9th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival

December 9-11, 2016 Mark Your Calendars!

Thank you to last years sponsors~
View the
full list of sponsors at http://www.carefreechristmasfestival.com/generous-sponsors.html

A sincere thanks to the Local businesses, non-profits and residents, who have graciously donated funds, in-kind donations and/or volunteered their time to put on the festival.  It is because of their generosity that we are able to continue to provide FREE entertainment throughout the festival weekend.

Please show your appreciation by shopping LOCAL and supporting our community.
THANK YOU to all those who provided entertainment over the 3 day event:
Adage Dance Studio  Footz the Clown 
Arizona Ice Man  KC Classic Carriage Rides
Arizona Renaissance Festival  Kelso Brothers Jazz Quintet
AZ Bounce House 
Kevin Glenn & local young singers 
AZ Dance Artistry  Kiddie Caboose 
AZ Dance Group 
Mrs. Claus & Desert Foothills Library 
Birkett Entertainment, DJ Robin Sherman  Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre 
Desert Foothills Theater 
Rock the District performers
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church  Salvation Army Band  
Emcee – Kevin Glenn  SouthWest Fireworks
Foothills Animal Rescue
The Dickens Carolers
The Desert Cactus Kickers 
A SPECIAL THANKS to the families of our First Responders, who honored us by being our Grand Marshals for the Parade. 

THANK YOU to all our parade entries.  Despite the rain we still put on a spectacular show, and thanks especially those who worked SO hard on such creative floats this year.
THANK YOU to the adults, children and animals that participated in the parade, over a 1,000 of you! 
THANK YOU to the Chamber of Commerce and their Marshals, and to Iris Hermosillo Meteorologist ABC Channel 15, Patrick Jones Chairman of the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Rich Dahlquist Meteorologist KTVK Channel 3, Noah Kendrick with Kendrick Wealth Management Group, Paul Horton Meteorologist CBS Channel 5, Michael Kennelly and Mark Watters with UPS Stores..you were all fabulous emcees for the Parade and special thanks to Kevin Glenn for emceeing the entertainment during the entire Carefree Christmas Festival weekend.


“Most Original Float”  
Foothills Animal Rescue

DIRECTORS’ AWARD “Most Creative Float"
Annunciation Catholic School

AMBASSADORS’ AWARD “Best Use of Lights”
Carefree Water Company

PRESIDENT’S AWARD “Best Overall Float”
Coldwell Banker

Kiwanis Club of Carefree


THANK YOU to the Christmas Festival Committee, we couldn’t have done it without you:  Glenn Miller, Kim Prince, Manny Gonzales, Roberta Toombs Rechlin, Toby Payne, Captain David Bennett, Patty Villeneuve, Jennifer McGirr, Victoria Cowper, Gina Kaegi, Lyn & Herbert Hitchon, Jo Gemmill.

THANK YOU to all the event staff, Kiwanis Key Club members and Cactus Shadows High School DECA Club members who worked so tirelessly over the weekend and volunteers from the MCSO Posse who provided invaluable support and assistance during the Parade. Special thanks too, to Jack Goodrich and Cave Creek Security.

THANK YOU to those businesses who worked with the Festival Committee including:                    

On the Ball Publishing

NBC Channel 12

Proven Media

CBS Channel 5

APS Printing

KTVK Channel 3

Images AZ Magazine

Scottsdale Republic

CITYSun Times

Arizona Republic

Sonoran News

Times Publications

ABC Channel 15

Foothills Focus 

THANK YOU to all our volunteers and to YOU our wonderful community for once again supporting the Carefree Christmas Festival.

…And finally, a very special THANK YOU to Santa who sat for three days and listened to the Christmas wishes of over 1,000 children. He is asking for a new “lap” top for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Peace & Goodwill to All.

Mark your calendars:
For the 9th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival
December 9th -11th, 2016

Jo Gemmill, Festival Coordinator
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​Celebrate the holidays in southwest style at the 8th annual Carefree Christmas Festival, December 11 – December 13, 2015. This entirely FREE event offers a winter wonderland experience in scenic Carefree, Arizona. 
Spectators crowd the streets for the 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  
December 3, 2015, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.       
101 Easy Street, Downtown Carefree
Highlights Include:
-Welcome from the Mayor of Carefree, Les Peterson
- Black Mountain Elementary
- Sonoran Trails Middle School Choir
- Desert Sun Academy
-Christmas Musical Soloists
-Phoenix Ballet Youth Theater 
-Rock the District Artist
-Foothills Animal Rescue Dogs
-Meet Santa in his Grotto
-Free hot chocolate for the kids and more!

This is a time for neighbors, friends, local residents, community and non-profits to celebrate and enjoy the season of giving Carefree style!

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.
DOG LOVERS Needed for Channel 12! TV Coverage for the last day of the Christmas Festival bright and early at 7:30 a.m.! Channel 12 will feature Carefree in addition to the Foothills Animal Rescue during 8:15 am and 8:45 am! Please bring your dogs and show your Carefree pride as the Mayor and Vice Mayor make an appearance as well. See you in the Pavilion!

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