by: Editor on 12/28/2016
Spending New Year’s Eve in Sedona? It’s a magical holiday here, especially for visitors who are used to a chillier start to the New Year! Feel free to wear your strappy shoes, dresses and lighter suits for a celebration in moderate Sedona temperatures. The Naughty Bits New Year’s Eve Party at Oak Creek Brewery isn’t nearly as scandalous as it sounds. Instead, you get just a $5 cover charge, a complimentary champagne toast, and free food after 10 p.m.!
The Creative ReVisioning for Your New Year: Ceremonies and Mystic Insights Retreat is a very Arizona way to begin 2017. An immersive experience, you’ll be treated to a personalized program in this nature-centric experience. The retreat location is on Highway 89A, with ceremonies located throughout the Sedona area. Find out more on the website.
Instead of heading to one of the many parties at bars, clubs and restaurants in the city, many visitors choose to head to a remote destination on the outskirts of town packing champagne and goodies to star gaze. No fireworks display can compete with the open Arizona sky.
A dusk hike, slipping away to a mom-and-pop restaurant for a special New Year’s menu, or simply ordering take out and snuggling up in your spacious guest room are all popular ways to ring in the New Year in Sedona. Whether you want to party, stargaze or keep it casual, you’re in charge of how 2017 rolls in!
by: Editor on 12/14/2016
Daily from November 27 – December 31, the Sedona Heritage Museum in uptown offers an all-ages old time ornament making event where attendees can craft small gifts, ornaments and adornments for trees and gifts. Create wreathes, garlands and classic ornaments, or simply spend time with family and friends. A favorite “make and take” activity in Sedona, participants get hands-on help from crafty experts, and samples are available for inspiration.
The museum has a long-standing tradition of catering to kids, including a year-round two-hour hands-on experience for free—or even a scavenger hunt on site! With over 500 photos in the archives and countless artifacts, the museum specializes in pioneering communities that thrived in the area starting in 1876.
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (excepting holidays), a trip to the Sedona Heritage Museum is a must any time of year. Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for children. The museum also hosts Christmas in the Park, with free entertainment, complimentary cider and Christmas cookies, on December 10th at 11 a.m. with a Christmas Carol starting at 3 p.m.
Join the monthly Sedona Architecture meeting on December 14th at 10 a.m., featuring local architect Don Woods. Keep an eye on the calendar for more added events and activities throughout the month.
by: Editor on 12/9/2016
Sedona transforms into Tinsel Town in December at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in uptown. Each evening from dusk until 9 p.m., this free event lets attendees walk through incredible light displays. Visit the ancient Sycamore tree grove, and dance to music that changes every 15 minutes. Open to the public through January 1, this is a tradition for many holiday and New Year’s Eve revelers. There are different pop-up events nightly, many kept a surprise, so keep coming back to see what Tinsel Town has in store for you!
Hosted by the City of Sedona, there are a number of holiday-infused events this month. You’ll also want to check out Breakfast with Santa on December 3 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Hub at Posse Grounds Park, hosted by Sedona Parks and Recreation. The two-hour event includes a hot breakfast, decorations and, of course, a meet and greet with Santa.
Sedona Does the Holidays Right
You can ice skate in Sedona December 30 and 31 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, too! The outdoor synthetic skating rink is a favorite holiday tradition! It’s open from 3 – 9 p.m. both nights, and admission is free to all. Parking is available nearby, and complimentary shuttle services are available.
There’s no rule that a winter wonderland has to include snow. If you’re spending the holidays in Sedona, there are many options to get into the spirit of the season!
by: Editor on 12/1/2016
Let the holidays begin with the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa at Canyon Breeze Plaza in uptown Sedona on December 2nd. The two hour event starts at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. The huge 20-foot tree is gorgeously decorated and lit throughout the month of December, but being there for the inaugural lighting is extra special. Plus, Santa has a grand entrance to help Sedona begin the holiday season—and he’s available for visits and photos, too!
Bring the kids while you listen to holiday carolers from around the region. Youth music groups are especially popular, and nothing pairs better with your favorite holiday song than a cup of cider, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Hosted by the Sedona Main Street Program and the City of Sedona, for many the holidays don’t start until this event takes place.
Small Town Holiday Charm
Throughout the year, Main Street is committed to offering a pedestrian-friendly experience to all residents and visitors to the city. A destination that “embraces the beauty of the surrounding red rocks and creates a unique experience for all” is at the heart of their vision. They also partner with area businesses who will be offering holiday specials and deals, including at the tree lighting ceremony.
Bring your wish list for Santa, your sweet tooth for indulgences, and get ready to make Sedona your home away from home this holiday season.
by: Editor on 11/21/2016
Want to start your Thanksgiving in a healthy and fun way? The Sedona’s annual Turkey Trot is now in its seventh year and has become a Red Rocks tradition! It loops from the Posse Grounds Park where you’ll find plenty of nearby parking and comfortable amenities on site. Registration is just $35 during the month of November and $40 on race day. However, keep in mind that for the past six years, this race has sold out, so reserve your tickets early!
An easy out-and-back trail with a little loop along Soldier Pass Road means this is truly a fun run for the entire family. Every runner is pro timed compliments of Run Flagstaff via RFID chip technology. Packet pick-up happens on November 23 at the Sedona Running Company from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and same-day pick-up is November 24 from 8 – 9 a.m. The race is staggered from 9 – 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day with the awards ceremony kicking off at 10:15 a.m.
Wobble Before You Gobble
Want an even bigger challenge? Try the Iron Turkey, which requires you to take on the course all while carrying your turkey (it’s recommended that the turkey isn’t cooked yet, but that’s your call—some runners get hungry along the course!). Last year, there were five Iron Turkey challengers, and there will surely be more this time around!
Medals are given to all finishers, and trophies are dished up to the winners in each category. Two water stops are located along the course, with light snacks for finishers including the basics like bagels and fruit and, of course, slices of pumpkin pie.
by: Editor on 11/20/2016
It might not feel like crisp, autumnal Thanksgiving weather in Sedona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the old fashioned way! Let a pro do the cooking and cleaning by heading to the Heartline Café for a full T-day feast served until 8:30 p.m. Just $40 per person gets you a turkey and all the trimmings, and if you call ahead for reservations, special dietary restrictions can often be adapted.
A local favorite is the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill which serves a late holiday feast until 10 p.m. They have lots of options with adult packages starting at $20. The chef whips up holiday favorites, some southwestern innovative treats, and the full bar menu features some holiday-themed cocktails that go perfectly with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and green bean casserole.
What a Meal!
Sound Bites Grill serves dinner ‘til 6 p.m. with live music from 3 – 6 to complement this epic meal. For just $39 per adult, it’s a tradition for many locals, so make your reservations early! Another option is the Golden Goose American Grill, dishing up favorites until 8 p.m. and offering an eclectic menu.
At the Schoolhouse Restaurant, a full bar, expansive menu and unique appetizers are on deck until 8 p.m. You can also opt for the famous three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe pick for just $30. No matter where you head for the big day, you’ll be treated like family.