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December is my favorite month for fun family activities in the Phoenix area. Last year my mom stayed at the Princess when she was in town and we had so much fun I thought I’d share a bit about what they do to make Christmastime so much fun.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has SUCH a fun atmosphere this time of year. They have real ice skating, a gorgeous animated light show and musical tree, 2.8 million Lagoon Lights, the Princess Express Train to view the lights, petting zoo, smore’s land and carousel, PLUS new (and really cute) characters this year – Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie. We like to eat on property and get our valet parking validated, all the restaurants are amazing. It would definitely make the perfect staycation spot though just to take in all the holiday fun!
“Christmas at the Princess” is open to the public. Admission is complimentary for hotel guests. Entrance fee/parking for non-hotel guests is $30 for self-parking with up to 10 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4 p.m. without dining. Valet/admission for local residents is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar) with a $75 spend. The light shows, rides on the Princess Express Train and the Christmas Carousel are complimentary. Skating, photos with Santa, shopping and dining are priced separately.
They also have a super special Breakfast with Santa & Friends on Saturday December 19th – here’s the details on that (For reservations, please dial 480-585-2694):
Basket of Miniature Baked Goods, Fresh Fruit, Scrambled Eggs, Blueberry and Banana Pancakes, Breakfast Sides, Hand Dipped Fried Chicken and Biscuit Bites, Mini Open Face Bruschetta-Style Sandwiches, made-to-order Omelets, Waffles and Santa’s Hot Cocoa Bar.
Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friends from the North Pole, Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie, with fun holiday music from DJ Jingle. Guests can also get their photo taken with Santa.
The resort will also have a special skating session on the Desert Ice Skating Rink from 10 am – 12:30 p.m., where Santa & Friends breakfast guests can enjoy $5 off ice skating (normally $15 for skating session and $5 skate rental). The Christmas Carousel will also be open for complimentary rides.
- $50 for Adults
- $35 for Kids Ages 3-12
- Children 2 and younger dine complimentary with a paid adult
We are always looking for a few fun special Christmas activities to do and spending the morning with Santa, some ice skating and then watching the lights start up for the evening, a train ride and maybe dinner at La Hacienda would make such a festive, fun family day! Plus Selfie Elfie is awfully cute 😉
There is even more to take in when you’re there, but I thought we’d just share some of our favorites! If you wanted to stay on property for the perfect little getaway I love this package:
The Magic Memories package includes overnight accommodations, a skating session with skate rental for two adults and two children and express VIP access to the Princess Express Train. The best part is $10 from each package will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs through Cox Charities. Prices start from $274 per night, plus taxes and a $29 resort fee. Second rooms on this package may be booked at 50 percent off, not including the amenities listed above. This package is based upon availability November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016.
Would you like to hear about more of our Phoenix area holiday favorites?!