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Escape Phoenix summer weather with Glendale's Christmas in July

by Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic | Posted: 07-05-2017, 8:00 MDT


GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Downtown Glendale is always known for its annual holiday lights spectacular, but Christmas comes to the historic area each year well before November.

During the 11th Annual Christmas in July Celebration on July 8th, guests in Olde Town and Caitlin Court will have the chance to play in the snow, visit with Santa, taste holiday treats, make-and-take craft activities, and purchase themed gift items with discounts, as Historic Downtown Glendale celebrates Christmas around 170 or so days early.

During the event, patrons can support locally-owned shops and restaurants, many of which will play recorded and live holiday music and decorate in the Christmas spirit.

Lorraine Zomok, longtime Glendale resident, who administrates for Visit Glendale, says that monthly promotions such as Christmas in July help create a festive atmosphere throughout all of Arizona's historic neighborhoods. "It's so special, just being able to walk outside your door for a couple of blocks," she says, "and there's all this energy and excitement of this urban environment of Historic Downtown Glendale, and yet it has so much history and culture, too."


Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in residence at Glendale Flowers and Gifts, to take photos with families and find out about all the hottest items on the children's wish lists this season. The shop will also host a make-and-take fan activity, ornament-making, and have lemonade and chocolate fudge samples throughout the day.

Guests yearning for early Christmas treats can also venture over to Bears & More, where they can also find homemade cookies.

The newest shop of the downtown area, Gracie's Marketplace, will offer discounts on lighted holiday canvas artwork, as well as give away a $50 shopping spree.

At the Astronomy Store, the first 100 shoppers will receive free Herkimer diamond quartz crystals.

Throughout the day, free Ollie the Trolley shuttles will take visitors from one destination to another. 

Shoppers can also give back by donating bottled water for local residents in need. Bottles and cases of water can be dropped off at the Glendale Visitors' Center. or at various Glendale fire stations until July 8th.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 8th. Free, with costs of up to $3 for some of the make-and-take activities. More info: 1-877-800-2601 or go to http://www.visitglendale.com .


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Santa Michael Sayyae

I may have to stop by after having lunch with some of my loval Santas at Fudruckers :-)


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