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What's Open On Christmas Day In Scottsdale In 2023

Discover the unexpected treasures awaiting you on Christmas Day in Scottsdale! While it's no surprise that resort restaurants and golf courses are open (remember to make reservations), the city offers a wealth of lesser-known activities and attractions. Let's explore the delightful surprises that Scottsdale has in store for you this Christmas.


Holiday Spirit

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Experience the enchantment of the season with Scottsdazzle, a festive holiday celebration nestled in the heart of Scottsdale's historic Old Town. This month-long jubilee promises a little something for everyone, featuring a kaleidoscope of festivals, melodious concerts, unique events, dazzling decor, delectable dining, boutique shopping, and spirited libations.

For an immersive holiday spectacle, journey to Christmas at the Princess. Each year, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess magically transforms into a captivating winter wonderland adorned with radiant decorations. Over 6.5 million glistening LED lights adorn the resort, along with a charming ice-skating rink, S’mores Land, appearances by beloved holiday characters, and a cornucopia of other delights.

Illuminate your evenings with the brilliance of millions of twinkling lights. You have a choice between exploring extravagant neighborhood light displays or immersing yourself in the grandeur of Enchant, the world's largest Christmas maze and village.


Outdoor Fun

What's Open on Christmas Day

Indulge in the year-round hiking experience amid the stunning landscapes of Scottsdale at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park. With free parking and trails accessible from sunrise to sunset, nature enthusiasts have endless opportunities for adventure.

If a leisurely stroll or an urban bike ride is more your speed, discover an interconnected 11-mile expanse of parks, lakes, gardens, and golf courses along the scenic Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. This winding path stretches from central Scottsdale's Shea Boulevard to the picturesque Tempe Town Lake, and you can conveniently access it through various free public parking lots along Hayden Road.

While we may be partial, we can't help but marvel at Arizona's breathtaking scenery, some of the most picturesque in the world. So, why not embark on a scenic drive? Explore the captivating vistas along renowned routes like the Apache Trail, Saguaro Lake, Fountain Hills, and Cave Creek.


Family Fun

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The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is a treasure trove, showcasing an extensive collection of nearly 7,000 musical instruments and cultural artifacts sourced from every corner of the world. On Christmas Day, MIM welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering an enriching experience suitable for all ages.

For a trifecta of exhilarating family-friendly attractions that promise year-round excitement, look no further than OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, and Laser + Mirror Maze. The best part? These captivating destinations are conveniently located within easy walking distance of one another at the vibrant Arizona Boardwalk, ensuring a hassle-free and joy-filled day for all!


Adults Only

What's Open on Christmas Day

If you're in need of some adult time-out, look no further than the Casino at Talking Stick Resort. Featuring a state-of-the-art gaming floor with over 1,400 slot machines and more than 50 table games, including classics like Blackjack and Poker, it's a haven for gaming enthusiasts. On top of that, you'll find a plethora of on-site restaurants and stylish bars/lounges to elevate your experience. Just a brief drive south, Casino Arizona awaits, offering over 100,000 square feet dedicated to gaming, dining, and entertainment.

For a truly unique experience, don't miss Coach House, Scottsdale's oldest bar. Famous for its extravagant Christmas light display that adorns every nook and cranny, it's a beloved local institution that should be on every adult's must-visit list.

For a more intellectually stimulating outing, delve into Scottsdale's renowned public art program. Take a self-guided, 60-minute walking tour through Old Town, where you'll encounter 10 celebrated public artworks, including captivating bronze statues, awe-inspiring fountains, and engaging interactive installations.


Delectable Dining

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Looking for a spot to spend the day dining on a tasty Christmas dinner in Scottsdale? Check out our story on The Best Christmas Dinners in Scottsdale to see a regularly updated list of all the best restaurants serving up festive feasts. From celebratory prix fixe menus to collective classics and more, Scottsdale is full of options for the perfect holiday meal.


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