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Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Scottsdale in 2023

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Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Scottsdale in 2023

Local Events | December 11, 2021 | SWSS Staff

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—which means it’s time to get into the holiday spirit with holiday events, twinkling lights, and festive fun throughout Scottsdale, AZ! 

Whether you’re planning a trip to Scottsdale this December, looking for things to do with your kids this month, or entertaining out-of-town guests this holiday season, this list of events is sure to inspire fun activities that the whole family will enjoy!

1. Christmas at the Princess

Scottsdale Princess view of the lake
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Christmas at the Princess is a family-friendly, magical holiday festival at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort that offers plenty of fun for all ages! 

Starting in November, the resort transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with the Desert Ice Skating Rink, S’mores Land with fire pits for roasting marshmallows, and The Village, complete with an Ice Maze with real ice! 

You’ll also be able to enjoy a four-story Christmas tree, train rides on the Princess Express Trains, holiday character appearances, a lagoon filled with a pirate boat, graceful swans, glowing lights, and more! Plus, if you’re hungry, you can enjoy holiday drinks and dishes throughout the resort, including Mrs. Claus’ cookies. 

You can see the millions of Christmas lights at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess this year from November 17th to January 6th. It’s best to visit early in the evening for shorter lines that allow you to make the most of your time at the resort. The resort recommends that tickets be purchased online before the event since tickets are available in a limited capacity.

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2. Scottsdazzle 

Scottsdazzle is Old Town Scottsdale’s festive celebration of the holiday season. After the tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 25th through January 1st, guests can enjoy tons of holiday events and culinary demonstrations, like live music and wine tastings, throughout Old Town Scottsdale. 

Plus, you’ll be able to see the beautifully decorated tree on the Scottsdale Waterfront, as well as public art installations, holiday décor, and other dazzling holiday lights throughout Old Town Scottsdale. 

Learn more about Scottsdazzle’s festive events happening all month long on their website to find the perfect one for your family and friends to enjoy this holiday season. 

3. Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

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Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park is a must-visit event for families with young children. You’ll be able to take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of light displays throughout the park. 

In addition to the beautiful lights, kids will love playing on the large playground, carousel rides, and getting hot chocolate at Hartley’s General Store. On select days, you may be able to enjoy live entertainment or the tree-lighting ceremony. Plus, Santa Claus will be at the park nightly to take photos with the children! 

Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park takes place from November 24th to January 7th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. General admission is $15 per person, and children aged two and younger are free.

4. Christmas in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland 

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience for the entire family, look no further than Christmas in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland at the Arizona Boardwalk. 

This month-long event features butterflies from around the world, including Latin America, Asia, and Africa, along with seasonal decorations and holiday décor. You’ll even be able to see a Christmas tree decorated to resemble the Blue Morpho Butterfly. 

If you’d like to extend your stay at the Arizona Boardwalk, you can also visit OdySea Aquarium to go on a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt designed for kids and, best of all, watch Santa scuba dive!

5. Las Noches de Las Luminarias 

If you’re looking for a sophisticated, magical experience during the holidays, Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect event for you.  Guests can walk through the botanical garden illuminated with over 8,000 luminaries and sparkling white lights while enjoying live holiday music as they explore!

6. Zoolights 

two people walking through colorful lights at the zoo for ZooLights

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is one of the most anticipated events of the holidays, and it’s been a tradition in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area for over 30 years! 

Families can see millions of dazzling lights, glowing animal sculptures on the Wildlife Lantern Safari, and more during a walk-through or “cruise” experience, where guests can see the beautiful lights from the comfort of their own vehicles on select dates. Those who opt for the walk-through experience will also be able to ride the Polar Slide and purchase drinks, kettle corn, and other treats from the park’s vendors. 

ZooLights begins on November 22nd and lasts throughout the festive season, with the final admission on January 14th.

7. Winter Wonderland Arizona 

If you’re looking for a unique light display this Christmas season, the Winter Wonderland Arizona is a free exhibit with over 250,000 lights choreographed to computerized music at a residential home in Scottsdale. In addition to the lights, you can see an Old Western Christmas Town with a mine shaft, an Island of Misfit Toys in the backyard, and a display with snow and bubbles.  

This is the 37th year of this incredible exhibit that runs through the entire month of December. Although the experience is free, a $5 donation per person is appreciated. 

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Make memories the whole family will cherish this Christmas season in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

If you’re planning a trip to Scottsdale this December, consider booking one of our stylish, spacious vacation rentals. Our homes feature luxury amenities, comfortable furniture, and tasteful fixtures that you and your family love. Browse our vacation rentals to find the perfect size, location, and features for your holiday stay in Scottsdale, Arizona! 

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