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2022 Guide to The Best Holiday Lights Displays in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Emily Lawrence

Scottsdale is aglow with holiday light this season, and you won’t want to miss the city’s brightest spots. Here are some of the best ways to add holiday cheer and festive fun for the whole family. 

 

Christmas at the Princess

November 18, 2022 - January 2, 2023


Christmas at the Princess

As one of the city’s 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. The resort transforms into a sparkly winter wonderland with a four-story musical tree, desert ice skating rink, Princess Express trains, holiday character appearances and more than 6.5 million Lagoon Lights. Be sure to stop by The Village, where you can go sledding down the 120-foot Snow Mountain, meander through the Ice Maze and more!  

 


Enchant

November 25, 2022 - January 1, 2023


Enchant

Enchant, presented by Hallmark Channel and brand new to Scottsdale for 2022, is sure to dazzle, featuring larger-than-life light displays, ice skating, and The Village where you'll find tiny shops of artisan vendors, specialty crafts and boutiques. Also in the village, meet Santa and enjoy some holiday cheer at the Ice Bar (21+). You won't want to miss this spectacular holiday event. 

 


HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK

November 25 – December 30, 2022


McCormick Holiday Light Train

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park lights up the night with one of the most unique holiday events in the Valley. Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays. Santa will also be at the park on select nights through December 23 to visit and take photos with. 

 


Las Noches de las Luminarias

Select Dates December 1 - December 31, 2022


Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

Experience a magical, Southwestern holiday tradition at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de Las Luminarias. Each evening features more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias, thousands of white twinkle lights and live entertainment. New for 2022, guests can enjoy an extra layer of beauty with the bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Playing with Stars by Rotraut.

 


Scottsdazzle

November 26 - December 31, 2022


Scottsdazzle 2021 Star

Make your holidays shine with Scottsdazzle, a celebration of the season in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Enjoy free signature events, culinary demonstrations and family activities in each of the Old Town districts, plus breathtaking public art installations and a stunning illuminated Christmas tree at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The kick-off event for Scottsdazzle will begin with a Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Saturday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m.

 


WORLD OF ILLUMINATION

November 16, 2022 - January 1, 2023


Christmas lights at World of Illumination

Illumination is the country’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show experience, featuring millions of brightly colored lights masterfully choreographed to your favorite holiday songs. This year, Arizona has three unique themes: Candy Rush at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Rockin' Christmas at Hurricane Harbor in N. Phoenix, and Enchanted Safari at Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale. It’s a magical experience that will ignite your holiday spirit!

 


ZooLights

November 23, 2022 - January 15, 2023


zoo lights

It’s a wild night for the whole family at ZooLights! Enjoy hundreds of glimmering displays as they light the way through the Phoenix Zoo. This can’t-miss holiday favorite features all-new animal lanterns and light displays, an enhanced Santa experience, and brand-new music and light show that will take you around the world. 

 

To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!