Glendale Glitters Christmas Festival

Glendale Glitters in Historic Downtown Glendale in Glendale, Arizona.

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Every year the Glendale Glitters celebration in Historic Downtown Glendale, Arizona hosts thousands of visitors who want to celebrate the holiday season in style. This year, Glendale Glitters events kick off on Friday, November 29, 2020, with special event weekends throughout December and the lights staying on through January 11, 2021.

Historic Downtown Glendale comes to life each holiday season with the addition of about 1.5 million multi-colored twinkling LED holiday lights located throughout a 16-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts.

Arizona's best hometown holiday tradition shines brightly from 5 to 10 p.m. all nights, so even if you don't come to Downtown Glendale during one of the special holiday weekends mentioned below, you can still enjoy the lights, buy gifts at one-of-a-kind shops, grab dinner or dessert, and take photos by the giant holiday tree—for more information on getting to Glendale from Phoenix, check out our guide "Travel Times to Downtown Glendale."

Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend

Holiday entertainment, food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children's winter wonderland and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Santa are all on display for the "Countdown to Glendale Glitters" on Friday evening, November 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Parking will be in short supply, but free shuttles will run from the Glendale Community College north parking lot, at 59th and Vogel Avenues, between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Event attendees will have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall at 59th and Glenn Drive and the Bank of America Building at 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive—both garages should be accessed via 59th Avenue.

Once the event kicks off, lights will remain on nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. and guests can wander through the displays at their own leisure. However, there are also a series of special event weekends coming in December, so if you're in Glendale for a weekend trip, try to make it out to one of the following weekends.

The Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party

The annual lighting tradition draws to a close with the Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party on Saturday, January 11, 2021, from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is free and thousands of people will stroll the sidewalks of Historic Downtown Glendale and watch about 20 tethered hot air balloons inflate as pilots fire them up, enjoying bands and street performers for a finale to the festive season.

Due to the extensive street closures required for the block party, parking in the downtown area will be very limited, but shuttles will still be available from Glendale Community College.

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