Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Your Winter Guide to Fun Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona!
We have many guests who love to visit us in Sedona, Arizona in the winter months, especially over the holidays. Sedona is less crowded, hotel rates are lower, and if you are lucky Sedona will get a little snow during your visit and transform the red rocks into a winter wonderland! Snow is not a common occurrence, some years we have very little, others we have enough to frost the red rocks like a layer cake! Because we have a lot of afternoon sun, the snow usually melts quickly, but while it is here it is downright breathtaking! With all that said, if you are considering visiting us during the winter months we have highlighted some of the fun things to do like hiking and photography and some of the most anticipated winter events below from December until February including holiday events, family fun, and popular events for the beginning of 2015 such as Sedona World Wisdom Days, Sedona Marathon, Sedona Yoga Festival, Sedona International Film Festival and more!
We hope all of this information helps you plan some winter fun in Sedona, to see even more events please visit our Sedona events page. If you would like to stay at our Sedona hotel during the winter months make sure to check out our Sedona Hotel Specials page, there a few lodging deals you may like to take advantage of. If you would like to learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
Fun Things to Do
Hiking Sedona in the Winter Months
During the winter months Sedona’s early morning and night time weather definitely carry a chill! There are some mornings we can be in the low 30’s with afternoon temps between 50 and 60. Heck, I remember one day wearing shorts in Sedona right around Christmas! The afternoon temperatures are ideal for those of us who love to hike the red rocks. One of the hikes our guests and staff like to take in the winter time is Bell Rock Pathway. One of our frequent winter guest loves to head out to the trail around 9:00 am carrying a thermos of hot tea with her for morning and water for afternoon. As long as the sun visits us during the day the trail heats up nicely. We can’t guarantee you will get all sunny afternoons but we have more sun than snow, that’s for sure! We do have some tips if you are going to hike this winter
- Make sure to dress in layers, make sure to take along water, energizing snack, cell phone, extra socks, wear hiking boots for a better grip.
- If you are hiking alone, please let someone know where you will be hiking. You can always stop by the front desk and let us know you will be hiking alone and where you are going to hike. It is always smart to take the phone number of the hotel you are staying at in case you need to reach them.
- Time you hike appropriately, once the sun starts going down it is cold!
Sedona is beautiful to photo in the winter whether you are catching snow clouds moving in over the red rocks, a dusting of snow or a clear crisp winter day! If you love to snap photos we highly suggest picking a day centered on taking snaps of your favorite scenes. Some of our favorite place to shoot from are the Sedona airport, our hotels terraced balconies (You can get some really good shots from here, including Coffee Pot rock), Bell Rock Pathway and if it snows the chapel and the sculptures at Tlaquepaque make for a unique and artistic showcase of photos.
Enjoy some Entertainment
On those cold days when it may be to chilly to hike or snap some photos look into enjoying some entertainment. The Mary D. Fisher Theatre features some great independent films you may not get the chance to see in your home town. You can also find live entertainment most nights at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and Sound Bites Grill!
Featured Winter Events
Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque
December 4th – December 6th, 2014
Area artists and galleries will have over 45 Christmas trees and Gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways. The trees all have different themes and incorporate different materials. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
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Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds
December 4th – 28th, 2014
Every Thursday through Sunday, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Enjoy a small walk through the picnic area at the park while it is lit up with lights and decorations all created by Sedona businesses, organizations and community members. This display is perfect for the little ones. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event(our last pick up is 9:45 pm and you need to call the hotel for pick up). For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.
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28th Annual Made in Clarkdale Art Show
December 5th – 14th, 2014 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Don’t miss the 28th Annual Made in Clarkdale Art Show featuring over 60 artists presenting their original artwork. The event kicks off with a Gala Opening on December the 5th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. “Evenings at Made In Clarkdale” celebrate performing arts with a variety of free events. Live music includes Jazz, Blues, Folk Rock, and original music. Literary work is embraced December 7th with their first ever Poetry Slam. On December 11th & 12th enjoy the theater with a performance of “The Wild Party” along with a wine tasting (there is an admission fee for these events). For more information please visit the Made In Clarkdale website.
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Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde
December 6th, 2014 – January 4th, 2015
Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde, Arizona will be decorated for the holidays. Visitors can glance into the past and see how those who once resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier. Christmas trees and fireplace mantels will be adorned with unique Victorian decorations, while wreaths and garlands help spread the holiday cheer. There are two very special events during the holiday time at the fort. For more information please visit Forte Verde State Historical Park.
- December 6th, 2014 – Victorian ornament-making from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- December 12th & 13th, 2014 – Candlelight tours through Fort Verde from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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21st Annual Chocolate Walk – Cottonwood, AZ
December 6th, 2014 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Enjoy a special evening of holiday lights and a bag full of homemade chocolates! Old Town Main Street merchants stay open late, songs of carolers fill the air, and shops are filled with scents of hot cocoa, mint and holiday cheer. Stroll down the avenue as they compete for the best chocolate award. Cast your vote for best decorated shop. Chocolate collecting bags and maps are provided. There will be a variety of homemade chocolates to indulge in at more than 40 merchants. This is a ticketed event, to purchase tickets or for more information please visit the Old Town Association of Cottonwood.
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December 6th – 7th, 2014
The Sedona Chamber Ballet Company is excited to announce its partnership with the Phoenix Ballet Company on this year’s production of The Nutcracker here in Sedona at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. This venture will provide for a Nutcracker production with professional sets, costumes and award winning dancers in leading roles from the Phoenix Ballet Company. In addition Madison Cole, a young talent from New York City will be in the a featured role. For more information or tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company.
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Pilgrimage to Bethlehem
December 12th – 14th, 2014
Potter’s Hand Productions is pleased to present the Free Sedona Community Christmas Production “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem” at the Tequa Festival Market place located at 7000 State Route 179. Imagine yourself on the streets of an ancient village, as Pilgrimage to Bethlehem comes to life. The whole family will be mesmerized as Roman soldiers march brazenly through the town. Take comfort in the presence of the bands of travelers who greet you with a welcoming smile and a handful of shekels. Then you will be equipped for all the fun that awaits! As the sun sets, the costumed singers will perform a new, original musical in the outdoor courtyard, of the Christmas story. Come early, to watch the miracle unfold! For more information on this popular Sedona event please visit Potter’s Hand Productions.
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Holiday Event – Christmas in the Park
December 13th, 2014 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Celebrate the holidays Arizona Style at the Sedona Heritage Museum! Enjoy the old-timers story telling, the sweet sounds of joy at the holiday concert at 1:00 pm ,and take in the vintage holiday decorations all while enjoying hot cider and pomade cookies! And make sure to check out the traditional tumbleweed snowman! This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum or call 928.282.7038.
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Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque
December 13th, 2014 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
This one day event is a cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5:00pm. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance for $10.00 by calling 928.282.4838. Stores and galleries will be open until 8:00 pm. If you are planning to dine at Tlaquepaque restaurant reservations are recommended. For more information on this special Sedona holiday event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
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20th Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque
December 20th, 2014 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers and roasted chestnuts at the Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque. Retailers will open their doors and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list. For more information on this Sedona Holiday event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
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Sedona World Wisdom Days
January 15th – 19th, 2015
Sedona is renowned for its magic and sacred land and Sedona World Wisdom Days brings you the luxury of being surrounded by the stunning red rocks and combines it with a profound and inspired purpose. This 4 day festival offers world class speakers, best selling authors, informative workshops, a book fair and an inspirational film festival designed to uplift the human spirit. For more information or to register for this Sedona festival please visit Sedona World Wisdom Days.
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5th Annual Sedona Bridal Fair
January 17th, 2015 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
The Sedona Bridal Fair represents Arizona’s most outstanding wedding vendors, including many award-winning specialists in their field. Sedona is the perfect location for a wedding. Whether you’re intimate, classic, or a sensational Bride, you’ll find all your wedding vendors at the Sedona Bridal Fair. Over 25,000 displays, vignettes, and exhibits. Enjoy ongoing entertainment, hourly raffles and gifts, along with food and cake samples. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Bridal Fair.
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10th Annual Sedona Marathon
January 31st, 2015
The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event.To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.
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Sedona Yoga Festival
February 5th – 8th, 2015
This 4 day festival offers you the opportunity to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with yoga, music and energy work in the spiritual center of the West. With 108 presenters over 21 intimate venues, you weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona. To learn more about this Sedona festival or to register please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.
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19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 21st – March 1st, 2015
From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a film lover’s dream! Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! For more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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2014 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona
- This special rate is only available for the month of December 2014. Excluding December 25th – 31st.
- Save $20 to $40 per night
- Our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will get you to most of the Sedona holiday happenings!
- Our Concierge will be happy to assist you with holiday dining reservations or tours.
- Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344.
- FREE full hot breakfast
- Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
- Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
- For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!