There are so many reasons why you should consider spending the holiday season in Scottsdale, AZ. Not only can you take part in fun outdoor activities, like skiing and snowboarding, but there are annual events that only occur once per year in the holiday months. Dress up in your best Christmas sweater, put on your Santa hat, and get ready to have a great time with your friends or family this Christmas in Scottsdale.

Have a Festive Meal This Christmas in Scottsdale

There are dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, and eateries in Scottsdale that offer festive dining options for you and your family. You can walk around the downtown area and see if there is a restaurant that provides an extensive dining menu with multiple courses for your Christmas Eve dinner or holiday lunch. We recommend going to La Hacienda to indulge in burritos, nachos, and margaritas if you are in the mood for something non-traditional.

Or, if you want something a bit more refined, the Ironwood American Kitchen offers up some of the best steaks in the entire area. We also love the Pan-Latin food at Toro, offering a cool twist on traditional Latin American meals. Do you want tasty and strong cocktails? Then, take a trip to The Beverly on Main or the Second Story Liquor Bar after having a filling, festive dinner. Try an espresso martini to keep the night going!

Christmas at the Princess

Christmas at the Princess is a fun event that is ideal for families who want to have fun walking around the festive lights late at night, see the dazzling Christmas lights on the locomotive train, and taste some sweet holiday treats. Head here any time in November, December, or the beginning of January to have a night that you will never forget.

Take Part in the Arts Culture

Become one with the arts and crafts of the city, and really become immersed in the cultural vibe of the city by attending the local holiday art activities that dot the city and surrounding areas. We recommend going to the Canal Convergence in November to see incredible local art paintings, installations, sculptures, and dazzling lights that will put you in the Christmas spirit before December even begins.

Keep the artistic mood going by attending the Gold Palette Artwalk on December 7th. This great community event brings out locals and tourists alike to enjoy the open-air art galleries putting their best works on full display, helping encourage young and upcoming artists to aim to have their work displayed for the entire town to see.

Want to get involved in the fun? Take part in the Holly Jolly Painting Party on December 10th. See if you can bring out your inner Van Gogh and attempt to paint and make a saguaro cactus painting. Who knows, it might even turn out so well that it can become a last-minute stocking stuffer for your significant other.

Lastly, you can attend other artistic events that include other fun activities, like dancing, live music, free food, and tasty holiday cocktails. Check out cork Crafting on December 9th or 16th with your adult pals to sip on some wine, cocktails, or beer as you make crafts and meet other like-minded people. The light bites, free glass of wine, and cool artistic premise make this a great way to meet people and socialize.

Scottsdale Sing-Along

Warm up your vocal chores and get ready to sing holiday Christmas carols as you attend the Scottsdale Sing Along event on November 25th! Make sure you get to Scottsdale before December starts so you can take part in the live music event, featuring Christmas music, singalongs, hot cocoa, tree lighting ceremonies, and much more. This event at the Scottsdale Waterfront offers the perfect backdrop that will make a perfect spot for Insta-worthy photos.

Pick Up Some Produce at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

Pick up some produce, meat, cheeses, and fruits at the local farmer’s market for Christmas morning breakfast. Forget having to go outside and brace the cold as soon as you wake up to get breakfast — you can make a hot plate full of eggs, waffles, and pancakes from the comfort of your own home.

Head to the Farmer’s Market the day before to pick up some food and experience the Christmas Market. This market is held on Saturdays all December long, featuring tasty, sweet treats, handmade items for last-minute gifts, and live music that offers the perfect festive backdrop for your gift shopping excursion this holiday season. You can even bring your kids to take pics with Santa at the market for the quintessential Christmas card photo.

If possible, head to the farmer’s market on December 2nd to attend the annual Merry Mercantile Market, featuring nearly 100 vendors, food stalls, snacks, cups of hot cocoa, holiday treats, freebies, Christmas arts and crafts, and a ball pit for your kids.

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