How to Celebrate the Season, Locally

‘Tis the season to celebrate – and whether you’re a longtime local, snowbird, or weekend visitor, we encourage you to celebrate locally. Simply put, Phoenix and Scottsdale have so much to offer this season – from the endearing juxtaposition of Christmas lights on desert landscapes, to luxe holiday teas, and the many merry local storefronts. So whether you’re chasing the spirit of the season or the last few gifts on your list, we encourage you to celebrate, shop, and support local this holiday season. We’ve Scouted a sampling of our favorite local options to get you started…


Zoo Lights at The Phoenix Zoo | November 24th – December 15th

Holiday Pops, The Phoenix Symphony | December 3rd – December 5th | Holiday Pops, The Phoenix Symphony

Las Noches de la Luminarias | December 3rd – December 31st


“The weather changes: the mornings are chilly and we can finally wear sweaters and boots! Also when we can enjoy a glass of wine at night by the fire.”

Ashley Stewart, O.C.D. 

“We can see ‘Merry Christmas’ in lights on Camelback Mountain.”

Polly Wintergalen

“The snowbirds return, the temperatures drop, and hot coffee becomes an absolute morning necessity.” 

Jen Summers, Story Essentials

“We get our tree dressed in the studio.”

Faye Urlacher, Artstudio 1.0.1

“The temperatures finally drop!”

The Brokery

“When the annual lights and Santa’s sleigh are hung up in Old Town and we attend the Fairmont Christmas festival.”

Marissa Abdo MS, RN, CANS and Morgan Renfro RN, CANS, Lumen + Bevel 

“When I change my coffee order from iced to hot.”

– Abby Snow, Metalmark Fine Jewelry 

“You feel that slight chill in the evening air.”

– Monica Monson, The Noble Agency 

“The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess begins their Christmas at the Princess Festival.” 

Jamee Emens, PANDA

“When our branches open up their ‘sweet shoppes’ for clients.”

Shelby Curtis, Old Republic Title 

“Old Town is decked in lights!”

Jessica Leila Adnani, Personalized Solutions & Philanthropy United

“I start seeing lights and decorations around town.”

– Olga Zelek, Olga Brow Studio

“When we can come out of hibernation and finally enjoy the nice weather.”

– Danielle Withycombe, Hydrate IV Bar 

“Pumpkin spice lattes, crisp morning air, holiday lights”

– Brandie Henderson, Morph Aesthetics


We’ve Scouted something for everyone on your list – no need to check it twice, because it’s all local and will all arrive right on time.