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









4:30-4:50 p.m.   Arizona Dance Studio
5-5:20 p.m.         Royal Impact Cheer & Dance
5:30-5:50 p.m.   Mesquite High School
6-6:20 p.m.         Chandler Symphony Brass Plus 1
8:15-9 p.m.         Chandler Gilbert Community College

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.


Chandler Fire Department Toy Drive
Come assist our brave fire fighters in spreading the holiday cheer to the community by donating a new toy for a deserving boy or girl.  Each year, the Chandler Fire Department collects new and unwrapped toys for kids from newborn to 18 years old.  They will distribute over 4,500 toys to the community during the holidays.  Help the community by donating toys such as bikes, scooters, sports equipment, hot wheels, electronic games, learning toys, books, etc...all new toys will be happily accepted.  Drop by the Chandler Fire Department Fire Truck during the event to drop off your donated toy!


Laser Tag
Need a challenge? Come experience laser tag with your closest friend or biggest rival!  Laser tag is great for kids of all ages and it’s FREE to participate.


Pony Rides
Enjoy a ride FREE on a gentle on a lovely pony.  Kids can experience the outdoors in the middle of downtown Chandler. 


Inflatable Bouncer Area
Kids can enjoy a number of different bouncers and games during the event.  The activities are provided by Extreme Events.  Wristbands to enjoy all these attractions are $9 per wristband.

Arizona Dance Studio

Arizona Dance Studio locally owned and operated by an Arizona native. Offering a variety of classes for boy and girls ages 2 to adult in tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, and much more. Their mission at Arizona Dance Studio is to provide excellent dance education in a caring and compassionate environment, which encourages the growth and development of the individual student, while developing character qualities, which will last a lifetime. Arizona Dance Studios’ unique approach to dance instruction nurtures these concepts in a non-competitive atmosphere. Visit them at their new location on the South West corner of Arizona Ave and Riggs Rd. For more information visit www.arizonadancestudio.com 


Mesquite High School

Beyond Motion is Mesquite High School’s very own Dance Company, comprised of the very best 9-12th grade dancers. Under the direction of Tiffany White, students choreograph and perform throughout the year within the school and in the community. Beyond Motion’s is very proud of their student leaders. They are the following: President is Serenavai Lyon-Jones, Vice President is Ashleigh Taylor, Secretary is Anna Fillion, and Treasurer is Tatum Hanson.

Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in September 2019 for the 2019 Tree Lighting 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.

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.



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.