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Starting at Thanksgiving and running until New Year’s Day each year, Scottsdazzle is a month-long holiday celebration in Old Town Scottsdale, with events and happenings for the entire family. The 2020 Scottsdazzle will be a little different than past years, but the holiday spirit is still there! Come celebrate the holidays as Old Town metamorphoses into a winter wonderland.


Events vary a bit from year to year, but there’s always Santa, elves, dazzling lights and brightly decorated trees, and plenty of holiday-themed fun. Events in the past have included the arrival of Santa, festive Tea Parties, Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Carol Sing-alongs, the Feliz Navidad Festival, Nutcracker performances along 5th Avenue, bouncy houses and carriage rides. The festival always includes plenty of kid and family-friendly events, food and wine events and holiday-themed activities. Many events have free admission too.

Events for 2020 include Holiday Movie Night, the annual Letters to Santa Drop Off, Merry Make & Take (a chance to make your own holiday keepsake and have a little fun crafting), Holly-Jolly Painting Party, and a Sparkle & Spin Scavenger Hunt. This year’s food and drink events include the Festive Food Demonstration, the Seasonal Charcuterie Teach & Taste, and Brewdazzle at Goldwater Brewing Co. And, new this year, The Dazzle of Old Town is a celebration of past holiday traditions that starts off with an hour-long storytelling session. And it wouldn’t be Scottsdazzle without yoga. Participate in the popular Sun Salutations Yoga and Yuletide Yoga to get in a little relaxation before the holidays.

Holiday Spirit

Even if you don’t attend any of the scripted events, you can still enjoy Scottsdazzle. You and your partner can stroll through Old Town, hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand, enjoying the holiday lights and decorations on every storefront, while you listen to Christmas carols. Pick up that last minute gift, and then pick up some take-out from one of the local restaurants. Head back to your lovely Parsons Villas rental to enjoy your meal in front of the fire pit or while watching your favorite holiday movie classic.

Old Town merchants will be putting out their best effort and holiday spirit just for you, and we all certainly appreciate your support of local businesses. Shop local, shop small has never meant more. Spend some time in Old Town, and you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time. Contact us today to learn more about the many exciting adventures awaiting you in Scottsdale and to book your vacation rental!

City of Scottsdale Tourism & Events

7447 E Indian School Road

Scottsdale, AZ



Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the most recognized area landmarks. With an elevation of 2,700 feet, it is an excellent venue for a hike or climb. In fact, hiking Camelback is considered one of the top 10 things to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There are two main trails/climbs — Cholla and Echo Canyon. Please be advised that these hikes and climbs are not generally considered “easy” or beginner level.

Papago Park

Papago Park is a municipal park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is plenty to do in this gorgeous park including hiking, fishing and even golfing on the Papago Golf Course.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock is a wonderful destination for those wanting to see a terrific example of Arizona Red Rock. This is a natural geological formation located in Papago Park. This formation is actually a series of openings eroded into a small red stone hill. The openings and main chamber are accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West was the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. Currently, it is the main campus of The School of Architecture at Taliesin and also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It is open to the public for tours, where you’ll be taken through indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as Wright’s private quarters, the gracious “Garden Room”, the drafting room and more.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s most vibrant and unique downtown areas. It offers pedestrian-friendly streets lines with world-class galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, plus an exciting nightlife scene.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the gateway to the Sonoran Desert and has one of the most diverse environments on earth. Located on more than 30,000 acres along the eastern edge of the city, the Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails with six trailheads. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching, and guided rock climbing and off-roading tours. Each trailhead provides expansive views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley, and the Bajada Nature Trail offers a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages.
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale