GLENDALE, Ariz. – He’s making a list and checking it twice – that’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town! He’ll be in Glendale for two different events, in which boys and girls can get a little face time with the Big Guy. The two activities will offer kids and their families a chance to get outdoors or check a box off their to-do list while having some holiday fun at the same time!

The first event is the Jingle Bell Hike to Santa, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. at Thunderbird Conservation Park. Children can take part in a hands-on jingle bell craft so they can jingle their way up the trail. Parents and kids will make their way along to find Santa Claus at the end of the hike! Water will be provided at the trailhead. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the hike. A parent or guardian must complete a waiver for minor children to participate. This is a moderate hike; trail/hiking guidelines are available at www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/trails/. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa. This event is free!

Thunderbird Conservation Park is located north of Beardsley Road, between 67th and 55th avenues. For the hike, park in the lots on 59th (enter to the west) or 67th (enter to the east) avenues.

The second event is a fun outing to get some holiday shopping accomplished. Head to the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is the perfect place to bring the kids to do their holiday shopping for friends, family and even pets! There will be a variety of items to choose from for all ages and interests, and everything is only $2. It’s advised to arrive early for the best selection, as supplies are limited. Free gift wrapping will be provided by Santa’s elves, on hand to package your purchases perfectly. In addition, you can get pics with Santa Claus, so bring your camera!For more information, call the recreation center at 623-930-4615.

Both of these events offer free admission, and no pre-registration is required. For additional information on these events, visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation or call 623-930-2820.


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