GLENDALE, Ariz. – The city of Glendale invites residents and visitors across Arizona to be part of the 25th anniversary of Glendale Glitters, which kicks off with Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend Nov. 23-24, 5-10 p.m. each evening. Sixteen blocks in Downtown Glendale will be illuminated with 1.6 million lights creating a magic wonderland of lights, and a holiday tradition for so many families year after year.
The Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., with entertainment that will include performances from Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company, Marilyn’s Academy of Dance & The Phoenix Conservatory of Music. The culmination of the show will be the Glendale Mayor and City Council on stage, joined by Arizona Cardinal David Johnson to help flip the switch for the 1.6 million lights along with a special short fireworks display.
The festivities don’t end there! Friday and Saturday evening both feature fun for the whole family, with activities like holiday story time, visits with Santa Claus, performances by Brelby Theatre, a free snowfield and more. Of course, fabulous food and seasonal arts and crafts vendors will be on hand, in addition to the shopping and dining at businesses throughout downtown Glendale.
Additional entertainment for the weekend includes:
Friday, Nov. 23, 5-10 p.m.
25th Anniversary Glendale Glitters Lighting Program
Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company
Marilyn’s Academy of Dance
On Stage Dance Academy
Aloha Hapa Hula Dance & Production
Saturday, Nov. 24, 5-10 p.m.
Spotlight Youth Theatre
Rascapetatiando Dance Company
Sun City Poms
Arizona Sun Rays
The event is free, and free parking shuttles are offered from Glendale Community College, at 59th And Olive Avenues. The north parking lots are the shuttle lots, and can be accessed off of 59th Avenue, north of Olive Avenue. In addition, attendees have the option and convenience of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glenn Drive and Bank of America Building, at 58th and Glenn Drives. A limited amount of handicapped parking is available at no charge in the two parking garages, with either handicapped placard or license plate, on a first-com, first-served basis.
Glendale Glitters is produced by the Public Facilities, Recreation and Special Events Department and sponsored by APS, Swire Coca Cola, Bud Light, Entertainment Solutions, Glendale Ambassadors, The Arizona Republic, KTVK TV 3 and KPHO TV 5, SportsFan Locker, Diamond Resorts and Cerreta Candy Company.
The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday light display remains lit nightly through Jan. 12, 2018, from 5 – 11 p.m. each evening. Glendale Glitters Holiday Weekend will take place Dec. 14-15, 6-10 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues. For more information on additional holiday festivals, visit www.visitglendale.com or call 623-930-2299.
About David Johnson:
The Cardinals third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa, David Johnson has developed into an All-Pro running back during his four seasons with Arizona. After posting a franchise rookie-record 13 touchdowns in 2015, Johnson led the NFL and established franchise single-season records for both scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20) in 2016. Despite being in just his fourth season, Johnson already ranks in the top-10 in Cardinals history in career touchdowns and in the top-5 in career rushing touchdowns.