Yule Love Scottsdale for the Holidays!

Tell ho-hum holidays to take a hike – you’re going to Scottsdale! Here, luxurious resort winter wonderlands, desert ice skating, farm-fresh season’s eatings, and millions of glittering lights will put some serious sparkle in your season. And these are just a few of the delights we have in store for you and yours. Read on for more reasons why you’ll want to leave the holiday heavy lifting to us while you enjoy a magical season to remember!


1 Holiday Hotels

When the holidays roll around, our resorts transform into enchanting winter wonderlands adorned with all the splendor of the season. In true Fairmont style, Christmas at the Princess features a four-story musical Christmas tree, desert ice skating rink and a new Build-A-Bear Workshop. At the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a larger-than-life gingerbread house is sure to induce dreams of sugar plums, and candy canes. And at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, delight in the glow of the resort’s Christmas tree in the main plaza or soothe away holiday stress with the Holiday Treat for Body and Feet.

Christmas at the Princess
Christmas at the Princess
Christmas at the Princess

2Thanksgiving Spreads

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. The buffet at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa boasts dozens of delights, including Southwest herb-roasted turkey and creamy green chili crab mac ‘n’ cheese. Coffee-rubbed bison tenderloin and barbecue duck breast put an exotic twist on Executive Chef Todd Allison’s menu at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms. Or add a little “surf” to your Turkey Day feast with the rosemary and agave smoked salmon, lobster and crab cocktail, and oysters on the half shell at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Talavera restaurant. Read More

3Holiday Lights

When it comes to holiday lights, more is always better! ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo shines with a three-story Christmas tree and millions of lights in whimsical animal-shaped displays. Cruise the streets downtown – decked out in their sparkling holiday finest – on a guided tour with Segway of Scottsdale. And that glimmer you see on the horizon just north of Scottsdale is the Illumination Symphony of Light – Arizona's largest drive-thru holiday extravaganza, featuring millions of lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes.

4Stage Celebrations

Scottsdale's stages are bustling with longtime favorites and innovative new shows this holiday season. For traditionalists, there's the Arizona Ballet's magical performance of "The Nutcracker" or the relaxing sounds of Windham Hill: Winter Solstice at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Want to add some humor to your holidays? Follow five zany girlfriends as they navigate the season in "Twas a Girls' Night Before Christmas: The Musical" at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts, or check out "Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical" at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre.

5Festivals and Events

Get your glow on at Scottsdale's seasonal festivals and events! Back for its second year,  Scottsdazzle in downtown Scottsdale is a month-long celebration of all things holiday, from tree lightings and sing-a-longs to giant art installations, Santa Wine Arounds and a life-size menorah. Over at the Desert Botanical Garden, pathways are bathed in the glow of candlelight and the sounds of live music during  Las Noches de las Luminarias. And if you're traveling with the kiddos, don't miss The Polar Express, which departs the depot in Williams on its journey to the "North Pole" for a visit with Santa Claus.

6Insta-Worthy Photo Ops

It didn’t happen if it wasn’t on Instagram. That’s why we have sought out Scottsdale’s most photogenic holiday moments for you and your loved ones. Sit back, relax, and read more on where to go to snap the best holiday photos this season. Read More

Christmas at the Princess