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Making Holiday Memories & Creating Family Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA/CAA Five-Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during our sixth annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come.

Christmas Calendar

Christmas at the Princess festival events and activities are open to the public and include:

NEW! Princess Holiday Character Appearances

The Princess is introducing its new cast of delightful holiday friends who are visiting from the North Pole: Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint the Penguin and Selfie Elfie. Meet them every night through December 24th from 5:30 to 8:30pm with 15-minute breaks every hour. 

NEW! Christmas Petting Zoo

New this year is our Christmas Petting Zoo, open from 5-9pm during the entirety of the festival, featuring sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and an alpaca and is complimentary.

NEW! Breakfast with Santa & Friends

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends Princess Noel, Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elf. Enjoy DJ Jingle, photos with Santa, Carousel rides and a special skating session for breakfast attendees. December 19, 2015 at 9am. $50 adults, $35 children ages 3-12, children 2 and under eat free (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations required by calling 480-585-2694. View our menu here.

New S’mores Land & Christmas Carousel

Near the petting zoo is S’mores Land, a Christmas campfire area with seven fire pits and Christmas Carousel, where dozens of galloping horses glitter ‘round and ‘round. It is open evenings and rides are complimentary.

Desert Ice Skating Rink

November 19, 2015- January 3, 2016

Made with real ice, skaters experience magical rink side snowfalls each night. $15 per person and $5 for skate rental. Skating session times vary and are open to the public.

Lagoon Lights

November 19, 2015- January 3, 2016

Enjoy more than 2 million LED lights as you stroll or ride the Princess Express train through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, 14-foot poinsettias, a teddy bear, toy soldiers, a fishing Santa, leaping arches mimicking a water show, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster and a candy cane forest. New for 2015 is a 3-D whale, five skating penguins and a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors.

Enchanted Plaza: Musical Tree & Animated Holiday Light Show

November 19, 2015- January 3, 2016 - 6 to 10pm nightly

The resort's Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 14 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. Don't miss the high-definition, one-of-a-kind animated video show featuring five holiday scenes set to music and projected against the resort's facade. This five-minute show plays nightly in the Enchanted Plaza at 6pm and 9pm.

Nativity Garden Light Show

November 19, 2015- January 3, 2016 - 5 to 9pm nightly

The resort's Fragrance Garden becomes the Nativity Garden, where an 88-foot narrated light and music show tells the story of Christmas. Seating is provided for the 10-minute program.

Photos with Santa in Santa's Workshop

November 19, 2015 - December 23, 2015 - From 5:00 to 8:30pm nightly

Join Santa in his workshop at La Hacienda Plaza where the young and young-at-heart can have photos taken with Kris Kringle. Photos are $10 and are available for immediate pick-up.

Holiday Shopping

November 19, 2015- December 24, 2015

Kringle’s Korner Holiday Shoppe offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys, gourmet chocolates and more. Do your holiday shopping at the resort's boutiques: men’s Maverick store, Anna J women’s boutique or health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market. Complimentary gift wrapping is available.

Holiday Dining

Christmas Brunch - Friday, December 25th, 2015. Palomino Ballroom, 10am - 3:00pm. Adults $95, children $40, children 5 and under eat free (with paying adult); tax and gratuity not included. For reservations please call 480-585-2694.

To see our holiday menus and Christmas dining specials please click here.

Take a glance at our 2015 holiday brochure.

Rink Side Fire Pit Rentals

For the ultimate experience at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, luxury rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores, cocktails, hot cocoa and blankets are available for evening sessions. For more information click here or to book your reservation, please call (480) 513-6014 or click here.

Parking and Entrance Fee

  • Parking and Entrance Fee are complimentary for hotel guests
  • Valet parking and entrance fee for local residents are complimentary with a $75 purchase at any resort restaurant
  • Entrance fee and parking for non-hotel guests: $30 for self-parking with up to 9 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4pm without dining

Please note: Light shows, rides on the Princess Express Train and the Christmas Carousel are complimentary. Skating, Santa photos, shopping and dining are priced separately.