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Festival of Lights Kick Off Party & Motorcycle Parade

  • Desert Foothills Park 1010 Marketplace SW Phoenix, AZ, 85048 United States (map)

Hosted by Festival of Lights

  • Admission is FREE

  • Over 30 Rides/inflatables ($20 all day wristband, individual attraction tickets also sold)

  • Tavern Beer/Wine Garden with college game TV screens

  • Two community entertainment stages

  • Nearly 100 vendors in our Marketplace Street Fair

  • Lighted Motorcycle Parade of nearly 100 riders

Each year, nearly one million white lights illuminate Chandler Boulevard West during the holiday season. Celebrating the “kickoff” of the light display is a daylong festival, now in its 23rd year, including rides, games, 100+ marketkplace vendors, live entertainment on 2 stages, 20 restaurants/food trucks, cornhole tournament and a large beer garden (Noon – 8pm) at Desert Foothills Park on the corner of Chandler Blvd. and Desert Foothills Parkway in Ahwatukee Foothills. The climax of this festival is the lighted Motorcycle Parade, sponsored by Big O Tires: bikes decorated for Christmas and escorted by the City of Phoenix Police Department followed by Santa Claus, through the Park, now in its 17th year and historically has included up to 100 riders of any type of motorcycle. Meet at 6pm at the Foothills Baptist Church at 21st Street and Chandler Blvd. where we will pick up our police escort. At 6:30pm, depart the church and enter the park, parading through nearly 15,000 festival-attendees. We are arriving at the park before the end of the festival so that the bikers may enjoy the festivities. No registration is necessary.

For more information, contact the event coordinator, Bill Hazlett, at Allstate Insurance, 480-756-1988 ( or Janyce Hazlett, 480-466-8335 ( 

The main festival at noon is at Desert Foothills Park, 1010 Marketplace SW, Phoenix, AZ 85048. 

The Motorcycle Parade at 6pm begins at Foothills Baptist Church at 15450 S. 21st St., Phx, AZ 85048