The holiday season is just weeks away. Many families are now starting to plan their holiday happenings and activities, of which there is no shortage valley wide. If you are looking for something to do with the family over the next few weeks, here is a good look at some of the happenings around town.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess kicks off their Annual Christmas at the Princess festival on November 20th, with the lighting of their musical tree. The 45-foot tree holds 67,000 LED lights that “twinkle and dance” to holiday songs. Santa arrives on opening night, and there will also be music, refreshments, ice skating, and many more activities to entertain the whole family nightly throughout the holiday season.
The Westgate Entertainment District spreads holiday cheer with a professional ice skating performance, public skating sessions, a tree lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, nightly snowfall, and a menorah lighting.
Join Santa for the nightly snowfall and a tree-lighting ceremony on Main Street. Entertainment lights, holiday stunt shows, and Santa are all part of the family fun Drop off your letter to Santa at Rawhide’s “Delivery to the SW Pole” mailbox or get your photo with Santa. Admission is free with $5 parking.
Join in on the annual holiday events at the Wigwam Litchfield Park with a tree lighting, Santa, snow slide, Breakfast with Santa and holiday ice skating.
Scottsdazzle begins on Saturday, November 24 with the official Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along event at the Scottsdale Waterfront’s Soleri Bridge. Guests can also warm their vocal chords with hot chocolate and holiday goodies before 99.9 KESZ host Marty Manning kick-offs the spirited sing-along featuring locally renowned orchestra MusicaNova comprised of over 50 musicians/instruments. Scottsdazzle will have multiple signature events through December 22.
This award-winning festival is one of the most visited events each year. Great for the entire family.. the festival will feature holiday entertainment, fun food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. There will only be special festival designated nights this year, including Nov. 23-24, Dec. 14-15 and Jan. 12.
Visitors of all ages are invited to take a train ride through more than 100,000 lights and a variety of holiday displays that turn the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale into a winter wonderland. Free admission to the park but there is a small charge for train ride and carousel.