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Turn Moments Into Memories This Year

Join us for the Southwest's most extraordinary celebration, where generations of Scottsdale residents and visitors gather to embrace a treasured holiday tradition. Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter. Go ice skating and catch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Stage a selfie with Santa and meet our cute cast of holiday characters. With kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, this is where new traditions are created together.

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Christmas is Calling

Plan your family's holiday vacation now and enjoy the best values of the season!

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From Our Family to Yours May the magic of Christmas fill your family with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

Featured Activities

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Mrs. Claus' Story Time

During your stay in our newest enclave of the resort, Privado, you can enjoy a very merry holiday at the Princess with an exclusive story time with Mrs. Claus' and her elves.

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Ultimate Santa Experience

New this year! Surprise your family with the ultimate Santa experience. Meet Mrs. Claus, experience the Elf Academy, enjoy milk and specialty cookies, Santa story time and up to 10 digital photos.

Blackout dates may apply. Santa experience available from 11 am – 2 pm. Limited availability. 

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Desert Ice Skating Rink

Spanning 6,000 square feet, our Desert Ice Skating Rink provides guests the opportunity to experience a classic winter tradition under the starry night and surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

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

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Photos with Santa

Snap a pic with Kris Kingle himself, plus meet a few of his favorite friends along the way. Available nightly through December 24 and perfect for the young and the young-at-heart, the Santa experiences includes:

  • Up to 8 people per reservation
  • Meet and greet with Santa and his elves
  • Elf Academy
  • One digital photo (personal photos and videos are allowed and encouraged!)
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Lagoon Lights & Princess Express Trains

All aboard! Hitch a ride on the Princess Express Train, and enjoy more than 6 million dazzling lights in the resort's majestic lagoons. Or take a festive stroll to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness monster and more! Nearby, a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors capable of 256 million magical color combinations invites you to travel through.

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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 ooey-gooey marshmallows around a toasty campfire and smoosh it together with melty chocolate and crispy graham crackers for the perfect fireside treat. Graham's S'more Store rounds out the fun to make s’more of your dreams come true.

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The Village

Ride, slide, skate, and chill. Sled down 120 ft. of blizzardy bliss on Snow Mountain and conquer the ice as you glide through the Alpine Ice Trail. Little adventurers will be challenged in the Ice Maze to reveal a hidden frozen message – and don't forget to take a spin on The Chair Lift for the best aerial views in town!

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Feel the magic of Christmas at Winterland with twinkling lights, a frosty ice bar, hot drinks and complimentary fire pit seating. Capture the moment in front of our life-sized snow globe, under the mistletoe, or propose at the Love Arbor. Enjoy an ice bar stocked with hot winter alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as Mrs. Claus' holiday treats.

NEW: Race down our Ice Luge, made of 70ft real ice.

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Holiday Character Apperances

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.

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Enchanted Plaza Shows

Don't miss this five-minute, one-of-a-kind HD video show, projected against the resort's façade, turning the hotel into a Christmas classic. 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!

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Twinkle Town

Visit a magical land filled with twinkling lights, delectable light bites, and delicious beverages, as you take in incredible sweeping views of the resort around cozy fire pits. Be sure to say hello to our newest holiday friend Twinkles—Santa's brightest Christmas light!

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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.

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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

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Dine to your heart’s content with some of Scottsdale’s finest dining, which spans everything from handcrafted Pan-Latin cuisine at Toro, upscale Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda, classic American fare at Bourbon Steak and Ironwood American Kitchen, and even some special seasonal treats!

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Make-A-Wish at The Princess

As a global partner of Make-A-Wish®, we aim to provide one-of-a-kind experiences that transform children’s lives and help create lasting memories with The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse. Our two-story custom-built playhouse was designed entirely by kids, for kids. Come take a photo with Princess Noel, make a wish for this holiday season, and explore our new castle!

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Stay For The Evening

Retreat to the contemporary comfort of our rooms and suites to continue the festivities, from sipping hot chocolate while cozied up by the fireplace to streaming all your favorite holiday  classics. Naturally, guests enjoy complimentary admission to Christmas at the Princess, as well as VIP Express Passes throughout their stay.

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Visit Our Winter Wonderland

Rediscover the magic of Christmas this winter. Go ice skating and catch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Stage a selfie with Santa and meet our cute cast of holiday characters. With kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, this is where new traditions are created together.

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