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Festive Holiday Events in Scottsdale 2021
Believe in the Magic of Christmas at the Princess

A very warm welcome to Christmas at the Princess—A holiday tradition for Scottsdale families for the past 12 years! This year, we are celebrating the magic of Christmas at the Princess. The magic of Christmas is how everyone cares a little more, hugs a little longer and loves a little harder. The world is transformed at Christmas. It is electrified by the light that shines within each and every one of us!

Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter as our resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 6 million sparkling LED lights. Savor the splendor of the season and discover the place where Christmas cheer lives all season long. 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 to make magical memories before the year comes to a close. We are forever grateful to have earned a place in your hearts and your family's traditions.

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

Experience & Admission

Choose the best option that fits your plans for your 2021 winter holiday getaway! Book your nightly Christmas at the Princess tickets, overnight stays and dining reservations below.

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.


*Unlimited skating at the Desert Ice Skating Rink and Alpine Skate Trail available with purchase of Ice Pass.

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 and encouraged)


The Village Signature

NEW: The Village

The powder is falling and the mountains are calling at The Village. Sled down 120 ft of blizzardy bliss on Snow Mountain and conquer the ice as you glide through the Alpine Skate Trail. Little adventurers will be challenged in the Ice Maze! And don't forget to take a spin on The Chair Lift!



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

Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

All aboard! Enjoy more than 6 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. Travel through a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors from special RGB LED bulbs, capable of 256 million magical color combinations!

DON'T MISS THIS YEAR'S NEWEST INSTALLATIONS! Including a 12-foot 3D hippo, octopus, hot air balloon and 15-foot princess!

NEW THIS YEAR! Prior to boarding, make sure to grab a toasty beverage at Comet's Caboose! Located just outside the train depot. 

S'mores Land of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

S’mores Land at The Village

Travel through The Village 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. Graham's S'more Store rounds out the fun. 

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 and complimentary fire pit seating. 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 hot winter alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as Mrs. Claus' holiday treats.



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, Selfie Elfie, Twinkles and Peppermint Penguin as you stroll through the property. Don't miss their new dance performance every evening at 5 and 9 pm.


Twinkle Town at Christmas at the Princess

Twinkle Town

Visit a magical land filled with twinkling lights, delectable light bites and beverages as you take in incredible sweeping views of the resort around cozy fire pits. Don't forget to say hello to our newest holiday friend Twinkles, Santa's brightest Christmas light!  




Nativity Garden at Christmas at the Princess

Nativity Garden Narrated Light Show

The resort's Fragrance Garden brings new dimension to the Nativity Garden, featuring a narrated light and music show sharing the story of Christmas. Seating is provided for the program with shows running continuously throughout the evening every 15 minutes.



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 and stunning sunset views of TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course. Don't miss the new Iron Tiger cocktail!

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


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 Christmas Wish room package booked 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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