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Chandler Holiday Event Guide

Let the festivities begin!  In Chandler, Arizona, it's the most wonderful time of year and is especially inviting to visitors with its mild winter weather and plenty of decorations, activities and events that feature holiday music, dazzling lights, amazing food, and tumbleweeds.  Yes, tumbleweeds!   

This holiday event guide provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy many Arizona holiday traditions that are perfect for a family outing, a date night or fun with friends. 

Tumbleweed Tree and Santa's House

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Downtown Chandler
December 2, 2017

Event festivities start at 4:30 p.m., Parade at 7:00 p.m. and Tree Lighting at 8:00 p.m.
The most iconic holiday tree in Arizona has been a tradition in Chandler for 60 years, the Tumbleweed Tree, a uniquely southwestern tradition that will delight all ages. It all began in 1957 and each tree is created from over 1,000 local tumbleweeds, gallons of paint, 65 pounds of glitter and thousands of lights – the tree lighting is not too be missed and takes place at 8 p.m. sharp on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Make plans to arrive early and catch assorted festivities starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the parade at 7:00 p.m. Typically, the Tumbleweed Tree is on display through early January - so be sure to stop by for a photo op!

Ballet Etudes presents The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Chandler Center for the Arts
Various show times,  November 24 - November 26th and December 1 - December 3rd
Feeling nostalgic?  Make plans to take in a holiday favorite at the 31st Anniversary of The Nutcracker at the Chandler Center for the Arts! Clara’s sweet and magical journey will surround you as she encounters life-size mice, swirling snowflakes, dancing confections and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A feast for the eyes and ears with colorful and imaginative costumes paired with Tchaikovsky’s original score, Ballet Etudes’ 31st annual production of The Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family. Backstage tours are available following most performances.  

Ugly Sweater themed Art Walk

Ugly Sweater-themed Downtown Chandler Art Walk

Downtown Chandler
December 15, 2017, 6-9:30 p.m.

We all have that ‘favorite’ holiday sweater and now’s the time to strut your stuff! Bundle up for a leisurely yet strategic stroll through Downtown Chandler as you squeeze in that last minute holiday shopping!  As a part of the monthly Chandler Art Walk Series, this themed art walk is a great opportunity to shop from over 35 local artists, enjoy the holiday lights and some festive live music to keep you in a merry mood.  Make a night of it and grab dinner and drinks from one of the two dozen independent restaurants located in Downtown Chandler.  

Downtown Chandler Family Flick

Downtown Chandler Family Flicks

Downtown Chandler
December 21, 2017, movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Grab your friends, family and blankets for an evening in the park!  This free event features a screening of family favorite, Elf with free hot cocoa and popcorn for purchase and the opportunity to interact with some of Santa’s elves and the opportunity snap a complimentary photo with Santa before the movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Zoppé Family Circus

The Zoppé Family Circus  

Chandler Center for the Arts
December 27, 2017 – January 7, 2018, 
assorted show times
An age-old Italian tradition featuring a one-ring circus for the whole family featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. While the circus comes to town each holiday season, each year the performance is new and original providing previous attendees with a whole new show.  The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year show you won't want to miss!

HGTV Santa HQ at Chandler Fashion Center

Santa Visits

Planning a visit to see Santa? He will be busy visiting multiple locations throughout Chandler – so save these dates and plan your visit.

HGTV Presents Santa HQ at Chandler Fashion Center, located in the Macy’s Court

  • November 10th  through December 24th, parents and guardians may make an online reservation and schedule their visit, but reservations are not required. 
  • November 10th - December 10th Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • December 11th - December 23rd Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • December 24th (Christmas Eve): 8 - 6 p.m. 
  • PET PHOTOS for pet parents - special times are available for your favorite, furry pet to get their photo with Santa! Monday's - November 13th, 20th, and 27th: 6 - 8 p.m. ---Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a carrier. ---

The Shoppes at Casa Paloma will feature Santa visits where visitors are able to commemorate their visit with an optional photo package.

  • December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Santa's House in Downtown Chandler will offer free visits with Santa on the following dates:

  • December 7th from 5-7 p.m.
  • December 9th and 16th from Noon to 5 p.m.

Carriage Rides at The Shoppes at Casa Paloma

Carriage Rides

The Shoppes at Casa Paloma, located east of I-10 on Ray Road,  the center will feature carriage rides that are perfect for a romantic, holiday evening.

  • December 9th and 16th from 4:00  - 8:00 p.m.


ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

 Each year the Phoenix Zoo celebrates the holidays with ZooLights, a bright Arizona holiday tradition perfect for a family outing or a romantic stroll.  Fun for all ages, ZooLights is a dazzling display featuring millions of lights and more than 700 dazzling light displays and several music and light shows synchronized to 15 thousand lights.  ZooLights is open nightly to the public November 22, 2017 - January 14, 2018 from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the gate.

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Each year, the Desert Botanical Garden features a southwestern holiday tradition, Las Noches de las Luminarias. Visitors make their way through the 140-acre garden guided by 8,000 hand-lit luminarias while enjoying live music played by local musicians staged throughout the garden trails for an event you won’t want to miss. The 2017 Las Noches de las Luminarias Schedule: Weekends, November 24 - December 30 , 2017 Nov. 24 & 25, Dec. 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-30.  General Admission: Adults: $30 | Children (3-12): $12.50, children under 3 free.