The Lights Go On This Friday!
Glendale Glitters once again this holiday season!
Lauren will help to turn on the lights!
This year’s Glendale Glitters Spectacular celebration will be ‘jazzed’ up by the appearance of a special celebrity guest, Lauren Froderman, winner of this season’s “So You Think You Can Dance” national TV competition.
Not only will Froderman flip the switch on the downtown’s 1.5 million lights, but she will also perform during the exciting countdown show.
As part of the city’s award-winning annual festival, the holiday light display will kick off the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. with the Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show beginning at 5:30 p.m. The 30-minute show will feature a performance by The Valley Jazz Divas, which includes Delphine Cortez, Margo Reed, Nancy Gee and Sherry Roberson. The countdown show continues with a solo performance by the now-famous local star Lauren Froderman, who will go on to help the Glendale City Council turn on the 1.5 million lights that cover 16 blocks throughout downtown Glendale, creating Arizona’s largest free holiday light display!
Downtown Glendale will be abuzz with excitement, including holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland, horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping and, of course, visits with everyone’s favorite visitor from the North Pole, Santa Claus.
For the first time, event attendees will have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glendale avenues and the Bank of America building, at 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive. The preferred parking fee is $10. For those who like the free parking option, shuttles run all evening long, between 5-10:30 p.m. from Glendale Community College, at 59th and Olive avenues. Shuttles pick up from the northeast parking lots of the college. In addition, surface and street parking in and around the downtown remain free.
There is always something new to see at Glendale Glitters, and this year the 30-foot holiday tree on the Downtown Plaza will be animated with dancing lights to eight different holiday songs to entertain and delight all ages. The tree will be completely covered with various colors of LED lights, and the animation process will change the color and brightness of the lights in sync with the music. This is definitely a must see for the entire family.