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Nov. 27, 2017

Ring in the holidays at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights this Saturday, Dec. 2

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council invite the community to celebrate the holidays in Downtown Chandler this Saturday, Dec. 2, with the return of the City’s annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights.

Behold the iconic Tumbleweed Tree, visit with the jolly man himself, Santa, and enjoy musical performances by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Sextuplet.

More than 12,000 people are expected to join in celebrating Chandler’s unique-to-the-season holiday tradition that dates back to 1957. The tree will be lit for the first time on Saturday and will remain on display through Jan. 7, 2018.

The holiday spectacular kicks off at 4:30 p.m. when thousands of revelers fill historic downtown to partake in festive crafts, amusement rides, live entertainment and a glowing pageantry of lights.

The Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m. and the parade route will start at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road. The festive floats and other entries will move north on Arizona Avenue, past Chandler City Hall and continue through the downtown area. As it reaches the north end of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the procession will turn right on Buffalo Street, followed by another right turn onto Arizona Place. After moving along the east side of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the parade will end at the corner of Boston Street and Arizona Place.

At the conclusion of the parade (approximately 8 p.m.), guests are invited to gather in the center of the park on the west side of Arizona Avenue for the Tumbleweed Tree lighting ceremony.

Chandler’s 61st annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights is possible thanks to partnerships with American Furniture Warehouse, Arizona Public Service, Curtis Orthodontics, NextCare, Pinnacle Auto Glass and Redfin.

More information on these activities, plus a complete entertainment schedule, is available online at


Guests attending the event are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including three parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, and several surface lots.

Residents are reminded that Arizona Avenue will be closed between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road from noon-10 p.m.  Frye Road also will be restricted from Arizona Avenue east to Delaware Street from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Several other smaller streets in the downtown area also will be closed or restricted during the festivities. A parade overview map showing street closures and parking options is online at


4:30 p.m.  Santa's House Opens
4:30-4:50 p.m. Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Warner
5-5:20 p.m. Limelight Performing Arts
5:30-5:50 p.m. The Dance Loft
6-6:20 p.m. Chandler Symphony
6:30 p.m. Santa's House Closes
7 p.m.  Parade of Lights
8 p.m. (approx.) Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony
8:15 p.m. Santa's House Re-Opens
8:40-9 p.m. Arizona Dance Studio


While no extreme weather is currently in the forecast, conditions could change and affect the event. If heavy rain is predicted, residents can call the Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735 throughout the day Saturday for updates.


A Community Tradition

This unique Chandler tradition began in 1957, when Chandler resident Earle 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. Other Tumbleweed Tree Fun Facts can be found at