Luxury Resort and Travel Guide

Holiday Happenings and Where to Stay in the Valley

We’re treating you to an extra dose of holiday joy with the best events, activities and stay packages at local resorts and hotels this Christmas season.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort will feel home for the holidays with holiday specials available to book by Dec. 1. All Is Calm includes a $50 daily resort credit towards spa or dining when staying two or more nights. Elevate the Holidays includes a stay in a mountainside villa plus a $500 resort credit and a festive welcome basket. Both packages valid for select dates Nov. 14 through Jan. 7. Make the season last longer with a holiday bonus of a seventh night free plus a one-time $250 resort credit. Valid for select dates between Dec. 29 and Jan. 9. Book here

Embrace wellness this holiday season at CIVANA. Book a Taste of CIVANA and receive a $100 food and beverage credit and a $50 spa credit. Total CIVANA includes a $250 resort credit towards any experience. And for those who want it all, Unlimited CIVANA All-Inclusive includes all the necessities. Book here

Omni Montelucia is kicking things off on Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. with the annual tree-lighting ceremony. Other holiday happenings include the Joya Spa Giving Tree through Dec. 16 and limited-time holiday spa specials like a Cranberry Brown Sugar Bliss body treatment and Knesco Gemclinical Facial.

Fans of Christmas Camp from Emmy award-winning writer and Arizona local Karen Schaler, can experience the festive fun in person at The Phoenician. The resort will feature a variety of Christmas Camp events and activities, plus a special room package including accommodations, complimentary champagne and daily breakfast for two; a 2019 special edition of Christmas Camp for two; exclusive Christmas Camp gear and daily activities. Valid Dec. 5-9, 12-16 for one or more nights. Book here

FOUND:RE Phoenix is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle hotel experience with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by local contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The 104-room hotel welcomes guests and Valley residents to an experience of locally curated art, plush accommodations and creative programming woven throughout the stay from the moment of check-in. Book here

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain‘s lobby will come alive with life-sized, sugary sweet, giant edible four-wheel drive vehicle made from gingerbread, fondant and candies. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. On Christmas Eve, from 2 to 4 p.m., a fun gingerbread workshop will take place with the award-winning pastry team.

On. Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., The Wigwam will light up during their annual tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa, holiday crafts, live music, a kids’ play area, sweet treats and a toy drive for Goodyear Firefighter Charities. Every Friday in December from 6 to 8 p.m., the resort will hold Holiday Nights in Lights, featuring s’more, photo ops with Santa, festive train rides and more. Guests can book the Holiday Family Fun Package which includes a nightly $50 credit, a s’mores kit and in-room milk and cookies. Available for stays between Nov. 22 and Jan. 4. Book here

Join the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess on Nov. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. for their 10th annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony to kick off the annual Christmas at the Princess. The yearly event transforms the resort into a holiday spectacular. Taking place Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, enjoy 4.5 million holiday lights, holiday characters, a Nativity garden, S’mores Land family campfires, a Christmas carousel, an ice slide and ferris wheel, Princess Express Trains, an ice skating rink, Build-a-Bear workshop and tons more. Book the Trees of Hope package which includes 15-percent off rate, a $25 resort credit and VIP access to the Christmas at the Princess. For each package purchased, a portion of proceeds will benefit the #LoveUp Foundation. Available Nov. 13 through Jan. 27. Book here

Great Wolf Lodge celebrates the most festive time of year with its annual Snowland celebration taking place Nov. 29, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. Families will soak up the holiday spirit with daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, visits from Santa and a variety of festive seasonal activities. Guests can book the Snowland Suites during the celebration which are decked out in holiday decor. Use promo code SNOWFLAKE when booking. The resort is also partnering with Make-A-Wish on a special holiday-themed wolf ear promotion. Starting Nov. 24, Great Wolf Lodge will sell festive Santa Hat Wolf Ears for $8.99 with $2 from each sale being donated to Make-A-Wish. The campaign runs until Jan. 5 or until supplies run out.

The Arizona Biltmore is celebrating with nightly holiday toasts at Wright Bar in honor of Irving Berlin, who wrote the iconic “White Christmas” while relaxing at the resort’s Catalina Pool. Other fun events include holiday cookie decorating, gingerbread afternoon tea and more. Join the spa on Dec. 11 for a fun event including spa swag, music, a certificate for a 50-min. massage or facial and more.

The Season of Giving package at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs includes a standard resort suite for just $99, no resort charge, a complimentary glass of wine or hot tea with purchase of a spa service, one complimentary sleeve of balls with purchase of a round of golf and one complimentary kids meal with purchase of an adult entree at Pointe in Tyme. Valid for stays through Dec. 31. Book here

Celebrate the holidays at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale with a variety of family-fun events, live music, beer and wine tastings, complimentary hot spiced cider and more. Visit the spa for a Sugar and Spice soak, complete with a full body massage, all with the aromas of vanilla chai oil.

Make your holiday shopping experience even better with the Sip & Shop Package at Jw Marriott Desert Ridge and JW Marriott Camelback Inn. The offer includes accommodations; two complimentary cocktails upon check-in; a Macerich shopping center visitor shavings pass for up to $1,000 in savings from participating realtors, able to be used at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons and more; and a small gift on behalf of Macerich. Available through Dec. 30. Use code SHO when booking. Book here for Camelback Inn and here for Desert Ridge.

Holidays at Hermosa Inn are made even better with elaborately decorated trees, cozy fireplaces and warm accommodations. Receive 25-percent savings on overnight accommodations plus two seasonal welcome cocktails at LON’s Last Drop with the Hermosa Holidays package. Book here

Make the most of the holiday season at Mountain Shadows and Hotel Valley Ho. Offered at both properties, the Sweet Suite Holiday Stays includes 25-percent off residences at Mountain Shadows and 25-percent off Tower Suites at Hotel Valley Ho, plus a special holiday-inspired amenity, early check-in and late check-out and a round of complimentary arrival drinks. Valid for stays Nov. 22 through Dec. 1 and Dec. 20 through Jan. 10. Book here for Mountain Shadows and here for Hotel Valley Ho.

This holiday season Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson is inviting guests to eat, drink and be merry with featured cocktails Southwest Spice and Everything Nice and Sunny Holiday, both available in Cascade Lounge throughout December. For every adult beverage purchased, kids will receive a complimentary hot cocoa. The resort is also offering a special Holiday Family Getaway package including a nightly parking credit, free breakfast for up to two kids, a $30 food and beverage credit per stay and a second room at half-off. Book here

Enchantment Resort in Sedona is hosting plenty of fun this season including a winter solstice vortex hike on Dec. 22, a native plant wreath workshop, fireside mulled wine tasting, ice cream sundaes with Santa and more. The hotel will have a life-sized gingerbread house and Christmas village on display through Jan. 6 and on Nov. 30, guests can gather for the tree-lighting ceremony with the Dickens Carolers.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix‘s signature restaurant Blue Hound is transforming into the Valley’s only Miracle Bar this seasons. From Nov. 25 through Dec. 25, the restaurant and bar will be decked out in thousands of twinkling lights, colorful garland, ribbon and holiday-themed knick knacks. A limited-time menu of festive cocktails and food will also be available. To complete the experience, the Miracle Experience stay package includes accommodations in a deluxe guest room, a $50 dining credit at Blue Hound, two tickets to CitySkate with skate rentals included and two Miracle holiday mugs. Available to book Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Book here

Enjoy a Sedona Snowmance at L’Auberge de Sedona. The package includes two nights of accommodations, a $380 spa credit towards two 60-min. in-room treatments, homemade spiked hot chocolate paired with chef-baked cookies and a signature resort Chelor throw blanket to take home. Starting at $649 per night. Available to book now through March. Book here

Celebrate the joyous holiday season at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock with the month-long Fitmas & Fun, a wellness-inspired celebration of seasonal fun. Festive programming includes everything from Rise with Rudolph Sunrise Yoga classes and Six Pack Santa Rip Fit (a combo of suspension and CoreX training) to make-your-own holiday body scrub, ornament decorating, seasonal cuisine, family movie nights and more. Book here

Celebrate the season at the brand new Marriott Phoenix Chandler. Guests staying through January 5 will receive breakfast for up to two adults and children 12 and under for each night of their stay, when staying in the same room. To receive this offer, guests must use the promotional code S4B when booking online or mention the Stay for Breakfast package when booking over the phone. Book here

Amara Resort and Spa is offering three different winter stay packages starting at $179 per night (a 60-percent savings from peak-season rates). Enjoy the Last-Night Free offer when purchasing four or more nights; S’more and Snuggle Package, which includes a complimentary s’mores kit at check-in, a souvenir blanket and a full breakfast at SaltRock Southwest Kitchen; or the Starry Season Sojourn, featuring a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival and a $100 credit to the award-winning Amara Spa. Book here

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