Queen Creek holiday event returns Dec. 2 with festival, parade

Ellsworth Road to close Dec. 2 for Queen Creek holiday parade

The float decorated by Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek will lead off this year’s annual holiday parade Dec. 2 in the Town Center. The parade and festival are hosted by the Kiwanis Club and the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce. (Special to the Independent/Jim Skiotes)

The 35th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade returns Saturday, Dec. 2, to downtown Queen Creek.

This year’s theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. The parade and festival are hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce.

More than 80 floats are registered to participate in the parade, Chris Clark, chamber president/CEO, said.

About 15,000 people attended the festival, parade and Christmas tree lighting last year.

The festival will take place noon-7 p.m. near the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Activities include food and craft vendors, live local entertainment and photos with Santa Claus.

Topping off the evening’s events will be the lighting of the town’s 18-foot tall Christmas tree around 6:15 p.m.

The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. It will begin on Ellsworth Road at Sierra Park Boulevard and travel north to Victoria Lane, ending just past the library.

Temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be in place before and during the parade. People are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel.

The parade will result in a full closure of Ellsworth Road 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2 from Sierra Park Boulevard to Ocotillo Road. See map below.

Ellsworth Road will also be closed 2-6 p.m. Dec. 2 from Ocotillo Road to Rittenhouse Road.

 

A Great Northern A’Fair carnival returns to the Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in the Town Center. (Photo by Arianna Grainey, Independent Newspapers)

In addition, the A Great Northern A’Fair carnival returns Nov. 30-Dec. 2 to the festival site near the library. Tickets and wristbands may be purchased on-site.

For more information, visit the event website at queencreekparade.org or call the chamber at 480-888-1709.

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123.

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