Upcoming Holiday Festivities in Downtown Chandler
Chandler, Ariz. – With the holidays around the corner, Downtown Chandler and the City of Chandler have rounded up events and festivities to get in the holiday spirit. From window art, Santa visits, an ugly holiday sweater event and new holiday light designs; there is something for everyone to get merry and bright.
Holiday Lights Along the Downtown Square
Starting Nov. 11, guests are encouraged to view the new holiday light designs at several locations: along Arizona Ave., in between Chandler Blvd. and Frye Rd., on the west side of Boston near Burst of Butterflies Art Studio and inside Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west.
Holiday Window Art
Participating merchants will have their windows decorated for the holidays by local artists. The designs feature winter landscapes and unique items relating to the business; hint - Saba’s Western Wear may feature a pair of boots on their windows. Guests are encouraged to walk the historic square and see them all, as each is unique. Windows are available for viewing starting Nov. 14.
Downtown Chandler Holiday Banners
In addition to the lights and window art, beginning Nov. 14, guests can view special holiday banners, designed by high school students who won the recent Downtown Chandler Holiday Banner Challenge, along Arizona Ave. in between Chandler Blvd. and Frye Rd. Available for viewing Nov. 14 to Jan. 13.
Chandler Tumbleweed Tree
Rounding things off is the infamous Chandler Tumbleweed Tree, which will be available for viewing in all its grandeur starting Dec. 3 at the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights event.
Holiday Celebration Events
Various Dates - Santa’s House:
Come downtown, next to the Tumbleweed Tree, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west, on these dates and times to see Santa.
Dec. 8 - The Chandler Farmers Market will be going on at the same location and time, 5-7 p.m.
Dec. 10 - Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 15 - At the Chandler Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m.
Dec. 17 - Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 22 - At the Chandler Farmers Market and Family Flicks Event, 4-7 p.m. Courtesy photography available at this event.
Saturday, Nov. 26 - Small Business Saturday: The day will feature three different local musicians performing along the streets of the downtown square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment locations are as follows:
Brian Kabala - in front of Vintage 95
76th Street - in between Downtown Chandler Café and Bakery and El Zocolo
Craig Robinson - in between Uptown Bridal and Shoe Thrill
Saturday, Dec. 3 - The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights: Local favorite; The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights event returns to the downtown on Dec. 3. Event runs 4:30-9 p.m.. Parade starts at 7 p.m. More information can be found on the city’s website; chandleraz.gov.
Friday, Dec. 16 - The Ugly Holiday Sweater Chandler Art Walk: Don your ugliest holiday sweater and meet us in the downtown for the monthly Third Friday Chandler Art Walk from 6-9:30 p.m. Over 35 local artists will display and sell their works in Dr. A.J. Chandler park west and along N. San Marcos Pl. starting at SanTan Brewing Co. and heading south. Artists will be selling various mediums; jewelry, paintings, drawings, woodworking and more, with many selling items priced at $50 or less. The event is a great opportunity to get in some last minute Christmas shopping and gift a local treasure. Dmitri Matheny will provide live music for the night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. More information can be found on the Chandler Art Walk Facebook event.
Sunday, Dec. 18 - Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon and 5k Race: Registration is going on now for this island-themed Christmas event new to Chandler. Racers can run or walk. All racers receive a finisher medal, local gourmet coffee and a post-race donut from Fractured Prune. In addition, there will be reggae music and after party immediately following the event at the Downtown Stage Plaza. Race begins at 8 a.m. More information can be found on the producer’s website; 131events.com
Thursday, Dec. 22 - Holiday Bazaar Chandler Farmers Market: Shop the weekly local vendors you know and love as well as additional craft vendors for last minute holiday shopping. In addition, Santa will be available for a complimentary photo from 4-7 p.m. Live music by Sydney Sprague from 4-6 p.m. Event runs 3-7 p.m., at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west. Elves will be walking around the market in preparation for the Family Flicks event in the same location starting at 6:30 p.m. More information can be found the Chandler Farmers Market Facebook.
Thursday, Dec. 22 - Family Flicks: Free-to-attend, family-friendly event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and meet us at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west to watch Elf in the park. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and hot cocoa will be available. Elves will be walking around and Santa will visit at the beginning of the event. More information can be found at downtownchandler.org.
Downtown Chandler Winter Passport: Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, will also serve as the kick-off of the new Downtown Chandler Winter Passport, a booklet of coupons and promotions redeemable at participating downtown merchants and available for use throughout the winter months, Nov. 26 through Feb. 28. Those who complete all of the required coupons and promotions can turn their passport in for a chance to win a Downtown Chandler Staycation. More information on the submittal process and rules can be found on downtownchandler.org.