Glendale Glitters kicks off holiday season

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Thousands of people are expected to head to Glendale this weekend to enjoy Glendale Glitters, the state's largest free holiday light display.

Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen helped flip the switch Friday evening to kick things off, and light up the night with more than 1.5 million lights.

The 41-year-old Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident near Show Low.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist will serve as grand marshal of the 44th annual Fiesta Bowl parade next month.

Glendale Glitters will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. This award-winning festival is now in its 21st year, Visitors of all ages will enjoy entertainment, food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and petting zoo, shopping, and, of course, visits with Santa.

The theme for this year’s Countdown to Glendale Glitters show was “Super City, Super Stars” to celebrate outstanding people in the community, along with the fact that Glendale will host the upcoming Super Bowl.

Glendale Glitters runs through Jan. 10, from 5-11 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

For more information on additional holiday festivals, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit

PARKING: Free shuttles will run from the Glendale Community College parking lot, at 59th and Olive Avenues, between 4:15 and 10:15 p.m. (last shuttle will leave downtown Glendale at 10:15). 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.