SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Whether you are visiting Scottsdale for the first time or you are regular visitor, there are so many things to see and do. 

1. Sugar Bowl: It is a fan favorite for ice cream, and has been for years. Now this month, the popular ice cream parlor turns 60 years old. Sugar Bowl opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1958, and for generations the Huntress family has been scooping out ice cream flavors ever since. But, what really put them on the map nationwide? You might remember the newspaper toons, Family Circus. It was all thanks to Paradise Valley resident Bil Keane, who created the cartoon and captured those nostalgic family moments at The Sugar Bowl through his drawings and witty sense of humor for the world to see. To recreate that fun, you don't have to go far, The Sugar Bowl, and its iconic pink building is right in our own backyard. For more info:

2. The Coach House: Arguably Scottsdale's favorite spot, the Coach House is a rustic-looking watering hole with a dive-bar vibe. It is known as Scottsdale's oldest tavern, established in 1959 by the Brower family. Christmas in these parts is kind of a big deal! Rumor has it that the staff begins setting up holiday lights and decor the day after Halloween. To get into the Holiday spirit, check out The Coach House's 1,000 ornaments, 50,000 lights, 100 strands of garland and 3,000 sq. ft. of wrapping paper. For more info:

3. Segway Tour of the City: There are lots of ways to see the sights in Historic Old Town Scottsdale, and for one of the best tours, why not get on a Segway? It's not easy for everyone, but once you've mastered it, it's a ton of fun! During the month of December, Segway of Scottsdale is offering a Christmas lights tour of the city. There's nothing quite like riding a Segway in Scottsdale, especially in the evening during the holiday season. For more info:

4. Top Marks Cafe: Here, a little piece of Europe meets Scottsdale. British owner Jane Marks brings 20 years of hospitality experience to the Valley serving up coffee, savory crepes, gelato, sandwiches and smoked salmon imported from the UK. You'll find Top Marks Cafe a bit hidden and tucked away inside "Frontier Town" on Main Street. And, if you're Gluten Free, no problem. Come in, say hello, and bring your appetite. If Jane doesn't steal your heart with her gelato and crepes, her lovely British accent, surely will. For more info:

5. Historic Art District: We can't talk about downtown Scottsdale without talking about art. The Historic Art District, in the heart of the downtown, is pedestrian-friendly, and home to some 70 galleries and museums. One gallery which is a must-stop is on the west side of Main Street, and is owned by featured artist Amery Bohling. She is a talented landscape painter who studied art at the University of Arizona, the Marchutz School of Art in Aiz en Provence, France and Scottsdale Artists' School. Today, she is known as one of the foremost painters of the Grand Canyon. For more info:

6. Rusty Spur Saloon: This place is straight-up boot scuffed Western! Did you know Clint Eastwood and John Wayne have walked through the swinging doors at The Rusty Spur Saloon? It is Scottsdale's oldest bar, celebrating over 60 years, and Scottsdale’s first ever saloon. The building is an officially registered historic landmark and used to be the Farmers’ Bank of Scottsdale. Now the money is gone and the vault is filled with liquor. Here, they've got more live music than just about any place around, which is sure to bring out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in you. But, no line dancing or karaoke at this Scottsdale gem. Plan to get here early, it's a tight fit, and by 10:30 p.m., whoa partner! Expect the place to be packed and thumping with boot-stomping partner dancing, making it one of the best Country bars this side of the Mississippi. For more info:

7. Saba's Western Wear: There is so much history in Old Town Scottsdale, for instance, did you know Scottsdale's original name in 1894 was "Orangedale"? And, sitting on one of the original plat map lots is Saba's Western Wear, an iconic Western shop founded in 1927. For over 90 years, this has been the place to pick up custom boots, jeans, hats and belts. The founder, Lebanese immigrant David Saba Sr. actually opened the first store in downtown Chandler. It was during a time customers could ride up on horseback. Two years later, The Great Depression devastated the nation with the worst economic downturn in history, but somehow Saba's managed to survive those ten years, and plenty more. Today, Saba's is still owned by the family, with Mark and Roger Saba at the helm, operating eight stores throughout Arizona. They still sell to old-time ranchers, but they're also a hit with a new generation wanting to take home a taste of Western life. Make no mistake, if the history doesn't draw you in, that amazing smell of leather that'll knock you off your feet when you walk through those doors should be enough to lure you. For more info:

8. Sound Art:  The Old Town area is mixed with old and new. It definitely has that flair of the Southwest, but around every corner, you'll find something fresh. Just check out Sound Art, located right on Main Street. At first you might think it's just artwork they're selling here, but nope, there's a hidden and high-tech surprise. Sound Art will make your favorite pictures, artwork or canvas paintings come to life with blue tooth technology. Every picture here, doubles as a speaker. It is something you can do in your very own home, with your favorite wall hangings to avoid cables, wires, and bulky speakers. It's a new way of watching TV, and listening to music, all operated remotely with your cell phone. It is the latest technology, right in the center of the Historic downtown that'll have you wondering, "why didn't I think of that?" For more info:

9. Guided Pedal Pub Crawl Tour: A fun way to explore the bar scene downtown is to jump on the Arizona Party Bike for a guided pedal pub crawl. They'll cruise you to three pubs, while you take in the sights and sounds of Old Town. But hold on tight, you've got to do some pedaling. And if you're working up a sweat, no problem, you can actually bring your own beer and wine onboard the two-hour tour. With a rockin’ sound system, LED party lights, and an electric helper motor, the party bike could be the perfect way to party with 15 of your closest friends. How is this much fun legal? For more info:

10. Scottsdazzle: Another Scottsdazzle extravaganza in the downtown area is sure to dazzle this year, and is worth a visit this Holiday season, now through Dec. 22nd. On Sat., Dec. 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., 5th Avenue is transformed into Sugar Plum Avenue — a fairytale village including sugar plum fairies, princesses, a Snow King and Queen, aerial performances, carriage rides, and more. Then, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Miracle of Roses Pageant takes place at the Old Adobe Mission. Scottsdale’s popular Gold Palette Artwalk on Thurs., Dec. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. celebrates the city’s finest art galleries, with Scottsdazzle flair! Sat., Dec. 15, wine and beer aficionados can enjoy the Santa Wine Around and Ale Trail” from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with special discounts. The new free Java Jingle Crawl from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 22, features tastings at six coffee shops. The Old Town Farmers Market will take place every Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Sat. evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m., the Canal Concert Series at Soleri Bridge showcases the sounds of the Phoenix Boys Choir and Campanillas del Sol Handbell Ensemble. For more info:

Jessica Parsons is a segment producer and reporter for Good Morning Arizona.  She has a knack for great storytelling so be sure to watch Good Morning Arizona to catch one of her stories.

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