What’s there to do in Scottsdale around the holidays this year? Tons! Although the weather may not scream Christmas, the atmosphere does. There are lots of holiday inspired activities all over the Scottsdale area that will get you into the holiday spirit. Here are the top 5 holiday activities you can do, while in Scottsdale for the holidays.

Gingerbread house1.) Coach House Décor


The first thing you need to do when you’re in Scottsdale for the holiday is visit the Coach House bar. You can’t have a holiday in Scottsdale without seeing their holiday decorations, especially if you need a jolt of the holiday spirit. The décor is so extravagant and over the top, it will shock you into the holiday mood. You will think you’ve just entered a winter wonderland, not a dive bar. The bar is decorated from head to toe in metallic ornaments, shiny tinsels, wrapping paper, colored lights and candy canes. Although many bars around the area decorate for the holidays, Coach House takes holiday decorating to new heights. In fact, the staff spends two weeks just to deck the halls. The work is evident as you drive up Indian School Road and you are suddenly bombarded by the bar’s gleaming lights. Coach House is a great place to take pictures and have fun while getting into the holiday spirit.

2.)    Gingerbread Village

Coming in at number two is a must-see gingerbread house viewing. At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Pastry Chef Lance Whipple takes the gingerbread house to the next level by creating an extravagant and massive 20-house Gingerbread Village.  The Village is completely made of chocolate, gingerbread, scrumptious sweets and frosting. To top it off, there are complimentary hot roasted chestnuts and luminaries to add the final touch to a holiday treat. This is the perfect decadent activity for the holidays. The display is in the lobby from November 27, 2010 until January 2, 2011.

3.) Native American Dancing

The holidays are a great way to celebrate the past and the present. Coming in at number three are the performances by Native American Dancers at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Gainey Ranch. The performances include dances such as the “dance of life” also known as hoop dancing. During the dances, you will also learn about the Native American culture and see interpretations of plants and animals. The event is free and occurs every Friday at 5:00 pm. Performances will end on December 31.

4.)    Ellie & Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum

A holiday in Scottsdale wouldn’t be complete without one visit to the Fiesta Bowl Museum. This is why this activity takes the number four spot. Whether you like football or not this is a major element of the city. The Ellie & Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum highlights the 40-year tradition of the Fiesta Bowl along with exhibits and rare collegiate artifacts. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It’s free to the public, and a great holiday activity for the whole family.


5.) AZ 88 Christmas Tree Installation

Rounding out the top five is an artsy holiday eatery. After you have explored the diverse holiday activities Scottsdale has to offer, you’ll probably be hungry. Take a visit to AZ 88 for food and holiday art. Since 1992, interior designer and artist Janis Leonard, has designed unique and non-traditional Christmas tree installations using objects such as broken wine glasses, electrostatic balls and dolls in jars of colored water. You will be in awe of Janis Leonard Christmas tree creations – and the food is good too! This is the perfect end to your holiday adventures.

Whether you’re a local or visiting your Phoenix vacation home, this holiday season will prove to be a special one in Scottsdale.