It’s that time of year again! The lights have been strung and the wreaths have been hung… and the countdown to the big day has already begun. 

When it comes to holiday fun, nowhere does it like Scottsdale. Our local festivities are sure to delight your entire family and set the perfect mood to embrace the spirit of Christmas. 

This year, you can still enjoy some amazing holiday-themed events while staying safe. Scottsdale has plenty of Christmas-savvy pastimes that accommodate for proper social distancing… and some of the best requires thinking outside of the box. 

Looking to find some creative ways to enjoy the Christmas holiday season while also social distancing? We have just what you need. Here are a few of the Power of 4 team’s favorite ways to enjoy the best of December – the Scottsdale way. 

Hiking Desert Mountain Trails

A fabulous way to soak in the holidays is by hiking through Desert Mountain. DM trails are known for their year-round beauty, but Arizona’s winter climate adds a special touch of Christmas to the grounds. Your family will appreciate the changing treescape, sprawling vistas, and crisp winter air. 

Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This annual classic isn’t letting 2020 get the best of it. Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is held outdoors, making it a great open-air option for responsible family fun. Join in the socially-distant celebration by attending and enjoy ice-skating, amusement park amenities, and more!

Explore a Magical Lights Display at the Phoenix Zoo 

If you’re interested in driving out to a Christmas themed event that will knock your socks off, attend Phoenix Zoo Lights. 

The Phoenix Zoo is known for its stunning display of millions of twinkling lights throughout the Christmas season. Since this event is outdoors, it can serve as a fun and safe holiday event. Your kids will be mesmerized by the many animal light sculptures to be found across the zoo grounds. 

Due to a limited capacity, you’ll need to buy your tickets in advance this year. Phoenix Zoo Lights runs until January 31, 2021, so there’s plenty of time to check it out. 

Golfing in Desert Mountain 

Golfing can be festive, too! 

At the end of it all, the holidays are about spending quality time with your precious loved ones. Gathering a couple of your closest friends for some outdoor golfing is a great opportunity for coming together and making memories. 

Come to one of Desert Mountain’s collection of unparalleled golf courses. Enjoy the game, gorgeous views, and on-site amenities

Stream the Nutcracker Ballet from Home

How does attending a ballet in your comfiest pajamas sound? This is what 2020 looks like – but who’s complaining? 

The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the talented Ballet Arizona will be available for online streaming until the 20th, including an on-demand replay. If you get the chance, you won’t want to miss this beautiful performance. 

See The Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields 

Instead of making a trip all the way out to Phoenix, you can still enjoy a captivating light show that’s closer to home. 

The Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields is held at Talking Stick Resort and Casino – and besides being beautiful, this show wins over visitors with its sheer size. The lights display spans 1.2 miles of holiday-themed display. 

Attendees of all ages will love strolling through this sea of lights. This outdoor exhibition is a wonderful place to bring the kids for a Christmas-themed evening walk. 

Drive Through Neighborhood Lights Displays 

If you’re looking to be dazzled with an extra boost of social distancing, you can always hop in the car and drive through Scottsdale communities on the lookout for the best light displays. This is a classic pastime for the area and people go all-out to impress their neighbors. 

Make it especially festive by playing Christmas carols in the car and bring along your best to-go hot cocoa. It’s sure to be a night of close family bonding in the holiday spirit. 

A Legendary Holiday Date Night 

If you’re looking for a fun way to revel in the holiday season with your special someone, Scottsdale has something incredible in store for you. 

The Village at ADERO in Scottsdale has prepared a special globe-themed eating area so guests can dine under the stars. This is beautiful, outdoor, and socially-distant – and the best holiday date idea ever.


Don’t let 2020’s ambiance get in the way of your holiday fun. Play it safe with these 8 festive Scottsdale celebration ideas. For more, be sure to tune into the Power of 4 Blog.