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Sedona in the Winter
November 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am - January 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm MST
When the leaves change colors and the chill in the air greets each morning, the city of Sedona slowly turns into a red rock winter wonderland getaway. For those looking to escape snow shoveling and freezing, Sedona offers lush greenery, stunning red rocks and adventure around every corner, just in time for the holidays and celebration.
Beginning in December each year, the city is a buzz with non-stop festivities. “Holiday Central Sedona,” as it is called, is the annual series of more than 40 events throughout Sedona, which delights both visitors and locals with glowing trees, decorated storefronts and holiday gifts galore. Families, nuptials, friends and strangers alike can celebrate warm days full of sunshine with more than just candy canes and mistletoe, as the city offers unparalleled beauty to be explored around every corner.
Between Tinsel Town, the annual light display, and Christmas in the Park, a festive Sedona Heritage Museum event, guests have plenty of activities to fill their yuletide quota. For those other times when the group wants to experience quintessential Sedona, visitors can escape to an evening filled with stargazing, relax in luxury for a spa treatment, enjoy horseback riding in the Red Rock Ranger District or catch an independent film at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The possibilities for the holidays aren’t limited to tree lightings and carol singing, but they do provide big-town merriment to Sedona’s intimate small-town community.
To fully capture the joy of winter in Sedona, there are several events around town that are not to be missed, including Festival of Lights, Sedona Restaurant Week, Be the Peace New Year’s Retreat and more.
Festival of Lights: The Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias: This cherished Sedona holiday tradition involves the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways on December 12 at 5 p.m. Free entertainment, Santa and hot cider will be available and the River of Life Tabernacle Choir will perform and continue the merriment well into the evening. Held at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the event offers guests to experience a time of joy and of remembrance.
Sedona Restaurant Week: Sedona Restaurant Week is a semi-annual event where guests and residents can experience a three-course pre-fixe style menu with dishes from some of the most renowned spots in the city. These options and more offer foodies a chance to sample the varied mouthwatering cuisine of Sedona, without breaking the bank. From December 4-13, chefs across the city may cater their menu to the festive spirit, or incorporate holiday merriment into each individualized experience.
Be the Peace New Year’s Retreat: House author and meditation teacher Sarah McLean and mystical musician Ani Williams will bring in the New Year with deep meditations and moments of mystical music beginning at 7 p.m. on December 31. The powerful & nourishing meditation retreat offers those with a meditation practice or inspired future meditators to come together to be peacefully established in stillness, creating the peace we all want to see in the world.