Chandler will officially kick of the holiday season Dec. 5 with its annual Parade of Lights and Tumbleweed Tree Lighting ceremony. Some 12,000 people are expected to join in celebrating Chandler’s unique southwestern holiday tradition that dates back to 1957.
The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of musical and dance entertainment and visits with Santa Claus in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road and will make its way past city hall and continue through the downtown area. Immediately following the parade, guests will gather at of the park on the west side of Arizona Avenue for the Tumbleweed Tree lighting ceremony.
Those who attend the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including two parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, and several surface lots.
Information: at chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree.