CHANDLER, Ariz. – The holiday season officially begins in Chandler with the lighting of the iconic Tumbleweed Tree and the Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3. The 66th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights is presented in partnership with Chandler Lions Club, Waste Management, Salt River Project and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.
This family-friendly event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Downtown Chandler. Gather around the tree in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., to watch local performers from 4:40 to 6 p.m. The parade will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at approximately 8 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to arrive early and have dinner, shop for gifts and enjoy the whimsical Sugarland holiday decorations.
Five facts about the Tumbleweed Tree:
- The tree is 35 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
- It is made of nearly 1,000 tumbleweeds covered in 65 pounds of glistening glitter, 25 gallons of white paint and 20 gallons of fire retardant.
- The tree is wrapped in more than 1,200 LED lights.
- Known nationwide, the iconic tree has been featured on several Travel Channel shows and Saturday Night Live.
- The Tumbleweed Tree debuted in 1957, making 2022 its 66th year.
This free event is perfect for holiday revelers of all ages. Come early to get a free photo with the jolly old elf at Santa’s House (closed from 6:30-8 p.m. when Santa is in the parade) and watch local dance troupes at the nearby stage. Write a letter to Santa and then take photos with your family and friends at the Tumbleweed Tree and Sugarland displays. The kids will also love the inflatable bounce area with activities and games that will require the purchase of tickets. Tickets will be sold at the event.
How to watch the parade
More than 40 participants in the Parade of Lights bring holiday cheer with festive floats, dancing elves, Santa (and his firetruck), and millions of twinkling lights.
The parade begins at 6:45 p.m. and will travel north on Arizona Avenue between City Hall and Chandler High School (Frye Road to Chandler Boulevard).
Bring chairs and blankets and arrive early to get a spot along the route.
Where to park
Guests attending the event are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including five parking garages on the east and west side of Arizona Avenue, including the largest garage, Oregon Street. Visit Parade of Lights to view a list and map of available parking garages and surface lots.
Several streets in the downtown area will be closed to traffic. Below are the closures scheduled:
- 2-8:30 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Frye Road and Pecos Road
- 6-8:30 p.m. Frye Road restricted from Washington Street to California Street
- 2-10 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Frye Road and Chandler Boulevard
- 6-9 p.m. Chandler Boulevard restricted from Delaware Street to California Street
- 6-9:30 p.m. Arizona Avenue closed between Chandler Boulevard and Galveston Street
Several other smaller streets in the downtown area also will be closed or restricted during the festivities.
The Tumbleweed Tree will be on display through Jan. 2, 2023, so there’s plenty of time to visit the downtown and take photos in front of Chandler’s iconic holiday tree.
City of Chandler, Communications Manager