• 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. Learn more about how our resort transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland during our Eighth Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 22, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come.

    • Festive Fun Throughout The Resort
    • Desert Ice Skating Rink

      During Christmas at the Princess, the resort’s 6,000 sq. ft. Desert Ice Skating Rink, made with real ice, 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.

    • NEW! Build-A-Bear Workshop

      During our 2017 Christmas at the Princess festival, Build-A-Bear Workshop fans found the brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience right on property! Guests of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to build their beary own stuffed animal at the workshop. Guests chose from an assortment of cheery clothing, accessories, scents and sounds, each sold separately.

    • Enchanted Plaza Shows

      Our resort boasts a five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show projected against the resort's facade during our Christmas at the Princess festival. 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 holiday season, this stunning four-story tree is decorated with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.

    • Santa’s Secret Headquarters

      Santa joined us during the holiday season 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. During the holidays, stop by and meet Jolly Ol' Saint Nick every night through Christmas at the Princess.

    • NEW! Copper Canyon Christmas Village Light Show

      During the holiday season, enjoy inspiring holiday music at our Copper Canyon Village framed with lights synchronized to holiday songs and new amazing 'Visions of Christmas' tree. Open nightly during the holiday season.

    • S’mores Land

      During the holiday season, you can 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.

    • Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

      During the holiday season, you can 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

      During Christmas at the Princess 2017, Santa invited his delightful holiday friends from the North Pole to visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Guests met Graham, Shivers, Princess Noel & Angelica, Selfie Elfie and Peppermint Penguin as you stroll through the property.

    • Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards

      Open during our Christmas at the Princess festival, 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.

    • Nativity Garden

      During Christmas at the Princess, 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.

    • Special Events
    • Tree Lighting Ceremony

      Join us for our Eighth 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!

    • Breakfast with Santa & Friends Pajama Party

      During the holiday season, guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends at this magical pajama party, with surprises and delights at every turn. Guests danced to the jolly tunes of DJ Jingle, played reindeer games, visited Santa in his Secret Headquarters for photos and enjoyed a discounted special daytime skating session (exclusively for breakfast attendees).

    • Santa Cares Photo Experience

      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.

    • Paw-sitively Christmas

      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. No reservations required; guests come on a first-come, first served basis.

    • Christmas Day Brunch

      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.


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