Where to See Santa in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

We know he’s the star of the show. That’s why we’ve got the inside scoop on where to find Santa Claus this holiday season. Don’t miss these opportunities to see the lights twinkle in your little one’s eyes when they meet the man in the red suit! 

Outlets at Anthem

Located on the outskirts of Phoenix, Outlets at Anthem makes every aspect of visiting Santa – even waiting in line – fun for the kiddos! Crafts and activities will be available for children as they wait to enter Santa’s cottage. In addition to daily photos with Santa, special events throughout the season include Breakfast with Santa (Dec. 1), Santa Cares (for children with special needs; Dec. 2 and 9) and Santa Paws (Dec. 3-4).

Dates: Nov 18 – Dec. 24, 2018


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Join Santa inside his magical Secret Headquarters, located at the heart of Christmas at the Princess, where family photos with Kris Kringle are a must. If you want to go all out, opt for the new Santa Suite VIP Experience. You and yours will spend the night in a suite adorned with the finest holiday trimmings including a full-size Christmas tree, personalized stockings hung by the chimney, sweet treats and more! 

Dates: Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, 2018
Call 480-585-4848 for details and to book the SantaSuite.


McCormick Stillman

Santa will make a special appearance at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park on select nights this holiday season. After you visit Santa, be sure to climb aboard the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, which will transport you though a winter wonderland of lights and displays.

Dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 and Dec. 7-23, 2018
Times: 6:30 – 9 p.m.


Scottsdale Fashion Square

Visiting Santa is anything but a typical experience at Scottdale Fashion Square. Santa HQ, which you can find on the mall’s lower level Palm Court, offers an interactive, digital experience with augmented reality and social media. Children can even find out if they’re on the naughty or nice list before taking a picture with Santa.

Dates: Nov. 14-24, 2018



What better way to get in the holiday spirit than by starting your day with Father Christmas? Breakfast with Santa is a time-honored tradition at The Phoenician and includes tasty cuisine, cookie-decorating and photos.

Dates: Dec. 8 and 15, 2018


To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!