Hotel Holiday Fun

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Tear your holiday “to do” list to pieces and let someone else do all the work by planning a fun and festive escape to the Sonoran Desert.


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


Celebrate the splendor of the season at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where holiday festivities run from Nov. 22, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during this year’s 6th Annual Christmas at the Princess. The fun begins with a tree lighting ceremony and the grand opening of the 6,000 square foot Desert Ice Holiday Rink. Other holiday highlights include a four-story Christmas tree strung with 70,000 lights that twinkle to holiday songs, spectacular lagoon lights featuring more than two million LED lights and a Princess Express Train ride that takes you on a whimsical ride throughout the lagoons and much more! 


The Phoenician


In December, The Phoenician’s two-acre Cactus Garden lights up with a glistening holiday display. Embark on a leisurely, guided stroll through the enchanting grounds as you savor a cup of complimentary hot chocolate. Share those last-minute wishes with the big guy at Breakfast with Santa, where you can nosh on a breakfast buffet, and the kids can try their hand at cookie decorating. 


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale


This December, create a new holiday tradition and enjoy a morning of festive fun as a family during Cookies with Claus at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Offered on three consecutive Saturdays during December – December 3, 10 and 17 – children will have the chance to roll up their sleeves to create their own custom cookie creation, while listening to holiday storytelling, writing letters to Santa and mingling with Mrs. Claus.