by Kelly Potts
Holiday-goers looking for spots to park their sleigh and celebrate the season are in luck as our state is full of holiday happenings. In fact, some of the merriest memories may be made at one of our local AAA Four or Five Diamond resorts. With the season in full swing, these properties are pulling out all the stops to entice guests with stunning light displays, special events and unique dining experiences. With so many festivities to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. Here are the spots that made it to the top of our “nice” list this year:
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess celebrates “Christmas at the Princess” with events every evening in December. This holiday season celebration at the AAA Five Diamond property is shining bright with a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice Rink, Princess Express Trains, Lagoon Lights, new holiday characters, shows and attractions. For more information, visit scottsdaleprincess.com.
The Wigwam brings the holidays to life with various traditions. This year, events at the AAA Four Diamond property include Elf Stocking Delivery, Breakfast with Santa, Camp Wigwam Holiday Workshop and a Holiday Character Breakfast throughout the month of December. For more information visit www.wigwamarizona.com.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is making the season bright this holiday. With saguaros aglow, the AAA Five Diamond property will be decked out with all the holiday trimmings, making this a festive season to remember. Holiday happenings include the complimentary Kids for All Seasons programming, Cookies with Claus and Festive Flicks. For more information visit www.scottsdalefourseasons.com.
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is celebrating the season with their Winter Wonderland offerings, including special events, room rates and festivities for the family. Winter Wonderland weekend festivities throughout December include Elf Tuck-In, Snow Sledding, Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Workshop, a Polar Express Train Ride and more. For more information visit www.jwstarrpass.com.
Most of these events and activities are open to the general public. While you don’t need to be guests of the resort to attend, be sure and check out the special holiday stay packages and AAA member discounts if you’re looking to make an overnight or weekend of it. Visit AAA.com/diamonds for more information.