The Holiday Open House Celebration at the Arizona Grand Resort on Saturday, Nov. 30 hopes to become a grand tradition for guests and the community.

This is the fourth year the resort will host a holiday celebration open to the public. The event includes pictures with Santa, cookie decorating with chefs from the resort, and live performances from Dance Studio 111.

“We wanted to start a tradition that brings the community to the resort for something fun,” said General Manager Paul Gray. “You can create some memories with your family. We’re the only large major resort in this area and we wanted to do something for the community around the holidays. We thought it was a nice idea.”

The holiday open house was originally started in 2010 and the resort hosted an event every Saturday in December. They also host private holiday parties throughout the month and it got to be too much, so in 2012 staff decided to welcome in the holidays with the public for one day – the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. Performances start at 6:30 p.m. and Gray said the line for Santa gets long quickly.

The resort will be decorated with several live Christmas trees, large presents and artificial snow.

“The center piece is the cookie making with the chefs,” Gray said. “We have our executive pastry chef and his team, our executive chef comes out and we put out gingerbread and regular cookies and the kids can get up there and decorate hands on with the chefs from the kitchen. We have a bag they can put them in or they can enjoy them right there, which they do as well.”

There will also be free hot chocolate and apple cider to enjoy.

“We try to have a presence in the community because we think that’s important,” Gray said. “This just seemed like a fun way to create a tradition. It’s grown every year and it’s wonderful to see.”

Arizona Grand Resort is located at 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. The Holiday Open House will take place at the Fountain Circle.

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