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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 58th Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony
and Parade of Lights
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park & Downtown Chandler
Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Parade, 8:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony

  Tumbleweed Tree Animation


Stage Schedule
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


Life Size Snow Globe
- 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 ( 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.


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.



Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are several locations to park at throughout the Downtown area. Please visit the parking map and suggested routes to access each parking site. **Please be aware that Arizona Ave. will be closed from Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd. from approximately 3:30 pm to 10 pm.
-- Parking Map (pdf)

Disabled Parking Services
Guests arriving for the event in need of disabled parking will be able to use the lot provided for them. Parking is located on the corner of Boston St. and San Marcos Place. Please Note: there is limited disabled parking. It is a first-come availability.

Road Closures
Road closures will take place for this event. Please make sure to plan accordingly and how to move around the area.

Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 6:00 am
San Marcos Place at Buffalo St
San Marcos Place on the south side of Commonwealth Ave
Commonwealth Ave on the east side of the Alley (west of San Marcos Place)
Arizona Place at Buffalo St
Arizona Place at Boston St.
No Street Parking along Arizona Ave from Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd.

Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 3:30 pm
Arizona Ave. at Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd.
Frye Rd. at Arizona Ave to Delaware St.
Washington St. at Elgin St. to Frye Rd.
Buffalo St & Washington St west side at parking structure
Boston St & west of First Credit Union Parking Structure Entrance (Closest to the Senior Center)
Washington St. at City Hall parking structure to Frye Rd. 
Washington St. & Chicago St north side and west side
Chicago St & Wall St east side
Boston St & Arizona Ave west side
Buffalo St & Oregon St east side (hotel entrance open)

Streets to be Closed - Beginning at 6:30 pm
Frye Rd. at Arizona Ave west side with a single right turn lane only
Arizona Ave at Frye Rd. south side
Arizona Ave. northbound traffic detour at Elgin for east or west bound traffic to Frye Rd.


  Chandler Special Events Hotline

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.

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For ALL questions, concerns or comments regarding a vendor booth space for the Fall Rhythm Fest, contact John Stewart at 480-236-9123. 

** The Chandler Lions Club oversees the criteria and acceptance of vendors for this event.**

Submitting Application: The vendor application deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014 or when all space has been reserved. If you have submitted an application prior to the deadline, please call John Stewart, Chandler Lions Club, at 480-236-9123 with any questions.

Submit an application for the 2014 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony here:
1. Vendor Information Sheet (pdf) - PLEASE READ THIS FIRST

2. Use either this Application (pdf) OR the Online Vendor Application 

** The Chandler Lions Club oversees the criteria and acceptance of vendors for this event.**



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.


  The Tumbleweed Tree through the years.