Some things are simply synonymous with the holidays; pumpkin pie, peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, and of course, Chandler’s Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights.
Join Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council in Downtown Chandler this Saturday, Dec. 1, to celebrate Chandler’s unique-to-the-season holiday tradition dating back to 1957. The tree will be lit for the first time Saturday, Dec. 1, and remain on display through Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
The holiday spectacular kicks off at 4:30 p.m. when thousands of revelers fill historic Downtown Chandler to partake in festive crafts, exhilarating rides and a glowing pageantry of lights.
For the first time ever, the Parade of Lights will stretch .75 miles from Frye Road north past Chandler High School to Erie Street, improving spectator viewing and traffic flow as the route merges with the ever-changing landscape of Downtown Chandler. Getting to the parade or downtown businesses is now easier than ever before.
Parade newbies like the EL Zaribah Shrine Transportation Unit and the Chandler National Little League Challenger Division will join longtime favorites such as PAWS for Patients and Daughters of the American Revolution for a spectacle that brings joy and cheer to people of all ages.
Visit the jolly old man himself, Santa, and enjoy musical performances by the Chandler Symphony Brass Plus 1, along with a star-studded lineup of exceptional local talent.
Following the parade at approximately 8 p.m., the night’s crowning moment when the switch is flipped on the celebrated Tumbleweed Tree and hundreds of (energy-efficient LED) lights come alive. The tree is located in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, ¼-mile south of Chandler Boulevard on the west side of Arizona Avenue.
The 62nd Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights is made possible through partnerships with AFM Chandler Montessori, ALT AZ 93.3, American Furniture Warehouse, APS, Chandler Lions Club, Flix Brewhouse, Jimmy John’s, Klove Air1, SRP, RideNow Powersports Chandler, Waste Management and Waymo.
More information on these activities, plus a complete entertainment schedule, is available at Chandler Tumbleweed Tree.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS
Event participants are reminded that several streets in the downtown area will be closed to traffic at various times throughout the evening, including:
2:30-8:30 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Frye Road and Pecos Road
2:30-10 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Frye Road and Chandler Boulevard
6:30-10 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Chandler Boulevard and Galveston Street
6:30-8:30 p.m. Frye Road restricted from Washington Street to California Street
6:50-8:30 p.m. Chandler Boulevard restricted from Delaware Street to California Street
Several smaller streets in the downtown area also will be closed or restricted during the festivities. Those attending the event are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including the new Overstreet parking garage on Buffalo Street, west of Arizona Avenue, and three parking garages and several surface lots on the east side of Arizona Avenue.
Information on street closures, parking options and the event is available at Chandler Tumbleweed Tree.
4:30 p.m. Santa's House Opens
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 Dance Company
6-6:20 p.m. Chandler Symphony Brass Plus 1
6:30 p.m. Santa's House Closes
6:45 p.m. Parade Begins
8 p.m. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
8:15 p.m. Santa's House Re-Opens
8:15-9 p.m. Chandler-Gilbert Community College Band
While no extreme weather is currently in the forecast, conditions could change and affect the event. If rain is predicted, residents can call the Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735 throughout the day Saturday for updates.