Celebrate the Holidays in Princess Style, Fairmont Scottsdale

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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a winter wonderland during its sixth annual Christmas at the Princess festival from November 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Featuring a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice Skating Rink, magical snowfalls, along with 2.8 million Lagoon Lights and nightly visits from ol’ St. Nick, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the destination for a magical holiday experience for the entire family.

Christmas at the Princess festival kicks off with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony event on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. The Desert Ice Skating Rink, Lagoon Lights and Princess Express Train all open on Thursday night as well.

The Scottsdale Princess Resort will feature new holiday character appearance at the festival like Princess Noel, Peppermint the Penguin and Selfie Elfie.

Real ice surrounded by picturesque saguaros make up the Desert Ice Skating Rink where skaters experience whimsical snowfall in the warm Arizona Desert. The rink is open to the public every night and costs $15 per person plus $5 for skate rental. To add a little flare to your skating experience, rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores, cocktails and hot cocoa are available for evening and night skating sessions.

2.8 million LED lights illuminate the resort’s majestic lagoons. Visitors can see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a candy cane forest along with other light-up objects that transform the lagoon at night. New 3-D whale, five skating penguins and a 17-foot long infinity tunnel are featured in this years festival.

The Enchanted Plaza features musical tree and an animated holiday light show that is specifically designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The resort’s Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that “twinkle and dance” to 14 holiday songs. The musical tree plays from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly throughout the season.

The resort will add a new Christmas Petting Zoo this year featuring sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and alpacas. This will be a complimentary event for guests and help add a twist to your holiday season. Take a detour before heading to pet the animals and visit S’mores Land, a christmas campfire area where families and friends can gather over fire pits and roast s’mores.

The unique Fragrance Garden transforms into the Nativity Garden, where an 88-foot Nativity light and music show tells the story of Christmas. Shows begin every 10 minutes and run from 5 to 9 p.m. Seating is available for guests.
Santa will be spending his time at La Hacienda Plaza from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until December 22 where guests can take photos with Santa for $10. Photos are available for immediate pick-up after.

The Kringle’s Korner is a charming boutique that offers winter gear for the entire family. Hats, scarves, mittens and pajamas along with seasonal decor and other collectible items are available at the store. Complimentary gift wrapping is available for orders of $200 or more.

With the purchase of a holiday ornaments for $20 from the Tree of Hope in the Well and Being Spa’s lobby, you will receive $20 off any a la carte spa and wellness treatment of your choice. All of the proceeds will benefit Cox Charities throughout the valley.  

Admission is complimentary for hotel guests. Admission and parking for non-hotel guests is $30.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. For more detailed information on “Christmas at the Princess,” call (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

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