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! 

Above Photo: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


Scottsdale Fashion Square

Visiting Santa is anything but a typical experience at Scottdale Fashion Square. Santa HQ (presented by HGTV), which you can find on the mall’s lower level Palm Court, offers an interactive, digital experience with augmented reality. Children can even find out if they’re on the naughty or nice list before taking a picture with Santa. There will be a exclusive event hosted by Centria on Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for guests with sensory needs. 

Dates: Nov. 14 – Dec. 24, 2019


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. 7), Santa Cares (for children with special needs; Dec. 8) and Santa Paws (Dec. 2-3).

Dates: Nov 16 – Dec. 24, 2019


Kierland Commons

Make the most of Scottsdale sunny, winter weather by browsing this open-air shopping center. In addition to shops like BlueMercury and Athleta, you'll find Santa posted up near Shake Shack. Bypass the lines with a Fast Pass so that you have more time to enjoy dining at local favorites like Postino Wine Carfe.

Dates: Nov. 22 – Dec. 14, 2019


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. Aferwards, take advantage of the full Christmas at the Princess experience - hop aboard the Lagoon Lights Train, swing by S'Mores Land and look for holiday characters throughout the resort. 

Dates: Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2019


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. 29 – Dec. 1, 2019 and Dec. 6-23, 2018
Times: 6:30 – 9 p.m.





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 at Mowry & Cotton, cookie-decorating and photos.

Dates: Dec. 14, 2019


To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!