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Heat up your holidays in Scottsdale


Mother Nature can keep her snow and frigid temperatures – Scottsdale’s turning up the heat this holiday season in more ways than one. From November through New Year’s, Scottsdale is ablaze with festive holiday light displays, spicy Southwestern cuisine and dazzling sun-filled days that will chase away the chilly winter blues. And that’s just a few of the delights we have in store for you and yours. Read on for more reasons why you’ll want to heat up your holidays in Scottdale!


the season’s best places to stay and play
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Holiday Inspiration


When the sun sets, Scottsdale amps up the warm holiday glow with millions of twinkling lights. From neighborhoods swathed in yuletide cheer and Scottsdale 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.



Traveling with the whole family? Not to worry. Scottsdale has you covered with festive accommodations at resort winter wonderlands and plenty of sun- and fun-filled activities for elves of all ages. All ages will enjoy the festivals, concerts and tree lighting that take place during Scottsdazzle. We even have the inside scoop on where you can take pictures with Santa when he’s in town, as well as a guide to what’s open on Christmas Day!

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
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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 spicy Southwestern spin on your traditional comfort food favorites. Be sure to save a little room, because the season’s best desserts are worth every calorie.

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The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Christmas Drink


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, “Instagram it or it didn’t happen,” don’t miss these supremely ‘grammable holiday moments.

Desert Botanical Garden
Holiday Lights Slide


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, check out these fun stocking stuffers, 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. While you’re at it, give yourself the gift of relaxation with these holiday spa treatments.

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Růže Cake House
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Dining in Scottsdale during the holidays is a delicious journey through menus that plait your traditional favorite dishes with indigenous Sonoran Desert ingredients, spicy Southwestern touches and on-trend culinary techniques.