Cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals will be the special guest for the opening night of Glendale Glitters.
Peterson will join Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and City Council members on stage during the Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
The 30-minute show will culminate with Peterson and the elected officials turning on 1.5 million lights.
As part of the city’s annual festival, the holiday light display will kick off the day after Thanksgiving and the event will feature performances by Spotlight Youth Theatre, the Cactus High School Dance Team, Mariachi Aguila and the Fiesta Mexican Dance Co.
Glendale Glitters will feature holiday entertainment, food, handcrafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland, horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping and a visit from Santa Claus.
The entertainment lineup for Nov. 23 and Nov. 24:
5:30 p.m.: Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show.
6:30 p.m.: Spotlight Youth Theatre.
7:30 p.m.: Marilyn Burns Dancers.
8:30 p.m.: Fiesta Mexicana Dance Co.
9:15 p.m.: Cactus High School.
5 p.m.: Maschino School of Highland Dance.
6 p.m. McAllister Flutes.
7 p.m.: Purely Dance Performance.
8 p.m.: Copper King Choir.
9 p.m.: On Stage Dance Academy.
Event hours for opening weekend are 5 to 10 p.m. both days.
Free parking shuttles, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, are available from Glendale Community College; parking is in the GCC north lots, with entrances off of 59th Avenue.
The shuttles will run from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Preferred parking is also available in the two downtown parking garages.
Information: www.glendaleaz.com/events or 623-930-2299.