Head to the West Valley for a holly and jolly merry-filled day at the 13th Annual Christmas in July in Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start your day at the Portable Information Booth (fondly nicknamed Mrs. PIB) located at 58th Drive and Palmaire to pick up the event activity list and the map for the free Ollie the Trolley event shuttle.

Get your shopping for gifts and decorations completed early and avoid the rush! “Many of the renowned boutique stores, specialty shops and iconic eateries will feature festive treats, holiday gift ideas and merry make-and take-crafts,” said Sue Mensi, event chairperson and owner of Glendale Flowers and Gifts.  Cheryl Kappes, owner of The Country Maiden is this year’s event co-chair.

Additional activities include a new Cookie Crawl experience. Inspired by a Hallmark Channel holiday movie, enjoy a Cookie Crawl where participating businesses will share their favorite holiday cookies in bite-sized portions (while supplies last.) Enjoy photos with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glendale Flowers and Gifts located at 7163 N. 58th Drive. The Historic Downtown Glendale Charm Trail will feature a new holiday-themed charm and you can also paint a rock for the Downtown Glendale Kindness Rocks program.

The holiday spirit continues with a bottled water drive to benefit the Maricopa County Heat Relief Network. The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Each year, MAG coordinates the mapping of the Heat Relief Network, a network of partners providing hydration stations, refuge locations and water donation sites throughout the Valley with the goal of preventing heat-related and heat caused deaths among vulnerable populations and people experiencing homelessness. Please bring your donations of bottled water to the Portable Information Booth (Mrs. PIB). For more information about the Heat Relief Network, visit https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Heat-Relief-Regional-Network.

Christmas in July is presented by the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association, Glendale Flowers and Gifts, The Country Maiden and the Downtown Business Community. For more information, visit www.VisitDowntownGlendale.com or call 623-299-2060.