It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during our Ninth Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 20, 2018 through December 30, 2018. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come. Christmas at the Princess is open nightly. Hours vary by day.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 20, 2018 | 5:30 – 10 pm
Join us for our Ninth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick-off Christmas at the Princess! Enjoy an evening of holiday fun, culminating in the lighting of our four-story musically animated Christmas tree that boasts 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to 17 holiday songs!
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 Scottsdale 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.
Skating + skates: $25
This winter, Build-A-Bear Workshop fans can find the beloved brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience right on property! Guests of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to build their beary own stuffed animal at the workshop. Choose from an assortment of cheery clothing, accessories, scents and sounds, each sold separately. Bear adoptions starting at $20.
Enchanted Plaza Shows
Don't miss this five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show 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.
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, 2018. Photo packages available for purchase.
Travel through La Hacienda Plaza to an enchanting land. Join our newest friend Graham, a squishable s’more, at his home where you can roast marshmallows around a campfire in a Christmas Tree Forest, take a glittering whirl on the Christmas Carousel and Frosty’s Ferris Wheel, adopt a cuddly friend at the new Build-A-Bear experience (separate fee) and don't forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down our frozen attraction, the four-lane Polar Glide Ice Slide! Wristband needed for entry. S'mores kits available for purchase.
Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains
Enjoy more than 4.5 million LED lights as you stroll through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, buccaneer pirate ship, mermaid, 14-foot poinsettias, teddy bear, toy soldiers, fishing Santa, leaping arches, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, menorah, dreidels, 3D whale, skating penguins, candy cane forest and more. Hitch a ride on the Princess Express Trains, offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages. Wristband needed for entry to train station.
Holiday Character Appearances
Santa has invited his delightful holiday friends from the North Pole to visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess again this year. Meet Graham, Shivers, Princess Noel & Angelica, Selfie Elfie and Peppermint Penguin as you stroll through the property.
Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards
9am – 9 pm nightly
The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys, gourmet chocolates, pet toys and more. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items in Maverick men’s store, Anna J women’s boutique or health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market. Or, give the gift of a Princess experience with gift certificates available for:
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Well & Being Spa
Breakfast with Santa & Friends Pajama Party
December 22, 2018 | 9 am - 12 pm
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends at this magical pajama party, with surprises and delights at every turn. Dance to the jolly tunes of DJ Jingle, play reindeer games, visit Santa in his Secret Headquarters for photos and enjoy a discounted special daytime skating session (exclusively for breakfast attendees). Reservations required by calling 480.585.2694. One complimentary photo with Santa will be provided with each reservation.
Santa Paws Christmas
Bixby and Gibbs, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' lovable canine ambassadors, are inviting all of their four-legged friends to join in on the cheer this year for photos with Santa. Photo packages available for purchase during event.
Christmas Day Brunch
December 25, 2018 | 10 am to 3 pm
Gather family and friends to celebrate this joyous holiday at the Princess. Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together for one spectacular holiday feast held in the Palomino Ballroom. For reservations, call 480.585.2694.
NEW! Santa Suite VIP Experience
Santa unveiled his Secret Scottsdale Headquarters just last Christmas, and now he and Mrs. Claus are inviting guests to stay overnight in their new luxurious home-away-from-home. Savor the holiday spirit in an elegant suite adorned with all of the finest trimmings, including a full-size Christmas tree, personalized stockings hung by the chimney for each guest, tea and hot cocoa set, opulent holiday décor throughout—including special holiday bedding, Santa’s turntable with a private selection of Christmas classics on vinyl, sweet treats aplenty and story books from Mrs. Claus.
*Rates starting at $1499. Subject to availability. For more information or to book the Santa Suite, call 480.585.4848.