Christmas in July Peoria Times

"The Association’s 13th annual Christmas in July will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13."

The Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association is gearing up some off-season, holly and jolly, merry-filled festivities.

The Association’s 13th annual Christmas in July will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The day starts at the Portable Information Booth at 58th Drive and Palmaire Avenue, where guests can pick up the event activity list and a map for the free event shuttle.

“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 chairwoman and owner of Glendale Flowers and Gifts.

Additional activities include a new Cookie Crawl experience. Inspired by a Hallmark Channel holiday movie, participating businesses will share their favorite holiday cookies in bite-size portions while supplies last.

Santa Claus will be available for photos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glendale Flowers and Gifts, located at 7163 N. 58th Drive.

And the Historic Downtown Glendale Charm Trail will feature a new holiday-themed charm.

The holiday spirit continues with a bottled water drive to benefit the Maricopa County Heat Relief Network. The 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. Bring donations of bottled water to the Portable Information Booth.

Christmas in July is presented by the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association, Glendale Flowers and Gifts, The Country Maiden and the Downtown Business Community. Cheryl Kappes, owner of The Country Maiden, is this year’s event co-chairwoman.

For more information, go to visitdowntownglendale.com or call 623-299-2060.