10th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival 2017

Celebrate the holidays in southwest style at the 9th annual Carefree Christmas Festival, December 9 – December 11, 2016. This FREE event offers a winter wonderland experience in scenic Carefree, Arizona. 

Spectators crowd the streets for the APS Electric Light Parade’s vibrant, decorated floats and evening firework display. A Kid’s Zone provides entertainment for all ages, including 35 tons of real snow, a snow slide, Santa’s Grotto, train rides, and other amusements. 

All activities are centrally located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a .m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

The four-acre desert botanical gardens provide a stunning backdrop for the event. The winding paths showcase thousands of exotic plants and cacti that are illuminated for the festivities. 

For information and an event schedule click here to view the Festival Brochure or visit
http://carefreechristmasfestival.com/ or call 480-488-2051. 
Carefree Christmas Festival Preview Evening  
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  101 Easy Street, Downtown Carefree

Inviting all friends and neighbors to come down to the Carefree Desert Gardens and get into the holiday spirit with a free Christmas Concert to preview the upcoming 9th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival.

Listen to choirs and soloists from our local school district, performing holiday classics at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Visit with Santa, take a carriage ride along Easy Street, take a sneak peak at Parade entries, Foothills Animal Rescue adoptions and stroll the beautifully lighted winter wonderland of the 4-acre botanical gardens.

Our thanks to Kevin Glenn for coordinating the
entertainment for the evening, it will be a wonderful night and a chance to get us all in the mood for Christmas!

Come and enjoy Christmas in Carefree before the thousands arrive for the festival weekend!
Sponsored by Kiwanis, Magic Bird Festivals and the Town of Carefree. 

Friday, December 9, 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 
10 a.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
Open all day,  Ray Villafane Frosty the Snowman Sculpture- Kiwanis Splash Pad
Saturday, December 10, 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 Kyle Colley
6 p.m., Electric Light Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by APS 
Ray Villafane Sculpture on Display All Day-Kiwanis Splash Pad

Sunday, December 11, 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 AZ Dance Group
2:15 – 3:15 p.m., “Elf on the Shelf" Arizona Dance Artistry
3:30 – 5 p.m., "Nutcracker Excerpts" Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre 
Ray Villafane Sculpture on Display all day- Kiwanis Splash Pad
*Schedule subject to change