Fairmont Scottsdale Princess welcomes the holidays

Christmas at the Princess has added five new rides to its Twinkle Town geared towards little kids this year. (Courtesy of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

It all began 13 years ago with a four-story Christmas tree and a vision at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

“It started with one Christmas four-story magnificent Christmas tree and our goal was to create an experience that our guests could visit year after year and create traditions with their families,” said Teresa Thompson, the Fairmont’s director of resort experience.

Since then, the resort has been converting its 60-acre campus into a whimsical winter wonderland with glittering lights, countless Christmas trees, and myriad entertainment offerings. 

It has made its mark with signature displays like two 6,000-square-foot ice rinks, a 120-foot four-lane ice slide on which guests race in inflated inner tubes and the VIP climate-controlled igloos for patrons to dine in. 

This year, the AAA Five Diamond resort has added two new experiences for guests and visitors to meet Santa. 

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess launched its new Ultimate Santa Experience, allowing guests to meet Mrs. Claus, experience the Elf Academy, enjoy milk and specialty cookies, listen to an exclusive Santa story time, and take up to 10 digital photos. 

“Santa is such a magical experience and our guests enjoy all the time they have with Santa,” Thompson said. 

Because of that, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has also added an in-room Santa experience where guests can have Santa and his elves visit their room to tell a story and take pictures with jolly St. Nick. 

Outside of the rooms, Thompson touts that Christmas at the Princess has added five new rides to its Twinkle Town like the new Alpine slide, Cool Bears, the Saddle Up Christmas Carousel and Lolli Swings. 

While Twinkle Town is optimal for little kids, older guests might find enjoyment in Winterland, which is illuminated by twinkling white lights, romantic igloos, and the famed Love Arbor. 

Visitors enter the festivities through a 32-foot-long infinity tunnel lit with LED bulbs and complimentary firepits and once inside, guests can enjoy an ice bar stocked with specialty cocktails, and hot winter alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages.

New this year, guests can also get their giggles by heading down a 70-foot ice luge slide. 

Guests 21 and older can partake in another new ultra-luxe experience titled “Chateau Champagne,” in which guests meander through a candlelight path that leads them to semi-private fire pits juxtaposed in front of an Alpine Chalet backdrop. 

Once cozied up by the fire, guests can munch on an all-inclusive menu consisting of Moet Imperial Brut, a shellfish tower, truffle Gouda fondue, assorted artisanal petit fours, and artisanal s’mores board complete with ginger snaps and chocolate-stuffed, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

The new events have already drawn a crowd and reservations.

“We’re getting a lot of reservations and booking times and our guests are excited about the happenings,” Thompson said. 

“They can expect a great opportunity to create cherished moments within their family and friends,” she said. “When they come to Christmas at the Princess they can expect to be excited, be curious and  savor the moments and we’re excited to welcome all of our new first-time visitors to Christmas at the Princess.” 

Though Thompson is thrilled to welcome new faces to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for Christmas at the Princess, she is equally excited to bring in the returning faces to show them new attractions. 

“I’m most excited for all of our guests to experience all of our new experiences,” she said, “There’s nothing else like seeing the kids’ faces light up as they meet all of our Christmas at the Princess characters and experience the rides attractions.”

If You Go:

Christmas at the Princess

When: 4 p.m. nightly Now through Monday, January 2

Where: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Cost: Tickets start at $80 per carload.

Info: ChristmasatThePrincess.com

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