Hotel Holiday Fun

By local contributor
Christina La Porte

As if the sunny days and mildly chilly nights aren’t enough reason to head to Scottsdale during the holidays, our resorts pull out all the stops to transform into winter wonderlands sure to cheer even the most Grinch-y members of the family.


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Celebrate the splendor of the season at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where holiday festivities run from Nov. 20 through Dec. 30, 2018. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during this year’s 9th Annual Christmas at the Princess. The fun begins with a tree lighting ceremony, in which the four-story, musically animated Christmas tree will become aglow with 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to the tune of 17 holiday songs. Other holiday highlights include the 6,000 square foot Desert Ice Holiday Rink; S’mores land, complete with the Christmas Carousel and Frosty’s Ferris Wheel; spectacular lagoon lights featuring more than 4.5 million LED lights; a Princess Express Train ride that takes you on a whimsical ride throughout the lagoons and much more!


The Phoenician

Holiday cocktails and relaxation at the spa for mom and dad? You bet! The newly redesigned, AAA Five-Diamond resort has teamed up with Emmy award-winning screenwriter and author, Karen Schaler, to create a “Christmas Camp” experience Dec. 7-15, 2018, to coincide with the upcoming TV movie and novel of the same name. A special room package available over these dates includes complimentary champagne and daily breakfast for two, while the accompanying nine days of activities during “Christmas Camp” include mixology demonstrations, spa treatments, Drybar Holiday Hair Magic and more.



Nothing puts the magic of the season in the hearts of little ones quite like a visit with Santa. First, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia’s annual lighting of their 20-foot Christmas tree takes place on Nov. 27, 2018, and includes holiday cuisine, kids’ activities and most importantly, photos with Santa. Then, the resort invites families to savor delicious breakfast favorites and snap photos with the man of the hour at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. Bonus: Free entry for all for the Tree Lighting and children 5 years old and younger are free for Breakfast with Santa!



Over at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, warm up with complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, candy canes and Santa every weekend leading up to Christmas! You’ll enjoy a photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus while being serenaded by the resort’s signature “serenading” gondoliers. The gondoliers also will perform on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.



Enjoy a traditional Christmas meal whether you’re near or far from home on Christmas Day at Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows and at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, featuring  special, themed menus and a hearty side of cheer. At Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a Christmas Feast including Grilled Winter Squash, Mesquite Smoked Turkey, a dessert buffet and more will be served Dec. 25. No apron and timers required!


To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!