Holiday Blvd. at Main Gate: Macarons, Hot cocoa & Harry Potter-themed tea

Main Gate Square is kickin’ off its Holiday Boulevard with participating local restaurants & cafes from noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 19.

Throughout the afternoon, you can take a stroll around while soaking in all of the unique decorations, including Santa’s snow globe, Santa’s sleigh, a poinsettia tree, and all of the garlands and wreaths donning many patios and businesses along the boulevard. Also, the Tucson Girls Chorus will be belting out holiday tunes nearby Santa’s snow globe.

Holiday Blvd. at Main Gate Square

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There’s going to be a few food and drink-related activities happening on Main Gate Square, too. Whether it’s something warm you’re craving or a crafty activity, you’ll find some fun options at the following restaurants and cafes.

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E. University Blvd.
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

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If you’re not having any luck with constructing a gingerbread house, why not try something a you can actually enjoy eating afterward. The popular dining spot on the corner of Park and University is selling Cookie Decorating Kits for $25 per kit.

These are actually sold online but stop by the restaurant anyway because they’re planning to relocate off of Main Gate Square in Spring 2022.

For more information, visit

Espresso Art

942 E. University Blvd.


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The coffee and cocktail joint will be having live music, along with free hot chocolate. They’re even adding an espresso mousse topping for good measure.

For more information, visit Espresso Art Cafe on Instagram

Gentle Ben’s Brewing

865 E. University Blvd.

The spot tends to be a popular party spot for students but they’re toning it down a bit for the Holiday Boulevard with a hot cocoa station from 1 – 5 p.m. I mean, there’s still going to be beer and cocktails, but at least there’s something for the kids.

For more information, visit

Scented Leaf

943 E. University Blvd.
The Scented Leaf University Location (Credit: Dana Sullivan)

The Scented Leaf University Location (Credit: Dana Sullivan)

The wizarding world of Harry Potter has landed at The Scented Leaf, and by its side is some Harry Potter Butter Beer Tea. You’ll be able to grab one of these themed beverages during the Holiday Boulevard event — it’d be ridiculoso if you didn’t.

For more information, visit The Scented Leaf on Facebook

Snakes & Lattes

988 E. University Blvd.
(Photo courtesy of Snakes & Lattes on Facebook)

(Photo courtesy of Snakes & Lattes on Facebook)

The cocktail, coffee, and dining spot will be having a hot chocolate bar, board games, and a raffle to win a game “Ticket to Ride.” If you plan it out just right, Snakes & Lattes recently unveiled its new daily Happy Hour from 3 – 6 p.m. — it may make for a more competitive board game experience.

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Woops BakeShop

845 E. University Blvd.
Woops Bakeshop

Photo courtesy of Woops Bakeshop on Facebook

The shop hosting macaron decorating, various samplings, and a special sale on Macaron Boxes of 12 and Gift Boxes of 18 — a perfect gift for the sweet tooth in your life.

For more information, visit

If you’re looking for somewhere to park, there will be free parking in Tyndall Avenue Garage and most of the other garages around the university.

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At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.