A guide to the most wonderful time of the year in Chandler

Nov. 23, 2021
chandler for the holidays

During the holidays, Chandler lights up.

A festive holiday spirit spills from shops, restaurants, theaters, parks and libraries, where halls are decked, trees are trimmed, and tables are set to celebrate the season.

This year promises heaps of holiday things to do in Chandler. Every must-do holiday list includes a visit to the City’s iconic Tumbleweed Tree, a seat at Ballet Etude’s The Nutcracker, the purchase of the perfect locally made gift for that perfect someone from the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market or Visit Chandler's Holiday Guide; a walk through the whimsical life-size sweets displays on view during Sugarland; and of course, a commemorative photo with the jolly man himself, at Santa’s House.

Plus, when you’re out and about, remember to grab a toy for Chandler Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive and be sure to keep little elves busy with an array of holiday craft workshops throughout the month hosted by Chandler Public Library.

Chandler for the Holidays celebrates all of winter’s holidays and provides the opportunity for holiday traditions for you and yours. Check out why the holidays are best spent in Chandler, below.

Advance tickets are necessary for some attractions and times and dates vary for select events.

Nov. 27-30, Dec. 3-5        
Ballet Etudes The Nutcracker

A feast for the eyes and ears with colorful costumes paired with Tchaikovsky's original score, Ballet Etudes' Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family.

Nov. 27 – Jan. 2, 2022         

A spectacular interactive display comprised of a candy cane sleigh, a life-size cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, giant gumdrops, cookies, colorful swizzle sticks, candy canes, selfie stations, and a five-foot fruit roll-up slide -- all perfect for holiday photos. Sugarland is located at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.

Nov. 27
Small Business Saturday

Discover and explore Chandler’s makers and artisans – and the offerings in their independent shops and restaurants.

Nov. 28                      
Chandler Museum Store Sunday

The Chandler Museum Store features a variety of quality gift items including locally made pieces that capture the culture, history, and art of Chandler. On Museum Store Sunday, shoppers will enjoy 10% off all purchases. The Chandler Museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive.

Dec. 4, 11, 18                    
Farmers Market

Whether you’re looking for fresh produce for your holiday dishes, gourmet food items, or unique gifts, the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park has everything you need in one place!

Dec. 4                        
Chandler Fire Department Toy Drive

Help brighten the holiday season for children in Chandler who might otherwise go without this year. Any donation of new, unwrapped toys or gift cards will be provided a ride in the fire truck. All donations will be distributed to Chandler children in need.

Dec. 4                        
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights

Behold the iconic Tumbleweed Tree, visit with the jolly man himself, Santa, and enjoy musical performances and glowing pageantry of lights. It's an evening of merriment the whole family can enjoy.

Dec. 9, 11, 18                    
Santa’s House

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s hanging out at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Bring the whole family to visit with the jolly man, himself at Santa’s House for free photos and to share holiday wishes.

Dec. 10                      
Vision Gallery Holiday Shopping

Find unique artist-created jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, and more for everyone on your list. Enjoy hot chocolate and special treats as your browse through gift-giving delights. The Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St. 

Dec. 11                      
Sippin’ Santas

It’s a ho-ho-holiday celebration so come decked out in your best Santa costume and cruise around on a self-guided pub crawl with your friends. Enjoy $4 drink specials, live entertainment, endless Santa selfies, and a taste of the best specialty drinks in town.

Dec. 11-12, 18-19                
Annual Spirit of Christmas Show

The Spirit of Christmas is an energetic variety show featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers, singers, a horse and carriage, special guest performers, and a champion hoop dancer. Performed by Tempe Dance Academy and hosted by Mark Hart.

Dec. 14                      
Tumbleweed Tree Photos

Stop by the Tumbleweed Tree to get your picture taken by the professionals. Pictures are free and will be available for download on the City’s website.

Dec.  22                     
Sons of Serendip

This charismatic quartet returns to Chandler to perform their unique arrangements of popular holiday songs sure to get you in the spirit of the season!

Dec. 31                      
The Best of Broadway with Musical Director JR McAlexander

Spend an evening enjoying the greatest hits from Broadway, performed by four powerhouse vocalists and a 10-piece orchestra. Then ring in the New Year with a champagne toast and party favors.


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