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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 Ninth Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 20, 2018 through December 31, 2018. 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 is open nightly. Hours vary by day, check the Quick Links for more information.

Sip, Savor & Celebrate Christmas at the Princess
Sip, Savor & Celebrate Christmas at the Princess

Enjoy a $75 daily resort credit, VIP early entrance to Christmas at the Princess, and more! Christmas at the Princess is back and features more than 4 million twinkling lights, the Princess Express trains, an outdoor Desert Ice skating rink, S’mores Land and plenty of holiday cheer. The entire resort is decked out and we invite you to experience the 9th Annual Christmas at the Princess with our Sip, Savor & Celebrate Holiday Package from November 20 to December 31, 2018.

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Festive Fun Throughout the Resort
  • 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.

    Skating: $20
    Skating + skates: $25

    Ice Den Performances:
    Monday, November 19 - TBD
    Tuesday, November 20 - TBD
    Tuesday, November 27 - 6:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 4 - 6:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 11 - 6:30 pm
    Tuesday, December 18 - 6:30 pm

    Special Appearance:
    Coca Cola Bear – Sunday, December 2

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    Build-A-Bear Workshop

    This winter, Build-A-Bear Workshop fans can find the beloved brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience right on property! Guests of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to build their beary own stuffed animal at the workshop. Choose from an assortment of cheery clothing, accessories, scents and sounds, each sold separately. Bear adoptions starting at $20.

  • Enchanted Plaza Shows

    Don't miss this five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show 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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    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, 2018. Guests can check in at the registration desk to receive a golden ticket with an approximate time to return for photos with Santa that evening. Photo packages available for purchase starting at $45. Daily hours subject to change.

  • 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, adopt a cuddly friend at the new Build-A-Bear experience (separate fee) and don't forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down our frozen attraction, the four-lane Polar Glide Ice Slide! Wristband needed for entry. S'mores kits available for purchase.

  • Princess Express Train at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

    Enjoy more than 4.5 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. Wristband needed for entry to train station.

  • Holiday Character Appearances

    Holiday Character Appearances

    Santa has invited his delightful holiday friends from the North Pole to visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess again this year.  Meet Graham, Shivers, Princess Noel & Angelica, Selfie Elfie and Peppermint Penguin as you stroll through the property.

  • Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards

    9am – 9 pm nightly

    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. Or, give the gift of a Princess experience with gift certificates available for:

    • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    • Well & Being Spa
    • Bourbon Steak
    • Toro
    • La Hacienda

  • Holiday Eats & Treats

    Whether you're in the mood for some of your favorite holiday treats or are looking for something more filling to warm you up, explore our grab-and-go dining options:

    Kringle's Kup locations:
    Enchanted Plaza
    Desert Ice
    S'mores Land

    Kringle's Kitchen location:
    La Hacienda Trellis

    Princess Nut Roasting Company location:
    Desert Ice

    Mrs. Claus' Cookie Company location:
    La Hacienda Plaza

    Hours subject to change.

  • Holly Jolly Christmas in Fairmont Gold

    Holly Jolly Christmas in Fairmont Gold

    Unwrap yourself a joyful present this holiday season at the Princess as you enjoy a merry and bright stay in Fairmont Gold. With cheerful wreaths on every guest door and our Holiday Cheer Bar in the Fairmont Gold lounge every day from 11 am to 8 pm, you can create your hot cocoa your way with your favorite mix-ins and toppings. And may you enjoy the spirit of Christmas as you join us for happy hour in the lounge for mulled wine!

    For more information or to book the Santa Suite, call 480.585.4848.

Capture the Moment: Holiday Photo Sessions
Capture the Moment: Holiday Photo Sessions

Make those special family moments last with a portfolio of beautiful, expressive photos perfect for sharing and remembering this holiday season. With 65-acres of beauty and splendor, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess serves as the preferred backdrop for holiday photos in Scottsdale. Schedule a professional private portrait session with the resort's preferred photographer, Studio EM. Advance reservations required through the resort's concierge, available exclusively for guests of the resort. Photo sessions complimentary, with photo and holiday card packages available for purchase.

Upcoming Holiday Events
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 5:30 – 10 pm

    Join us for our Ninth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick-off Christmas at the Princess! Enjoy an evening of holiday fun, culminating in the lighting of our four-story musically animated Christmas tree that boasts 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to 17 holiday songs!

    *$20 donation per car to go toward #LoveUp Foundation. Additional fees apply for attractions, rides, ice skating sessions and photos with Santa.

  • Santa Cares Photo Experience

    Sunday, November 25th, at 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    Sunday, December 2nd, at 3:30 – 4:30 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.

  • Paw sitively Christmas

    Santa Paws Christmas

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 3:30 – 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. Photo packages available for purchase during event.

  • Christmas Day Brunch

    December 25, 2018 | 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. For reservations, call 480.585.2694.

    Accepting reservations from 10 am to 3 pm. Adults $110, Children 6-12 $49, Children 5 and under eat free with paying adult.

NEW! Santa Suite VIP Experience
NEW! Santa Suite VIP Experience

Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you to stay overnight in their new luxurious home-away-from-home. Savor the holiday spirit in an elegant suite with living and dining room and King bedroom decked out for the holidays with a Christmas tree, personalized stockings hung by the chimney, hot cocoa bar and Santa’s favorite cookies. Enjoy holiday décor throughout, designed by The Lifestyled Company, Santa’s turntable with Christmas classics on vinyl, festive bedding, plush red robes, and more. At 5 pm, enjoy a surprise call from Santa himself! Santa’s Suite includes a private rinkside fire pit for four at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, a family photo with Santa and VIP access to all the rides and attractions!

*Rates starting at $1499. Book the adjoining double-double room with the one-bedroom Santa Suite, rates starting from $279. Subject to availability. For more information or to book, call 480.585.4848.

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