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Christmas at the Princess

Making Holiday Memories & Creating Family Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the splendor of the season at the AAA/CAA Five Diamond award-winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Witness the resort transform into an enchanting winter wonderland during our Seventh Annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 22 to December 31, 2017. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday traditions and make holiday memories your family will cherish for years to come.

Join us for our Seventh Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, this November 22 to kick-off Christmas at the Princess!

Join us for our Eighth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick-off Christmas at the Princess! Enjoy an evening of holiday fun, culminating in the lighting of our four-story musically animated Christmas tree that boasts 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to 17 holiday songs!

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Desert Ice

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 desert and starry night sky, along with magical rinkside snowfalls nightly. Recognized as one of the Top Ten Holiday Ice Rinks in the World by the Vancouver Sun. $25 per person with a $5 discount if you bring your own ice skates.

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 17 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. During the day, this stunning four-story tree is decorated with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.

Santas Secret Headquarters

Santa's Secret Headquarters

Join Santa inside his magical new 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 every night through December 24, 2017. Photo packages available for purchase starting at $50.


La Hacienda Plaza Christmas at the Princess

S'mores Land

Travel through La Hacienda Plaza to an enchanting land. Join our newest friend Graham, a squishable s’more, at his home where you can roast marshmallows around a campfire in a Christmas Tree Forest, take a glittering whirl on the Christmas Carousel and Frosty’s Ferris Wheel, adopt a cuddly friend at the new Build-A-Bear experience (separate fee) and don't forget to say hello to Shivers the Yeti before sliding down our frozen attraction, the four-lane Polar Glide Ice Slide! Wristband needed for entry.

Lagoon Lights

Lagoon Lights

Enjoy more than 4.5 million LED lights as you stroll through the resort's majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, buccaneer pirate ship, mermaid, 14-foot poinsettias, teddy bear, toy soldiers, fishing Santa, leaping arches, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, menorah, dreidels, 3D whale, skating penguins, candy cane forest and more. Hitch a ride on the Princess Express Trains, offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages.


 NEW! Build-A-Bear Workshop
This winter, Build-A-Bear Workshop fans can find the brand’s one-of-a-kind holiday experience right on property! Guests of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to build their beary own stuffed animal at the workshop. Choose from an assortment of cheery clothing, accessories, scents and sounds, each sold separately. Bear adoptions starting at $20.

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.

NEW! Copper Canyon Christmas Village Light Show
Enjoy inspiring holiday music at our Copper Canyon Village framed with lights synchronized to holiday songs and new amazing 'Visions of Christmas' tree. Open nightly Dec. 1-2, 8-8, and 15-31.

Kringle's Korner & Holiday Shopping  
The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner offers wintery wear, seasonal decor, collectible ornaments, snow globes, train whistles, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys, gourmet chocolates, pet toys and more. The resort is the perfect place for 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 Community Market.

Princess Express Trains
Hitch a ride on the Princess Express offering rides around the resort's lagoons to spectators of all ages. Access to Princess Express Trains available with Wristband.

Nativity Garden
Make sure to stop in the Nativity Garden, where guests are welcome to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Christmas through an 88-foot narrated light and music show. Seating provided for the 10-minute program.

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 evening sessions. 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 email or click here to submit an inquiry.


Breakfast with Santa & Friends Pajama Party
December 23, 2017 at 9 am

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends at this magical pajama party, with surprises and delights at every turn. Dance to the jolly tunes of DJ Jingle, play reindeer games, visit Santa in his Secret Headquarters for photos and enjoy a discounted special daytime skating session (exclusively for breakfast attendees). $75 Adults; $50 Children ages 3-12; Children two and under eat free with paid adult. Reservations required by calling 480.585.2694. One complimentary photo with Santa will be provided with each reservation. 

Santa Cares Photo Experience
November 22 and December 3, 2017 | 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Santa’s Secret Headquarters welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. The sensory-friendly event will take place prior to public hours, in a comforting and physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. *Photo packages available for purchase during event.

Pawsitively Christmas
December 2, 2017 | 3 to 5 pm

Bixby and Gibbs, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' lovable canine ambassadors, are inviting all of their four-legged friends to join in on the cheer this year for photos with Santa. Photo packages available for purchase during event.

Christmas Day Brunch
December 25, 2017 | 10 am to 3 pm

Gather family and friends to celebrate this joyous holiday at the Princess. Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together for one spectacular holiday feast held in the Palomino Ballroom. Adults $95, Children $40, Children 5 and under eat free with paying adult. For reservations, call 480.585.2694.


Sip, Savor & Celebrate Package
Enjoy a $100 daily resort credit, VIP early entrance to Christmas at the Princess, and more! 

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