The Phoenician Celebrates the Holiday Season with Traditional and Contemporary Offerings

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“Up & Away Winter Holiday” and “Whole Lotta Hole Golf Gala” Highlight List of Activities

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The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, celebrates the season with an extensive collection of holiday experiences. Throughout the month of December, guests, visitors and local residents can participate in timeless Phoenician traditions as well as new signature offerings.

On Saturday, December 27, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., the historic Jokake Inn will play host to the second annual “Up & Away Winter Holiday,” complete with cookie decorating, face painting, a horse-drawn carriage, live music and rides in tethered hot air balloons. Author Emily Randolph and Photo Illustrator Dan Merchant will be on-hand to sign purchased copies of the resort’s latest children’s book, Fun at The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends. Youngsters can sip on house-made hot cocoa while adults can enjoy festive cocktails from a cash bar. This enchanting evening is complimentary to registered guests and the general public.

New to The Phoenician this year is the “Whole Lotta Hole Golf Gala” on Sunday, December 28, from 3 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Golfers and novices are invited to test their putting prowess with large, 15-inch cups. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes green fees for 9 holes, cart rental, one beer or two non-alcoholic beverages, light appetizers and prizes. Reservations are required through the Golf Shop (480-423-2450). This fun program is open to registered guests and the general public.

In addition to these contemporary offerings, The Phoenician’s lineup of traditional pursuits includes:

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Saturday, December 13, in Il Terrazzo
$45 per adult; children 3-12 years old, $30
Open to registered guests, as well as the general public
A holiday favorite that is sure to capture the spirit of the season, this time-honored tradition includes cookie decorating with the resort’s award-winning pastry team, as well as photos with Santa. Reservations required at (480) 423-2530.

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in December
Complimentary to registered guests and the general public (Meet at the Café & Ice Cream Parlor)
A narrated tour through the resort’s two-acre desert retreat – featuring 250 varieties of cacti and succulents – adorned with holiday lights. The Friday program is led by Scott McMahon, collections manager at Desert Botanical Garden. Reservations required through Concierge Desk (480) 423-2572.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Every Friday & Saturday on The Thirsty Camel Patio
Complimentary to registered guests and the general public
A signature sunset ritual, where legends fly and spirts soar. Master Falconer Robby Sinkler spins the captivating tale of the Mayan Fire Spirit, which ancients believed could rise from the ashes to be born again. Known as Zopilote Rey, this South American Vulture soars from above, swooping down on the audience to once again regain his regal position amidst a flaming replica of his likeness. Meet other birds of prey who reside at The Phoenician as well.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Thursday, December 25, in Il Terrazzo
$95 per adult; children 3-12 years old, half-price
Open to registered guests, as well as the general public
Featuring a carving station of prime rib and honey-glazed ham; breakfast classics including brioche French toast and made-to-order omelets; a sushi and raw bar; seasonal fruit; and a pasta and risotto bar – all complemented by a selection of house-made pastries and desserts by Executive Pastry Chef Roy Pell. Unlimited sparkling wine is included. Reservations required at (480) 423-2530.

For a complete list of holiday happenings and dining options, please call (480) 941-8200, (800) 888-8234 or visit

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and Arizona’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician – at one magnificent destination. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a 27-hole championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, SURGE -- a children’s splash pad, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit and


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