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Christmas at the Princess

Publish Date: 09-Nov-2012

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Friday, November 09, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (October 4,  2012)  – Celebrating the splendor of the season, it’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess during the annual “Christmas at the Princess” festival, November 27, 2012  – January 6,  2013. Magical and enchanting, this AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert with the all-new Desert Ice Holiday Rink, Lagoon Lights and Princess Express Train, hot cocoa, carolers, a gingerbread village, visits from Santa and a four-story musical Christmas tree shimmering with snowflakes. 

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Grand Opening of Desert Ice Holiday Rink
Tuesday, November 27
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess invites the public to its 3rd Annual “Christmas at the Princess” Holiday Tree Lighting, with the ceremony starting at  6 p.m.,  Tuesday, November  27, 2012 inPrincess Plaza.  The evening  includes musical performances by Zowie Bowie, with Santa Claus, carolers, complimentary sugar cookies and spiced cider on the Plaza. Following the ceremony, the Desert Ice Holiday Rink is christened with demonstrations by professional skaters and then opens to the public. The resort’s Holiday Shoppe will have  a "Sparkle” event where kids dip and paint their own sparkle ornament for $5. The event also kicks-off the resort’s annual Toy for Tots Drive. Valet parking is $10 that evening and self-parking is complimentary.More About the Four-Story Musical Tree Specially-designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the tree has 65,000 LED lights which “twinkle and dance” to 10 holiday songs. This synchronized lighting and music show runs 6 p.m.– 10 p.m. nightly throughout the season, playing  approximately every 10 minutes. During the day, this dazzling, four-story tree is a visual experience, with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a 5-foot snowflake tree topper. 

More About Fairmont’s New Ice Skating in the Desert
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is putting extra icing on the holidays with an all-new Desert Ice Holiday Rink at its picturesque Cactus Garden, November 27, 2012 - January 6, 2013.  The 5,400 square-foot rink, made with real ice, is open daily to the public.  The price per session is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $5 for skate rental. A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Skating sessions are:
Sunday – Thursday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Lagoon Lights & the Princess Express Train
With more than 500,000 lights illuminating the resort’s majestic lagoons, visitors can stroll through a lit fantasy land  to see graceful swans floating on the water,  a buccaneer pirate ship,  14-footpoinsettias, a rocking horse, toy  soldiers,  Santa  fishing and many other whimsical displays. Throughout the resort, 75 trees will be wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes, along with a 10-foot lighted menorah and dreidels, the Three Wise Men and a skating polar bear. Making it even more festive is hitching a ride on the WMPO Princess Express, an electric train sponsored by Waste Management Phoenix Open, which offers complimentary rides on Friday and
Saturday nights around the lagoons to spectators of all ages. More Holiday Decor Inside the main lobby, guests can enjoy the beauty of four natural green trees, embellished with vibrant colors that capture the heritage of the Southwest. Angel statues of delicately hammered silver, wreaths, swags and candles give the lobby a warm glow, with a  7-foot gingerbread nutcracker and gingerbread village adding to the holiday decor.  A 25-foot fiesta tree will also adorn La Hacienda Plaza near Willow Stream Spa, with music filling the air with the sounds of the season.

Toys for Tots
The tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ toy drive for Toys for Tots. That evening, the Scottsdale Fire Department will be on-hand with a fire truck to accept unwrapped toys. The resort will then be a drop-off location for Toys for Tots through Dec. 20, 2012. Local residents can pull right up to the Toys for Tots box at the front drive/porte cochere and a bellman is happy to assist with their donation.

Holiday Shoppe & The Igloo
The Holiday Shoppe,  located just off the lobby, is a charming  boutique offering a variety of themed ornaments, toys and holiday gifts. The Shoppe will  also sell holiday cards designed by Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients, supporting their 26th Annual Card Project fund-raiser. Near the ice skating rink is a new shop, The Igloo, with wintery wear such as hats, scarves and mittens, along with holiday décor, glow sticks and blinking novelty items and gourmet chocolates. Shipping is free in the U.S. for all purchases over $250 and gift wrapping is complimentary at all of the resort’s retail outlets.

Weekends with Santa
Friday and Saturday nights are fireside with Santa in the Princess Lobby, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., November  30 - December 24, where the young and young-at-heart can have their photo taken with Kris Kringle for just $10, or the photo is complimentary after dining in any of the restaurants that evening including BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda, The Grill or LV Bistro. Photos are available for immediate pick-up in the resort’s new adjacent Holiday Shoppe.

More Holiday Activities
Carolers stroll the grounds singing holiday favorites from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights November 30 through Christmas Eve. A nightly menorah lighting with applesauce and latkes takes place in the resort lobby through Hanukkah, December 8-16. Other holiday activities include marshmallow roasts, stocking decorating and dreidel-making for the kids at Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse. Holiday resort activities for locals and hotel guests vary
throughout the season.


Fire & Ice Holiday Romance Package
This cozy package includes deluxe accommodations, ice skating for two, two flaming coffees at La Hacienda restaurant, complimentary access to Willow Stream Spa, a 10 percent discount in the Holiday Shoppe and a collectible Fairmont Scottsdale Princess holiday ornament. This package isbased on availability, November 27, 2012 – January 6, 2013, and rates begin at $229 per room, per night.

Family on Ice Holiday Package
Santa’s elves stocked a lot of treats in this package which includes: deluxe accommodations, ice skating for two adults and up to three children, hot cocoa and holiday cookies in the Princess Shop, a half-day admission for up to three children (ages 5-12) in Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse, a 10 percent discount in the Holiday Shoppe and a keepsake Fairmont Scottsdale Princess holiday ornament.  The Family on Ice package is offered, based on availability, November 27, 2012  – January 6, 2013 and prices start at $279 per room, per night.

“Sip, Savor & Celebrate” Package
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ “Sip, Savor & Celebrate” package starts at $249 per night and includes a $100 daily credit which can be applied toward dining, spa or tennis.  The package is available now through January 6, 2013.

How’s this for convenient? Husbands will be heroes (without leaving the comfort of their car) with 24-hour curbside pick-up of a Willow Stream Spa gift certificate. Fast, easy, pre-wrapped  -- and best of all, luxurious -- Willow Stream gift orders can be placed daily from 6 a.m.  – 10 p.m. by telephone and the certificate can either be mailed to the recipient or picked up curbside at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 24-hours-a-day, with a minimum three-hour notice. These gift cards can be made in any dollar amount and are valid in the Spa Boutique, which offers a wide selection of quality skincare and aromatherapy products, stylish active wear, hand-crafted jewelry, books,
candles, plush robes and more. 


The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has a number of unique food and beverage experiences from Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK to La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, LV Bistro, The Grill at the TPC and Stone Rose Lounge. Each have special holiday menus, featured winter cocktails and wine selections and will join together for one spectacular Christmas Day brunch. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess  is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. For information, please (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or visit

Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled
gardens. The resort features 649 oversized guest rooms, including 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, five heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square-foot Willow Stream – The Spa at Fairmont, world-class tennis center and championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale. Dining options include BOURBON STEAK, a AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse by the acclaimed Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval; LV Bistro, serving favorites for the whole family and seafood at The Grill, with stunning views
overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. Stone Rose, a contemporary bar and lounge
presented by nightlife entrepreneur Scott Gerber, is the spot for cocktails in Princess Plaza. Become a fan and follow  the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Join our online communities at and

Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London’s The Savoy, New York’s The Plaza, and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel. With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont  is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with 465 licensed beds, Phoenix Children’s provides care across nearly 50 pediatric specialties. The hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit

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