GLENDALE, Ariz. – A cast of characters will visit Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the inaugural Character Night in Catlin Court. Festive and beloved characters including Elmo, the Grinch, Minions and a snowman will be located throughout the historic district from 6-8 p.m. Santa Claus will visit Glendale Flowers and Gifts (7145 N. 58th Drive) from 6 to 10 p.m., taking photos and Christmas wish lists. Visitors to the event are encouraged to take photos with the characters and hashtag the photo on social media, using #characternight2018. Prizes will be awarded for the best photos.
The Catlin Court Character Night is the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts to check off your holiday shopping list and enjoy delicious treats at the wide variety of restaurants, all while enjoying the beauty of Glendale Glitters 1.6 million twinkling lights.
Many of the shops feature very merry holiday displays, such as Bears & More which is decorated to look like a gingerbread house. Enjoy dozens of lighted archways adorning the decorated front lawns and leading the way to the storefronts. Attendees can also follow the ‘Tree Trail ‘ featuring festive retro-themed trees located in front of many of the shops and eateries. Visitors can also view the Community Patriotic Tree which honors military heroes with handmade, personalized ornaments and red, white and blue lights.
The Community Patriotic Tree is located at 58th Drive and W. Palmaire Ave. The tree will be lit nightly throughout the Glendale Glitters season.
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the quaint Catlin Court Historic District, while enjoying the lights and the crisp night air. The cost is $25 per ride, the carriage typically holds 4-6 people.
Historic Downtown Glendale is home to two distinct neighborhoods; the Catlin Court District, with welcoming front lawns and porches of the historic homes, turned shops and restaurants. In Old Towne, you will always find interesting things to see and do inside the historic buildings that house independent small businesses.
Participating shops include Bears & More, Glendale Flowers and Gifts, Gracie’s Marketplace and Papa Ed’s Ice Cream. Admission is free. There is plenty of free parking throughout the area. Character Night in Catlin Court is presented by the Catlin Court business community. For more information, visit www.VisitDowntownGlendale.com or call 623-931-0339.