Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Chandler invites you and your family to celebrate the holiday season at this bright and festive celebration!




December 1, 2018
Event Festivities - 4:30 - 9 p.m.
Parade - 6:45 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony - approx. 8 p.m.
Downtown Chandler
Free Admission









Schedule to be announced soon. Please check back later.

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 6:30pm to 8pm while Santa is in the Parade of Lights

Santa's Workshop
Come make an ornament so you can decorate your tree! A variety of ornaments available for kids of all ages.

Letters to Santa
Kids of all ages can write or draw their very own letters to the jolly ol' man. Letters can be mailed directly to Santa by placing it in his very own mailbox.

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The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & 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.  

Submitting Application

  • The 2017 Vendor Priority application deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018.
  • The general vendor application deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018 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 2017 vendor priority deadline and applications will be held in the order they are received.

Submit an application for the 2018 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights
1. Vendor Information Sheet 
2. Application or Online Vendor Application

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting 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.

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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.

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

Chandler Special Events Hotline


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.