Celebrate the Season


Carefree Desert Garden Glitters

Nightly, 5 – 10 p.m.

Stroll and enjoy the beauty of the Gardens dressed up for the holiday season! Take a self-guided walking tour and marvel at our 25’ Christmas tree (housed beneath the largest Sundial in the western hemisphere) while meandering garden pathways of Sonoran desert flora and fauna adorned with thousands of twinkling lights.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 6, 5–8 p.m.

Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Get into the holiday spirit with a choral performance on the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage, then take a short candle light stroll through the east Gardens  to the Sundial, where the 25’ Christmas tree will be lit for the first time by Mayor Peterson, with some help from our friends at APS. Following the tree lighting, join us back in the Pavilion for a screening of the beloved holiday classic, Elf, while enjoying FREE hot cocoa and snacks.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec.  7, 9 – 11 a.m.
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Cost: Bring a new toy, non-perishable food item, or a $5 donation per person

Held in conjunction with Rural Metro Fire’s Holiday Toy Drive, attendees may bring a new toy, canned good or suggested donation of $5 per person for admission, with proceeds benefiting Foothills Food Bank.

Enjoy a holiday-themed breakfast, free photos with Santa and a performance of Sing! Sleigh Bells Ring!, a holiday celebration in song featuring talented area youth.

Vicki McDermitt and Chirp, featuring Jerry Donato

Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6 p.m.
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion


Join us for a night of classic Christmas tunes, harmonies, and holly-jolly jazz favorites performed by local favorites Vicki McDermitt and Chirp featuring Jerry Donato, in partnership with Music Serving the Word.

Opening artists: Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Brady

Hope for the Holidays – A WWII Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Pinnacle Creative Arts presents Hope for the Holidays – A WWII Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Step back in time to Christmas Eve 1944, and experience a serviceman’s holiday celebration. This brief time travel to the past is sure to please and will make you proud to be an American!

Tickets are $15, and available online at PinnacleCreativeArts.com as well as at the door.

Chanukah in Carefree

Begins Sunday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.
Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree will host the Chanukah Menorah Lighting every evening beginning Sunday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 29, 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. 22 that will include the Temple Chai Cantor and Choir.

Each evening’s lighting is open to attendees of all denominations and faiths.

Have questions? Call the Town of Carefree today at 480.488.3686 or send us an email.