[caption id="attachment_38" align="aligncenter" width="224"]Carter Eiden with Santa Carter Eiden with Santa[/caption] Santa is vacationing in Arizona this year, appearing in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals while having the opportunity to donate to a summer food drive. On July 20, there are only 158 days left to get all of your shopping for gifts and decorations complete, start early and avoid the rush! Christmas cheer begins at the Glendale Visitor Center, where you’ll pick up your holiday map, coupons and savings pack and take a spin on the prize wheel (for the first 250 visitors). Santa himself will greet visitors and pose for photos, Christmas music will play throughout the neighborhood as downtown businesses offer fun-filled holiday activities, including creating chocolate Christmas trees and decorating holiday cookies, along with special treats such as Santa sundaes with peppermint ice cream and egg nog, all for a nominal fee. Christmas in July also kicks off the start of installing 1.5 million lights for the city’s annual holiday light display. The installation of the holiday lights takes more than four months and 5,000 labor hours to complete in order to be ready for Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend on November 29-30. In the spirit of holiday giving, the Glendale Visitor Center will be accepting non-perishable food donations for Glendale’s Hope For Hunger Food Bank. A fully-volunteer-operated food bank, Hope For Hunger’s mission is to provide supplemental and emergency food through a coalition of partners from both the private and public sectors, community groups and individuals. The facility opened in May of 2012 and in just over a year, has served 545,000 tons of food to 17,000 families, feeding more than 61,000 men, women, and children. INFO: 623-930-4500 or VisitGlendale.com.