The pandemic may be putting a damper on the holiday season, but Scottsdazzle aims to take some of the gloom away.

Moving into its fifth year, Scottsdazzle is back for another month-long through Dec. 21. 

The holiday extravaganza is featuring beloved annual events as well as new additions and Scottsdale Director of Tourism and Events Karen Churchard said it was meticulously planned to evoke holiday cheer.

“Each event is designed to get guests into the spirit of the season in a purposeful way,” Churchard said.

Jackie Contaldo, the city’s downtown specialist of the tourism and events department, said events were reimagined with social distancing in mind. 

There will be quite a few surprises for those who are accustomed to the bustling crowds of prior years.

“A majority of the events are limited to 50 guests or less and allow for social distancing between attendees,” Contaldo said.

Masks will be required when guests roam around the event space. They will not be required, however, when guests remain in their designated spot or space during an event. 

For those who are still wary of attending public events, the city has shifted annual events to virtual formats like the sing-along and the holiday tree lighting. Both will be free on Nov. 28. 

The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market will have no admission. It’s held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays during Scottsdazzle. 

In addition to fresh local produce, guests can get holiday gift shopping done with various artisanal and craft products available. Holiday music will provide the soundtrack. 

A few events are ticketed “due to limited spacing for each event,” Contaldo said. “Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Vista del Camino.”

Small Business Saturday will be held Nov. 28, when guests can enjoy various incentives that local restaurants and retailers are expected offer.  

Sip and savor the finest wines from participating wineries during the Santa Wine Around, a wine-tasting event on Dec. 12. Attendees are encouraged to dress in holiday-themed attire or as their favorite holiday character. Due to the pandemic, there will be a limit on the number of guests. 


Dazzling events


Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays to Dec. 19

The intersection of Brown Avenue and First Street becomes home to the weekly festive farmers market featuring Scottsdazzle activities such as Letters to Santa and live holiday music while shopping includes artisan products, handmade gifts and crafts and fresh produce.

Letters to Santa

Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and online

Parents and children can fill out and submit their letters to Santa via anytime or they can print their letter at home and “mail it” (no stamp required) at the Letters to Santa station at the Old Town Farmers Market on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5. Children will receive a letter back from Santa through the old-fashioned mail.  


Scottsdazzle Stroll

6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27

The inaugural “Scottsdazzle Stroll” kicks off this year’s Scottsdazzle. Holiday revelers can usher in the season with a socially distanced stroll along the canal banks in Old Town to enjoy holiday vignettes, seasonal lighting, the Scottsdazzle tree, live entertainment and holiday characters. 


Small Business Saturday

Nov. 28

Residents and visitors are encouraged to Shop Scottsdale to help support independent businesses and boost the economy while also enjoying specials and sales.


Holiday Movie Night

Dec. 4-6

Enjoy a favorite holiday hit – “The Santa Clause” on Friday, “Elf” on Saturday and “Home Alone” on Sunday. Held on the East Lawn at Scottsdale Civic Center, this new event allows groups of up to four their own designated space to enjoy the flicks on a giant inflatable screen. By reservation for a nominal fee; groups of more than four must reserve additional spaces. Gate opens at 5 p.m.; movies begin at 6 p.m. Space is limited; online registration required.


Seasonal Charcuterie Teach & Taste

6-8 p.m. Dec. 9

Schmooze hosts this limited attendance, socially distanced demonstration that showcases how to put together an artfully presented and charcuterie board for intimate holiday gatherings. Attendees receive their own pre-packaged charcuterie kit to make at their table once seated as Chef Tony Hamati demonstrates preparation and presentation tips. Patrons can purchase additional pre-packaged charcuterie kits to take home or for gifts. Space is limited; online registration required.


Gold Palette ArtWalk

6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10

Scottsdale’s holiday-themed ArtWalk takes place throughout the Scottsdale Arts District. Carolers and Santa visits are included.


The Dazzle of Historic Old Town

9-10 p.m. Dec. 12, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 13

This new event will take participants back in time to explore the holiday traditions of Historic Old Town through the rediscovery of some of the area’s most beloved hidden gems. Following hour-long storytelling sessions, guests are encouraged to explore the map that will lead them to Old Town cherished treasures. Space is limited; online registration required.


Santa Wine Around

6-9 p.m. Dec. 12

This wine-tasting event returns with new safety guidelines and limited participants. Spirited attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite holiday character and sip their way through Old Town’s participating wineries and tasting rooms at their own pace.


Merry Make & Take

11 a.m.-noon Dec. 12, and 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 13

The Mercantile of Scottsdale hosts two events including prepackaged supplies needed to create the craft along with a guided tutorial. During Saturday’s hour-long craft session, guests will design and paint a wood ornament and Sunday’s two-hour course leads attendees through making their own festive succulent terrarium. Space is limited; online registration required.


Festive Food Demonstration

2-3 p.m. Dec. 12

The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel La Señora’s chef will lead guests through a demonstration on how to prepare elegant holiday food items. Space is limited; online registration required.


Yuletide Yoga

8-9 a.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 20

Socially distanced Zen sessions on Marshall Way Bridge are hosted by CorePower Yoga on Saturday and CA Yoga Barre on Sunday. Spaces are limited; online reservations required.


Sparkle & Spin Scavenger Hunt

10 a.m.-noon Dec. 19 and Dec. 20

Participants must find objects as they spin their way through Old Town. Participants must register online.


Holly Jolly Painting Party

1-4 p.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 

This socially distanced painting party is on the Marshall Way Bridge. Hosted in partnership with The Brush Bar, participants will receive their own personal supply kit to create a fun holiday-themed painting to take home. Online pre-registration is required. 


Sun Salutations Yoga

11 a.m.-noon Dec. 21

The Foundry hosts a socially distanced serene yoga session that aligns with the Winter Solstice as the sun shines through the pylons on the Soleri Bridge Plaza. Registration required.