What's Open on Christmas Day in Scottsdale in 2021

By local contributor
Emily Lawrence

What's open on Christmas Day? Probably more than you’d expect! There’s the obvious: resort restaurants and resort golf courses are in full swing (be sure to call ahead for reservations). But how about the not-so-obvious? Read on! You’ll be amazed at how many entertaining activities and attractions can be experienced in Scottsdale on Christmas Day.

Above: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

 


Holiday Spirit

What's Open on Christmas Day

The joy of the season continues with Scottsdazzle, a holiday celebration in Scottsdale’s Old Town. There is something for everyone at this month-long celebration, with festivals, concerts, unique events, stunning decor, dining, shopping, drinks and more.  

For holiday spirit on a grand scale, head over to Christmas at the Princess. Each year, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations, more than four million sparkling LED lights, an ice-skating rink, S’mores Land, holiday character appearances and much more.

Brighten up your night with the glow of millions of twinkling lights. Choose from extravagant neighborhood light displays or Illumination, Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show.

 


Outdoor Fun

What's Open on Christmas Day

You can get your hike on 365 days a year in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park. Parking is free, and trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset.  

If a leisurely stroll or urban bike ride is more your style, explore 11 miles of connected parks, lakes, gardens and golf courses along the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. This long, winding pathway extends from Shea Boulevard in central Scottsdale all the way south to Tempe Town Lake. You can access the Greenbelt from numerous free public parking lots along Hayden Road.

We might be biased, but we think that Arizona has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – so why not take a drive? Some of the area's most photogenic drives include the Apache TrailSaguaro LakeFountain Hills and Cave Creek.

 


Family Fun

What's Open on Christmas Day

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) displays nearly 7,000 musical instruments and cultural objects from every corner of the globe. MIM is open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is suitable for all ages.

A trifecta of exciting family attractions – OdySea AquariumButterfly WonderlandLaser + Mirror Maze  – are open 365 days a year. And best of all, they’re located within easy walking distance of each other at Arizona Boardwalk, which makes for a convenient and fun-filled day for everyone!

One of Scottsdale’s newest attractions, Medieval Times, features a "hands-on," four-course feast along with an authentic jousting tournament in which six heroic knights on horseback compete to become champion. Multiple showtimes are available on Christmas Day.

 


Adults Only

What's Open on Christmas Day

Looking for some adult time out? The Casino at Talking Stick Resort features a state-of-the-art gaming floor with 800 slot machines and more than 50 table games including Blackjack and Poker. There’s also an abundance of restaurants and bar/lounges located on-site. Just a few minutes south, Casino Arizona offers visitors more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming, dining and entertainment.

Coach House is the oldest bar in Scottsdale and it’s famous for its over-the-top display of Christmas lights that cover nearly every square inch of the place! Coach House is a longtime local favorite and a must-see on any adult’s itinerary!

For something a little more thought-provoking, explore Scottsdale’s acclaimed public art program on a 60-minute self-guided, walking tour through Old Town. You’ll see 10 of the most-celebrated Scottsdale public artworks, including striking bronze statues, dramatic fountains and interactive installations. If you’d like to stay in the comfort of your own car, check out the new “Curated Tour of Outdoor Public Art in North Scottsdale!”

 

To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!