New Year’s Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

Great Gatsby New Years Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

December 31st, 2016

new-years-eve-2016-iissRing in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona Great Gatsby Style at Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill! All seating is social, Great Gatsby Theme attire suggested.

Start your evening off with a scrumptious Gourmet Dinner Buffet, (see menu below) then dance your way into the New Year with the sizzling sounds of the The Big Lucky! Of course there will be party favors, a balloon drop and what New Year’s celebration would be complete without a toast at midnight with the Times Square Ball Drop! Sounds like a  lively, exciting, good time to me!

The cost for this special evening: $125 – $175 per person plus tax and gratuity. This is one of the most popular celebrations in town so make your reservations soon, call 928.282.2713. For more information please visit the Sound Bites Grill website.

If you would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during your visit to the red rocks this New Year’s Eve please make your reservations soon, we only have a few rooms left. We will also have our Complimentary “About Town Shuttle” available to our guests, but please keep in mind the last pick up run for our shuttle service is 9:45pm.

New Years Eve Gourmet Dinner Buffet

Salads

  • Baby greens, arugula, heirloom tomatoes,
    poached pears, peppery apple wood smoked bacon,
    tossed pine nuts, and a red wine vinaigrette
  • Wild arugula, heirloom tomatoes, capers,
    and white anchovies, fresh basil, virgin olive oil,
    and balsamic vinaigrette
  • White beans, asparagus, peppers, and salami
  • Hummus, roasted eggplant, olives, feta cheese,
    marinated mushrooms, Pita bread and Lavosh

Classic Shrimp Cocktail
Tiger shrimp, homemade cocktail sauce, lemon

Roasted Strip Loin
Carving station, served with mushroom,
tomato, parsley demi sauce

Red Snapper Vera Cruz
White wine, chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion,
green olive, serrano pepper & capers

Roasted Cornish Hens
Parsley, garlic olive oil, and lemon

Grilled and Roasted Vegetables,
Golden Yukon Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato & Poblano Chile Mashers, Wild Rice & Basmati Rice

 Desserts

  • Chocolate Fondue, with poached pears, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and fried sponge cake
  • Red Velvet Cake, the original 1920’s style red velvet cake, layered with white icing
  • Bananas Foster Flambé, bananas, brown sugar, butter, citrus squeeze, cinnamon,flambé with Grand Marnier over vanilla ice cream

18 % gratuity and tax not included, will be added to bill at end of night.

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2017 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • Inn of SedonaThis special rate is only available for January 2017.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night, just ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ special rate.
  • 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.
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off 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!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Sedona, Arizona

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from all of us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!

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From all of us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas filled with laughter, joy and the love of family and friends!

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Christmas Week in Sedona, AZ

Events and Entertainment Christmas week in the Red Rocks

December 19th – 25th, 2016

Christmas sedonaWe would like to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from our family here at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to yours! We will be taking a short holiday break from our blog this week, but before we sign out for the holidays we wanted to share with you some family fun events and live entertainment taking place this week! From Red Rock Fantasy to a special screening of the Polar Express at Tlaquepaque you will find something for everyone in your family to enjoy!

For all of our guests that will be staying with us over the Christmas holiday we want to make sure you have made your dinner reservations. There will be a limited number of restaurants open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we suggest you plan ahead! Please call our concierges (Amanda and Joanie) at 928.282.3072, they will be happy to make the reservations for you. They can also help you with all your vacation needs from tours to events, to great places to hike. Our Complimentary Shuttle will be available for all of our guests this week including Christmas day, so let us do the driving and you do the celebrating. Have a wonderful week!

Red Rock Fantasy Returns to Tlaquepaque
December 1st, 2016 – January 1st, 2016
Nightly: Dusk to 9:00 pm
Red Rock FantasyNew lights, new location but the same great community event will return to Tlaquepaque this December! Enjoy walking through Tinsel Town and enjoy viewing community installations throughout the property. Sedona Parks and Recreations and Sedona Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Tlaquepaque to make this festive event bigger and better than ever. Free to the community stop by dusk to 9:00 pm nightly.
Each Friday evening during December enjoy favorite classic Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in our Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

  • December 23rd – Polar Express (2004) with animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • December 30th – It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) with animated Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Free Trolley will be available on the weekends in December from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (No Trolley on Christmas weekend). For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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Baby Grand Night featuring Paolo Scardina
“Holiday Tunes”
December 20th, 2016 (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
No Cover Charge
paolo5Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Paolo Scardina playing his favorite Holiday Tunes on the Baby Grand! Paolo moved to Sedona from Portland Oregon, in 2011 with a dream to sing “jazz in an exotic city, and Sedona is plenty “exotic”! The dream to be a Sedona jazz musician came true almost instantly. He has been singing around town in places like Studio Live, Mary Fisher Theater, Sedona Performing Arts Center, The Creative Life Center, Red’s Lounge, Sound Bites Grill, Mesa Grill, Ken’s Creek Side, Market Place Café, Rene’s, and plenty of private parties and fundraisers. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
December 21st, 2016 (9:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment: Nicki Park “Christmas Special”
December 24th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
No Cover
nickiSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Nicki Park “Christmas Special”Nicki Park is a singer, songwriter, performer and speaker. She is currently pitching music of various genres to the music industry including, pop, country, christian, t.v./movie themes, and commercials. Nicki grew up in Oklahoma and began playing piano at the age of four. She began playing and singing in church at a very young age as well. Influenced by many christian and pop artists, she began writing music as a teenager. She now resides in Arizona and released her album “Better Than Yesterday” in 2008. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Sedona, AZ Weekend Holiday Events Guide

Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Holiday Events and Family Fun in the Red Rocks

December 16th – 18th, 2016

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It’s the weekend before Christmas and all the lights are hung, little ones are getting excited for what is to come! But what of this weekend, what shall we do? There are lights at Red Rock Fantasy and  a “Holiday Sweet Stroll” too!

Featured Holiday Weekend Events

Red Rock Fantasy Returns to Tlaquepaque
December 1st, 2016 – January 1st, 2016
Nightly: Dusk to 9:00 pm
Red Rock FantasyNew lights, new location but the same great community event will return to Tlaquepaque this December! Enjoy walking through Tinsel Town and enjoy viewing community installations throughout the property. Sedona Parks and Recreations and Sedona Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Tlaquepaque to make this festive event bigger and better than ever.  Each Friday evening during December enjoy favorite classic Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in our Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

Special Happenings of Friday, December 16th

  • December 16th – Elf (2003) with animated A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Come visit with Santa upstairs in the Marine Corp “Holiday Boutique” (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

 For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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Sedona Railroaders: Christmas Model Train Show
December 17th – 30th, 2016 (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Closed December 24th and 25th
Free
Train ShowThe Sedona Railroaders are proud to present their Annual Christmas Model Train Show at the Basha’s Shopping Center in West Sedona! This year’s exhibit will include a large G scale and standard gauge layout and an extensive American Flyer S scale layout, a large O scale layout and some HO scale layouts. Two prize drawings include a pair of tickets on the Verde Canyon Railroad and two separate pair of tickets on the Grand Canyon Railroad. For more information please visit the Sedona Railroaders on Facebook.

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Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque
December 17th, 2016 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
526094512Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers during the Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The retailers will have their doors open till 7:00 pm 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 please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Christmas Show
December 17th, 2016
Doors Open: 5:30 pm – Showtime 7:00 pm
Show Only Tickets: $20 – $70
Sound Bites GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s!Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Cottonwood, AZ – Winter Solstice Concert
December 17th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
$18 adv, $20 door, $25 priority seating
William.EatonThis year’s Annual Old Town Center for the Arts “Winter Solstice Concert” will feature some of the world’s favorite Christmas melodies, original songs and a special visual, musical tribute to honor our indigenous ancestors, in observation of the ancient winter solstice ritual. For this special event, OTCA Co-Director William Eaton will be joined by Robin Miller, Susannah Martin and Patrick Ki, who are collectively known as the MMK Trio, and special guest flutist Claudia Tulip. This event will take place at Old Town Center for the Arts located 5th and Main Street in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Ballet in Cinema:’The Nutcracker’
The Bolshoi Ballet
December 18th, 2016 (4:00 pm)
Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members
nutcracker-teaser2Come and experience a holiday treasure! The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema when it hosts the big screen premiere of “The Nutcracker” from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season. This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of “The Nutcracker” has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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December Archaeology Hike in Sedona, AZ

Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

December 18th, 2016

Red Rock State ParkTake a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy the great outdoors at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ! This Sunday, December 18th, the park will be offering their Guided Archaeology Hike at 1:00 pm. Learn more about the archaeology of the Sedona area while taking in the beautiful red rocks.

Guided Archaeology Hike
December 18th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
This hike is included with park entrance fees
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Giving the Gift of a Sedona Adventure

Gift Ideas from Sedona, AZ

Sedona Gift Certificates for Under the Tree!

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Christmas is right around the corner and if you are anything like me, you are still doing your holiday shopping and looking for those perfect gifts. Well, if you and your family are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona in 2017, or if you’re looking for a gift for friend who will be visiting the red rocks, how about a gift certificate for a Sedona adventure?

For the wildlife lover a gift certificate for Out of Africa Wildlife Park would be awesome; for the film buff, tickets or passes to the Sedona International Film Festival in February; and for the explorer, a guided tour with Pink Jeep! A relaxing ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad would be a great gift for anyone on your list and you could even get a gift certificate for Red Rock Skydiving if your list includes the truly adventurous!

There are a lot of options to choose from and everyone loves Sedona, so why not add the red rocks to your holiday festivities!

Red Rock Sky Diving
Red Rock Skydiving combines the exhilaration of a Tandem Skydive with the best ‘flight-seeing’ northern Arizona has to offer! Red Rock Skydiving follow the rules and regulations of the FAA and the United States Parachute Association. their instructors are licensed and certified to teach skydiving techniques and also to take their clients on this kind of thrill ride. their planes are also maintained on a routine basis to meet the ridged standards of the FAA. They are experts when it comes to skydiving and have designed a skydiving program that will suit all of your needs. Whether you are a first time skydiver or an experienced jumper, we guarantee you a great time with Red Rock Skydiving. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing a gift certificate please visit the Red Rock Skydiving website or call 928.649.8899

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
If you have ever visited Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley you know all about the wonderful wildlife and caretakers at Out of Africa Wildlife Park located in nearby Camp Verde. This park has become a main attraction to people visiting the area. As for the locals, well we go there often throughout the year! We go for the excitement that fills the air when the strength, dexterity and cleverness of the Tigers are on display at Tiger Splash, some people (me included) face their fears and hold a python in the Giant Snake Show, smiles cross the faces of all when Pilgrim or Kibo (Giraffes) visit to say hello and get some treats during the African Bush Safari Tour, be warned if they are in the mood you might get a big giraffe kiss. Make no mistake, this place IS special. It is not a zoo! Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a place like no other, were you can see hundreds of animals from all over the world in their natural habitat along with wonderful and exciting educational attractions that get you up close and learning about the wonderful animals that live there. The caretakers do not train the wildlife, or try to change their behavior in any way. They are well known for their commitment to their wildlife and serve as a safe haven for many of the animals they have rescued over the years. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

Sedona International Film Festival
February 18th – 26th, 2017
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! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films! Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2017 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For more information or to purchase passes/tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

Pink Jeep Tours
Pink Jeep Tours has been offering quality tours in Sedona, AZ for over 50 years. Take the Broken Arrow Tour deep into red rock country and experience incredible views and vistas of this world’s natural treasure. Go deep into the Diamondback Gulch tour and sour back out into the scenic Sedona red rock. Put on your archeologist hat and book a Sedona Ancient Ruins tour where you’ll travel out to 700 year old Sinaguan cliff dwellings for a very fun and unique adventure. For more information or to purchase a tour please visit Pink Jeep Tours or call 928.282.5000.

Verde Canyon Railroad
Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. Depending on the season, you’ll enjoy spring flowers, fall foliage, migrating waterfowl, and wintering bald and golden eagles. It’s a riparian wonderland in “ Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon.” For more information or to purchase gift certificates please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Weekend Holiday Fun in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Weekend Holiday Events Guide

December 9th – 11th, 2016

2weekendA big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! This is a great weekend to visit the red rocks, especially if you are looking for some holiday fun and festivities to enjoy with your family!! The Festival of Lights, Christmas in the Park, Loving Bowls, and A Jazzy Little Christmas Concert are all taking place this weekend in Sedona, Arizona!

If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle to drop you off and pick you up from the Festival of Lights and many of the other happenings. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Holiday Events

Red Rock Fantasy Returns to Tlaquepaque
December 1st, 2016 – January 1st, 2016
Nightly: Dusk to 9:00 pm
Red Rock FantasyNew lights, new location but the same great community event will return to Tlaquepaque this December! Enjoy walking through Tinsel Town and enjoy viewing community installations throughout the property. Sedona Parks and Recreations and Sedona Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Tlaquepaque to make this festive event bigger and better than ever. Each Friday evening during December enjoy favorite classic Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in our Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

Special Happening on Friday December 9th

  • Featured Movie: Miracle on 34th Street (1947) with animated Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Visit with Santa upstairs in the Marine Corp “Holiday Boutique” (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

Free Trolley will be available on the weekends in December from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (No Trolley on Christmas weekend). For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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Sedona Heritage Museum – Christmas in the Park
December 10th, 2016 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
Christmas WreathChristmas in the Park is the Museum’s annual gift to the community and visitors. Be greeted by our traditional tumbleweed snowman. Enjoy hot cider and cookies, vintage holiday decorations, a fire in the fireplace and ‘make & take’ a cornhusk doll. At 1pm there’ll be a holiday music concert. Throughout the Museum there will be old-timers telling stories and local authors signing their books. Check out the sale in the Museum Gift Shop. We hope to see you there! Bring your family & friends. For more information please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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Sedona Arts Center:Loving Bowls
December 10th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)lovingbowls_banner
This fantastic fundraiser offers a beautiful selection of Loving Bowls for your purchasing pleasure, plus food and loads of fun! Over 1000 bowls will be made by local potters and lovingly glazed in a variety of beautiful finishes. Bowls are $10 each and come with wonderful chili, bread and dessert. All proceeds benefit local non-profits and the Arts & Educations programs at the Sedona Arts Center. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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A Christmas Carol at the Sedona Heritage Museum
December 10th, 2016 (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Free Event
Michael PeachEncounters with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future teach miserly Ebenezer Scrooge what it means to be human in this perennial holiday favorite. Keep cozy by the fire in the Museum’s historic Jordan House red rock fireplace as you enjoy this dramatic reading of the Dickens classic by local award-winning actor Michael Peach. In lieu of paid admissions, each guest is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Sedona Food Bank. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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The Festival of Lights
The Lighting of 6,000 Luminariasfestival-of-lights
December 10th, 2016 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
This one day event, A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminaries in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5:00pm. Entertainment abounds with carolers, choirs and musicians. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle.

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A Jazzy Little Christmas Concert
December 11th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets:$15
dmitrimathenySedona Jazz at the Church presents their annual “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas” concert with the Dmitri Matheny Group! Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (SF Chronicle). Matheny tours internationally, performing material from his critically acclaimed CDs, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. This concert will take place at the beautiful Saint Luke’s Church located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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2016 – 2017 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • Inn of SedonaThis special rate is only available for the months of December 2016 and January 2017. Excluding December 23rd – 31st, 2016
  • Save $20 to $40 per night, just ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ special rate.
  • 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.
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off 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!

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Festival of Lights in Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Festival of Lights, The lighting of 6,000 Luminarias!

December 10th, 2016

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If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend, you will not want to miss the Festival of Lights at the Tlaqeupaque Arts and Crafts Village! A cherished tradition, the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways, will be taking place this coming Saturday, December 10th. Tlaquepaque is always a beautiful place to visit, but when the luminarias are lit it is a wondrous sight to behold. This is one event you really don’t want to miss!

Begin Strolling the courtyards at 3:00 pm and enjoy carolers, choirs and musicians (entertainment schedule below). Then at 5:00 pm enjoy the lighting of 6,000 luminarias!. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased. There will volunteers selling the Luminaria bags from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Patio del Norte, $10.00 per bag.

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. If you are making last minute plans to visit the red rocks this weekend and would like to stay with us at the Inn of Sedona, check out our “Winter Wonderful” special below.

Entertainment Schedule

  •  2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Chapel
    Sherry Finzer Duo
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – at Tlaquepaque North
    Darius Lux
  • 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm in Patio del Norte
    Tom & Shondra Show with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm in Patio de Las Campanas
    Andres Martinez y Los Guapos
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Patio de Las Rosas
    Michael Kollowitz
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Chapel
    Jonathan Levingston
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm at La Fuente
    River of Life Choir
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Patio del Norte
    Sistahs Too
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  at Patio de Las Campanas
    ZAZU
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  at Tlaquepaque North
    Swing Tips

For more information on this free Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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2016 – 2017 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • Inn of SedonaThis special rate is only available for the months of December 2016 and January 2017. Excluding December 23rd – 31st, 2016
  • Save $20 to $40 per night, just ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ special rate.
  • 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.
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Warm cider available in the lobby to ward off 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!

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“Loving Bowls” in Sedona, AZ

“Loving Bowls” at the Sedona Arts Center

December 10th, 2016

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There is something about a handcrafted bowl filled with chili that really puts me in the mood for the winter holidays. A bowl that represents art, love, warmth, gratitude and giving. A bowl that is so much more than what it appears. But where, where could I get such a bowl? Are you asking the same question? Well, I have the answer for you!

Every year since I have lived in the Verde Valley the Sedona Arts Center presents a community fundraiser called “Loving Bowls” in December. The event offers a large selection of over 1000 bowls created by local volunteer potters who have created bowls with a variety of glazes and artistic flare! These bowls can be purchased for only $10 each, and they come with chili, bread and yes dessert of course! So basically you get a very cool bowl, a meal and you get to do some good – the proceeds will benefit the Sedona Food Bank, the Sedona Community Center and the educational programs of the Sedona Arts Center.

New this year will be a wonderful collection of hand-made glass bowls, courtesy of their partner The Melting Point! The Arts Center has also added new twist: a limited edition of larger hand-made serving bowls perfect for family size tables and things like salad, pasta dishes, and large desserts.

Loving Bowls will be taking place this Saturday, December the 10th from 12:00 om – 3:00 pm at the historic Art Barn. The Sedona Arts Center and Ceramics Studio is located at the corner of State Route 89A and Art Barn Road at the north end of Uptown Sedona – on the right just before you enter Oak Creek Canyon. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Arts Center website or the Sedona Arts Center on Facebook.

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Holiday Events Guide

Sedona Arizona

Holiday Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do!

December 2nd – 4th, 2016

Holiday events weekendThe holiday season is here, Red Rock Fantasy is in full swing and there is fun to be had for everyone in your family this weekend! From beautiful holiday displays in Tlaqeupaque, to the tree lighting in Uptown (featuring a very special visit from Santa), from 1st Friday in the galleries to a performance of The Nutcracker that features both the Phoenix Ballet and the Sedona Chamber Ballet, the red rocks are ready for the holidays! The list of happenings goes on and on…but we’ve made it easy for you, all the featured events are below! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend in Sedona!

If you’re a guest of the Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. We will be more than happy to drop you off at Red Rock Fantasy and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel, just remember our last pick up for the night is at 9:30 pm! To see all the events taking place this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Events

Red Rock Fantasy Returns to Tlaquepaque
December 1st, 2016 – January 1st, 2016
Nightly: Dusk to 9:00 pm
Red Rock FantasyNew lights, new location but the same great community event will return to Tlaquepaque this December! Enjoy walking through Tinsel Town and enjoy viewing community installations throughout the property. Sedona Parks and Recreations and Sedona Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Tlaquepaque to make this festive event bigger and better than ever.  Each Friday evening during December enjoy favorite classic Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in our Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

Special Happenings on Friday, December 2nd

  • First Friday with Red Rockapella Chorus 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Featured Movie: Frosty the Snowman & White Christmas (1954)
  • Come visit with Santa upstairs in the Marine Corp “Holiday Boutique” (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Restaurant Week: Holiday Edition
December 1st – 11th, 2016
Cost $22, $33, or $44
Restaurant-Week-Logo2The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce Sedona Restaurant Week:Holiday Edition! This event gives local foodies and visitors the chance to experience a selection of specially priced meals from a wide variety of Sedona’s restaurants. Guests fwill enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus including an appetizer, entrée and dessert. For more information please visit SedonaRestaurantWeek.com.

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Sedona’s Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
December 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Free Event
Sedona's HolidayCome watch the lighting of the community’s 20’ tree and Santa’s arrival. Let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams. All the while, hear seasonal favorites from local carolers and youth music groups, and enjoy hot cocoa or cider and cookies. This free family event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and the City of Sedona to start the holiday season. For more information on this Sedona holiday event please visit Sedona Main Street Program.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
December 2nd, 2016SGA 2
The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. What a perfect event to find that special Holiday gift! All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Breakfast with Santa
December 3rd, 2016 (8:00 am – 10:00 am)
Free Event
Christmas-Santa-Claus-Clip-Art-HDSedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring to you for the eighth year running, their Breakfast with Santa event.This two hour event combines a warm breakfast and Santa Claus. The breakfast is being held at the Posse Grounds Hub located in Posse Grounds Park. Doors open at 8:00 am for families interested in enjoying breakfast in this festive atmosphere. Breakfast will be served until 9:45 am and the event will end at 10:00 am. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera if you would like a picture of your child with Santa Claus. This event is free of charge, so come for the pancakes (and more), come for the crafts and most of all, come to see Santa Claus! For more information please visit the City of Sedona Park and Recreation.

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Live Performance:Native American Winter Solstice
December 3rd, 2016 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
TLAQJoin Tlaquepaque for this very special presentation in conjunction with “Crossing Worlds Hopi Project”. View amazing performances pertaining to the Hopi Winter Solstice as well as the Apache Social Dance. There will be an announcer onsite to explain the historical and social significance of each dance. This performance will take place in the Patio de Las Campanas at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.

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The Nutcracker
Phoenix Ballet Company & Sedona Chamber Ballet
December 3rd, 2016 (2:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
December 4th (2:00 pm)
Tickets: Gold $30 for an adult, $18 for a child
Platinum $40 for an adult, $25 for a child

nutcrakcerThe Sedona Chamber Ballet Company is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Phoenix Ballet Company for the production of The Nutcracker at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. “We are thrilled to announce that the magical Nutcracker Ballet is kicking off Sedona’s 2016 holiday season, featuring internationally acclaimed, award-winning dancers from Phoenix Ballet to perform in the leading roles. We are proud that many of the Phoenix ballet dancers have won national and international awards, appeared on national TV shows that include Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and Little Big Shots to name a few. We are thrilled that once again Madison Penney, Avery Gay, Sophia Lucia, and Amber Skaggs will return to dance in Sedona this holiday season. Many of you may recall that Giselle Bethea made her Sedona debut last spring in Rising with the Phoenix Ballet. We are excited to share that Giselle is now the youngest corps member in the history of the American Ballet Theater in NYC.” For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonachamberballet.org.

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23rd Annual Chocolate Walk – Cottonwood, AZ
December 3rd, 2016 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Christmas Parade is free (11:00 am)
Tickets for Chocolate Walk $25
choc2007-1Enjoy a fun filled day in Historic Old Town Cottonwood as they celebrate the 23rd Annual Chocolate Walk! The merriment begins with the 62nd Annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade, set to begin at 11:00 am. Beginning at 3:00 pm, you can collect your bag, map and ticket at the Old Town Civic Center, located at 805 N. Main Street. Use your ticket to cast your vote for best decorated store! Collect a variety of homemade OR gourmet chocolates at more than 30 shops up and down Main Street! Hot cocoa will be offered at multiple stops along the way. Enjoy the Old Town Light Show accompanied with holiday music, beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information visit www.oldtown.org.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

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