By Sally J. Clasen
It’s time to celebrate the holidays! Whether you’re looking for a festive family outing or are interested in the spirit of giving, here are some suggestions for avoiding the holi-daze and making #ChandlerMemories in Arizona this holiday season.
Take a sweet holiday stroll in Downtown Chandler through Sugarland, an interactive experience of holiday decorations on display in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West from Saturday, November 28th to Sunday, January 3rd. Snap selfies in a candy sleigh next to the famous Tumbleweed Tree, slide down a “fruit rollup” slide, dance through candy canes, and climb over giant marshmallows spilling out from a life-size cup of hot chocolate. In the evening, from 5 to 10 p.m., Sugarland’s Canal of Lights illuminates the Commonwealth Canal walkway with more than 500 colored lights timed to dance holiday music.
AR Workshop - Chandler
One way to make memories in Chandler during the holidays is to create something made especially by you. For some inspiration, check out AR Workshop, a DIY studio where you can craft holiday sentiments via hands-on classes that teach you how to build custom home decor from raw materials. Or you can purchase DIY to-go projects that allow you to choose a design, project and paint colors with materials and instructions provided, such as holiday ornament kits.
Continue your holiday crafting with additional DIY kits from Burst of Butterflies, offering pottery, canvases and crafts to go boxes or make your way to Arizona Soap Supply to gather supplies to make homemade soaps, lotions, bath bombs and lip balm– perfect for holiday gifting.
Chandler Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive
Give a local child the joy of discovering a new toy under the tree by donating a gift to the annual Chandler Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive. Benefiting families in Chandler Unified School District elementary schools, the drive will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Fashion Center, in the Harkins parking lot west of the porte-cochère. Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy receives admission to the Enchanted Fire Village, a special holiday wonderland built by Chandler firefighters with decorated fire trucks.
“Tumbleweed Tree: A Very Chandler Christmas”
Combine the holidays with local cultural appreciation by viewing the “Tumbleweed Tree: A Very Chandler Christmas” exhibit at the Chandler Museum. The exhibit, which runs from December 5 to January 10, showcases photographs, postcards and memories from the community’s tumbleweed tree and cotton-boll wreaths tradition, first constructed by Chandler resident Earle Barnum in 1957.
Community Give Back Nights: Food Donation Drive
Throughout December, give back to the community by donating non-perishable food items at four drop-off locations as part of ’Tis the Season for Giving, a food drive organized by the City of Chandler, AZCEND and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. Suggested donations include holiday items like canned vegetables and baking mixes; and everyday items including peanut butter, rice and beans. Visit chandleraz.gov for drop-off locations, dates and times.
For more holiday events, check out visitchandler.com/events/holiday-events.