Fairmont Scottsdale Princess brings the North Pole to the Valley
December 4, 2017
By Alison Bailin Batz
As one of the best and brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is set to be more spectacular than ever. This AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert during its annual Christmas at the Princess festival, now through December 31. Here are just some of the highlights of this holiday celebration.
Checking in are the resort’s holiday friends: the lovely Princesses Angelica and Noel, a huggable yeti named Shivers and the squishable Graham, a walking s’more, plus Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie bring their own special charm from the North Pole. All can be met throughout the resort, and they come together for a Christmas character farewell in the Enchanted Plaza every evening at 9.
Santa’s Secret Headquarters
Santa spends time in his new Secret Headquarters mapping his flight plans, time zones and toys, where the young and young at heart can write their wish lists, learn the secret elf pledge and have their photo taken with him nightly throughout the season.
At S’mores Land, families can visit the s’mores-loving character Graham at his home, roast marshmallows around the campfire, take an icy slide down the newly expanded four-lane Polar Glide, a whirl on the Christmas Carousel or a twirl on the Frosty’s Ferris Wheel, now with 15 gondolas seating up to six passengers. And new this year – Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Shop rounds out the fun.
Enchanted Plaza Musical Tree & Animated Holiday Light Show
Custom-designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the resort’s Christmas tree has 80,000 LED lights that “twinkle and dance” to 18 holiday songs in Princess Plaza, appropriately named Enchanted Plaza for the holidays. The musical tree plays from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly throughout the season, while the lit palm trees lining the plaza are synchronized to complement the tree’s music. Add to that a high-definition, one-of-a-kind animated video show featuring five delightful holiday scenes set to music and projected against the resort’s façade. This five-minute show plays promptly on the hour from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly in the Enchanted Plaza.
Desert Ice Skating Rink
Made with real ice and surrounded by picturesque saguaros, skaters experience magical snowfalls beneath a star-filled Arizona sky. The 6,000 square-foot rink is open to the public nightly throughout the festival. The price is $20 per person and $5 for skate rental.
With the addition of 1.5 million lights this season, the resort shines with 4.5 million LEDs. Visitors enter the festivities through a 17-foot-long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors from special RGB LED bulbs, capable of 256 million color combinations. They can then stroll or ride the Princess Express Train through the majestic LLights, a lit fantasy land to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a whale, a dolphin, a mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, 14-foot poinsettias, rocking horse, a candy cane forest and more.
The Ice Den Scottsdale Presents “Magical Moments on Ice”
Guests will enjoy watching skaters from the Ice Den showcase their talents to holiday music at the Princess’ Desert Ice rink. The show features youngsters from the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona, is choreographed by the Ice Den skating staff and is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating. Please visit the resort’s website for performance dates and times.
Princess Express Trains
Guests board either of two Princess Express Trains nightly for a ride around the Lagoon Lights. Overnight hotel guests receive a priority boarding pass; non-hotel guests require general festival wristbands to ride.
Breakfast with Santa & Friends on December 23
Not to be missed is a wonderful and whimsical pajama party breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted by Mrs. Claus and Fairmont friends Princesses Noel and Angelica, Peppermint Penguin, Shivers the Yeti, Selfie Elfie and Graham the s’more, plus DJ Jingle, reindeer games, a Legoland Discovery Center play area, photos with Santa in his Secret Headquarters, a special daytime skating session, access to S’mores Land and chances to win great prizes such as an American Girl doll.
Christmas at the Princess is open to the public. General admission/parking for non-hotel guests is $55 per vehicle for self-parking, valid for up to six people. Valet/general admission is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants with a $75 spend, up to six people. General admission includes access to Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, Enchanted Plaza video show, a walkthrough experience of 4.5 million Lagoon Lights, the Nativity Garden, S’mores Land and the Copper Canyon Village Light Show. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com for more information.