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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 festive events that feature holiday music, dazzling lights, amazing food, and tumbleweeds.  Yes, tumbleweeds!   

In addition to great shopping and the wonderfully decorated hotels, spending the holidays in Chandler is sure to get you into the holiday spirit when you are attending one of the many uniquely, Arizona holiday traditions that are perfect for a family outing, a date night or a fun outing with friends. Be sure to check out our Chandler hotel deals page for current discounts and special offers.

Tumbleweed Tree and Santa's House in Chandler

Chandler Tumbleweed Tree Lighting

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Downtown Chandler
December 4, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This holiday season; make sure to include a visit to see Arizona's most iconic holiday tree, the famed Tumbleweed Tree.  Located in the historic square of Downtown Chandler, the tree has been a hallmark of the holiday season, standing over 50 feet tall and has been a Chandler tradition since 1957. Chandler's beloved Tumbleweed Tree will be lit the first Saturday evening in December and is a unique southwestern tradition drawing holiday visitors from far and wide.

It all starts with the ‘holiday tree' that begins with 2,000 tumbleweeds, a 35-foot tall wire framed Christmas tree, 25 gallons of paint, and dusted with 65 pounds of glitter. The tree is later adorned with thousands of holiday lights that give it a spectacular look, day or night. Lively entertainment, savory and sweet food vendors, and a charming parade are hallmarks for the lighting festival and are sure to put you in the holiday mood.

Pictures at Santa's House

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Downtown Chandler
December 9, 2021 5 - 7 p.m., December 11 & 18, 2021 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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.

Santa Visits in Chandler

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland at Chandler Fashion Center. Santa will be there starting November 12th and is located at the Macy's Court. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. 

What to Expect During Your Visit with Santa

  • Choose your experience to capture the magic, socially distant, or sit with Santa.
  • Santa is vaccinated. Cherry Hill (the photography operator) Company Policy requires all staff, including holiday characters, be vaccinated except for medical and religious exemptions. COVID testing is mandatory for exempt employees.
  • Guests can take off their masks to capture the photo if they desire. It is the Guests’ choice to decide what makes them feel the most comfortable. Subject to change per local mandates.
  • Hand sanitizer is available upon entering and exiting.
  • The set is deep cleaned for the health and well-being of guests.
  • To reduce touch points, all guests are asked to text (360) 488-0880 upon arrival to start your Santa experience.

Schedule Your Spot to Meet the Big Guy
Reservations are recommended to help ensure social distancing and it's easy:

  • Make your reservation now
  • Show up at your reserved time, and be sure to follow posted signage to ensure proper social distancing
  • Share your wishlist with Santa and his helpers
  • Make a lasting memory and get your photo taken with Santa

Chandler Fashion Center Santa Hours

  • Pet Nights (Nov 29; Dec 6, 13, 20) : 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sensory Santa (Dec 5): 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • November 12-14:
    • Fri: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 pm
    • Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm
  • November 15 - 21: 
    • Mon - Thurs: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Sun: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • November 22 - 24:
    • Mon – Tues: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.                                                                                                                 
    • Wed: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • November 25: Closed
  • November 26 - 28:
    • Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Sun: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • November 29 - December 23:
    • Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Sun: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sippin' Santas Pub Crawl in Downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler
December 11, 2021 -  self-guided pub crawls starting at noon

The Sippin’ Santas Pub Crawl takes over Downtown Chandler on Saturday, December 11th from noon to 6 pm and features more than two dozen Downtown Chandler hot spots.   Enjoy $4 drink specials, food and fun at Arizona's jolliest bars and restaurants in town. Tickets are just $20.  Enjoy live entertainment, endless Santa selfies with the "Sugarland" holiday decorations, and the best specialty drinks in town on this self-guided pub crawl with your friends. 

There are two sessions with staggered registration taking place in New Square.

  • "Nice List" 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., with registration from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • "Naughty List" 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., with registration from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Must be 21+ to participate. Please drink responsibly.

Noel Night at Merchant Square

December 11, 2021 - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

You can get photos with Santa & The Grinch at Merchant Square during Noel Night! Enjoy sipping on hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music, and participating in fun activities before or after you get your picture taken. 

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

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. This year, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo offers two ways to experience the event - the traditional walk-thru or a drive-thru experience, Cruise ZooLights on designated nights.  ZooLights is open nightly to the public from November 24, 2021 - January 15, 2022 from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. and tickets must be purchased in advance.  General admission for the walk-thru is $20 for ages 3 and up and $75 per car for Cruise Zoolights.

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 2021 Las Noches de las Luminarias will be held on selected days, December 3rd - December 31stThe garden will close at 4:00 p.m. on each day of Luminaria. Advance reservations are required. Adult tickets start at $39.95 and $16.95 for children.

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