Christmas in Carefree, A Season of Traditions...

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Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

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.


Chanukah Menorah Lighting 
Begins Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

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, beginning at 5:30 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 lighting is open to attendees of all denominations and faiths.

Lighting Schedule:
Sunday, Dec. 2 – 1st night, Jewish Social Group and Ora Kurland
Monday, Dec. 3 – 2nd night, Jerry Bernstein
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – 3rd night, Rabbi Sarah Grafstein and drumming circle
Wednesday, Dec. 5 – 4th night, Annette Sarrazine
Thursday, Dec. 6 – 5th night, Sheryl and Charlie Cresswell
Friday, Dec. 7 – 6th night, the Bauman Family (Shabbat and Chaunukah)
Saturday, Dec. 8 – 7th night, Stephanie Baskin
Sunday, Dec. 9 – 8th night, Temple Chai - Rabbi, Cantor and Choir

​Christmas In Carefree
Dec. 7-9

Enjoy the holidays with us! Stroll through Carefree Desert Gardens, elegantly dressed for the holidays, bring the kids to play in the Holiday Happenings area, and shop our Holiday Market! Weekend activities include Breakfast with Santa, the Carefree Community Holiday Parade, live music, Saturday evening fireworks and special holiday-themed activities all weekend! Admission to the Gardens is FREE!*

Visit the Christmas in Carefree web site for complete information about all events.

*additional fees for Holiday Happenings and other special events.


Carefree Community Holiday Parade
Saturday, Dec. 8 - CANCELLED

We regret to share that this year, we’ve been unable to generate enough interest from participants in order to host this event for 2018.

We do wish to thank all those that signed up to participate this year.

Photos provided by the Town of Carefree, Herbert Hitchon