If Glendale has been a bit too bright this holiday season with its 1.5 million lights creating a glare visible to other worlds, then rejoice at the Glitter and Glow Block Party, which effectively pulls the plug. Though there have been weekly celebrations and parties with varied themes, this grand finale tops them all with local street performers, nine bands kicking it among the lights (including AZ Chicks with Picks, Midnight Mojo, In2ition, and Peppermint James), and an unmatched hot air balloon extravaganza. Twenty colorful balloons will add even more illumination to the proceedings when pilots fire the balloons simultaneously.
The lights will go out on another holiday season, but those floating spots will linger behind your eyes long after the lights go out on downtown Glendale’s 16-block area, which encompasses both Old Towne and the Catlin Court District. The block party runs from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, January 11. Admission is free. Visit www.glendaleaz.com/Glitters/index.cfm.