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7 Spots to Take Holiday Photos in Downtown Phoenix

December 14, 2018 by Lauren Potter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but is it really the holiday season if you don’t have a festive photo to prove it? From dazzling décor to twinkling trees, get your quintessential holiday photos at one of these jolly spots in Downtown Phoenix.

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown

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Just when you thought Art Deco design couldn’t get any more luxurious, the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown unveiled a sparkling Christmas display. The foyer is decked out with glittery garland and a tall Christmas tree in rich blues and golds. Stop by for a photo on your way to Floor 13 Rooftop where you can get amazing views of the city. 15 E. Monroe Street

CitySkate Ice Rink at CityScape Phoenix

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It’d be hard to find something more magical — or Instagrammable — than the winter wonderland at CitySkate ice rink. This year there’s a new Phoenix Unity Tree that was designed and made locally to represent the Phoenix community. Colorful lights wrap the tree and put on a dazzling display, not to mention the photo ops while gliding around on the ice. While you’re there, you can your holiday shopping at one of the nearby retailers. You can also fill your belly with delicious food and drinks from one of CityScape’s restaurants. 1 E. Washington Street

Arizona Center

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Between the larger than life glowing snowman, the hanging colorful lights and the massive decked-out Christmas tree, Arizona Center has transformed into a winter wonderland. After you peruse the holidayscape, grab dinner, dessert or cocktails at one of the eateries, and then catch a movie at AMC. 455 N. Third Street

Sheraton Grand Phoenix

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The halls are decked and Sheraton’s annual gingerbread village is on display — and this year’s theme is the 1964 claymation classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Sheraton partnered with Arizona Culinary Institute students who made gingerbread houses completely from edible materials. The skill and detail is mind-boggling. Don’t forget to stop by District American Kitchen for a holiday cocktail and delicious meal while you’re there. 340 N. Third Street

Miracle Pop-Up Cocktail Bar at Blue Hound

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Over-the-top Christmas décor and holiday cocktails — what’s not to love? If you need help getting into the holiday spirit (no pun intended), the Miracle pop-up cocktail bar at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will do the trick. There’s a special holiday-themed cocktail and food menu, thousands of Christmas lights, a Hanukkah backdrop, a mailbox for letters to Santa and more. Going with a group? Reserve a booth to get extra comfy and settle in for the night. 2 E. Jefferson Street


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One of the most iconic Christmas trees in Downtown Phoenix is back and you can find it inside Hanny’s. Made from  glass, the tree is an art installation by Janice Leonard and it glows a gorgeous shade of blue. 40 N. First Street

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

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This year, Renaissance Hotel took the holiday decorations to the street — literally. The hotel has illuminated the north side of the building with two festive gobos (the fancy name for a stencil that goes over a light source). A green tree to the west and a message of joy to the east, are reminders that the holidays are here. Drop by Dust Cutter restaurant and bar at the hotel for a drink and bite if you’re in the neighborhood. 100 N. First Street