NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Carefree Christmas Festival December 11-13

Preview Night December 3

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CAREFREE – This holiday season, the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival will host a special Community Preview Night on Thursday, December 3, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., 100 Easy Street in downtown Carefree.

A festive winter celebration, the event offers a sneak preview of the Carefree Christmas Festival for residents, neighbors, friends, and local school children. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the Carefree Desert Gardens brightly illuminated and decorated for the upcoming festival.

Free and open to the public, the evening will be emceed by Kevin Glenn and includes an address from the Mayor of Carefree, a special appearance by Santa Claus, Foothills Animal Rescue dogs, and free hot chocolate for kids.

Event entertainment will feature the Horseshoe Trails Elementary School Choir, Sonoran Trails Middle School Choir, Black Mountain Elementary School Choir, Phoenix Ballet Youth Theatre, and local musical soloists.


What: Illuminated holiday activities for the entire family with an electric light parade, fireworks display, live music and dance performances, real snow, a pet parade, gift market, holiday food court and much more, all in an outdoor desert setting

When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13.

Where: Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, Arizona.

Cost: Free.


Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Gift Market and Holiday Food Court

10 a.m. – noon, Kevin Glenn Chorus

Noon – 2 p.m., Salvation Army Brass Band

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Dickens Carolers, Christmas Around the World

3:30 – 5:30p.m., Rock the Holidays -performers from local school district

4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kid’s Zone with real snow

5:45 - 6:45 p.m., Kelso Brothers – Holiday jazz music

6 – 9 p.m., Lighted Carriage Rides around Carefree\

7 – 8 p.m., Community choirs from local churches

Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Gift Market and Holiday Food Court

10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Kid’s Zone with real snow

10 – 11 a.m., Adage Dance Company, “Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Dancing all the Way"

11:30 – 1 p.m., Desert Foothills Theater, Medley of Theater Performances

1:15 p.m. - 2:00pm Storytime with Mrs. Claus

2:00pm - 3:30 p.m., Kevin Glenn Singers present "Sing, Sleigh Bells Ring"

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Desert Hills Presbyterian Church present , Nativity Story & Community Sing-Along

5 – 9 p.m., Holiday Party with DJ Robin Sherman

6 p.m., Electric Light Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by APS,

Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

9 – noon, Pet Parade – presented Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR)

10 a.m. – noon, Pet photos with Santa

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gift Market and Holiday Food Court

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Kid’s Zone with real snow

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kiddie train rides

12:30 – 2 p.m., Desert Cactus Kickers and AZDance Group

2:15 – 3:15 p.m., “Elf on the Shelf" Arizons Dance Artistry

3:30 – 5 p.m., "Nutcracker Excerpts" Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre

For more information visit or call 480-488-3686.