Put a Little Scottsdazzle in Your Holidays!

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Every year, clever elves sweep into Old Town Scottsdale and embellish it with thousands of twinkling lights, magical special events and a signature holiday tree that lights up the night with brilliant colors. It’s a dazzling, month-long display of seasonal spirit that can only be called Scottsdazzle! Here’s what’s on tap for you and yours during this year’s Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza.


Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 30, 2019 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Free

Bring the whole family, grab some hot cocoa and tasty goodies, and sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes lead by the MusicaNova Orchestra. The evening culminates with lighting of Scottsdale’s signature holiday tree.


Canal Concerts

Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 2019 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Free

Public art and seasonal cheer coincide on the three Saturday evenings preceding Christmas. Explore two monumental, light-based public art displays along the Arizona Canal at the Scottdale Waterfront, then settle in for festive holiday concerts featuring The Scottsdale Chorus (Dec. 7), Phoenix Girls Choir (Dec. 14) and the Campanillas del Sol Handbell Ensemble (Dec. 21).


Sugar Plum Avenue

Dec. 7, 2019 | 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Free

For one magical afternoon each year, Old Town’s famed Fifth Avenue magically transforms into Sugar Plum Avenue – a fairytale village inhabited by beautiful princesses, snowflake stilt walkers, aerial acrobats and, of course, dancing sugar plum fairies! Face painting, a tea party in the street and candy land bounce houses will delight holiday revelers of all ages.


Gold Palette ArtWalk

Dec. 12, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Free

Scottsdale’s legendary Thursday-night ArtWalk gets into the holiday spirit with strolling carolers, live entertainment and seasonal refreshments. Browse the outstanding galleries in the Scottsdale Arts District, mingle with local artists and enjoy the creative side of Scottsdale.


Santa Wine Around

Dec. 14, 2019 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Tasting costs vary by winery

If fine wine gives you that special holiday glow, don’t miss the Santa Wine Around, a self-guided sipping tour with stops at four of Old Town’s renowned tasting rooms: Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek Vineyards, LDV Winery and Salvatore Vineyards. Dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus or an elf and you’ll receive a commemorative wine glass!


Sweet Treat Trail

Dec. 15, 2019 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Treats range from $2 to $5

This immersive dessert-tasting experience is sure to thrill anyone with a sweet tooth! A unique Scottsdazzle-themed treat will be offered at each of the nine participating locations. Register for this event online at Scottsdazzle.com (required), and when you complete the trail, you’ll be entered to win one of the “Treat Yourself” prize packages!


For more information on these events and to find out where you can drop off your letters to Santa, visit Scottsdazzle.com. Then get ready for a spectacular season to remember! And don't forget to plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!