Local First staff will be your tour guides to some of the great shops that the Old Pueblo has to offer, where you can find treasures for everyone on your list.
The tour begins at the Holiday Artisans Market at the Tucson Art Museum. Over 100 of the Southwest’s best artisans set up shop in the Museum’s courtyards to exhibit and sell their work. The Museum will be offering free admission so you can spend time perusing the exhibits, visiting the Museum gift shop and checking out El Nacimiento, a traditional Mexican nativity scene.
At your leisure you can walk across the street to the Old Town Artisans Center that is home to a variety of eclectic shops including jewelry, art, gifts, vintage clothing and more. Stroll through the shops in this historic building and you will see original ceilings made of saguaro cactus ribs, packing crates, and whiskey barrel staves with remnants of imported wallpaper and gold-leaf mouldings. Enjoy lunch at your choice of La Cocina, Café a la C’Art or food trucks which will be at the Holiday Artisans Market.
Next we’ll hop back on the shuttle and head to the Sunshine Mile, a Modernist architecture and great shopping destination. This two mile strip is lined with a variety of shops including Arte de la Vida, Picante, Little Bird Nesting Company, Yikes Toys and Deco Boutique. Shop for books, artisan housewares, antiques and collectables, clothing, toys, jewelry and more.
This trip is designed so that attendees can visit the shops of their choice. Timeline is as follows:
7:30 a.m Meet at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand, Phoenix, AZ 85004 to board shuttle and leave for Tucson at 8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Arrive at the Holiday Artisans Market at the Tucson Art Museum. Shoppers can walk to nearby Old Town Artisans center. Enjoy lunch at your leisure.
2 p.m. Board shuttle to go to the Sunshine Mile.
4 p.m. Depart Tucson to arrive in Phoenix at 6 p.m.
Grab a friend, skip the stress of the mall and join in our road trip to whittle down that growing holiday gift list while supporting locally owned businesses. Cost per person is $30 which will cover transportation to and from Tucson in a comfortable shuttle bus. You are welcome to bring multiple guests but space is limited. Click here to RSVP or email Helene@localfirstaz.com with any questions. Check out a recap of last year’s trip!