Glendale Glitters still sparkles in its 25th year

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BETTE SHARPE, Glendale Daily Planet

Photos by Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Top, the holiday season tends to bring out the child in all of us, even if you are a grandmother like Cami Culver, who brought her entire family to Glendale Glitters in downtown Glendale. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers passes the switch over to Arizona Cardinals running back, David Johnson to turn on the 1.6 holiday lights of Glendale Glitters. Johnson’s wife, Meghan, and their child and Councilmember Ray Malner stand to the right. Below, left, the snow playground had children thinking fast as snowballs whizzed by.
 

This year marked the 25th year Glendale Glitters has lit up downtown to create a magical holiday wonderland. This year, the city invited those who have come year after year, and those who have never been to celebrate the holiday lighting festival. The two- day event, Nov. 23 and 24, kicked off the holiday season in Glendale.
Sixteen blocks in downtown Glendale will be illuminated with 1.6 million lights to create a holiday tradition for many families year after year.
Glendale Glitters remains the state’s largest free holiday light display, and after 25 years, still offers free admission and free parking shuttles. Free shuttles were available for opening weekend from Glendale Community College at 59th and Olive avenues in the north parking lots. Access was from 59th Avenue, north of Olive Avenue. However, the two downtown parking garages charge $10 for parking.
Upon arriving in the downtown area, visitors will find traditional festival favorites, including holiday entertainment, tasty food, seasonal gifts, all kinds of children’s activities, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus.
Downtown Glendale remains lit nightly through Jan. 12. That means there are 51 nights during the holiday season to experience Glendale Glitters, and there are so many things to see and do in downtown Glendale, including horse-drawn carriage rides and entertainment, plus shopping and dining in the area.
Find a calendar for what is happening each night during Glendale Glitters online at www.glendaleaz.com/events, with additional information on activities.

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