From Old Town to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, holiday events abound this month and around Scottsdale.
For a family-friendly event where kids can mingle with the Ice Princess and Buddy the Elf from “Elf,” clear your calendar Dec. 21 for the Free Snow Ball Family Festival at OdySea in the Desert Courtyard.
In Old Town, Scottsdazzle returns for two months’ worth of festivals and events, including the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gold Palette ArtWalk, Santa Wine Around, Canal Concerts, Sugar Plum Avenue, Live Nativity with Adult and Children’s Choir Performance, Cowboy Christmas and the brand-new Sweet Treat Trail – an immersive dessert tasting experience that features a “taste-around” at nearly one dozen local sweet shops.
Those who want to ring in the holidays with a free concert, the Scottsdale Concert Band – a 75-member community ensemble – will perform popular Christmas tunes, like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” on Dec. 8 at Coronado High School’s Eugene L. Hanson Auditorium.
Or, for an exclusive Christmas Camp for grown-ups, the Phoenician has teamed up with Scottsdale native and writer of Hallmark’s 2019 “Christmas Camp” movie, Karen Schaler, to create an immersive holiday experience for adults.
“I wanted to create a real Christmas Camp where people could go to relax and re-connect with what truly matters most at the holidays, embracing the true meaning and magic of Christmas,” Schaler said in a prepared statement.
From holiday baking, culinary and cocktail classes, to crafts and signature Christmas Camp spa treatments, Schaler said this event at the Phoenician aims to help attendees reset and rejuvenate, “so you can be your best self at Christmas.”
“I chose The Phoenician because I’ve personally experienced over the years how this legendary resort continues to focus on creating transformative and authentic experiences for guests,” Schaler added.
According to Phoenician Director of Public Relations Denise Seomin, the Phoenician will continue to host Christmas Camp “as a one-of-a-kind Phoenician holiday tradition.”
“It is truly a wonderful time of year to be partnering with Karen, sharing the joy from her Christmas Camp Hallmark movie and books with our guests,” Seomin said. “Karen’s passion for Christmas is truly inspiring, and we are thrilled that she will be hosting all of our Christmas Camp events.”
The Phoenician’s Christmas Camp room package starts at $259 per night for two guests and features a variety of Christmas Camp activities with Schaler that include baking and cocktail and wine classes, Christmas decorating and craft classes, daily “Christmas Karen” chats, Christmas movie watching with giveaways, and more.
From Scottsdazzle’s can’t-miss tree lighting ceremony to Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where kiddos can take a ride on the historic Charros Carousel and meet Santa, among other events and activities, here are Scottsdale’s holiday happenings through the rest of the year.
When: Holiday Lights: Nov. 29-Jan. 5; Visits with Santa: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-23; Ugly Sweater Contest: Nov. 29-Dec. 15
Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Tickets: $3 Charros carousel ride, $5 Holiday Lights train ride, $5 family photos with Santa, $15 fast pass
Las Noches de las Luminarias
When: Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 17-23, 26-31; 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Tickets: Members: $29.95, $10.95; general: $34.95, $12.95
Christmas at the Princess
When: Nov. 26-Dec. 31
Where: 7575 E. Princess Drive
When: Dec. 5-9, 12-16
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road
Rates: $259 per night for two
Pinnacle Peak Park’s Jingle Hike
When: Dec. 7; 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
Where: 26802 N. 102nd Way
Tickets: Free, but registration is required
Scottsdale Concert Band’s “Holiday Pops”
When: Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave.
Here Comes Santa 5K
When: Dec. 8, 8 a.m.
Where: OdySea in the Desert
When: Holiday Sing-Along & Tree Lighting on Nov. 30 from 7-9 p.m., Sugar Plum Avenue on Dec. 7 from 3-7 p.m., Canal Concert Series starts Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Cowboy Christmas on Dec. 9 from 3-7 p.m., Gold Palette Artwalk on Dec. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m., Miracle of Roses Pageant on Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m., Santa Wine Around on Dec. 14, new Sweet Treat Trail on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Live Nativity with Adult and Children’s Choir Performance on Dec. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Throughout Old Town area
Via Linda Senior Center Holiday Art Show
When: Dec. 13, 6 p.m.
Where: 10440 E Vía Linda
Tickets: Free with one canned food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank
“Jingle and Mingle” Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon
When: Dec. 20, 10 a.m.
Where: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road
Tickets: Free, but registration is required
Free Snow Ball Family Festival
When: Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: OdySea in the Desert courtyard, 9500 E. Vía de Ventura