Parade of Lights

Every December, brings local businesses, community organizations, families and floats together for one glowing evening in celebration of the holidays. Glowing pageantry of lights, Parade of Lights features hundreds of thousands of lights that bring joy and cheer to spectators of all ages.

 
 
 
 
Dec. 7
Event Festivities - 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Parade - 6:45 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony - approx. 8 p.m.
Downtown Chandler
Free Admission

 

 

 

2018 Float Winners

Parade Of Lights Banner

Parade of Lights awards 13 floats official honors of excellence in a variety of categories and specifications. The 2018 float award-winners are listed alphabetically by categories.

View Winners

Families, local school groups, marching bands, civic organizations, neighborhoods, dance troupes, and businesses are all welcome to participate in the parade (see the entry categories below) and add to the pageantry of the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event helps to bring our community together to kick-off the holidays.

Parade of Lights Snowman Float

Interested in participating in the 2020 Parade of Lights? Stay tuned, Entry Applications will be available in July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All entries have the option of being judged before the parade begins. Please review the categories carefully and choose only one that best suits your entry. Entries opting to be judged will be considered for Judge's Choice!

  • Best Lit Musical or Dance Group
  • Best Lit Community Group
  • Best Lit Business Entry
  • Biggest and Brightest

Criteria for Judging

All categories, except Judge's Choice, will be judged on the following:

Use of Lights
  • Advanced use of lights to music or choreographed program and/or other visuals designs
  • Number of lights used
  • Proportional use of lights throughout the entry
  • Use of lights in an unusual or innovated fashion
  • Unusual style and/or color of lights used
Originality
  • Innovative and creative techniques used to make the entry distinctive
  • Resourcefulness and use of materials to enhance visual understanding or theme of the entry
Overall Presentation
  • The entry that exhibits the highest marks in Use of Lights & Originality to create a cohesive, memorable and visually appealing entry from all aspects
  • Creates a “Wow Factor” and is engaging for the audience

The parade 3/4 quarter-mile route begins at Frye Rd. and heads north to Erie St. along Arizona Ave.

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 - City Downtown Parking Garage
    Enter Structure from Chandler Blvd. and California St. to Buffalo St.
  • P2 – Street Parking
    Parking Lot accessible from Boston St. and San Marcos Pl. via Dakota St.
    ***San Marcos Pl. (between Buffalo St. and Commonwealth Ave.) will be closed from 2:30 - 10 p.m. 
  • P3 – Oregon St. Parking Garage
    Parking Garage accessible from either California St., Oregon St., or Chicago St.
  • P6 - City Hall Parking Garage
    Enter Structure from Frye Rd. and Washington St.
  • P7 – San Tan Regional Court Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota St. and Chicago St.
  • P8 – San Tan Regional Court Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Frye Rd.
  • P9 – City Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota St. and Chicago St.
  • P10 – City Police Department Surface Parking Lot
    Enter lot from Dakota St. and Chicago St.
  • P11 - First Credit Union Parking Structure
    Enter Structure from Chandler Blvd. to Delaware St. and Boston St.
  • P12 - Downtown Library Parking Lots
    Enter Lot from Chandler Blvd. to Delaware St. and Boston St.
  • P13 - Ports America Parking Structure
    Enter Structure from Chandler Blvd. and either Washington St. or Colorado St.
  • P14 - Site 7
    Enter Lot from East Bound Chandler Blvd. and Washington St., 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 Rd. and Frye Rd. or Pecos Rd. and Hamilton St.
 

Please Be Aware of the Following Closures:

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Road Closure Postcard
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  • 2:30-8:30 p.m. Arizona Ave. closed between Frye Road and Pecos Road
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Frye Road restricted from Washington St. to California St.
  • 2:30-10 p.m. Arizona Ave. closed between Chandler Blvd. and Frye Road 6:30-9 p.m. Chandler Blvd. restricted from Delaware St. to California St.
  • 6-9:30 p.m. Arizona Ave. closed between Galveston St. and Chandler Blvd.

 

 

 

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.

Volunteer

 

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@chandleraz.gov.

For more information or questions about this event, please email or call 480-782-2669.

 

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 special.events@chandleraz.gov.