Scottsdazzle

Old Town is again aglow with holiday lights and a festive atmosphere as Scottsdazzle returns for its seventh year.

Developed by the city of Scottsdale to bring the community together in a fun and magical way, this year’s calendar of holiday events is chock-full of 30 events — some of which are free and some also new. 

“We wanted to showcase Old Town Scottsdale as the place to do your holiday shopping, to do your holiday celebrations and come out and just get in the (holiday) mood,” says Karen Churchard, city director of tourism and events.

Old Town is illuminated by a slew of holiday lights draped over frequented businesses and dining establishments that glow throughout the night. 

“We put a lot of our efforts into the décor,” Churchard says. “The city spends a lot of money decorating the Arizona canal and other parts of Old Town and the historic art district.” 

She hopes the festive décor and engaging events attract flocks of patrons to local businesses. 

“The main thing is engaging with our merchants, our restaurants and even some of our bars,” she says. “We intend to showcase more of our quaint local shops. 

“We want to make sure people know just to skip over the Marshall Way Bridge, where they have all these amazing quaint merchants and restaurants and areas to go and find unique gifts for the holidays.” 

Churchard and her team encourage businesses to join in their efforts to create share the festive mood.

“The businesses are very gung-ho to get to work since it's a busy time of year, so we encourage them to partner with us to do more experiences,” Churchard says. 

Among those experiences are several events that Churchard has circled on her calendar. 

“I’m excited about the Sugar Plum Tea Party,” she says. “We used to do a bigger event on Fifth Ave. called Sugar Plum Ave., and we tried to change things up from year to year.

“But one of the key elements of the Sugar Plum Ave. event was a sit-down tea party for children, and we are having that on the Marshall Way Bridge this year on December 10.” 

Churchard is also excited about the return of magician Craig Davis, performing on December 10 and December 11 on the Marshall Way Bridge. 

“We've hired Craig in the past when we've had some events in historic Old Town, and he's always very popular,” she says. 

She is also excited to bring back the historic Miracle of the Roses Pageant at the Old Adobe Mission on December 10 and the Live Nativity at the Old Adobe Mission on December 17 and, of course, the annual Scottsdazzle Stroll each Saturday leading up to Christmas Eve. 

Though most events are in partnership with businesses, a new event is being put on by the Scottsdale Police Crisis Response Unit, which will be at the Noriega Livery Stable with its K9s and horses and explain what it does with those animals. 

“We've always had the Scottsdale Police Department horses out at the Singalong Tree Lighting ceremony to kick things off, and it's always such a favorite thing for the families and the kids to come up close to the horses, so that was the inspiration to do that this year,” Churchard says. 

Though the holidays can be especially stressful this time of year, Churchard feels Scottsdazzle has something to offer for everyone to feel merry this season. 

“We tried to balance this with some fun things for the family to come out and do, and we feel very fortunate that the city invested a pretty substantial amount in decorating and bringing all of these activities for our community and those in the Valley to come in and enjoy,” she says.

 

Here is a list of Scottsdazzle events. Information on some was still being updated. See scottsdazzle.com for the latest.

 

Meet Santa at the Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. Saturdays December 3, 10, 17

Where: Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, 3806 N. Brown Avenue

Cost: Free

 

Holly-Jolly Wine Cork Crafting

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays December 3, 10, 17

Where: LDV Winery, 7134 E Stetson Drive, B110

Cost: $40 Per Person

 

Prancer’s Puzzle Rides 

When: Through Saturday, December 31

Cost: $79 Per Person

Info: 602-601-2261

 

Cellar Room Wine & Bites

When: 6 p.m. November 30, December 7 and 14

Where: Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $70 Per Person

Info: kazbarscottsdale.com

 

Coal or Cabernet

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1

Where: Carlson Creek Vineyard, 4142 N. Marshall Way

Cost: $35 Per Person

 

Scottsdazzle Stroll 

When: 6 p.m. Saturdays December 3, 10, 17

Where: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road

Cost: Free

 

Holiday Celebration at the Chef’s Table

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6

Where: Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $120 Per Person

Info: marcellinoristorante.com, 480-990-9500

 

Santa’s Wine Flights

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays December 6, 13, 20, 27

Where: Wine Girl Scottsdale, 4205 N. Scottsdale Road

Cost: $35 Per Person

Info: winegirlscottsdale.com, 480-686-9077

 

Gold Palette Artwalk

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 8

Where: Art Galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way

Cost: Free

 

Festive Floral Workshops

When: 6 p.m. Fridays December 9, 16, 30

Where: Flower Bar, 4200 N. Craftsman Court

Cost: $85-$115 Per Person

 

Spirited Dueling Piano Shows

When: 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, December 9

Where: Belle’s Nashville Kitchen, 7212 E. Main Street

Cost: $15 Per Person

 

Blitzen’s BBQ & Brews 

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10

Where: Goldwater Brewing Co., 3608 N. Scottsdale Road

Cost: $30 Per Person

 

Dazzling Magic Shows

When: Time TBA December 10-11

Where: Marshall Way Bridge, 7124 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: Free

 

Jingle Barre at the Bridge

When: Various times December 10-11

Where: Marshall Way Bridge, 7124 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $15 Per Person

Info: cayogabarre.com

 

Miracle of Roses Pageant 

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, December 10

Where: Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Avenue

Cost: Free

 

Sugar Plum Tea Party 

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, December 10

Where: Marshall Way Bridge, 7124 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $25 Per Person

 

Holly-Jolly Painting Party 

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11

Where: Marshall Way Bridge, 7124 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $40 Per Person

 

Whiskey Tasting at the North Pole

When: 6 p.m Thursday, December 15

Where: Porters Western Saloon, 3944 N. Brown Avenue

Cost: $80 Per Person

Info: porterswesternsaloon.com, 480-946-0354

 

Candle Making Classes 

When: December 17-18

Where: Noriega Livery stable, 7266 E. Second Street

Cost: $53 Per Person

Info: lightandbark.com

 

Holiday Hooves & Howls 

When: Various times December 17-18

Where: Noriega Livery Stable, 7266 E. Second Street

Cost: Free

 

The Dazzle of Historic OldTown

When: Various times December 17-18

Where: Noriega Livery Stable, 7266 E. Second Street

Cost: $12 Per Person

 

Old Adobe Mission Live Nativity

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, December 17

Where: Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Avenue

Cost: Free

 

Christmas Cocktails

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, December 18

Where: Porters Western Saloon, 3944 N. Brown Avenue

Cost: $60 Per Person

Info: porterswesternsaloon.com, 480-946-0354

 

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights

When: 6 p.m. through Friday, December 30

Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road

Cost: $15 Per Person

 

Scottsdale Wine Trail 

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 30

Where: Scottsdale Wine Trail, 7134 E. Stetson Drive

Cost: $90 Per Person

Info: ldvwinery.com, 480-664-4822

 

The Marshall Gallery VIP Meet & Greet with acclaimed artists Douglas and Steve Hickok 

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, December 8

Where: The Marshall Gallery, 7106 E. Main Street

Cost: Free

Info: themarshallgallery.com

 

The Legacy Gallery Annual Holiday Small Works Show 

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, December 8

Where: The Legacy Gallery, 7178 E. Main Street

Cost: Free

Info: legacygallery.com, 480-945-1113

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Home for the Holidays 

When: 4 p.m. December 9-10 and 16-17

Where: Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard

Cost: TBA

Info: franklloydwright.org/home-for-the-holidays, 602-800-5480

 

Frosty Fiesta Margarita and Taco Tour

When: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday all month long

Where: JoyRidesAZ Scottsdale Tours, 7142 E. First Street

Cost: $45 Per Person

Info: joyridesaz.com/fiesta-margarita-and-taco-tour, 480-675-7857

 

Scottsdazzle Holiday Lights Tour

When: 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. through Tuesday, December 27

Where: JoyRidesAZ Scottsdale Tours, 7142 E. First Street

Cost: $125 Per Vehicle

Info: joyridesaz.com/scottsdazzle-holiday-lights-tour

 

Scottsdazzle & Holiday Lights Segway Tour

When: 4:30 p.m. through Saturday, December 31

Where: Scottsdale Segway Tours, 4140 N. Miller Road

Cost: $99 Per Person

Info: scottsdalesegwaytours.com, 1-855-734-8687

 

Kactus Jock Rydables Old Town Tour

When: 10:30 a.m. through Saturday, December 31

Where: Kactus Jock, 7125 E. Fifth Avenue, Suite 6

Cost: $59 with Promo Code SCTTSDAZL22

Info: 480-933-1125

 

2023 Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon 

When: 11:45 a.m. Friday, January 6

Where: JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive

Cost: $200-$275