Where to go to find Santa in Scottsdale


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Happy December! It’s that time of year where we drag boots out of the closet, dust off snow hats and get into the holiday spirit. For those of us with kids, this also usually means doing a Santa visit-and-photo experience. In Scottsdale, there are several exciting Santa exhibits and activities where you can experience all the events these establishments have to offer, and capture some fabulous photos as well. Happy Santa hunting!

Kierland Commons

Kierland Commons is an easy visit, with fun holiday activities for the kids and family-friendly sophisticated restaurants with delicious food.

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Santa Sightings: Now through December 24th

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square has a brand new Santa HQ located in the food court. The Santa HQ includes an elf workshop, interactive games, a naughty and nice meter, and of course a place to take Santa photos. The new exhibit is impressive and is a must-see for the kids while getting your Christmas shopping done at the mall.

Food Court
7014 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

One of our favorite Christmas activities is going to the train park at night to see the festive holiday lights. You can take a ride on the train through the light displays and experience a winter wonderland. Make sure you stop by Hartley’s Ice Cream shop to grab a hot cocoa or coffee, and don’t forget to visit Santa in the famous Pullman train car.

7301 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Santa Sightings: December 12-December 23rd, 2014 -nightly 

Phoenician Resort

The Phoenician Resort is a magical place to be during the holidays. They offer a Daddy and Daughter tea every December, which is a must-do if you have a daughter who loves tea-time. They also offer a Breakfast with Santa where your family can enjoy an amazing breakfast at the resort, followed by a visit with Santa and cookie decorating.

6000 E Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Santa Sightings: Breakfast with Santa, December 13th 9am – noon 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This has become one of our favorite places to go during the holidays. With a 6,000 sq foot ice skating rink, a lighted lagoon train ride and new Christmas Carousel to ride, this will surely become your child’s favorite event as well.

7575 E Princess Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Santa Sightings: November 20-December 21st, Friday – Sunday 5:30-8:30pm


Hope you have fun finding Santa in Scottsdale! 

Do you have another great place to find Santa in Scottsdale? Please share with us if you do! 


  1. Nice! We went to the Fairmont to see Santa last weekend and he was great with my two boys. I was at the Arizona Mills today and the Santa there was quite magical and very attentive to the children who passed by. The best part, it wasn’t crowded at all!

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