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Chandler's Unique Holiday Tradition:
The Tumbleweed Tree

Join us in celebrating a unique Southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival also includes the beautiful Parade of Lights. This year marks the 60th Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler.

December 3, 2016
Event Festivities - 4:30-9 p.m.
Parade - 7 p.m.; Tree Lighting Ceremony - approx. 8 p.m.
Downtown Chandler
Free Admission


Commemorative Tree Lighting Ornament
Get all the information on how to sign up for a chance to win your own commemorative ornament below!

*Any person with a valid personal email address can enter
*One entry per valid personal email address
*Entries are only taken through our online sign-up site
*All entries must be received by midnight (MST) on November 16, 2016.
*Winners will be notified by email on Thursday, Nov. 17
*Must be available to pick up the ornament, if selected, on the Thursday, Dec. 1, from 7 a.m. to 7.p.m.
*For more information, please email
Community Photo Collage
The City of Chandler invites you to celebrate the holiday season with us. Upload photos of you and your family while at the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting from past years.

*Photos will be incorporated into special 60th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting promotions.
*Photos can be submitted electronically or in person.
*Electronic submissions, please use the photo button.
*In person submissions will be accepted at Tumbleweed Recreation Center
      Dates and Times
          - Thursday, Sept. 8          10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
          - Friday, Oct. 14                1 to 4 p.m.
          - Wednesday, Nov. 9       10 a.m. to noon
      What to Bring
          - All the photos you would like to submit for the collage
          - The date of the picture
          - A brief description of who is in the picture
       What Will Be Done With the Picture
          - All pictures will be scanned into the computer
          - Original pictures will be returned to owner immediately
Stay tuned to see if you're featured in the community collage!
Event Schedule
4:30 p.m.              Event begins
4:30 p.m.              Santa's House Opens
4:30-4:50 p.m.     Stacy J Dancing Performs at Stage
5-5:20 p.m.          Arizona Dance Studio Performs at Stage
5:30-5:50 p.m.     The Dance Loft Performs at Stage
6-6:20 p.m.           Learning Foundation and Performing Arts- Warner Campus Performs at Stage
6:30 p.m.              Santa's Houes Closes
8:15 p.m.              Santa's House Re-Opens
8:40-9 p.m.           Rinsley Performs at Stage
9 p.m.                   Event ends

Stage Performers Biographies
Stacy J Dancing
Stacy J Dancing is dance/ performance art education being offered through Mesa and Chandler Arizona Parks and Recreation.  It is their quest, to offer children and adults a well-respected and designed city program within their own Multigenerational and Recreational Centers. 
Stacy J Dancing: Quality and professional performance art education within your own city oriented recreational facilities. Visit for more information. 

Arizona Dance Studio
Arizona Dance Studio a locally owned and operated studio located on the North West corner of Riggs and McQueen. Offering a variety of classes for boy and girls ages 2 to adult in tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, and much more. Our mission here at Arizona Dance Studio is to provide excellent dance education in a caring and compassionate environment, which encourages the growth and development of the individual student, while developing character qualities, which will last a lifetime. Arizona Dance Studios’ unique approach to dance instruction nurtures these concepts in a non-competitive atmosphere. For more information please visit our website at

The Dance Loft
The Dance Loft is located on Germann Rd, just west of Gilbert Rd, and offers dance instruction for ages 2 thru 18 in the dance styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Theatre, and Tumbling. Our state-of-the-art studio offers five dance rooms with true floating Marley floors that are designed to assist with injury prevention and aid in the technical excellence of our dancers. Stop by today for a visit.

Learning Foundation and Performing Arts- Warner Campus
Learning Foundation and Performing Arts- Warner Campus is a K-6 charter school with emphasis in music, theatre, and dance. LFPA's performance teams include a show choir, The Leading Tones, two dance teams, Leading Edge and Energy, and a vocal ensemble, Wildcat Chorus. They have performed all over town sharing songs of all styles, including pop, rock, Broadway, and hip hop.

Rinsley is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter who has been performing and writing songs since she was 15. She plays guitar, ukulele, and piano. Her goal is to inspire light in others and share her music with the world. She has performed at Comerica Theater and opened for the Dolly Parton stampede in Branson, MO. She loves to perform and hopes to perform for the rest of her life. For more about Rinsley and her music go to

Vendor Information
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights is seeking vendors to participate in this year's event. Interested vendors must submit an application either online or by mail to the City of Chandler. 

General Information
* The 2015 Vendor Priority application deadline is Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
* The general vendor application deadline is Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 or when all space has been reserved.
* If you are a new organization applying to participate in the event, your application will be accepted on a first come first serve basis once the priority deadline has expired. You are encouraged to submit an application prior to the 2015 vendor priority deadline and applications will be held in the order they are received. 

Submit an Application
1. READ Vendor Information Sheet (pdf)
2. Apply: Application (pdf) or Online Vendor Application

For questions or additional information, please call 480-782-2665 or email


Volunteer Information

Are you interested in volunteering? We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just want to help out a great event. Volunteer opportunities range from setting up, parade banner holder, activity booths or helping guests with event information. 

Sign up now to volunteer!

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History of Chandler's Tumbleweed Tree

A Community Tradition

This unique Chandler tradition began in 1957, when Chandler resident Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped chicken wire with pine boughs stuck in the holes. Many members of the community helped create the first tree in Chandler using tumbleweeds that they gathered from around town. Little did these folks know that they were the first to do such a thing and that it would continue as an annual Christmas tradition from then on. In fact, Chandler is the only city in the southwestern United States that has such a tree.

How is It Done?

First, members of the City's Park Operations Division gather tumbleweeds from the outskirts of the City. With Chandler's rapid growth and development, fewer stretches of empty land are within the City limits, which makes it harder to find tumbleweeds in large quantities. So, the Park crews must start collecting the tumbleweeds earlier each year. Nearly 1,000 tumbling tumbleweeds are collected each year and are used to adorn a 25-foot tall wire frame. Then, the tumbleweeds are sprayed with 25 gallons of white paint, 20 gallons of flame retardant and dusted with 65 pounds of glitter. The tree is later adorned with approximately 1,200 holiday lights that give it a spectacular look, day or night. The lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree draws a large crowd, with more than 12,000 expected to watch the Mayor and members of the City Council flip the switch to light this magnificent sight. The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Parade of Lights (starting at 7 p.m.) help to bring our community together to kick-off the holidays.

Tumbleweed Tree Animation


For more information or questions about this event, please email
or call 480-782-2665.

Chandler Special Events Hotline

Sponsorship Opportunities
The Parade of Lights is continually seeking interested individuals, organizations and companies who want to sponsor our great festival with either in-kind services or monetary donations. The benefits of being a sponsor range from on-stage logo recognition and announcements during the festival to name and/or logo recognition on flyers, posters, postcards, websites, press releases, festival program, and much more. Benefits vary based on sponsorship levels. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please call 480-782-2665, email Hermelinda.Llamas
or review our 2016-2017 sponsorship package.

ADA Accessibility
The City of Chandler welcomes participation from all of its citizens. To request an accommodation due to a disability please allow at five (5) days prior to the scheduled event. Contact the City's Special Event Coordinator at 480-782-2665 (or 711 via AZ Relay Service) or

The Tumbleweed Tree through the years.