Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Valley and Arizona.
The stunning display of 1.5 million lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.
Map of Glendale Glitters (PDF)
WATCH: Glendale Glitters Spectacular 2014
Free admission makes this award-winning festival, now in its 21st year, one of the best-loved events for Arizona families year after year. In fact, the event was named azcentral.com’s Critics’ Choice for the Best Kid Event in the state in 2012. Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.
The always entertaining stage show featured special guest Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to help flip on the lights on opening night. The theme for this year’s Countdown to Glendale Glitters show is “Super City, Super Stars” to celebrate outstanding people in the community, along with the fact that Glendale will host the upcoming Super Bowl.
The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday display remains lit nightly through Jan. 10, from 5-11 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues. For more information on additional holiday festivals, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit www.glendaleaz.com/events.
PARKING: For 12-13 and 19-20, free parking is available throughout the downtown area. Event attendees will also have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glendale avenues and the Bank of America Building, at 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive. Both garages should be accessed from 59th Avenue, heading east on Glenn Drive.
PLEASE NOTE: Handicapped parking is available at no charge in the two parking garages, with either handicapped placard of license plate. Suttle service is not available during the December Weekend events.
Each December Holiday Lighting weekend
takes on a theme of its own
Full entertainment lineup for Glendale Glitters 2014 weekends
6-10 p.m. PAST
|Glendale Glitters Opening Weekend
||The stage show begins at 5:30 p.m. and special guest Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen helps flip the switch Friday at 6 p.m. giving us all the first glimpse of 1.5 million lights which cover 16 blocks of downtown Glendale.
|Jingle Bell Rockin' Nights
||Join us each night for live music on the Jingle Bell stage. Come wearing your Ugly Sweater and enter to win a Tanger Gift Card. Contests will be held each night at 6:45 p.m.
|Winter Wonderland Weekend
||Grab the whole family and come take a glide on the ice for great winter skating fun. We'll also show two movie classics: 'Polar Express', Friday at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. And on Saturday, 'Frozen' will run at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
|Spirit of Giving Weekend
||Join us this weekend to support Go Recycle Arizona recycling drive. Donate clean textiles to help raise funds for the From the Heart charity. New and used fabric household items like curtains, sheets, shoes, stuffed animals, clothes and towels, will be accepted for recycling. | On Friday, Dec. 19, the NBC Sunday Night Football Road Trip bus will pull in to Glendale Glitters. Fans can hang out on the bus and take photos with the Vince Lombardi -- Super Bowl -- trophy. More info on the #SNF bus trip.
Info about horse & carriage rides in historic downtown Glendale
Rides will run nightly during our non event nights, Nov. 30 through Jan. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. (depending on weather and demand). The carriage ride line forms at 58th Avenue & Glenn. Rides cost $25 per carriage (up to 6 people) and take you through six blocks of historic downtown. Carriage rides will not be available during our event nights. For more information, AZ Classic Carriages,
Glendale Glitter & Glow ~ Jan. 10, 2015 ~ 4-10 p.m.
Glendale Glitters holiday light display concludes with a rockin' block party, Glendale Glitter and Glow, on Jan. 10, from 4-10 p.m. with fun for the whole family!
Take in the stunning 1.5 million lights along with more than 20 hot air balloons glowing brightly amidst the trees throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. A highlight for visitors will be specially-shaped balloons, as well as mass glows, in which the balloon pilots will fire the balloons all at once to create an illuminating spectacle.
VIDEO: Glendale's Glitter & Glow