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Festive and Safe Holiday Events in Scottsdale
We Welcome You to Christmas at the Princess: The Season of Joy

May Christmas at the Princess fill your family with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter this season.

Rekindle the joy of Christmas during Christmas at the Princess—A holiday tradition for Scottsdale families for the past 11 years! Every winter, our resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 5 million sparkling LED lights during Christmas at the Princess. Re-imagined in 2020 for a safe,  socially distanced outdoor celebration, savor the splendor of the season and discover the place where Christmas cheer lives on.

Go ice skating and watch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores together. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus and meet our cute holiday characters. With safe kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, it's the perfect destination to make magical memories before the year comes to a close. For we need a little Christmas now!

Festive Fun Throughout The Resort

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale Desert Ice Skating Rink

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. $35 per person | $7 discount if you bring your own ice skates. Skate change and viewing areas expanded to enable physical distancing.
S'mores Land of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

S'mores Land

Travel through La Hacienda Plaza to an enchanting land, where you can visit the s'mores-loving character Graham at his home, roast marshmallows around a campfire in a socially distanced Christmas Tree Forest, take an icy slide down the four lane Polar Glide, a glittering whirl on the Christmas Carousel or a twirl on Frosty's Ferris wheel. Graham's S'more Store rounds out the fun. New in 2020: Spread out with double the seating and double the fire pits! All rides on expanded cleaning and sanitization schedules.

Holiday Character Appearances in Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

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.
Santa's Secret Headquarters in Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

Photos With Santa

Join Santa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 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 and taking the super secret elf pledge. Available nightly through December 24, the Santa Experience includes:

*Up to 8 people per reservation
*Meet and Greet with Santa and his elves
*Santa's Elf Pledge
*One Digital Photo (Personal photos and videos are allowed)
Advance ticket purchase required. Select your preferred date from the dropdown on our admissions page to book!

Lanterns of Hope at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Lanterns of Hope

It's the season of caring! As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the resort's Sonoran Landing Pool begins to shine with the launch of water lanterns. Each group receives their own lantern to decorate. Pen holiday messages of hope, healing, love and peace, or note your intentions for the year ahead. Guests will launch their lanterns with others in a ceremony as we light the water with hope and connection for the community. Ceremony running continuously throughout the evening.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale Enchanted Plaza Shows

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 18 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. This musical tree is one of the can't-miss experiences of one of the top holiday events in Scottsdale!



Feel the magic of Christmas at Winterland with twinkling lights, a frosty ice bar, hot drinks, igloos and complimentary fire pit seating for s'mores roasting. Capture the moment under the mistletoe, ask for your loved one's hand, or propose all over again at the Love Arbor. Enjoy an ice bar stocked with iced vodkas, champagne and more. Hot winter alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available with Mrs. Claus' holiday treats.

Winterland Igloo

Winterland Igloos

If 2020 is the year of living in a bubble, at least make it cool. As Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, warm up in a climate-controlled igloo and adjoining heated patio in Winterland. Furnished in a luxe hygge look and surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights, they make for the perfect social media sharing experience. Enjoy the ambiance with a warm winter cocktail in hand! First come, first served.
Give The Gift Of Relaxation And Rejuvenation Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

Comfort & Joy at Well & Being Spa

Embrace the Christmas spirit and avoid the holiday hustle and bustle by making your loved one's holiday gift what they really want. Choose one of Well & Being Spa's festive e-gift cards, and your gift is ready within minutes!


'Tis the season to spa! Take a peek at our current fall specials and stay tuned as we reveal our delightfully indulgent winter spa specials. 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

All aboard! Enjoy more than 5 million dazzling lights as you stroll through the resort's majestic lagoons to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness monster and more. You can also hitch rides on the Princess Express Trains—with plexi-glass now dividing each train car for safety—offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages. Travel through a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors from special RGB LED bulbs, capable of 256 million magical color combinations!

Twinkle Town at Christmas at the Princess

Twinkle Town

Visit a magical land filled with twinkling lights, delectable bites and beverages as you take in incredible sweeping views of the resort. Don't forget to say hello to our newest holiday friend Twinkles, Santa's brightest Christmas light!  
Holiday Eats In Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

Holiday-Themed Grab & Go Favorites

Whether you're in the mood for some of your favorite seasonal treats or are looking for something more filling to warm you up, we have something for all ages at our holiday-themed Grab & Go dining areas.


The Lodge: Introducing craft-style favorites in a cozy outdoor chalet-inspired setting. Located at the Hacienda Plaza.


Mrs. Claus' Cookies: Christmas cookies aren't just for Santa. Mrs. Claus offers the season's most festive flavors featuring holiday favorites sugar 'n' spice, chocolate chip, gingerbread and more. Located at the Hacienda Plaza.


Kringle's Kup: Stop by one of our beverage concession stands found along the glittering Lagoon Lights for hot chocolate and cider, coffee drinks, soda, wine, beer, margaritas and more.


New Christmas Shopping

Hearts Lift With a Thoughtful Gift

The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with must-have items for everyone on your list at Maverick men's boutique, Anna J women's boutique, Provisions or Well & Being Spa's lifestyle boutique.


NOW OPEN! The Christmas Shoppe offers keepsakes and mementos to capture the wonderful holiday memories created here at the Princess including family pajamas, whimsical desert holiday decor, stuffed animals, collectible ornaments and so much more.


NEW THIS YEAR! You can shop all of your Fairmont Scottsdale favorites online here!

Rinkside Fire Pit Rentals at Arizona

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 evenings. 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. Fire pit layout expanded this year for even greater social distancing.


For more information, please call 480.513.6014.

Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards

Holiday Gift Cards

Give the gift of a Princess experience with gift certificates available for:
  • • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
  • • Well & Being Spa
  • • Bourbon Steak
  • • Toro
  • • La Hacienda

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Bourbon Steak: Sumptuous steaks, seafood and sides in a festive AAA Four Diamond award-winning setting

Toro: Tantalizing Pan-Latin flavors, 151 different rums and stunning sunset views of TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course

La Hacienda: Arizona's top-rated Mexican restaurant! With wonderful views of the Desert Ice Skating rink, it's the best seat in town

Ironwood American Kitchen: Celebrating the season with the finest local ingredients featuring warm bowls, hand-crafted sandwiches and family friendly desserts

The Plaza Bar: Outdoor patios and fire pits invite you to grab friends for a drink near the Enchanted Plaza's iconic four-story musical tree


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LoveUp Foundation Season of Giving at the Princess

#LoveUp at the Princess

The Christmas season is also a time for giving! This year, we've partnered with COX Charities to make it easy for you to give back. For every Jingle with Joy room package booked or Desert Ice Skating session purchased, a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the #LoveUp Foundation. The #LoveUp Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of children in the Foster Care System by offering assistance, comfort and hope in that one day they will be living in a home full of love, joy and opportunity. 

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