Festival of Lights source for all things holiday

The Festival of Lights is synonymous with the Christmas holidays, existing only because its founders wanted to bring back the holiday lights on Chandler Boulevard that were begun by the developer, Del Webb, nearly 20 years ago. Now they’ve made some additions to their Web site that make FOL the source for all things holiday in and near Ahwatukee Foothills.

• Holiday Happenings Calendar. The community calendar came about as a joint effort with the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce as a way to compile all the events in the community into one place that people can go to for information about things to do during the holiday season. Anyone can submit an event to be added to the calendar online at the Festival of Lights Web site – www.FOLAZ.org.

• Light Display Google Map. Ahwatukee Foothills is home to many elaborate residential displays, with neighbors trying to outdo each other each year. This map is designed to be a resource for families taking that annual two-hour drive around the village to look for cool light displays. Residents are encouraged to let FOL know about their displays by submitting their address information online at www.FOLAZ.org.


Nov. 28 kicks off ‘Home for the Holidays’ in Downtown Chandler

No matter where you’ve come from or how long you have been here, when you’re in Historic Downtown Chandler you will feel like you are “Home for the Holidays” this season.

Three consecutive Saturdays of free holiday happenings kick off on Saturday, Nov. 28. New this year is the “World of Trees” competition, with local nonprofits decorating trees in the stores with a country or international theme. Visitors may vote on their favorite tree, and the winning nonprofits will get prizes.

Ice skating will be available in the parking lot on the south end of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., from 1 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28. The skating rink is an eco-friendly polymer rink that children and adults skate on with regular ice skates (provided). Skaters may get a ticket at the rink for their assigned session. The Russian Father Frost, along with his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden, will be on the rink and in the streets, giving out candy.

Back by popular demand are the Dickens Carolers, who will be strolling the streets and performing from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28. Holiday crafts activities and storytelling for the kids will take place at downtown shops from 1 to 5 p.m. 

The annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, sponsored by the city of Chandler.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, a “Holiday Marketplace” will take place along the downtown streets, with vendors selling holiday-oriented gifts and downtown merchants offering specials. The Dickens Carolers will perform from 3 to 5 p.m.

All activities are free with the donation of a canned goods item to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

For more information, call (480) 855-3539 or visit www.downtownchandler.org.

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