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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.



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.

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.  Their state-of-the-art studio offers 5 dance rooms and features true floating Marley floors that are designed to assist with injury prevention and aid in the technical excellence of their dancers. Stop by today for a visit.”

Studio 3 Performing Arts
The Studio 3 Showstoppers are an elite group of performers who train weekly in dance, voice, and theatre. They perform all over the Valley with their high energy shows, giving back to the community and volunteering at special events whenever possible. Studio 3 Performing Arts also has an award-winning musical theatre program for youth of all ages, where they help kids build confidence and achieve their dreams one stage at a time! For more information, visit their website at

Dance Connection 2
Dance Connection 2 is currently in its 28th year of business.   They offer classes ranging from 2-18 and beginner to advanced. Stop by for your free trial class today!

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ of Chandler, Arizona is a dynamic non-profit dance organization celebrating the colorful tradition of Mexican folkloric dance. Under the direction of Vanessa Ramirez, the group began as a recreational class at the City of Chandler’s Snedigar Recreation Center. As one of very few East Valley Folklorico groups currently operating, interest in the dance troupe has grown rapidly in its seventh year existence, from just 6 students in June of 2008 to almost 100 students currently. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ’s students range in age from 3 to adult and enjoy an exciting and fun way to express themselves through dance and learn about Hispanic heritage.


Chandler School of Fine Arts Suzuki Strings and Youth Concert Strings
Eunice Elie and Christi Elie are the directors of this combined group of young performers made up of Suzuki Strings students from each of their private studios, and Youth Concert Strings, Chandler's finest community youth string orchestra. This spectacular, collaborative performance group is multi-national and definitely multi cultural, with young (and a few young at heart) violinists, violists, and cellists from over 17 different countries, ranging from age three through graduate school and beyond! Their performance throughout the afternoon and evening will include sing along sections of traditional Christmas carols and also sing-along sections from Handel's Messiah!

Please review the Event Overview Map for information on Parade Route, Parking Locations and Road Closures


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. 

Please check back in October 2016 to sign up for volunteer opportunities!

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights is no longer accepting applications for the 2015 event. All booth spaces are full.

For questions or additional information, please call 480-782-2669.



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 480-782-2669.

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.