When the sun sets, Scottsdale amps up the glow with millions of twinkling lights. From neighborhoods swathed in yuletide cheer and holiday light extravaganzas at area attractions to stage shows that bring the season’s magic to life, a night on the town in Scottsdale will put some serious sparkle in your season.
Move over, fruitcake and pumpkin spice lattes – Scottsdale takes holiday food and drink to a whole new level. Start your culinary explorations with these seasonally inspired cocktails, then check out our local chefs who are putting a fresh spin on your traditional comfort food favorites. Be sure to save a little room, because the season’s best desserts are worth every calorie.
If you’re looking for some local inspiration to make your Scottsdale holiday shine, we’ve collected our most treasured Christmas traditions as well as all the reasons why locals love Scottsdale this time of year. And because, as the saying goes, it didn’t happen if it’s not in Instagram, don’t miss these supremely ‘grammable holiday moments.
Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. He also knows who hasn’t finished their holiday shopping. If you’ve got more gifts to buy, head for the myriad shops and boutiques in Old Town Scottsdale, explore our Scottsdale holiday gift guide, or take in one of the many events and festivals happening this time of year. You’ll find the perfect present for everyone on your list.
Dining in Scottsdale during the holidays is a delicious journey through menus that plait your traditional favorite dishes with indigenous Sonoran Desert ingredients and on-trend culinary techniques.