Christmas in Carefree: September 2017


Town of Carefree Announces 23 Days of Holiday Celebration

CAREFREE, Ariz.,(October 2, 2017)This year, the Town of Carefree, plans to build upon the decade-long tradition of the Carefree Christmas Festival – and expand the holiday season, while also furthering community and business involvement.

Preserving the sense of community for locals while also showcasing all the color and beauty of Carefree to new visitors will be a key focal point of the expanded Carefree Christmas Festival. The seasonal celebration is set to run from Dec. 1 through 23, 2017 – and will include highlights like an official tree lighting at the iconic Carefree Sundial, Carefree Snow Village (featuring real snow), an open-air Carefree Christmas Market, concerts, a comedy show, arts and crafts, gingerbread build-offs, Luminaria Tribute in the Garden, and a new daytime community parade just to name a few.

The expanded footprint will allow for even more visitors to enjoy the festivities over an extended period,” said Carefree Mayor Les Peterson. “This will complement typical business hours and also provide a platform for non-profits from all over the desert foothills area to engage with the community and showcase their cause.”

Evenings in the enchanting, four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens will be adorned with a professional holiday light display. Meanwhile, the daytime hours will be better positioned for the community parade on Dec. 9 – while also allowing for more community involvement, reduced safety risks and enhanced exposure of Carefree’s pedestrian-friendly business district. There will also be special appearances by Beatle Tribute Band, Marmalade Skies, singer-songwriter Ryan Sims and comedian-actor Jill Kimmel, who is the little sister of the late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel will pay a tribute to Vets and first responders by performing a comedy show just for them! Admissions will be an unwrapped toy for the annual toy drive which supports children of a family selected by the Foothills Foodbank and delivered by rural metro firefighters.

It all adds up to a truly enchanting expansion of the Carefree Christmas Festival – and the sign of even better, bigger, cooler things to come. We anticipate this event becoming one of the most-attended and revered holiday traditions in the North East Valley,” said Peterson. “We look forward to seeing it grow and evolve, year after year.”

For direct inquiries on how to become a sponsor, parade participant, or vendor, contact the Town of Carefree at 480.488.3866. You can visit ChristmasinCarefree.com for more details.

Gina Kaegi, Director of Marketing, gina@carefree.org, 480-488-3686



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Cory McCloskey with the Fox 10

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Channel 12 interviews the vice Mayor, John Crane and Mayor Les Peterson

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Carefree Santa, Jamie Cerreta

2017 Official Carefree Christmas Parade Announcer: 3TV’s Javier Soto

2017 Official Carefree Christmas Parade Announcer: CBS 5, Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton

For Media and Sponsorship inquiries please contact Gina Kaegi, Director of Marketing, Town of Carefree Gina@Carefree.org 480-488-3686