Watch The Fantasy Of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting

November 14th, 2022 by

couple staring at a lit Christmas tree outside

If you’ve ever been to the tree lighting in Tempe then you know, it is not just flip of a switch. The city of Tempe does it up right. There is a parade, performers, food, music, and even a setup in Centerpoint Plaza where kids can write letters to Santa. Santa himself will actually make an appearance in the parade as well. Here’s a closer look at how you can kick off the Christmas season at the Fantasy of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting.


It’s a good idea to think about where you want to park before you go. All the details can be found online, but we want to lay out a few options just to remind you of your options. Three places charge a flat fee of $10. You’ll pay an attendant at the garage at 201 S. Ash in advance. The Hayden Square Garage and Hayden Square West Surface Lot each have meters on site. The City Hall Garage and Brickyard Garage will charge regular rates and you’ll pay as you exit. Finally, for the two Centerpoint Garages on the East and West side of Ash, you’ll need to pay in advance.

The Event

Once you’ve parked you’re ready for the fun. If you arrive by 4 p.m., you’ll get to enjoy Jenna Rae, a talented young musician who performs around Arizona. She’ll be followed by Henry Thompson, all while the Kings Carolers make the rounds. Then, at 6, the parade will begin, followed by the tree lighting at 7. Finally, Ellie Fern & Band will cap the evening.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in helping out at the festival? Organizers could use your a. They’re in search of people to help out at the Letters to Santa location and they also need people to serve as Santa’s helpers. You can apply to volunteer for either one of these jobs online through November 17.

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Start Your Holiday Off Right

Christmas will be here before you know it. Start the holiday off right by attending The Fantasy of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting in Tempe this year. Soak in all the wonder and magic of the event. It will be a fantastic and memorable time for you, your children, and all of your loved ones.

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