Once again the Glendale Glitters celebration in Historic Downtown Glendale, Arizona will host thousands visitors who will start the holiday season off in style. Glendale Glitters events will take place between November 29, 2013 and January 11, 2014.
Holiday Light Display
Historic Downtown Glendale comes to life each holiday season with the addition of about 1.5 million multi-colored twinkling holiday lights located throughout a 16-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts. Arizona's Best Hometown Holiday tradition shines brightly from 5 to 10 p.m. all nights.
Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend
November 29 and 30, 2013 from 5 to 10 p.m.
This year marks a special anniversary for the event, and the stage show will feature a video tribute to 20 years of the holiday in which past special guests were invited to participate.The lights come on at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Complex Amphitheater just west of Murphy Park with the help of Coyotes Captain Shane Doan and Glendale Mayor and Council. Visitors will find multiple stages of entertainment, food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland, shopping and, of course, visits with Santa. Admission is free. Parking will be in short supply. Free shuttles will run from the Glendale Community College parking lot, at 59th and Olive Avenues, between 4 and 10:30 p.m.
Spirit of Giving Weekend
Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Highlights include all the fun family activities that Glendale Glitters always brings, plus special celebration of and donation drives for worthy local charities and food banks. Help make a difference by participating in the Historic Downtown Glendale Food Drive.
Winter Wonderland Weekend
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter Wonderland weekend will feature a children’s snow field where kids can create their own Frosty the Snowman. Free make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and musical entertainment.
Jingle Bells Rockin' Nights
Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Downtown Glendale’s Murphy Park will be packed with music, lights and excitement. Entertainment will include performances of both holiday music and oldies you can dance to, as well as dance troupe performances. The event will also feature holiday arts and crafts, inflatable rides and visits with Santa Claus. Bring your camera, or have Santa’s helper snap one for a small fee.
Where is it?
Historic Downtown Glendale is located just east and north of 59th and Glendale Avenues. There are more than 2,000 free parking spaces within a 10-minute walk. Additional free parking and shuttles are available at Glendale Community College, 59th and Olive Avenues, a five-minute ride away. Security will be provided at the shuttle lot. Handicapped parking is located in all parking areas and handicapped participants can be dropped off at 58th Drive and Glenn Drive.
Horse and Carriage Rides
Horse and carriage rides in historic downtown Glendale will run nightly from December 1, 2013 through January 10, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m., subject to weather conditions and demand. The carriage ride line forms at 58th Avenue and Glenn. Rides cost $25 per carriage (up to 6 people) and take you through six blocks of the historic downtown area. There are no carriage rides on event nights.
How much does it cost?
There is no admission charge for Glendale Glitters events.
What is the Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party?
January 11, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission is free. More than 75,000 people will stroll the sidewalks of Historic Downtown Glendale and watch tethered balloons gently expand as pilots fire them up, enjoying more than a dozen bands and street performers for a finale to a festive season. Due to the extensive street closures required for the block party, parking in the downtown area will be very limited. Free parking shuttles will be available from 3:30 until 10:30 p.m. for attendees, from Glendale Community College, located at 59th and Olive Avenues. Event attendees will have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glendale Avenues and the Bank of America Building, at 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive. The preferred parking fee is $10. For those who like a free parking option, shuttles run all evening long, between 5-10:30 p.m. from Glendale Community College. Shuttles pick up from the northeast parking lots of the college. If you can find a spot, street parking in and around the downtown is free.
What if I have more questions?You can visit City of Glendale online or call 623-930-2299 for more information.
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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.