Scottsdazzle returns: Holiday celebration immerses Scottsdale

Scottsdazzle returns to downtown Scottsdale in November and December. (photo by Joanie Simon)

The holiday season is just around the corner, and the city of Scottsdale is back with its month long holiday celebration: Scottsdazzle!

Scottsdazzle is sure to make the holiday season more festive when it kicks off with a tree-lighting and holiday sing-a-long at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Mayor Jim Lane and members of the Scottsdale City Council will be on hand to light the special, one-of-a-kind to Arizona tree and to lead carolers in a sing-a-long event, according to a press release. Attendees will receive a song book and will be encouraged to join in with their favorite holiday hits.

The month-long celebration will incorporate several signature events scattered throughout December as well as other ongoing festivities and specialty artwork. The signature events and art installations include:

PRISMATICA has 25 giant revolving prism sculptures placed along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Visitors can walk among them to see city life in every color of the spectrum and turn the prisms to make the colors dance. After sunset, the enormous interactive kaleidoscope’s illusory effects reach a crescendo. The rotation of the prisms also triggers variable-intensity bell music

Reflection Rising by Poetic Kinetics will engage the area along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The suspended kinetic sculpture is designed to maximize the experience for viewers throughout the space. Beneath an open sky, tethered elusively on the cusp of flight, Reflection Rising is a constant reminder of nature moving around us.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Sing-A-long, Soleri Bridge: 6 p.m., November 25, sweet treats and cocoa will be offered, plus engaging holiday sing-a-long and more!

Canal Concerts: Various artists will perform live music on Soleri Plaza each Saturday night starting Dec. 2 and continuing Dec.  9, 16 and 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Santa Wine Around: Join the Scottsdale Wine Trail wineries for a wine tasting extravaganza at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. Arrive dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus and receive a commemorative wine glass.

photo by Joanie Simon

Miracle of Roses Pageant: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 9, Old Adobe Mission Church will hold a pageant honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Scottsdazzle Art Walk on Dec. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. will feature an art walk, as well as live entertainment, up and down Marshall Way between Main Street and 5th Avenue. Free horse and carriage rides will also be available.

Cowboy Christmas themed décor and entertainment in Old Town throughout December. The celebration will take place 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Details and location will be listed at

Sugar Plum Avenue: A holiday sugar plum fairy festival will take place on Dec. 16. Find more details at

Lessons and Carols: There will be a live nativity and adult choir on Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The indoor celebration of “Lessons and Carols” will include music, reflections and scripture.

In addition to these signature events and art installations, the downtown area will be decorated in the holiday spirit including:

Poinsettias and Geraniums hanging baskets throughout Downtown Scottsdale and other holiday décor will line the streets.

Life size menorah at Civic Center Plaza to be lit nightly during Hanukkah.

If these exciting events aren’t enough, many merchants and restaurants will offer holiday specials, cocktails, discounts and more, according to a press release. will serve as a community resource and directory for these events and offers. The Scottsdazzle team recommends checking it often, as it will be updated frequently as the season approaches.

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