In 2010 the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess held its inaugural “Christmas at the Princess” celebration to usher in the holiday season. The tradition continues, bigger and better, in 2013.
Where does Christmas at the Princess Take Place?
At Princess Plaza at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive. That's northeast of the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Scottsdale Road in North Scottsdale.
When is it?
The tree lighting ceremony and special events associated with it will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013. After opening night, local residents can see the tree’s synchronized lighting and music show every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. playing every 10 minutes. You can also stop by during the day to see the four-story tree with hundreds of mirrored stars that glisten and a 5-foot tree topper. It's a photo opportunity!
On Friday and Saturday nights, November 30 through Christmas Eve, enjoy the strolling carolers and take a ride on the "Princess Express" train that will take you around the lagoon. And about those lagoons -- make sure you take a walk around to see the swans, huge poinsettias, lighted decorations and sparkling trees -- there are 75 of them throughout the resort.
Finally, stop in the lobby to see four natural green trees, embellished with vibrant colors that capture the heritage of the Southwest. Angel statues of delicately hammered silver, wreaths, swags and candles give the lobby a warm glow, with a 7-foot gingerbread nutcracker and gingerbread village adding to the holiday decor.
What else happens?
The evening includes musical performances, Santa Claus, carolers, complimentary cookies and spiced cider. The Desert Ice Holiday Rink is made with real ice and set in the picturesque Cactus Garden. It is open daily November 21, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Skating prices for adults and children may vary according to session times. A portion of the skating proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The resort’s Holiday Shoppe will have a "Sparkle” event where kids dip and paint their own sparkle ornament for $5.
Friday and Saturday nights are spent fireside with Santa at his workshop in La Hacienda Plaza, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., November 29 to December 21, where the young and young-at-heart can have their photo taken with Kris Kringle for just $10, or the photo is complimentary after dining in any of the restaurants that evening, including Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, The Grill or Ironwood American Kitchen. Photos are available for immediate pick-up in the resort’s adjacent Holiday Shoppe.
Carolers stroll the grounds singing holiday favorites from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights, November 27 through Christmas Eve. A nightly menorah lighting with applesauce and latkes takes place in the resort lobby for Hanukkah, November 27 through December 5.
New in 2013...
Who Can Attend Christmas at the Princess?This event is open to both resort gusts and the general public. It is an all ages event.
How Much are the Tickets?
There is no admission charge for Christmas at the Princess. There is a charge to skate and for kids to make the ornament. On opening night valet parking is $10 and self-parking is complimentary. On the other nights, locals are invited to enjoy the holiday spirit of the resort without an admission charge, but there is a $10 charge for self-parking (higher for valet) unless you dine in one of the resort restaurants.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
This tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ toy drive for Toys for Tots. The Scottsdale Fire Department will be on-hand with a fire truck to accept unwrapped toys that evening. The resort will also be a drop-off location for Toys for Tots through Dec. 20, 2013.
I Have More Questions!
Visit Scottsdale Fairmont Princess online or call 480-585-4848.
Do You Have any Pictures?Yes! Here are some photos from previous Christmas at the Princess celebrations.
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Tree lightings, holiday lights, festivals, holiday music and entertainment, gift guides and holiday travel tips -- find them all at the Christmas Holidays Guide for Greater Phoenix. All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.