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Christmas at the Princess


The 2014 Christmas at the Princess season has come to a close, but there is still time to enjoy skating on our 6,000 square-foot skating rink made with real ice. The Desert Ice Skating Rink is open until February 1, 2015. Skate your way into the New Year!

Making Holiday Memories & Creating Family Traditions

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 turn into an enchanting winter wonderland during the fifth annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come.

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

  • 6,000 square foot Desert Ice Holiday Rink
  • Four-story Christmas tree with 67,000 lights that twinkle to holiday songs
  • Enchanted Plaza featuring nightly 3D light shows
  • Spectacular lagoon lights
  • Princess Express Train rides
  • NEW! Christmas Carousel
  • Select your Christmas tree at the NEW! Holiday Tree Lot by Moon Valley
  • Photos with Santa in Santa’s Workshop
  • Menorah lighting and latkes with applesauce for Hanukkah
  • Christmas Shoppe Kringle’s Korner featuring holiday gifts, gourmet food and beverage items and more
  • Holiday menus at  BOURBON STEAKLa HaciendaIronwood American Kitchen and  Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar. Take a look at our Seasonal Dining options.
  • Winter cocktails served fireside at  The Plaza Bar with views of our four-story tree

Take a glance at our holiday map and calendar.

Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony

November 20, 2014
Join our fifth annual Christmas at the Princess tree-lighting ceremony. Festivities will include spectacular musical performances, a visit from Santa Claus and his elves, strolling carolers, spiced cider and cookies, and the lighting of our four-story, musically animated Christmas tree that boasts 67,000 LED lights, and twinkle and dances to your favorite holiday songs. Spend the evening skating on the Desert Ice Skating Rink, touring the enchanted Lagoon lights on the Princess Express Train, taking a ride on the NEW Christmas carousel and much more!
Please see invitation for more details. 

Desert Ice Skating Rink

November 20, 2014 - February 1,2015
Put some extra icing on your holidays with our 6,000 square-foot skating rink made with real ice. Skaters will be in awe as they experience magical rink-side snowfalls. $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $5 for skate rental. Afternoon and evening skating session times vary. A portion of the proceeds from Desert Ice Skating will go to COX Charities throughout the festival.  Luxury rink-side, fire pit tables with s'mores and blankets also available by calling 480-585-2781.

Please note: Desert Ice Skating times have changed for the month of January. Skate times are as follows, are subject to availability and change.   

Sunday through Thursday 5 - 7 pm

Friday and Saturday 5 - 8 pm 

 Magic Moments on Ice

On the Desert Ice Skating Rink Presented by the Ice Den Scottsdale
November 20 and 25, December 2, 9, 16 and 20 and January 7, 14, 21, 28 and 30 from 7 - 7:30 pm
Guests will enjoy watching skaters of all ages from the Ice Den Scottsdale showcase their talents to holiday music. The performances are choreographed by the Ice Den Skating staff and are sanctioned by the Coyotes Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating.

Lagoon Lights

November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Enjoy more than 2 million LED lights as you stroll or ride the Princess Express Train through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include graceful swans floating on water, a buccaneer pirate ship, 14-foot poinsettias, a rocking horse, teddy bear, toy soldiers, fishing Santa, candy cane forest, menorah, dreidels, the Star of David, leaping arches, the Loch Ness Monster, 3-D giant reindeer, snowman, elves, and four singing trees. Surrounding the lagoon lights and throughout the resort, more than 100 trees will be wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes.

Princess Express Train

November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015 5 to 9 pm nightly
Hitch a ride on the Princess Express offering complimentary rides around the lagoons to spectators of all ages. 

NEW! Christmas Carousel

November 20, 2014 -January 4, 2015 - open nightly
Take a ride on the resort's Christmas Carousel, where dozens of galloping horses glitter 'round and 'round.

Enchanted Plaza: Musical Tree & Animated Holiday Light Show

November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015  - 6 to 9 pm nightly
The resort's Christmas tree has 67,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 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.

Nativity Garden Light Show

November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015 -5 to 9 pm 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 20 - December 21, 2014 - Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
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 1, 2014 - December 23, 2014 - open daily from 8 am to 9 pm
The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle's Korner offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, gourmet chocolates, gifts and more. Do your holiday shopping at the resort's boutiques: newly renovated ANNA J, Maverick, Provisions and the Well & Being Community Spa Market. Complimentary gift wrapping is available at all of the resort's retail outlets.

Toys for Tots

November 20, 2014 -December 20, 2014
Pull up to the Toys for Tots box at the front drive/porte-cochere, and a bellman will be happy to assist with new, unwrapped toy donations.

Tree of Hope

November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Purchase a COX Digi ornament from the Tree of Hope in Well & Being’s lobby and receive $20 off any a la carte spa or wellness treatment of your choice.


Please note:  Admission/parking for non-hotel guest is $30 for self-parking with up to 10 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4 pm. Restaurant guests will receive complimentary valet parking when dining at any of the resort restaurants. Light shows, rides on the Princess Express Train and the Christmas Carousel are complimentary. Skating, Santa photos, shopping and dining are priced separately.

Experience the Magic Overnight

Santa's elves stuffed a lot of goodies into our two Christmas at the Princess packages, take a look for yourself.  

Magic Memories Package

Sip, Savor and Skate Package

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