5th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival

Friday 12.7.2012 @ 11:00am | ImagesAZ | Community

Venue: Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St.


Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!


The Town of Carefree will host the Fifth Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Dec. 7 – 9. The three-day holiday event has grown to become one of the largest Christmas events in the Valley. Nearly 30,000 revelers are expected to attend and enjoy an electric light parade, fireworks, real snow, live music, carolers, a Christmas gift and food market and more. All events are family friendly, free and open to the public.


The Carefree Christmas Gift Market will take place throughout the weekend and will showcase more than 100 gift vendors offering a wide array of holiday gift shopping options and seasonal food and drink favorites. Much of it is locally sourced, created and designed.


You won’t want to miss the Electric Light Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 emceed by ABC15 meteorologist Rich Dahlquist, featuring more than 60 lighted entries. At approximately 8 p.m., immediately following the parade, be treated to the holiday fireworks extravaganza. Parade attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs to get a prime viewing spot.


Real snow, a real treat for most Arizonans, and Santa are the highlights of the Kids’ Zone at the festival. More than 25 tons of snow, a snow slide, bounce house and other activities are available for children of all ages. Santa will be available for photos throughout the event.


Additional activities include a Friday night holiday street party with DJ Sarah Birkett from 5 – 9 p.m., the Main Event Swing Time Band from 3:30 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, and other free concerts, a pet parade, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a North Pole mailbox throughout the weekend.


Celebrate with your furriest loved ones at the Sunday Pet Parade Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and animal adoptions, a doggie market and free pet photos with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pets dressed up in their holiday finest.


Hours for the Carefree Christmas Festival are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. The fun-filled weekend will take place along Easy Street in downtown Carefree.