Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA Five-Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. As one of the best and brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess creates a backdrop for families and friends to enjoy a magical night and make memories that last a lifetime. Join us for our Seventh Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 22, 2016 – January 1, 2017 and watch as the resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert, glistening with a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice Skating Rink, Princess Express Trains, new holiday characters, shows and attractions including Santa's Secret Headquarters and more than 3 million Lagoon Lights.
Desert Ice Skating Rink
Made with real ice, the resort’s 6,000 sq. ft. Desert Ice Skating Rink provides skaters the opportunity to experience a classic winter tradition surrounded by the beauty of the desert and starry night sky, along with magical rinkside snowfalls nightly. Recognized as one of the 'Top Ten Holiday Ice Rinks in the World' by the Vancouver Sun. Additional fee applies for skate sessions and skate rental.
New for 2016! Santa's Secret Headquarters
Join Santa inside his magical new secret headquarters, where the young and young-at-heart can have family photos taken with Kris Kringle himself while meeting a few of his favorite friends along the way. Stop by and meet Jolly Ol' Saint Nick every night through December 24, 2016. Keepsake photo packages available for purchase. To reserve your appointment for our new Photos with Santa experience, click here.
New for 2016! Enchanted Plaza Shows
Don't miss this five-minute long, high-definition, one-of-a-kind video show featuring the story of “The Night Before Christmas” projected against the resort's facade. The resort's Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 17 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. During the day, this stunning four-story tree is decorated with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.
New for 2016! S'mores Land & Campfires
Travel through La Hacienda Plaza to a magical and merry land. Join our newest friend Graham at his home where you can roast marshmallows around an enchanting campfire in a Christmas tree forest, take a glittering whirl on the Christmas Carousel and Frosty's Ferris Wheel, and don't forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down our newest frozen attraction, the four-lane Polar Glide slide made of real ice! Access to S’mores Land available with Ride/Attraction Wristband.
New for 2016! Holiday Characters
New holiday friends checking-in are the lovely Princess Angelica, a huggable yeti named Shivers and the squishable Graham, a walking s’more. All will join the resort’s other Christmas characters: Peppermint Penguin, Selfie Elfie and Princess Noel, each bringing their own special charm from the North Pole.
Enjoy more than 3 million LED lights as you stroll or ride the Princess Express train through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a mermaid, 14-foot poinsettias, a teddy bear, toy soldiers, a fishing Santa, leaping arches mimicking a water show, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, menorah, dreidels, a 3D whale, five skating penguins, a candy cane forest and more.
Kringle's Korner & Holiday Shopping
Kringle’s Korner Holiday Shoppe offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys, gourmet chocolates and more. Do your holiday shopping at the resort's boutiques where the ‘Top Five Must Have Gifts’ for men can be found at Maverick, and for ladies at Anna J women’s boutique. If your holiday list includes those interested in health and beauty, visit Well & Being Spa’s Community Market. Complimentary gift wrapping available on orders of $200 or more.
Hitch a ride on the Princess Express offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages. Access to Princess Express Trains available with Ride/Attraction Wristband.
Make sure to stop in the Nativity Garden, where guests are welcome to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Christmas through an 88-foot narrated light and music show. Seating provided for the 10-minute program.
Breakfast with Santa & Friends
December 10, 2016 | 9 am
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends at this magical pajama party, with surprises and delights at every turn. Reservations required by calling 480-585-2694.
New for 2016! Santa Cares Photo Experience
December 4, 2016 | 3:30 to 5 pm
Santa’s Secret Headquarters welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. The sensory-friendly event will take place prior to public hours, in a comforting and physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. Now accepting advanced reservations. Click here to schedule your time with Santa. *Keepsake photo packages available for purchase during event.
New for 2016! Pawsitively Christmas
November 27 & December 11, 2016 | 3 to 5 pm
Capture magical holiday memories with photos of your pet with Santa. Bixby and Gibbs, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' lovable canine ambassadors, are inviting all of their furry friends to join in on the holiday cheer this year. All dogs make Santa Paws' nice list, so bring your pooch and make all their doggy dreams come true. Now accepting advanced reservations. *Keepsake photo packages available for purchase during event.
December 25, 2016 | 10 am to 3 pm
Four restaurants. Five Chefs. One spectacular Christmas Brunch. Gather family and friends to celebrate this joyous holiday and enjoy an unparalleled brunch at Palomino Ballroom. $95 Adults; $40 Children; Children 5 and under eat free with paid Adult.
For details on Christmas at the Princess, including event admission information and special holiday packages, visit scottsdaleprincess.com. All attractions open November 22, 2016.