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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.
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, November 17
*Must be available to pick up the ornament, if selected, on the Thursday, December 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, September 8            10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
          - Friday, October 14                    1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
          - Wednesday, November 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!

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, September 9, 2016.
* The general vendor application deadline is Friday, November 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

Stage Performers Biographies
Please check back at a later time for additional information.

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. 

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

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.