Christmas in July: Chandler gearing up to celebrate 60th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights debut new logo and commemorative holiday ornament

Christmas in July: Chandler gearing up to celebrate 60th Annual Tumbleweed
Tree Lighting
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights debut new logo and
commemorative holiday ornament

CHANDLER, Ariz. – It is six months before Christmas, and the City of
Chandler is stirring -- yes, even the Tumbleweed mice.

Few in the community may have holiday planning on the brain this time of
year, but the City’s Special Events and Parks teams already are in the
trenches planning Chandler’s 60th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
celebration -- scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3.

In 1957, when Chandler resident Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed
tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped chicken
wire and pine boughs, no one would have predicted where – or even if – the
tradition would still exist in 2016, or the importance it would have in the
lives of so many East Valley families.

“We have been planning this for some time, and we’re gearing up for a lot
of excitement,” says Hermelinda Llamas, special events coordinator for the
City of Chandler. “We’ve spent a lot of time digging through our files and
scrapbooks to remind ourselves of the fun we’ve had and the great stuff
we’ve done -- and everything that is to come.”

One look at what has happened in the past should offer plenty of reasons to
celebrate. Here’s some of what’s in store for December’s 60th tree
lighting:

   New logo – The new look presents a dynamic, more visually commanding
   presentation of the event name and the iconic tumbleweed tree. Expect to
   see the new branding on various digital platforms, including the City’s
   website and social media channels. The logo also will appear in special
   advertising later this year.

   Commemorative Ornament – Celebrate the season with the City’s
   commemorative holiday ornament. The community can sign up to be entered
   to win a piece of Chandler’s holiday history now through Nov. 16.
   Entries are accepted online only at chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree. The
   contest is open to residents and non-residents, and those selected must
   pick up the ornament between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 1.

   Community Collage – Past attendees of Chandler’s annual holiday fête are
   invited to upload pictures of their favorite Tumbleweed Tree Lighting &
   Parade of Lights memories. Pictures will be incorporated into special
   Tumbleweed Tree tributes and advertising. The City is offering three
   photo scan days at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center on the following
   dates and times for those wishing assistance:

-- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 8
-- 1- 4 p.m.Friday, Oct.14
-- 10 a.m. – noonWednesday, Nov. 9

These activities and others created specifically to reflect this milestone
year will culminate on Dec. 3, with the 60th lighting of the Tumbleweed
Tree in downtown Chandler.

For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree. Follow all of
the planning fun and behind-the-scenes action on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram. Remember to share the magic of the holiday season and use
#TumbleweedTree when sharing photos.