Christmas in the canyon

dates: Nov 27 - Dec 23

6:00 - 9:00 PM


NEW IN 2020

Live Nativity performances will now have assigned seating.
We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

Live nativity tickets

Show Time: 7:00 PM
Additional Show Time: 8:15 PM (Nov 27, Nov 28, & Dec 23)



Train tickets

Run Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM



Christmas in the canyon

Dates: Nov 27 - Dec 23

(Nov 27, 28, Dec 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23)

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Free admission


Come celebrate Christmas at Tuacahn this holiday season! With over 250,000 twinkling lights, a live nativity show, train rides, open fire, and a visit with Santa Claus, you don’t want to miss Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon event! There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon. Tuacahn's Cafe will be open for dinner and treats! Please see our Calendar for dates and times.

Live Nativity

Show Dates: Nov 27 - Dec 23

Show Time: 7:00 PM
Additional Show Time: 8:15 PM (Nov 27, Nov 28, & Dec 23)

Tickets: $3 Per Person, $20 Per family

outdoor amphitheatre


This 20-minute telling of the birth of the Christ child is sure to become a family tradition. With new music and narration, live animals, and acting by volunteer groups, there is no better reminder of the true meaning of Christmas! Presented in our outdoor amphitheatre. $3 per person, $20 per family (up to 10 people).
In order to comply with state a local health guidelines, Live Nativity performances will now have assigned seating. Please book your tickets in advance. We expect the majority of the shows to sell out.


Old salty Train

Dates: Nov 27 - Dec 23

Run Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Tickets: $2 per person


Take a train ride through the majestic red rocks of Padre Canyon on the Old Salty Train, provided by Ruby’s Inn. $2 per person.

Santa Claus

Dates: Nov 27 - Dec 23

Visiting hours: 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Free visit


Santa won’t be quarantining at the North Pole to escape the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready for kids to hop on his lap. Visiting Santa is yet another holiday tradition getting tweaked during what is shaping up to be a COVID Christmas. Masks will be required and instead of sitting on his lap, you'll be standing next to him. Don't worry...you'll still get great pictures and a treat.

Admission is free to visit Tuacahn and enjoy the lights, open fire, music, and ambiance of the holiday season during Christmas in the Canyon! It's Tuacahn's way of saying "thank you" to the community for its support and to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas.
Live nativity tickets

Show Time: 7:00 PM
Additional Show Time: 8:15 PM (Nov 27, Nov 28, & Dec 23)



Train tickets

Run Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM



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Christmas in the Canyon

  • Christmas Lights & Holiday music on the plaza
  • Hot chocolate & other delicious treats at concessions.
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Live Nativity

  • Presented in the amphitheatre at 7:00 PM.
  • $3.00 per person
  • $20.00 per family(up to 10 people)
  • Volunteer groups provide the on-stage talent each night.  The Live Nativity includes live camels and other animals.
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Activities for the Entire Family

  • Live Nativity 7:00 p.m.
  • Holiday train ride on the Old Salty Train provided by Ruby's Inn from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.
  • Santa Claus from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.
  • Open fire
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Gift Gallery

  • All Christmas decor and gifts are 20% off at the Tuacahn Gift Gallery.
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Tuacahn Cafe

  • Tuacahn's Cafe is open for dinner.