Carefree Christmas Festival

Electric Light Parade And Real Snow In The Desert

CarefreeFestivalThe Sixth Annual Carefree Christmas Festival, one of the largest annual events in Carefree, is just around the corner, with more than 35,000 people expected to attend the event. Mark your calendars for December 13-15, when winter family fun descends upon Carefree. The holiday event provides three-days and two-nights of free holiday festivities at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located at 101 Easy Street.

“The festival is for the child in all of us, and it’s become a Christmas tradition for many,” says event director and founder Jo Gemmill. “The weekend celebrates the beauty and tradition of Christmastime. This year we’ve raised the bar and are extremely honored to welcome the families of the Yarnell 19 firefighters.”

The signature Electric Light Parade will take place at 6pm on Saturday, December 14, along Easy Street. A fireworks display with a special commemorative salute, in cooperation with the 100 Club, will take place to honor the fallen Yarnell 19 firefighters, at 8pm, immediately following the parade.

Other activities include a Kid’s Zone with 35 tons of real snow, carriage rides, caroling, dance and singing performances, a Nativity display, a pet parade and pet adoptions and other activities for the entire family. An outdoor shopping and gift mart with more than 100 exhibitors and a holiday food court will take place throughout the weekend. This year’s expanded event includes a live holiday jazz concert by the Kelso Brothers Quintet, dance performances by Adage Dance Company and the 10-piece Affinity Dance Band, plus the Medley of Theatre Classics presented by The Desert Foothills Theatre. For more information, visit or call 480.488.3381.

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