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10 Ways Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Spreads Christmas Cheer

Few family resorts transform for the holidays quite like the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Now back for its eleventh year, this year’s Christmas at the Princess festivities are bigger and better than ever, and also safer than ever. With more than 5 million twinkling lights, specialty pop-up shops, and its famous Desert Ice Skating Rink, here are just a few ways you and your family can make memories at the Princess.


  1. Santa’s in Scottsdale
    The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a place so sweet even Jolly Old Saint Nick can’t stay away. You can visit Santa Claus himself every night through December 24, 2020 for an outdoor meet-and-greet and photo opportunity. This year’s set has been re-imagined to enable 6 ft. of social distancing with the big man himself. But don’t worry, the creative camera angle still provides all of the holiday magic you dream of! Masks are required throughout the entire Christmas at the Princess festival, but may be removed during your photo with Santa. Make sure to secure your day and time in advance, here.
  2. Desert Ice Skating Rink
    Ice skating in the desert, you ask? The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess says, “Why not?” The huge, 6,000-square-foot ice rink brings some serious winter fun to the heart of the Sonoran Desert. There are even rink-side snowfalls each night! To enjoy it to the full effect, be sure to reserve a rink-side VIP fire pit in advance.


  1. Specialty Cocktails
    The acclaimed bartenders at the helm of each of its on-site restaurants show off a little bit during the holiday season. Specialty beverage menu items and pop-up specials include smoked cocktail baubles at The Plaza Bar and Flaming Coffees at La Hacienda.
  2. Family-Friendly Activities
    Holiday character shows, ice slides and the Princess Express Train are just a few of the ways your family can enjoy the holidays at the Princess this year. After you’ve met the holiday characters like Shivers the Yeti and Princess Noel, hop aboard the Princess Express Train, which tours the resort’s lagoons and magical holiday light displays. Note: Holiday character appearances occur throughout the resort. The group performs a special dance in front of the four-story tree in the Enchanted Plaza nightly. 

  3. Holiday Light Displays
    More than 5 million lights are used throughout the property to create the Holiday Lagoon Lights and Nativity Garden. These aren’t your average Christmas lights though. You’ll see swans and penguins, mermaids and pirates standing alongside candy canes, menorahs, and toy soldiers. New this year, Twinkle Town on the lagoon—A magical land filled with twinkling lights and delectable bites, all with socially distanced tables to help you spread out and enjoy the evening with your group.

  4. Comfort & Joy Spa Treatments
    While the kids are ice skating or riding the holiday train, the parents can slip away to the Well & Being Spa for a Hot Toddy for the Body or a Perky Peppermint Pedi. These specialty spa treatments are infused with holiday aromas that are sure to keep you relaxed all season long.
  5. Decadent Takeaway Christmas Brunch
    After celebrating beloved holidays with guests for over 30 years, we weren’t stopping now! Executive Chef Conor Favre is continuing the tradition while keeping families safe with a beautiful take home Christmas brunch for four. Say goodbye to stress, and hello to delicious!


  1. Plaza Shows
    Be sure to stop by the Enchanted Plaza to take your family photo with the resort’s signature Christmas tree that has 70,000 lights dancing and twinkling to 17 classic Christmas songs. And make sure to stay for the one-of-a-kind HD light show projected on the resort’s façade.
  2. Gimme S’more
    Travel through La Hacienda Plaza into a real-life winter playground called S’mores Land for boys and girls of all ages. Featuring a Christmas tree forest, carousel, ice slide, Ferris wheel and — of course — plenty of s’mores opportunities, S’mores Land is truly a spectacle to behold.

  3. Giving Back
    It’s the season for giving, not just receiving. This year, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has partnered with Cox Charities to provide a magical holiday season to foster children in the greater Phoenix area. A portion of all guest proceeds from every Jingle with Joy package or a skating pass to the Desert Ice Skating Rink will go directly to the #LoveUp Foundation.


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