Holiday Festivities in Old Town – Scottsdazzle!
An annual favorite of locals and guests, Old Town’s “Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza” has plenty of activities for kids of all ages during the holidays. And in between events, you can wander through Old Town’s galleries and shops picking up those last minute gifts.
The festivities kick off with the “Sing-Along and Tree Lighting Ceremony.” Held at the Waterfront’s Soleri Bridge (be sure to visit this bridge/solar calendar during the day too), the giant tree lights up the whole waterfront. Join in the singing while enjoying delicious holiday treats. And, head back to the Soleri Plaza for Canal Concerts every Saturday evening in December.
During Scottsdazzle, several wine tasting rooms participate in the “Santa Wine Around,” offering special tasting prices and complimentary holiday treats. In addition, this year’s Scottsdazzle will include the “Sweet Treat Trail,” a delicious tasting trip with Scottsdazzle-themed dessert treats at each participating location.
Grab the kids because every year, Old Town’s 5th Avenue turns into magical Sugar Plum Avenue, complete with sugar plum fairies, nutcrackers, beautiful princesses and more. This year a special mailbox will be down by the Christmas tree where kids can drop off their letters to Santa – and receive a letter in return!
Holiday Festivities Near & Around Old Town
Another annual favorite is the Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de Las Luminarias in nearby Phoenix. Listen to live music as you wander through the desert paths lit with over 8,000 twinkling luminaries. Reserve your tickets early because this elegant lighted event is one of the most popular holiday events in the area.
Kids of all ages will be sure to enjoy Zoolights, one of the largest light displays in the southwest. The Phoenix Zoo goes all out, with over two-million colorful lights, animated displays and an hourly orchestrated light show. Not to mention the carousel and lively animal encounters!
Family-friendly fun abounds at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in downtown Scottsdale, especially at the holidays. When it’s time for Holiday Lights, a train ride turns into something magical as it travels through the night and all of the colorful holiday light displays. Everyone can enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Be sure to make time for a tour of the Railroad Museum and Model Railroad Building, and everyone will love a ride on the restored, 1950-vintage carousel.
Holiday Rentals in Old Town Scottsdale
Our Parsons Villas holiday rentals can put you right in the bustling, throbbing heart of Old Town where your group can step out the door right into all the holiday festivities. And since your rental is in the middle of everything, you can easily head back to your holiday rental for a quick break and watch the action from your balcony as you rest up. We also have holiday rentals on the edges of Old Town, where you are close enough to walk to all the fun, but not close enough to be disturbed by all the excitement. Either way, there’s no worries about driving and hunting for that elusive parking space. Everyone can enjoy the fun!
Spacious and bright, our holiday rentals are perfect for family gatherings or entertaining all your friends. The generous, open floor plans can handle large gatherings with ease and there is plenty of room for everyone. The fully equipped kitchens will be perfect for heating up leftovers (if there are any) or whipping up your family’s favorite holiday meal. Many of our holiday rentals feature gourmet kitchens too, perfect if someone in your group is an aspiring chef. Or, let someone else do all the work and head out to one of the many fine restaurants in Old Town or order ahead and bring your holiday meal back to enjoy at your leisure in your holiday rental. After a delicious meal, take a much-deserved nap on your soft, comfy bed or head back outside to Old Town and wander through its historic streets as you walk off that last piece of pie.
Many of our Old Town Scottsdale holiday rentals feature TV rooms and all of our rentals have large flat-screen TVs in almost every room – either way, you’ll be all set for watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Home Alone” or “Elf” with your family. Free Wi-Fi ensures that you can stay connected to the outside world (if you really need to) while enjoying all the comforts of home plus all the Old Town fun.
Parsons Villas Holiday Rentals
If you’re not sure which of our lovely holiday rentals in Old Town Scottsdale is right for you, give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff can help you make the tough decision on which of our wonderful holiday rentals is right for your group, and no matter which rental you choose, you’ll enjoy the best Old Town and Scottsdale have to offer. We’d love to help you make this Old Town holiday the best it can be.