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Festive Holiday Events in Scottsdale: Christmas at the Princess

Celebrate the splendor of the season and discover the place to be during the holidays. Every winter, our resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over four million sparkling LED lights: Christmas at the Princess. 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 kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, it's the perfect destination for creating new traditions together.

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.
Build A Bear In Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Build-A-Bear Workshop fans can find the beloved brand's one-of-a-kind holiday experience right on property! Build your beary own stuffed animal at the workshop and choose from an assortment of cheery clothing, accessories, scents and sounds. Build-A-Bear pricing from $20.
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. As one of the top holiday events in Scottsdale, the musical tree plays nightly throughout the season.

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

Santa's Secret Headquarters

Join Santa inside his magical 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. Available nightly throughout the season and photo packages are available.

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 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. The Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Shop and Graham's S'more Store round out the fun.



Feel the magic of Christmas at Winterland with twinkling lights, a frosty ice bar, hot drinks, igloos and live performances of popular romantic holiday music. 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.

mrs. claus corner

Mrs. Claus' Corner

Serenely celebrate a decade of Decembers with this year's newest gift giving shop, Mrs. Claus' Well & Being Beauty Bar. She has been all over the world curating a collection of beauty and relaxation essentials for you to gift and get to transform your home into your own personal spa oasis this holiday season. From essential oil bath bombs, lavish plush PJs, fabulous fitness fashions and more, we have the season's must haves. *Located at La Hacienda Plaza

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

Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

Enjoy more than 4.5 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, offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages.

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.
Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards

Holiday Shopping & Gift Cards

The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle's Korner allows guests to take the memories of Christmas at the Princess home with our one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, stuffed animals and pajamas for the entire family. Complete your 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 Lifestyle Boutique. 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 In Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

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, we have grab-and-go dining options. Snack on Mrs. Claus' Cookies, warm out of the oven or warm yourself from the inside out with one of our new holiday cocktails throughout the property.


Stop by one of our beverage concession stands at the Enchanted Plaza, Desert Ice Skating Rink, S'moresland or Winterland for hot chocolate and cider, coffee drinks, soda, wine, beer, margaritas and more. Chicken tenders, waffle fries and hot dogs can be ordered at Kringle's Kitchen located at the Feliz Navidad Plaza.

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. For more information, please call 480.513.6014.
Give The Gift Of Relaxation And Rejuvenation Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

Give the Gift of Relaxation and Rejuvenation

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 delightfully indulgent winter spa specials. 

Winterland Igloo

NEW! Winterland Igloo Rentals

All new this year, join us in Winterland at our VIP Social Igloos. As Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, warm up in your own private, climate-controlled igloo and adjoining heated patio. Furnished in a luxe hygge look and surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights, they make for the perfect social media sharing experience. Enjoy nightly live entertainment and your own cocktail server with full bar available. Private igloos seat two to 18 guests. Limited availability. For more information, call 480.585.2694.

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