Glendale Glitters

The city of Glendale began its annual Glendale Glitters festivities Nov. 21, turning on the lights around Murphy Park in Downtown Glendale.

Mayor Jerry Weiers and Vice Mayor Jamie Aldama both spoke at the lighting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of Glendale Glitters and detail upcoming events coming to Downtown.

Aldama also welcomed residents and city visitors to partake in the upcoming celebrations.

“This is a great event 30 years in the making,” Aldama said. “It’s a known tradition in Glendale. We had so much fun tonight and many other years before.”

Aldama encouraged guests to shop at the businesses surrounding Murphy Park while in the area during the Glendale Glitters celebration.

“Please, when you’re out here, visit all of our merchants and our restaurants,” Aldama said.

“Don’t forget to visit Catlin Court, just behind me. Great place to be. Come out and visit and enjoy yourself.”

The lighting ceremony began at 6 p.m., where it was met with a large crowd of onlookers ready to see the lights turned on around the park.

“While you enjoy the twinkling lights in just a few minutes, know that it’s also the perfect opportunity to check off your holiday gift list at the locally owned, unique boutiques and specialty shops,” said Lorraine Zomok, president of the Historical Downtown Glendale Merchants Association.

“There are only 34 more days until Christmas, so many of the shops feature one-of-a-kind items by local makers and artisans, and every year we’re supposed to gain 10 pounds between now and New Year’s Eve. Who’s ready to get that started?” Zomok added. “And you can do that right here in Downtown Glendale. We have amazing, award-winning, iconic eateries all throughout the area.”

Zomok said Christmas in Catlin Court will be returning, where locally owned businesses will light up trees around the historic district.

Weiers, who spoke after Zomok, said that he hopes visitors to Murphy Park enjoy its beauty. Weiers led the crowd in a countdown from 10, where he then flipped a switch turning on all the lights around the park, including a 30-foot Christmas tree where the ceremony was held.

“As you heard earlier, there are several more events happening in Downtown between now and Christmas,” Weiers said.

Weiers said visitors will have the chance to donate to Light the World Giving Machines, which are located on the south and east sides of the Velma Teague Library. These vending machines accept donations for local charities and, according to Weiers, will be available until after Christmas.

“You can provide a special Christmas for families that may not have otherwise had anything under their tree,” Weiers said.

Weiers also invited visitors to join the Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10. Beginning at 11 a.m., the large parade will take place on Glendale Avenue between 51st and 59th avenues.

More information regarding the Hometown Christmas Parade can be found at hcparade.org.

Glendale’s chief librarian, Michael Beck, also spoke during the lighting ceremony to outline some of the available resources and opportunities at the Velma Teague Library in Murphy Park.

Beck discussed the upcoming LIBCON event, which will be held at the Velma Teague Library and Murphy Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will be family friendly and will have cosplayers with which kids can take pictures with.

Free to the public, Glendale Glitters will run through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, and the celebrations and light displays will take place from 5 to 10 p.m.

For more information on upcoming events, visit glendaleaz.com/

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