The celebration will soon begin as the desert transforms into a mesmerizing headquarters for the tenth annual Christmas at the Princess, welcoming guests from all over the Valley. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the iconic AAA Five Diamond resort, becomes the most festive place this side of the North Pole during its annual Christmas at the Princess five-week festival, beginning with public tree lighting on Nov. 26.
Winter is coming, and with it brings a brand new magical land of twinkling white lights, romantic igloos, live entertainment and the Love Arbor. Visitors enter the festivities through a 17-foot long infinity tunnel complete with LED bulbs.
- Claus’ Corner
Located at La Hacienda Plaza, stay on trend with this year’s newest gift giving shop while enjoying Mrs. Claus’ famous cookies. Mrs. Claus’ Well & Being Beauty Bar showcases her finds from all over the world, curating a collection of beauty and relaxation essentials for you to gift and get, transforming any home into a personal spa oasis this holiday season.
- The Biggest Little Office Party
‘Tis the season to switch it up. Join us for our first annual un-traditional office party for teams that want a unique experience without all the hoopla. Your team will enjoy a welcome cocktail upon arrival, a delicious chef’s holiday menu, specialty cocktails, and Scottsdale’s hottest DJ.
Rides and Attractions
- Photos With Santa
- S’mores Land
- Enchanted Plaza Musical Tree & Animated Holiday LightShow
- Desert Ice SkatingRink
The resort shines once again with 4.5 million dazzling lights. Guests can choose to stroll or ride the Princess Express Train through the majestic Lagoon Light to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a whale, dolphin, mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness monster, 14-foot poinsettias, rocking horse, a candy cane forest and more.
Throughout the resort, 280 trees are wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes. Visitors will also see a 20-foot snowman, elves peeking around trees, a giant walk-through ornament as well as families of singing trees, singing snowmen, singing reindeer, singing Grinch and singing lights.
- Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 26
- Santa Cares Photo Experience – December 1
- MenorahLighting – December 22 – December 30.
- The Ice Den Scottsdale Presents Magical Moments on Ice
- The Build-A-Bear Workshop Pop-Up Shop
- Kringle’s Korner & Holiday Shopping
- Tis the Season to Spa at Well & Being Spa
Memorable dining experiences range from Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak (where kids 12 and under eat free) to Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and the iconic La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, with new and special seasonal menus, Thanksgiving and Christmas ballroom brunches and New Year’s Eve festivities.
Admissions and Parking
Christmas at the Princess is open to the public. General admission is complimentary for hotel guests, who also receive express VIP access to the rides and attractions. General admission/parking for non-hotel guests is $55 per vehicle for self-parking valid up to six people. Valet/general admission is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar) with a $75 spend, for up to six people. General admission includes access to Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, Enchanted Plaza video show, Princess Express Train, a walk-through experience of 4.5 million Lagoon Lights, the Nativity Garden, S’mores Land and the all new Winterland.
For guests not staying at the resort, ride sharing or walking in, wristbands are $30 per person to ride the attractions including the Princess Express Trains, Polar Glide, Frosty’s Ferris Wheel and the Christmas Carousel. Ice skating, photos with Santa, shopping, dining and spa are priced separately. Wristbands may be purchased at convenient kiosks throughout the resort.