• It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during our Seventh Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 22, 2016 through January 1, 2017. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come.

    • Experience & Admission Information
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      Parking & Admission

      Self-Parking: $35 per personal vehicle
      Valet Parking: $55 per personal vehicle

      Parking fees include General Admission and Ride/Attraction Admission. Ride/Attraction Wristbands distributed equal to number of occupants within (up to 6 per vehicle).

      See below for General Admission and Ride/Attraction Admission inclusions.

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      Dining Experience

      Dine and spend $75 at any of the resort’s outlets, including Bourbon Steak, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, La Hacienda and Ironwood American Kitchen, and receive:

      *Complimentary Valet Parking
      *Complimentary General Admission
      *Complimentary Ride/Attraction Wristbands for dining guests 

      See below for General Admission and Ride/Attraction Admission inclusions.

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      Overnight Guests

      The best way to enjoy Christmas at the Princess is to stay at the resort overnight with a holiday package. All holiday packages include:

      *Complimentary General Admission
      *Complimentary Self-Parking (included in Daily Resort Fee)
      *VIP Express Passes for up to 2 Adults & 3 Children, providing “fast lane” access to all rides and attractions

      See below for General Admission and Ride/Attraction Admission inclusions.

      To view all of our holiday packages and their specific inclusions, click below.

      View Holiday Packages
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      General and Ride & Attraction Admission

      General Admission includes access to:

      *Enchanted Plaza—featuring a four-story musically animated tree, NEW “Twas the Night Before Christmas” video show
      *NEW Santa's Secret Headquarters (option to purchase photo packages)
      *3 Million holiday lights
      *Nativity Garden
      *Desert Ice Skating Rink (option to purchase skate session and rental)

      Ride & Attraction Admission includes access to:

      *Princess Express Train rides through Lagoon Lights (second train added this year!)
      *S’mores Land—featuring a Forest with family campfires, NEW Polar Glide Ice Slide, Christmas Carousel and NEW Frosty’s Ferris wheel 

      For guests who are not parking, dining or staying overnight at the resort, Ride & Attraction Wristbands are available for purchase at retail kiosks throughout the resort at $10 per person. See our Holiday Property Map for exact locations. 

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      Rinkside Fire Pit Rentals

      For the ultimate experience at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, luxury rinkside fire pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available for evening sessions. One Valet Parking Voucher, General Admission and VIP Express Passes for guests registered at fire pit also included. Desert Ice fire pit rental rates vary by capacity (4 to 8 guests) and dates based upon demand. For more information, click below to submit an inquiry.

      Submit Inquiry
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      More Information

      To view a complete listing of Christmas at the Princess activities, dates and locations, click below

      Christmas Brochure

      Event Calendar

      Holiday Property Map

    • Signature Christmas at the Princess Experiences
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      Desert Ice Skating Rink

      Made with real ice, the resort’s 6,000 sq. ft. Desert Ice Skating Rink provides skaters the opportunity to experience a classic winter tradition surrounded by the beauty of the Scottsdale desert and starry night sky, along with magical rinkside snowfalls nightly. Recognized as one of the "Top Ten Holiday Ice Rinks in the World" by the Vancouver Sun. Ice Fee $20 per person; Skate Rental $5 per person.

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      NEW! Enchanted Plaza Shows

      Don't miss this five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show featuring the story of “The Night Before Christmas” projected against the resort's facade. The resort's Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 17 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. During the day, this stunning four-story tree is decorated with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.

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      NEW! Santa’s Secret Headquarters

      Join Santa inside his magical new Secret Headquarters, where the young and young-at-heart can have family photos taken with Kris Kringle himself while meeting a few of his favorite friends along the way. Stop by and meet Jolly Ol' Saint Nick every night through December 24, 2016. Photo packages available for purchase starting at $24.99. Click below to reserve your appointment.

      Place a Reservation
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      NEW! S’mores Land

      Travel through La Hacienda Plaza to an enchanting land. Join our newest friend Graham, a squishable s’more, at his home where you can roast marshmallows around a campfire in a Christmas Tree Forest, take a glittering whirl on the Christmas Carousel and Frosty’s Ferris Wheel and don't forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down our newest frozen attraction, the four-lane Polar Glide Ice Slide! Access to S’mores Land available with Ride & Attraction Wristband.

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      NEW! Holiday Character Appearances

      Introducing yet another new cast of delightful holiday friends visiting from the North Pole this year: Graham, a walking s’more, the lovely Princess Angelica and a huggable Yeti named Shivers. Meet them and our returning friends Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie.

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      Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

      Enjoy more than 3 million LED lights as you stroll through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, buccaneer pirate ship, mermaid, 14-foot poinsettias, teddy bear, toy soldiers, fishing Santa, leaping arches, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, menorah, dreidels, 3D whale, skating penguins, candy cane forest and more. Hitch a ride on the Princess Express Trains, offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages. Access to Princess Express Trains available with Ride & Attraction Wristband.

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      Holiday Shopping

      The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys, gourmet chocolates, pet toys and more. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items in Maverick men’s store, Anna J women’s boutique or health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market.

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      Nativity Garden

      Make sure to stop in the Nativity Garden, where guests are welcome to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Christmas through an 88-foot narrated light and music show. Seating provided for the 10-minute program.

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      Christmas Day Brunch

      December 25, 2016 | 10 am to 3 pm
      Gather family and friends to celebrate this joyous holiday at the Princess. Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together for one spectacular holiday feast held in the Palomino Ballroom. Adults $95, Children $40, Children 5 and under eat free with paying adult. For reservations, call 480-585-2694.

    • Holiday Events
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      Breakfast with Santa & Friends

      Dec. 10, 2016 | 9 am
      Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends at this whimsical holiday party, with surprises and delights at every turn. Dance to the jolly tunes of DJ Jingle, play reindeer games, visit Santa in his Secret Headquarters for photos and enjoy a discounted special daytime skating session (exclusively for breakfast attendees). $60 Adults; $45 Children ages 3-12; Children two and under eat free with paid adult. Reservations required by calling 480-585-2694.

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      Santa Cares Photo Experience

      Dec. 4, 2016 | 3 to 5 pm
      Santa’s Secret Headquarters welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. This sensory-friendly event will take place prior to public hours, in a comforting and physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. Photo packages available for purchase during event. Advanced reservation times limited.

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      Paw-sitively Christmas

      Dec. 11, 2016 | 3 to 5 pm
      Bixby and Gibbs, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' lovable canine ambassadors, are inviting all of their four-legged friends to join in on the cheer this year for photos with Santa. Stay for the release of their first book, “The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs.” Photo packages available for purchase during event. Click below to secure your advanced reservation.

      Reserve Your Spot

    Christmas #AtThePrincess

    Whether you’re into Santa selfies or capturing a perfect shot of the Lagoon Lights, we want to see your most memorable Christmas at the Princess moments. Share with us using the hashtag #AtThePrincess all season long for the chance to be featured here!

    A special thank you to our sponsors:

    • Barrett-Jackson

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