Christmas Comes July 21 to Downtown Glendale Complete with Holiday Sales and Good Cheer
Santa is making an early stop in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals in Historic Downtown Glendale, while having the opportunity to give back during a special Back to School charity drive.
With only 157 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 gift bag (for the first 300 visitors) and take a spin on the prize wheel.
Santa himself will take a break from making toys to make a stop in downtown Glendale, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at A Mad Hatter’s, located at 5734 W. Glendale Ave. 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 decorating cookies, holiday card-making and Santa Sundaes with peppermint ice cream, all for a nominal fee.
Christmas in July also kicks off the start of decorating 1.5 million lights for the annual holiday light display, Glendale Glitters, Azcentral.com’s Critics’ Choice for Best Festival. The installation of the holiday lights takes more than 5,000 labor hours to complete in order to be ready for Glendale Glitters Spectacular on November 23-24, from 5 to 10 p.m.
In the spirit of holiday giving, the Glendale Visitor Center will be accepting school supplies for the Annul Back to School Supply Drive, which will benefit local elementary schools. These items include new backpacks, pencils, colored pencils, markers, erasers, paper, folders, binders, crayons and glue.
Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 623-930-4500 or visit www.visitglendale.com. You can also follow Glendale on www.facebook.com/GlendaleCVB and www.twitter.com/GlendaleCVB.