Six Best Holiday Events in Scottsdale

With winter right around the corner, many places of interest across the West’s Most Western Town are preparing for the holidays. With the absence of snow or any real winter weather, everyone will be celebrating the last days of this year in our sunny desert. Below are a few notable events occurring for the Scottsdale holiday season.

6. Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens

Every winter at Desert Botanical Gardens, “the nights of the luminaries” illuminate the various plants and flora that make up our state’s ecosystem. Boasting over 7,000 luminaries, Desert Botanical Gardens creates an environment that is equal parts ephemeral, natural, and beautiful. With performing musicians, light refreshments, and stellar ambiance, this event transforms a simple stroll into something magical.

5. Christmas at the Princess – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

In their eighth annual outing, the Princess Hotel will throw one of the biggest holiday parties in the Southwest. With activities ranging from an ice skating rink surrounded by cacti to Santa’s Secret Headquarters, the folks over at the Princess have everything for the whole family to enjoy.

4. Mazelpalooza – Maya Day and Night Club

An event for suited to our Kosher readers, Mazelpalooza claims to be “the only place…for Jewish young adults on Christmas Eve.” Hosted by DJ Soloman, this event incorporates a night of drinks and dancing during Santa’s busiest hours. As long as you’re 21 years old – and can still tolerate the club atmosphere – Mazelpalooza will be the perfect choice.

3. Scottsdazzle – Old Town Scottsdale

Situated in Fashion Square, Scottsdazzle celebrates the city as a whole with the so-called Scottsdale Christmas tree imported straight from Italy. Starting November 25th, Scottsdazzle will feature a month-long celebration of merriment and cheer with entertainers, live music, amazing décor, dining, drinks, and so much more. Scottsdazzle is as much of an exploration of our Arizona town’s offers as it is a holiday extravaganza.

  • No tickets required for Scottsdazzle’s activities.

2. ZooLights – Phoenix Zoo

We’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the year’s festivities; the Phoenix Zoo is adorned with millions of lights to entertain both people and animals. Running until January 14th, Zoolights offers a special Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit with life-size dinos around the park. Keep in mind: animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.

1. Holiday Cooking Classes – Classic Cooking Academy

Of course we had to put our own offer at the number one spot. Though we are taking a week off in late December for the holidays, that doesn’t mean we can’t get festive. With a holiday cookie exchange and a French-themed New Year’s Eve Dinner, we’re sure to sate your appetite.

  • For info on the December 10th Holiday Cookie Exchange, click here.
  • For info on the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner, click here.

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