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 downtown square
Since Nov. 11, guests could view the new holiday light designs at several locations: along Arizona Avenue, between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road, 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.
Downtown Chandler holiday banners
In addition to the lights and window art, guests can view special holiday banners, designed by high school students who won the recent Downtown Chandler Holiday Banner Challenge, along Arizona Avenue in between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road. Available for viewing through 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 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dec. 15: At the Chandler Farmers Market, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 17: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dec. 22: At the Chandler Farmers Market and Family Flicks Event, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Courtesy photography available at this event.
Saturday, Nov. 26: Small Business Saturday
The day will feature three 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 Zocalo
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 from 4:30 p.m. to 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 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More than 35 local artists will display and sell their works in Dr. A.J. Chandler park west and along North San Marcos Place, 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 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More information can be found on the Chandler Art Walk Facebook page.
Sunday, Dec. 18: Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon and 5k Race
Registration is going on 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 live reggae music immediately following the event. Check-in is at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, while live music and the after party are located 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live music by Sydney Sprague from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Event runs 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west. Elves will walk 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
This is a free, family-friendly event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west to watch “Elf.” Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and hot cocoa will be available. Elves will walk 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 kick off 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 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.
76th Street will perform during Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 26, in between Downtown Chandler Café and Bakery and El Zocalo.
Downtown Chandler holiday banner challenge winners announced
With over 28 submissions, two high-school artists have been chosen for the inaugural Downtown Chandler Holiday Banner Challenge. Their designs will be displayed along Arizona Avenue, from Chandler Boulevard to Frye Road through Jan. 13
All submissions were voted on by the public at the Oct. 21 Chandler Art Walk and by a panel of holiday banner judges. Cindy Ha and Clara Wallengren, both students at Perry High School, won the challenge with their Happy Ugly Holiday Sweater Season and Downtown Chandler Ornament designs, respectively.
The two artists each will receive a $50 gift card to a downtown Chandler restaurant, a plaque of their winning design and a $500 scholarship from Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. On Monday, Nov. 7, both winners were presented with their plaques by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny at the Chandler City Council Study Session meeting.
“We (SpeedPro and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership) were very excited to bring this competition to the downtown. Not only does it give our downtown some holiday cheer, but it helps these students expand their portfolios, get recognition for their work and, through the sponsorship provided by the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, gives them some dollars to use towards their future education,” said Beth Fiorenza, executive director of Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.
Locals are invited to visit the downtown to view the winning designs along with the holiday lights and festive window art at participating merchants.
18 reasons to ‘travel’ local this winter
Starting on Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday, and continuing throughout the winter months is a new way to enjoy Downtown Chandler and cross off those places you’ve been meaning to try.
The Downtown Chandler Winter Passport is a booklet of promotions and coupons that is redeemable at the participating merchants, and if the traveler completes all the required destinations, they can turn their passport in for a chance to win a downtown Chandler staycation.
Eighteen Downtown Chandler merchants have an offering in the booklet, making it easy to find something that everyone will love. Offerings range from buy-one-get-one half off, percentages off a purchase and free items with a certain dollar purchase. The passport offers a perfect opportunity to save while unwinding at a romantic date before the in-laws arrive, bringing the whole family out for a breakfast or simply Christmas shopping.
Passports will be available at various downtown Chandler merchants, the City Hall Visitor’s Area, the monthly Third Friday Art Walks and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chandler Farmers Markets (see the Downtown Chandler booth).
After obtaining the passport, it’s time to start saving and enjoying downtown Chandler hotspots. Simply take the booklet into the participating merchant and let them know you’d like to use their coupon. An employee at the establishment will mark the offer as redeemed by stamping the corresponding page in the passport. From there on out, you can take the booklet to other locations and “travel” the downtown.
One lucky winner will be chosen to win a staycation for two. The staycation includes:
One night stay at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
2 VIP tickets to a Downtown Chandler festival (Beer & BBQ or Cajun Fest)
$50 gift card to La Bocca / Modern Margarita
$15 gift card to Ice Cream Sammies
$20 gift card to the Downtown Chandler Cafe & Bakery
Souvenirs from Sibley’s West
For those interested in entering for a chance to win the downtown Chandler staycation, attention must be paid to the pages that have an ostrich on the bottom right-hand side. All offers with the ostrich must be stamped, and therefore marked as redeemed, to be eligible for entering the contest. All offers are redeemable Nov. 26 to Feb. 28. Completed passports must be turned in by March 1 at Peixoto Coffee. One winner will be chosen. Winner will be announced on March 6.
Coupons and offerings are valid Nov. 26 to Feb. 28. See downtownchandler.org or the Facebook event listing for more information.