Most Instagram-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!




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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! Las Noches de las Luminarias runs Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 17-23, 26-31, 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. 29, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020. 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


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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. Start thinking of multiple Instagram captions now!


PHoenix ZooLights


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The holiday tradition shines brighter than ever as the Phoenix Zoo brings in another magical season of ZooLights! With millions of holiday lights scattered throughout the park, any spot throughout the park makes the perfect photo. Don't forget to take a selfie in their large tunnel covered in thousands of lights or next to your favorite zoo animal!

We hope you have a tree-mendous holiday season! 


To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!