The city of Scottsdale is pleased to announce the return of its popular holiday extravaganza, Scottsdazzle, with new events and added protocols to ensure a safe and welcoming environment in which guests can ring in the holidays in any way they feel comfortable. Celebrating its fifth year, the city’s signature holiday celebration features all-new activities in addition to favorite events of the past reimagined in a way that adheres to current CDC and state guidelines.
Scottsdazzle begins on Thursday, November 6 with Canal Convergence and runs through December 21 with celebrations surrounding the winter solstice. In addition to dedicated events, Old Town will receive its annual blanket of holiday transformation of enhanced décor and dazzling lights sprinkled throughout the streets that remains through January 3, 2021. Local retailers and restaurants are also getting in on the festive spirit by offering guests incentives to shop, sip, and nibble throughout the season. Current event line-up includes the following:
Friday November 6-Sunday, November 15
The city of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Public Art invites locals and visitors to get in the holiday spirit beginning as early as Friday, November 6 with the unveiling of Canal Convergence, a project dedicated to amazing art installations located throughout Old Town. The featured piece that will stay in place throughout Scottsdazzle is Information Flow by Justin Winters and Walter Productions that will stretch 200 feet across the Arizona Canal and have six interactive pressure pads along the canal banks. When a pad activates, it sends a pulse of light, like a byte of information, from the pad to a connected floating receiver for processing. From there, the light travels on to the artwork’s central information tower, where it is processed and redistributed through a light sequence performance. For more: canalconvergence.com
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m.-noon
From November 21 through December 19, the intersection of Brown Avenue and 1st Street becomes home to the weekly festive farmers market featuring Scottsdazzle activities such as Letters to Santa and live holiday music to enjoy while shopping for artisan products, handmade gifts and crafts, fresh produce, and more.
Letters to Santa
Saturdays, November 21 and 28, December 5, and online
Even Santa is following contactless guidelines and getting techy by taking to the internet to receive children’s letters this holiday season! Parents and children can fill out and submit their letters to Santa via scottsdazzle.com anytime or they can print their letter at home and “mail it” (no stamp required!) at the Letters to Santa station at the Old Town Farmers Market on November 21 and 28, and December 5. Children will receive a letter back from Santa through the good old-fashioned mail.
Friday, November 27, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The inaugural “Scottsdazzle Stroll” officially kicks off this year’s Scottsdazzle event. Throughout the evening, holiday revelers can usher in the season with a safe and socially distanced stroll along the canal banks in Old Town Scottsdale to admire and enjoy special holiday vignettes, seasonal lighting, the impressive Scottsdazzle tree, live entertainment, holiday characters and more. Before or after the stroll, attendees are encouraged to drink and dine, or start their holiday shopping, at one of the many unique boutiques and stores in the neighborhood. This family friendly event will adhere to CDC guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy stroll; guests will be required to wear facemasks for the duration of the event.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28 – All day
On this day, residents and visitors are encouraged to Shop Scottsdale by visiting locally owned shops, retailers, and restaurants in Old Town to help support independent businesses and boost the economy while also enjoying specials and sales just in time for the holidays.
Holiday Movie Night
Friday December 4; Saturday, December 5; and Sunday, December 6
For three nights in a row, movie buffs can enjoy a favorite holiday hit —The Santa Clause (Friday), Elf (Saturday), and Home Alone (Sunday). Held on the East Lawn at Scottsdale Civic Center, this new event allows groups of up to four their own designated space to enjoy festive flicks on a giant inflatable screen. By reservation for a nominal fee; groups more than four must reserve additional spaces. Attendees are welcome to bring a blanket to snuggle up during the movie as well as their own food and beverage to enjoy in their space. Gate opens at 5:00 p.m. for “socially distanced hour” during which guests can take in some holiday tunes and get settled into their spots. Movies begin at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited; online registration required.
Seasonal Charcuterie Teach & Taste
Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Schmooze hosts this limited attendance, socially distanced demonstration that showcases how to put together an artfully presented and totally tasty charcuterie board for intimate holiday gatherings at home this season. Attendees will receive their own pre-packaged charcuterie kit to make at their table once seated as Chef Tony Hamati demonstrates preparation and presentation tips. Patrons can purchase additional pre-packaged charcuterie kits to take home or for gifts to friends. Registrants must select their total party count upon online registration; parties will be seated together and spaced at least 6ft apart from other guests. Space is limited; online registration required.
Gold Palette ArtWalk
Thursday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Scottsdale’s popular holiday themed ArtWalk takes place throughout the Scottsdale Arts District showcasing Old Town’s finest art galleries and encouraging art afficionados to revel in the holiday spirit with the sounds of strolling carolers, a visit from Santa and more.
The Dazzle of Historic Old Town
Saturday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
This all-new event takes participants back in time to explore the holiday traditions of Historic Old Town through the rediscovery of some of the area’s most beloved hidden gems. Following hour-long storytelling sessions, guests are encouraged to explore the map that will lead them to Old Town cherished treasures. Space is limited; online registration required.
Santa Wine Around
Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
This wine-tasting event, which has become a guest favorite during Scottsdazzle, returns with new safety guidelines and limited participants. Spirited attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite holiday character (Santa, Mrs. Claus, or even an elf) and sip their way through Old Town Scottsdale’s participating wineries and tasting rooms at their own pace.
Merry Make & Take
Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m.-noon and Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m.-noon
Perfect for ladies’ day before a day of sipping and shopping or a fun day date, The Merchantile of Scottsdale hosts two events including pre-packaged supplies needed to create the craft along with a guided tutorial. During Saturday’s hour-long craft session guests will design and paint a special, wood ornament with which to “trim the tree” and Sunday’s two-hour course leads attendees through making their own festive succulent terrarium to brighten up their holiday décor or gift to a loved one. Space is limited; online registration required.
Festive Food Demonstration
Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel La Señora’s chef will lead guests through a delicious demonstration on how to prepare elegant holiday food items featuring tips, tricks and recipes. Space is limited; online registration required.
Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Rise and shine — and stave off holiday stress — with two socially-distanced Zen sessions on Marshall Way Bridge hosted by CorePower Yoga on Saturday and CA Yoga Barre on Sunday. Spaces are limited; online reservations required.
Sparkle & Spin Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 from 10:00 a.m.-noon
Participants must find objects as they spin their way through Old Town for this seasonal scavenger hunt and advance towards the finish line to submit their results! Participants must register online.
Holly Jolly Painting Party
Saturday December 19 and Sunday, December 20 from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Get jolly with this socially distanced painting party happening on the Marshall Way Bridge. Hosted in partnership with The Brush Bar, participants will receive their own personal supply kit, used to create a fun holiday-themed painting to take home. Online pre-registration is required.
Sun Salutations Yoga
Monday, December 21 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Soleri Bridge, The Foundry hosts a socially distanced serene yoga session that aligns with the Winter Solstice as the sun shines through the pylons on the Soleri Bridge Plaza. Participants will celebrate this milestone landmark and welcome the winter season. Registration required.