October 17, 2018 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations

The holidays are a magical time, wherever you are. Here in Arizona, the weather outside is absolutely delightful from September through spring, which means you and your family and friends can take in the joys of the season, from pumpkin patches to zoo lights, without Jack Frost taking a nip at your noses.


When visiting Scottsdale, whether for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or really anytime, consider booking a stay at a luxury vacation rental from HolidayRentals.com. Our properties have room for up to 20 guests, depending on the home you select. Even better, these estates are close to several seasonal attractions that will delight kids from one to 92. 

Here’s a sample of what’s going on during the period from Thanksgiving through year’s end:


Las Noches de las Luminarias

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a light display, and this is perhaps one of the most elegant and natural visions around. Volunteers line the pathways of the Desert Botanical Gardens with over 7,000 luminaries. This candlelight adds a beautiful glow amongst the cacti and other desert blooms. Strolling mariachi bands and special treats add to the festivities. There’s even a restaurant in the gardens that serves a full holiday meal. Reservations are needed for this event.


CitySkate at CityScape

Why visit Rockefeller Center’s rink when you can take a twirl in the middle of downtown Phoenix? Each year, the city’s center becomes an ice rink where young and old alike can partake in a wintertime favorite, replete with carolers, sparkling lights, and a giant tree in the middle. Hot chocolate and other holiday delights are available to make you forget you’re in the midst of the desert − until you’re ready to warm up again.



This Phoenix Zoo event is one everyone awaits each Christmas season. Over two million lights, animated attractions, plus animals that might have been in the manger (camels) and others that were decidedly not (stingrays) are part of this annual holiday display. There’s a carousel for the kiddies and yummy holiday snacks and drinks. Looking for something unique to give? The zoo’s gift shop will be open with plenty of perfect presents for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.


Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker

Visions of sugar plum fairies are yours to view on stage as Ballet Arizona performs this holiday classic, accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. This production is considered to be one of the best in the nation, with amazing sets, costumes, and of course breathtaking dancing.


Lights of the World

The Arizona State Fairgrounds glow with 10 million lights for this international-themed festival which includes a Chinese-themed lantern launch. Carnival rides, shows, and other fun attractions are part of this family-friendly event.


A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

Poor Eeyore’s lost his tail again and his friends from the 100 Acre Woods are helping him find it in this new holiday production by the Valley Youth Theatre. Piglet, Kanga and Roo, the irrepressible Tigger, Owl, Pooh, and, of course, Christopher Robin join in this adventure that sends the perfect seasonal message about friendships. If your guests include small children (or you just haven’t outgrown the silly old bear), do get your tickets early as weekend performances can sell out fast.


Why Book With Holiday Rentals

You and your guests can take in all that the area has to offer this holiday season at your own home away from home. Our modern vacation homes feature so many amenities to make your gathering memorable and jolly. With ample beds and baths so everyone can stay in the same location, to spacious common areas that are perfect for gathering everyone for toasts and gift exchanges, to gourmet kitchens with plenty of room for many cooks to contribute, you’ll find holidays here are ones you’ll want to repeat over and over. Some homes even offer media rooms for catching bowl games and parades, as well as heated pools and fun outdoor activities so you can take advantage of our milder temps. Did we mention there’s housekeeping and basic concierge services, so you can relax and enjoy your company?


Book Your Seasonal Getaway With Holiday Rental

Now is the time to get in touch so we can help you find a property with the right amenities and size to fit your needs. Email us at Contact@HolidayRental.com/ or call us 888.592.5024 to learn more about our collection. You can even browse pictures of these spectacular estates on our website or by visiting our Facebook page. Whatever vacation home you choose, you and your guests will be greeting the season in the lap of luxury.

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