Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 02, 2023
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4:30 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Add to Calendar 2023-12-02 16:30:00 2024-03-04 17:35:33 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony Some things are simply synonymous with the holidays — pumpkin pie, peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, and of course, the City of Chandler’s Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. Every December, Mayor and City Council invite you to celebrate the holidays in Downtown Chandler. Behold the iconic Tumbleweed Tree, visit with the jolly man himself, Santa, and enjoy musical performances and glowing pageantry of lights. It's an evening of merriment the whole family can enjoy. Parade of Lights City of Chandler info@chandleraz.gov America/Phoenix public

Some things are simply synonymous with the holidays — pumpkin pie, peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, and of course, the City of Chandler’s Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. Every December, Mayor and City Council invite you to celebrate the holidays in Downtown Chandler.

Behold the iconic Tumbleweed Tree, visit with the jolly man himself, Santa, and enjoy musical performances and glowing pageantry of lights. It's an evening of merriment the whole family can enjoy.

Parade of Lights

Santa's House

Partnership with the Chandler Lions Club
  • Did you hear that Santa Claus is coming to Chandler?
  • You can meet him and get your picture taken with him for free!
  • Santa's House will be CLOSED from 6:30 - 8 p.m. while Santa is in the Parade of Lights

Letters to Santa

Need to get your letter to Santa? The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting has a direct line to the jolly man himself. Kids of all ages can decorate and write wish lists. Remember he’s checking his list twice, so you’ll want to highlight how you’ve been nice! Letters can be mailed by placing them in Santa's mailbox.

Inflatable Bouncer Area

Play your way through giant inflatables that bounce, bump and slide you all over the place. Attractions will require 3-5 tickets. Individual tickets are available for $1 per ticket. Unlimited wristbands $20 each. Inflatables are sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.

 

Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to carpool and arrive early to find parking. There are several locations to park throughout the Downtown area. Please visit the parade overview map to see these exact locations. Suggested routes to access each parking site is also listed.
 

Parking Locations

  • P1 - Overstreet Parking Garage
    Enter Structure from Chandler Boulevard and California Street to Buffalo Street
  • P2 – Street Parking
    Parking Lot accessible from Boston Street and San Marcos Place via Dakota Street
    **San Marcos Place (between Buffalo St. & Commonwealth Ave.) will be closed from 2 - 10 p.m.**
  • P3 – Oregon Street Parking Garage
    Parking Garage accessible from either California Street, Oregon Street, or Chicago Street.
  • P6 - City Hall Parking Garage
    Enter Structure from Frye Road and Washington Street
  • P7 – San Tan Regional Court Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota and Chicago streets
  • P8 – San Tan Regional Court Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Frye Road
  • P9 – City Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota and Chicago streets
  • P10 – City Police Department Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota and Chicago streets
  • P11 - Alexander Parking Structure
    Enter Structure from Chandler Boulevard to Delaware Street and Boston Street
  • P12 - Downtown Library Parking Lots
    Enter Lot from Chandler Boulevard to Delaware Street and Boston Street
  • P13 - Jonathon Parking Structure
    Enter Structure from Chandler Boulevard and either Washington Street or Colorado Street
  • P14 - Site 7
    Enter Lot from East Bound Chandler Boulevard and Washington Street, make right into the lot

Supplemental Parking Locations

Additional parking may be available in these locations. Please follow all traffic laws when crossing all streets to get to the event area.

 

  • Folley Park - Map
    • *Enter from McQueen Road and Frye Road or Pecos Road and Hamilton Street.
       

Please Be Aware of the Following Closures:

  • 2-8:30 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Frye and Pecos roads
  • 6-8:30 p.m. Frye Road restricted from Washington Street to California Street
  • 2-10 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road
  • 6-9 p.m. Chandler Boulevard restricted from Delaware Street to California Street
  • 6-9:30 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Galveston Street and Chandler Boulevard

The holiday spectacular kicks off at 4:30 p.m. 

4:40 - 5 p.m.          Limelight Performing Arts
5:10 - 5:30 p.m.     Arizona Dance Studio
5:40 - 6 p.m.          Dance Connection 2
 

Performance Application

We have had a high volume of stage performance requests. You are not guaranteed a space at any of the event(s), even if you were a past performer. You will need to apply by Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, to be eligible to perform at a City of Chandler event. You will be contacted with the chosen event(s) for your group by Monday, Oct. 2, 2023.

Apply

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting is seeking vendors to participate in this year's event. Interested vendors must apply either online or by mail to the City of Chandler. 

Vendor Application Deadlines and General Information

  • Vendor Application will open on August 14, 2023.
  • The 2022 Vendor Priority Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
  • The general vendor application deadline is Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, 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 apply prior to the 2022 vendor priority deadline and applications will be held in the order they are received.

Submit the 2023 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Application

  1. Vendor Information Sheet
  2. Online Application PDF Application

For questions, please email Special Events or call 480-782-2669.

Are you interested in volunteering? We have a great opportunity for anyone who needs community service hours or just wants to help out a great event. Volunteer opportunities range from setting up, parade banner holders, activity booths, or helping guests with event information. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email Special Events.

ADA Accessibility

The City of Chandler welcomes participation from all of its citizens. To request an accommodation due to a disability please allow 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 special.events@chandleraz.gov.