Why We Love Scottsdale for the Holidays

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Tell ho-hum holidays to take a hike – you’re going to Scottsdale! Here, resort winter wonderlands, farm-fresh season’s eatings, holiday events and millions of glittering lights will put some serious sparkle in your season. And best of all, our sunny skies and warm winter temperatures mean you can enjoy all the season’s finest offerings without a snow shovel in sight.

 


Resort Winter Wonderlands


Every year, Scottsdale’s resorts transform into enchanting winter wonderlands swathed in all the splendor of the season. In true Fairmont style, “Christmas at the Princess” features a four-story musical Christmas tree, desert ice skating rink, and Santa’s Secret Headquarters. At the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a life-size Gingerbread Cottage is sure to induce dreams of sugar plums and candy canes. And at The Phoenician, posh holiday offerings include a three-course Holiday Tea, breakfast with Santa and the Cactus Garden Light Tour.


Season’s Eatings


Dining in Scottsdale during the holidays is a delicious journey through menus that plait your traditional favorite dishes with indigenous Sonoran Desert ingredients and on-trend culinary techniques – think Southwestern herb-roasted turkey, coffee-rubbed bison tenderloin or creamy green chili crab mac ‘n’ cheese, just for starters. Seasonally inspired craft cocktails and decadent desserts round out a festive holiday meal that’s worth every calorie. 


Festive Special Events


Get your glow on at Scottsdale’s seasonal special events. Scottsdazzle is a month-long celebration of all things holiday, from tree lightings and Santa Wine Arounds to Sugar Plum Avenue’s fairytale village. Experience a Southwestern holiday tradition at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de Las Luminarias, which features 8,000 hand-lit luminarias, live music, and Electric Desert, an immersive journey of light and sound. Or climb aboard Verde Canyon Railway’s Christmas Train for a magical ride to the North Pole.


Holiday Light Spectaculars


When it comes to holiday lights, more is always better! ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo shines with a three-story Christmas tree and millions of lights in whimsical animal-shaped displays. Cruise the streets Old Town – decked out in their sparkling holiday finest – on a guided tour with Segway of Scottsdale. And just south of Scottsdale, ILLUMINATION, Symphony of Light is one of the country’s largest drive-thru holiday extravaganzas, featuring millions of lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes.

Visit HolidaysInScottsdale.com and leave the holiday heavy lifting to us while you enjoy a magical season to remember!