7 things to do around Chandler this holiday season

Chandler has a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, including the city's annual Tumbleweed Tree lighting. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler has a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, including the city's annual Tumbleweed Tree lighting. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Chandler has a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, including the city's annual Tumbleweed Tree lighting. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Here are some of the holiday-themed events happening around Chandler in November and December.

Nov. 25: Attend Chandler's Turkey Swim

Chandler Aquatics is opening Hamilton and Desert Oasis Aquatic Centers for lap swimming to help people burn some calories before plunging into their Thanksgiving meals. The water is heated, and admission is free to participants who bring a canned food item to be donated to the Harvest Compassion Center in Chandler. 5:30-7:30 a.m. Free. Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2527. www.chandleraz.gov

Nov. 26-Dec. 5: See 'The Nutcracker'

Join Clara on her journey as she encounters life-size mice, swirling snowflakes, dancing confections and the Sugar Plum Fairy during Ballet Etudes' performance of “The Nutcracker.” 7-9 p.m. $21-$31. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org


Dec. 4: Donate to a toy drive

The Chandler Fire Department is collecting toys to help brighten the holiday season for Chandler children who might otherwise go without this year. Any donor of new, unwrapped toys or gift cards will be provided a ride in a fire truck. 2-7 p.m. Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov

Dec. 4: View the Tumbleweed Tree lighting

Chandler will come together Dec. 4 to light the city’s famous Tumbleweed Tree—a tree constructed in downtown Chandler made entirely of tumbleweeds. The event kicks off a night of family-friendly fun with the tree lighting followed by the city’s annual Parade of Lights, where a series of decorated floats make their way through downtown Chandler. Santa’s House is set up in the downtown Chandler park, and musical performances are expected throughout the evening. Chandler Mayor and City Council attend the event to help light the tree and participate in the parade. This year marks the full return of the popular holiday event after the coronavirus made the event virtual attendance only last year.

A variety of vendors are scheduled to be at the park during the tree-lighting ceremony and parade of lights as well. 4:30-9 p.m. Free. 480-782-2650. www.chandleraz.gov

Dec. 9, 11, 18: Go to Santa's house

Santa Claus is coming to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Bring the whole family to visit Santa’s house for free photos and to share holiday wishes. Santa will be located in downtown Chandler on three different days in December, according to the city of Chandler. 5-7 p.m. (Dec. 9), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dec. 11, 18). Free. Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2735. www.chandleraz.gov

Dec. 11: Go to a Santa-themed pub crawl

The Sippin’ Santas Pub Crawl makes it way back to downtown Chandler this year. Enjoy $4 drink specials, food and fun at downtown Chandler’s bars and restaurants. Noon-6 p.m. $20. The crawl starts at The Hilton Garden Inn located in New Square Chandler, 150 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. https://downtownchandler.org

Dec. 18: Play tennis in an ugly sweater

Pick out an ugly sweater and head to Chandler’s Tennis Center for an Ugly Sweater Tennis Social. This season’s social is designed for players rated 3.0 or higher. Run or walk the way across the court from noon-3 p.m. $5 (residents), $7 (nonresidents). Chandler Tennis Center, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. 480-782-2650. www.chandleraz.gov


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