After the turkey is gone, what are you going to do? If you have the weekend off, you might want to get out of the house and take a drive to Cochise County (hey, gas prices are trending below $2 a gallon. Take advantage of it!).
A few fun events are happening. Forego the madness of Black Friday and head out of town for a laid back weekend before the holiday season really kicks into a frenzy!
Nov. 24 to Dec. 6, 8th Annual Festival of Trees, Sierra Vista
The Festival of Trees fills the Mall at Sierra Vista each Christmas, creating a beautiful winter wonderland of uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, and, new this year, stockings! Awards will be given in various categories.
Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mall at Sierra Vista, 2200 El Mercado Loop. Admission is free. Info: 520-417-4990.
Nov. 28, Festival of Lights, Bisbee
The holiday season officially begins with a merry lighting ceremony and celebration in front of the Copper Queen Library. Santa will arrive in Old Bisbee on a flashy fire truck with goodies for all children.
Details: 6 p.m., Nov. 28 at the Copper Queen Library, Admission is Free; Info: 520-432-6016
Nov. 29, Old Bisbee Holiday Bazaar, Bisbee
Spend the afternoon and evening in Historic Old Bisbee for a holiday shopping adventure. Shop owners offer holiday decor, special sales, food, and street performers to add to your shopping experience.
Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Historic Old Bisbee, Admission is free. Info at 520-432-3554 or 1-800-2BISBEE.
Nov. 29, 6th Annual Art Chairs Auction, Bisbee
Local artists use various mediums to transform ordinary chairs into artistic works. Bid on the chairs in a silent auction and take one home to benefit charity.
Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Info: 520-432-3721 or 1-866-2BISBEE.
Nov. 28 & 29, Historic Home Tour, Bisbee
Bisbee residents open their homes to give visitors a look at the town’s distinctive architectural history. This year’s tour is “All Around Town” featuring homes in the Warren district, Old Bisbee and Saginaw.
Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission: is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Info: 520-432-3554 or 1-866-2BISBEE.
Nov. 29 & 30, Bisbee Gem & Mineral Show
Marvel at a display of magnificent gems & minerals for your pleasure or your purchase. Located at the Queen Mine Tour, a short walk from Historic Bisbee.
Details: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Queen Mine Tour. Admission is free. Info: 520-432-2071 or 520-432-3554.
WWII — Honoring Local Veterans, Sierra Vista
The stories of World War II veterans from the San Pedro Valley and those who have settled in the area are presented. Discover the war’s impact on Ft. Huachuca and Arizona.
Details: Wednesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Henry Hauser Museum, 2950 E. Tacoma St. Admission is free. Info: 520-417-6960 or www.visitsierravista.com
Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
This wonderful series spotlights artists and musicians of Arizona who are vocal historians of its legacy and history. Featuring Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer and other invited guest artists.
Details: 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. The Arizona Folklore Preserve is at 44 E. Ramsey Canyon Road. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for students 17 and under. Reservations are required. Info: 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com