This year’s official tree lighting will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. at the iconic Carefree Sundial. The giant 25-foot Christmas tree and the Gardens will be illuminated for the first time during this holiday season with thousands of twinkling lights sparking throughout the desert landscape. The ceremony will include performers from local churches and CCUSD student choirs. The tree lighting will be followed by a special screening of the beloved holiday film, The Polar Express, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Free hot chocolate and holiday treats will be available, along with snacks for purchase, and a keepsake Carefree Holiday Bell will be gifted to each child/family in attendance.
Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree will host a Chanukah Menorah Lighting every evening beginning Sunday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 9, from 5–6 p.m. in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Local families will be invited to light the menorah each evening, with a special ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9 that will include the Temple Chai Cantor and Choir.
Each evening’s service is open to attendees of all denominations and faiths.