Most Festive Things to Do in Phoenix & Scottsdale

Christmas ornaments adorn a tree

Here we are in mid-November and we are eagerly awaiting the upcoming holiday season. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other celebration during the months of November and December, you will find all sorts of terrific things to do and see in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Sure, we probably won’t be looking forward to a snowy, white Christmas, but we still have some awesome desert winter weather that you will truly enjoy during your visits. You may see homes and businesses that have decorated their cacti and other desert plants with festive lights and decorations. Check out some of the best things to do in Scottsdale, & Phoenix, AZ:

Christmas at the Princess

One of the area’s favorite events is the Christmas at the Princess festival. The award winning Fairmont Scottsdale Princess becomes a winter wonderland from the end of November until December 31. Come out and make new holiday memories with your family.

Phoenix CitySkate

Enter Phoenix’s winter wonderland at the area’s largest real outdoor ice rink. Located on Downtown Phoenix’s Central Avenue, you’ll enjoy skating on this 7,000 square foot rink from November throughout the entire holiday season. You’ll love the Christmas tree and hourly evening Christmas light shows.

Las Noches De Las Luminarias

The Desert Botanical Gardens offers many holiday exhibits—everything from crystal sculptures to Christmas lights and many others that highlight the assortment of desert plants and flowers. The most popular show is the lighting of Las Noches De Las Luminarias. Come out to see the lighting and stay for the live music and delicious foods. The lightings begin in November and run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the holiday season.


Starting in November, the Phoenix Zoo lights up in festive splendor. You can explore the lights of the season from November through the New Year. You can grab a bite to eat while strolling through the twinkling light show. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these special exhibits.

Rental Specials for the Season

The Phoenix and Scottsdale areas are terrific winter destinations, so at Book My Vacay, we want to extend a special invitation to come out for the holiday season. We have some amazing specials during this time of year, so it can be the perfect time to start new and exciting family traditions. Give us a call or check out our website to find the perfect holiday accommodations!