A Scottsdale Christmas

Saturday, 02 Dec, 2022 0

A Scottsdale Christmas means millions of shimmering lights, countless festivities and endless cheer. Here’s what to expect at wintertime in Scottsdale.


Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden is its longest-running tradition. See thousands of sparkling, hand-lit luminarias along trails of of arid-land plants, while listening to live music. (select dates Dec. 9 – Dec. 31)

Christmas at the Princess Festive activities include a Desert Ice Rink, S’mores Land, Lagoon Lights, the Princess Express Train, and The Village, where adventurers sled down the 120-foot Snow Mountain. (Nov. 18, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023)

Scottsdazzle, ­­­Old Town Scottsdale’s signature month-long holiday extravaganza, kicks off with the Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The celebration continues with Jingle Barre at Marshall Way Bridge, scavenger hunts, and whiskey tastings. (Nov. 26 – Dec. 31)

Enchant showcases over 4 million shining lights through a walk-thru, story-themed maze. The yuletide celebration features a charming village with ice skating, live entertainment, Santa and more. (Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023)

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North introduces new and returning winter programming this upcoming season with breakfast with Santa, a Holiday Glow Massage, and eggnog sampling..

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo returns with new animal lanterns and light displays, and a music-in-motion light show. Entry includes the Zoo’s latest exhibit, Dinosaurs in the Desert, photo booths, hot cocoa, and an enhanced Santa experience. (Nov. 23, 2022 – Jan. 15, 2023)

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Hop on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and experience a journey through glowing lights and character displays, along with a ride on the historic Charros Carousel. (Nov. 25 – Dec. 30)

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle is in Scottsdale with a reimagined rendition of the timeless tale. (Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023)


For more Scottsdale Christmas inspiration visit HolidaysInScottsdale.com.

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