4:30 pm - 4:50 pm TBD
5:00 pm - 5:20 pm TBD
5:30 pm - 5:50 pm TBD
6:00 pm - 6:20 pm TBD
7:00 pm Parade
8:00 p.m. (approx.) Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
8:40 pm - 9:00 pm TBD
East Ramada Schedule
Entire Event Hot 97.5FM Mobile Street Team
Parade Route Schedule
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm TBD
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm TBD
2013 SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Life Size Snow Globe
NEW THIS YEAR - the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) is bringing in something new to the event for the community to enjoy; a life size snow globe. The snow globe is 15 feet tall allowing both kids and adults to enter and get their photo taken in a winter wonderland. The photo booth captures a classic part of the holidays in a whole new way. A total of six guests can enter the snow globe where you can play, pose, and then cherish a photo of the experience. The DCCP will be uploading the digital photos to their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/downtownchandler) where you can save and print them from home.
The DCCP is asking for non-perishable food or cash donations in exchange for a digital photo of you and your family or friends. All donations will be going to the Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC) to help provide meals for individuals and families this holiday season.
2013 PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES
Life Link Church
Life Link Church's Christmas Choir is so excited to be at this event! They are passionate about expressing their love to the Lord through song, especially during the Christmas season! We pray that you have a blessed Christmas season!
Desert Dance Star
Desert Star Dance studio in Chandler Arizona. Desert Star Dance is located on the border of Chandler and Gilbert on the NE corner of McQueen and Ray. Desert Star Dance offers classes in all dance styles for children ages 2 and 1/2 and up.
The Dance Loft
The Dance Loft is dedicated to providing dance instruction in a positive learning environment that will encourage creativity and self -esteem. The studio and staff are devoted to inspire, encourage, and support every student as they learn about dance. Their vision at The Dance Loft is for every dancer to appreciate and be as passionate, as they are, about DANCE! The Dance Loft offers dance instruction for ages 2 thru 17 in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
The Chandler High School Treblemakers are the current world champions of the Young Women in Harmony chorus competition, sponsored by Sweet Adelines International. They sing four part, a Capella harmony, in the barbershop style. The Treblemakers perform at events all around the valley.
Talent Team Performing Arts
Totality is Talent Team Performing Arts auditioned program. These dedicated performers are proficient in singing, dancing and acting. They perform throughout the community and the western U.S. The thing that sets this group apart is the fact that they embrace family values, modesty, morality and have joined the movement to Raise the Standard in Performing Arts. They are focused on restoring class and dignity to the industry.
Studio 3 Showstoppers (Parade Route)
The Studio 3 Showstoppers are an elite group of performers ages 7 to 17. Under the direction of Emma England, the Showstoppers train weekly in dance, voice, and acting technique in addition to rehearsals, with the ultimate goal of becoming professional performers. The Showstoppers have performed all over the Valley, and won several accolades for their accomplishments, including AZ FAME Grand Champions, Showstoppers First Place Winners, and the Gilbert Days Mayor’s Choice Award. They have performed at Disneyland, Catalina Island, Southern California, on board a Carnival Cruise Ship, and most recently on tour in New York City.
The City of Chandler is continually seeking interested individuals, organizations and companies who want to sponsor our great tree lighting festival and parade 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 the Special Event Coordinator, or review our sponsorship package.
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.