9th Annual Christmas in July ~ Historic Downtown Glendale July 18, 2015

Santa is vacationing in Arizona this year, appearing in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the city’s annual Christmas in July celebration. Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals in Old Towne and Catlin Court, while having the opportunity to donate to a summer food drive.

With only 158 days left to get all of your shopping for gifts and decorations complete, start early and avoid the rush! Christmas cheer begins at the Glendale Visitor Center, where you’ll pick up your holiday map, coupons and savings pack and take a spin on the prize wheel (for the first 200 visitors).

Santa himself will greet visitors and pose for photos, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Photos will be available for a nominal fee or shoppers are welcome to take their own pictures with Santa.

Christmas music will play throughout the neighborhood as downtown businesses offer fun-filled holiday activities, including creating chocolate Christmas trees and decorating holiday cookies,  along with special treats such as Santa sundaes with peppermint ice cream and egg nog, all for a nominal fee.

Christmas in July also kicks off the start of installing 1.5 million lights for the city’s annual holiday light display. The installation of the holiday lights takes more than four months and 5,000 labor hours to complete in order to be ready for Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend on November 27-28.

In the spirit of holiday giving, the Glendale Visitor Center will be accepting cases of water for Heat Relief Regional Network and the city's Operation Safe Summer.

Admission and parking are free. Shoppers are encouraged to utilize the free covered parking located in the Palmaire Parking Garage located at 58th Drive and Palmaire. For more information, contact the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 623-930-4500. You can also follow Glendale on  and The Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140.