Historic Catlin Court Shopping & Dining District

Business owners in Historic Catlin Court Shopping & Dining District took matters into their own hands and decorated the trees. 

The Historic Catlin Court Shopping & Dining District is hosting a new holiday event series in December. The inaugural Christmas in Catlin Court will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights from Dec. 3 to Dec. 18.

When area businesses learned that the city of Glendale would not be lighting the Catlin Court Historic District with holiday lights, the locally owned businesses joined together to light the trees and historic buildings to continue the 25-year tradition. The initiative was led by Coit and Valerie Burner, owners of Bears & More.

The several block area will feature thousands of twinkling holiday lights. Coit Burner installed the lights on more than 130 mature shade trees. Burner did the work on evenings and weekends over four weeks. 

The city of Glendale in partnership with Councilmember Jamie Aldama provided the use of the right-of-way electrical to power the tree lights.

Visitors to Catlin Court will walk along the tree-lined streets and enjoy dozens of historic buildings, which are home to locally owned shops and restaurants. “Event attendees will enjoy a hometown holiday experience throughout the century-old National Register District,” said Valerie Burner, owner of Bears & More.

Themed weekend activities include a life-sized Gingerbread House, make and take arts and crafts, carolers and choirs, The Spicery’s Traditional Christmas Dinners (reservations required), and artisan demonstrations. In addition, holiday characters from the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will roam the area. 

Santa Claus will also make his annual visit to the historic area. He invites children to visit with him at the North Pole Village at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures (5836 W. Palmaire Avenue). Visitors can bring their own camera or purchase a printed photo for $5. 

Event attendees can also view the annual Patriotic Community Tree, which honors the military. The tree is adorned with ornaments featuring names of hometown heroes. Additional ornaments can be added to the tree. Ornaments are available at Bears & More, 7146 N. 58th Drive. 

Christmas in Catlin Court is filled with creative boutiques and specialty shops. Many of the shops feature items by local makers and artisans. 

Visitors can pick up a walking map at the Arizona Information Center at 5836 W. Palmaire Avenue. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit catlincourt.com.