The City of Scottsdale might not be the first place that pops into your mind for holiday fun, but our fair desert city is actually one of the greatest places to be this time of the year. If you think you’ll miss watching large, wet snowflakes gently gather on the lawn this December, just remember how quickly the “wonderland” part of winter disappears. Here are some reasons to ditch the white Christmas and head to the city of Scottsdale for the holidays.

Holidays in ScattsdaleDeck the Walls Holiday Miniature Show: Trailside Galleries presents this month-long event featuring miniature sculptures and paintings by nationally renowned artists. Find the perfect holiday gift, or simply spend a relaxing afternoon perusing some of the country’s finest cowboy and Southwestern-style art.

The Blind Boys of Alabama: Grammy Winning legends The Blind Boys of Alabama come to the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center on December 10th to delight audiences with “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” a spirited show full of traditional holiday hymns and gospel favorites. Get your tickets now for a rousing performance that will infuse everyone in attendance with the joy of the season.

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: Mystery of the Magi’s Gold: The Scottsdale Performing Arts Center presents Patti Hennon as a quick-witted Catholic nun in this hilarious and engaging one-woman show. Sister needs your help to solve the great mystery of Bethlehem – who stole the gold the wise men gave to the Baby Jesus?

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party: Legendary contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy invades the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center just four days before Christmas to get the City of Scottsdale hoppin’ with a variety of holiday tunes. This band is sure to have you rocking in your seat.

Fiesta Bowl Artwalk: Put some culture in your pregame as the Scottsdale Arts District presents the Fiesta Bowl Artwalk. Fans of any team will enjoy the local art and live music under the stars on the night of December 29th.

Even without the traditional sleigh ride in the snow, the city of Scottsdale has a lot to offer this holiday season. So put that plastic Rudolph out by the cactus, toss some chili powder in your cocoa and celebrate without the shivering. Visit Scottsdale to find out just how amazing a holiday season without the ice scraper can be.