Most Insta-Worthy Holiday Moments in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Emily Lawrence

Come fall and winter, Scottsdale lights up with a multitude of holiday attractions – that’s why we’ve set out to find Scottsdale’s most Insta-worthy holiday moments. Snap a photo so you’ll have a memory of all the fun times because, as they say, pictures last a lifetime!


Las Noches De Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden


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The Desert Botanical Garden’s longest running tradition, Las Noches de las Luminarias, is made up of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias and thousands of twinkle lights, all within the Garden’s intimate desert setting. Need we say more? Yes we do!

This year, Las Noches de las Luminarias runs alongside Electric Desert: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective. Imagine, two selfie ops, in one place! Las Noches de las Luminarias runs Dec. 1-23 and 26-31, 2018. Electric Desert runs through May 12, 2019.


Holiday lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Bring your kiddos and ride the decorated Paradise & Pacific Railroad Train through a holiday winter wonderland from Nov. 30, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019.. You’ll see McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park twinkling with thousands of colorful lights and be able to take photos by the larger-than-life displays. There is nothing cuter than kids and holiday decorations!


Christmas #AtThePrincess

The hashtag you’ll be using is #AtThePrincess and, trust me, you’ll be using it on more than one photo! Christmas at The Princess is a magical wonderland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where the whole family can enjoy activities like ice skating, s’mores making and, of course, shows featuring the resort’s four-story musical Christmas tree. This spectacular tree is made up of 70,000 LED lights and will be lit for the first time on Nov. 21, 2018. Start thinking of multiple Instagram captions now.


Gingerbread Cottage at Hyatt Regency


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If Instagram had a scratch and sniff feature, this Gingerbread Cottage would be number one! Each year, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s pastry team constructs a 10-foot-tall cottage from more than 700 pounds of gingerbread. You can’t touch it, but you can smell its unmistakable holiday scent and take as many pictures as you’d like!

We hope you have a tree-mendous holiday season! Cheers to Scottsdale!