Seasonal Splendor at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Illuminate the holidays with Christmas at the Princess, one of Arizona's most beloved seasonal traditions. The annual event takes place at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort and offers attractions, activities and festivities for the whole family to enjoy.

Every holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a winter wonderland for Christmas at The Princess, a time-honored event delighting tens of thousands of Arizona locals and visitors.

This year, Christmas at The Princess runs from November 17 through January 6. Spread over 65 acres, the luxury resort goes all out bringing the holiday magic. Guests will find joy in all the event has to offer, including a ferris wheel, ice skating, light displays, and of course, Santa Claus.

Christmas at The Princess is in its fourteenth year in Scottsdale and every year the event seems to get bigger and better. The Village, located on the resort's lawn, is a holiday carnival featuring The Chair Lift, a 95 foot tall ferris wheel and Snow Mountain, a 120 foot long ice slide, plus an ice maze, ice skating and the all-new Nordic Nine Mini Golf. Entry to The Village is included with admission.

Seasonal Splendor at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Credit: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Also included is the Princess Express, an enchanted train ride meandering through the resort's majestic Lagoon Lights display, all aglow with over six million twinkling lights. It's visually stunning. Photo ops abound and The Princess paid close attention to each and every detail.

Guests can glide and twirl on the ice at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, then warm up by a glowing fire. To really make the season merry and bright, The Princess offers private igloo and fire pit rentals. New to the 2023 season is Aurora Ice, a glacial, one-of-a-kind game and lounge experience where everything is made of real ice. It's a true Arctic wonderland in the desert, complete with an ethereal glow inspired by the Northern Lights. Admission to Aurora Ice is available at an additional cost.

Dining at The Princess is always top-notch and only gets better during the holiday season. The resort's restaurants are decked out for the occasion and feature seasonal specials. Food and beverage stands are also set up throughout the property offering festive treats and drinks.

Seasonal Splendor at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Credit: Scottsdale Fairmont Princess

The service at The Princess is unparalleled, staff is warm and welcoming, eager to help and ensure every guest is having a great time. Charming Christmas characters roam the grounds for festive photo ops and of course, Santa is in residence. In fact, the resort offers two unique Santa experiences, including photos with Santa and the Ultimate Santa Experience, both are an additional cost and must be booked in advance.

The crown jewel of Christmas at The Princess is the towering Christmas tree located in the resort's Enchanted Plaza. The tree is decked out with 70,000 LED lights synched to classic holiday music while a spectacular light show is projected on the resort's facade. It's a spectacle to behold.

There is so much more to explore and experience during Christmas at The Princess. As one of the resort's legacy events, it has become one of the most cherished traditions of the holiday season delighting visitors of all ages.

General admission to Christmas at The Princess incudes the following:

  • Twinkle Town: Saddle Up Ride, Train Station Ride, Alpine Slide Ride, Lolli Swings Ride, Deck the Halls Ride
  • The Village: The Chair Lift Ferris Wheel, Nordic Nine Mini Golf, Snow Mountain Real Ice Slide
  • Complimentary Fire Pits at S’mores Land, Twinkle Town and Winterland
  • Lagoon Lights
  • Princess Express Trains
  • Enchanted Plaza Shows
  • A Christmas Wish
  • Letters to Santa
  • 50+ Photo ops
  • Narrated Nativity Show

Check the website for more details on experience enhancements, pricing and to purchase tickets.

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About the Author

Angel Fuchs

Angel Fuchs is a mom, wife, writer, photographer and social media maven. She is a third generation Arizonan and loves the heat and all that her home state has to offer. She enjoys writing about all things related to family, food, friends and fun! You can find her work in local publications such as North Peoria Lifestyle Magazine, Paradise Valley Lifestyle Magazine, Chandler Lifestyle Magazine and Arizona Green Living, as well as her own website, Yay Baby! blog. Angel is happily married and her real full-time job is private chauffeur/stage mom to her busy daughter, Jax.



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