Glendale Glitters returns to Downtown Glendale

Glendale Glitters is ready to sparkle in Historic Downtown Glendale this holiday season with a spectacular light display that will be illuminated each evening from 5 to 10 p.m., as well as many festive and free holiday events.

The six-week celebration begins on Monday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., when the lights will turn on for the first time and will remain lit through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.

“This year marks the 29th anniversary of Glendale Glitters, and the entire experience is truly magical,” said Jamie Aldama, Glendale vice mayor and councilmember from the Ocotillo District. “This annual gathering provides such a great opportunity for families to come together and kick off their holiday season.”

Glendale Glitters is a display of lights around Murphy Park in Downtown Glendale that includes many more activities. This year’s celebration includes the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, various performances at the Murphy Park Amphitheatre, the Movies by Moonlight series and LIBCON West at the Velma Teague Library.

For the first time in the event’s history, Glendale will offer a pair of “Light the World” Giving Machines in Murphy Park. Many will have the opportunity to provide a special Christmas for some families that may not otherwise have anything under their tree. This innovative and fun international initiative uses vending machines to provide people an opportunity to donate to carefully selected local and global charities.

The machines will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily beginning Tuesday, Nov. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 7.

“We are very excited to incorporate the ‘Light the World’ Giving Machines this year during Glendale Glitters,” said Heidi Barriga, special events administrator for the city of Glendale.

“The city’s Public Affairs team has worked with the Mayor’s Office and various departments across the city on making this dream become a reality.”

In addition, Each Friday and Saturday in December, local acts will take to the stage for free holiday performances. Murphy Park will come to life with The Sacred Gs. This eclectic group of professional dancers are illuminated in LED lights from head to toe, as they dance to seasonal music on Fridays, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

LIBCON West returns to the Velma Teague Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. This event features comic book artists, cosplay groups, dozens of vendors, live performances, games, prizes, and crafts for kids. To view a full list of programming and vendors at this year’s event, visit

libconwest.org.

The Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, supports Hope for Hunger, a Glendale-based food bank. A donation box will be in the first-floor lobby of city hall. For more information on the parade and how to donate, visit hcparade.org/food-drive.

A full calendar of events is available for viewing at glendaleaz.com/

glendaleglitters.