It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And while us Phoenicians don’t get to enjoy a winter wonderland, you can’t help but get in the holiday spirit at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The resort transforms into an enchanting holiday experience for the sixth annual Christmas at the Princess festival November 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
Christmas at the Princess festival events and activities are open to the public and include:
Princess Holiday Character Appearances
The Princess is introducing its new cast of delightful holiday friends who are visiting from the North Pole: Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint the Penguin and Selfie Elfie. Meet them every night through December 24th from 5:30 to 8:30pm with 15-minute breaks every hour.
Christmas Petting Zoo
New this year is the Christmas Petting Zoo, open from 5-9pm during the entirety of the festival, featuring sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and an alpaca and is complimentary.
Breakfast with Santa & Friends
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends Princess Noel, Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elf. Enjoy DJ Jingle, photos with Santa, Carousel rides and a special skating session for breakfast attendees. December 19, 2015 at 9am. $50 adults, $35 children ages 3-12, children 2 and under eat free (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations required by calling 480.585.2694.
S’mores Land & Christmas Carousel
Near the petting zoo is S’mores Land, a Christmas campfire area with seven fire pits and Christmas Carousel, where dozens of galloping horses glitter ‘round and ‘round. It is open evenings and rides are complimentary.
Desert Ice Skating Rink
Made with real ice, skaters experience magical rink side snowfalls each night. $15 per person and $5 for skate rental. Skating session times vary and are open to the public. Open the duration of the festival.
Enjoy more than 2 million LED lights as you stroll or ride the Princess Express train through the resort’s majestic lagoons. Displays include swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, 14-foot poinsettias, a teddy bear, toy soldiers, a fishing Santa, leaping arches mimicking a water show, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster and a candy cane forest. New for 2015 is a 3-D whale, five skating penguins and a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors. Open the duration of the festival.
Enchanted Plaza: Musical Tree & Animated Holiday Light Show
The resort’s Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that twinkle and dance to 14 classic holiday songs in the Enchanted Plaza. During the day, this stunning four-story tree is decorated with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper. Don’t miss the high-definition, one-of-a-kind animated video show featuring five holiday scenes set to music and projected against the resort’s facade. This five-minute show plays nightly in the Enchanted Plaza at 6pm and 9pm. Open the duration of the festival.
Nativity Garden Light Show
The resort’s Fragrance Garden becomes the Nativity Garden, where an 88-foot narrated light and music show tells the story of Christmas. Seating is provided for the 10-minute program. Open the duration of the festival, 5 to 9pm nightly.
Photos with Santa in Santa’s Workshop
Join Santa in his workshop at La Hacienda Plaza where the young and young-at-heart can have photos taken with Kris Kringle. Photos are $10 and are available for immediate pick-up. November 19, 2015 – December 22, 2015 – Wednesday-Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30pm.
Rink Side Fire Pit Rentals
For the ultimate experience at the Desert Ice Skating Rink, luxury rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores, cocktails, hot cocoa and blankets are available for evening sessions. For more information or to book your reservation, call 480.513.6014.
Parking and Entrance Fee
Parking and Entrance Fee are complimentary for hotel guests
Valet parking and entrance fee for local residents are complimentary with a $75 purchase at any resort restaurant
Entrance fee and parking for non-hotel guests: $30 for self-parking with up to 9 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4pm without dining
Please note: Light shows, rides on the Princess Express Train and the Christmas Carousel are complimentary. Skating, Santa photos, shopping and dining are priced separately.
Get more information about Christmas at the Princess at scottsdaleprincess.com.