Holiday Dining in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Happy Holidays!

For all of our guests that will be staying with us over the Christmas and New Year’s 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! If you have not already made plans, we would like to assist you. Below you will find a list of restaurants that will be open on the 24th and 25th. Most will be offering special, or limited, menus. Please make your reservations today, or if you prefer call our concierge, 928.282.3072, and we will be happy to make the reservations for you.

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
Reservations 928.862.4444
Open Christmas Eve: Regular Hours and menu
Christmas Day Dinner: Seating from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Brunch: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Dinner: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
See their Menus here

RENÉ at Tlaquepaque
Reservations 928.282.9225
Open Christmas Eve: Regular Hours and menu
Christmas Day: Seating from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
See their Menus here

Cucina Rustica
Reservations 928.284.3010
Christmas Eve: Seating from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Day: Seating 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
See their Menus here

Sound Bites Grill
Reservations: 928.282.2713
Christmas Eve: Regular Menu and Hours
Christmas Day:1:00pm – 6:00pm (last seating 5:00pm)
New Year’s Eve Party: 7:30 pm – 12:30 am
See their Menus here

Mesa Grill
Reservations: 928.282.2400
Christmas Eve and Christmas: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Regular and Special holiday menu
See their menu here

Dahl & Di Luca
Reservations: 928.282.5219
Christmas Eve: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 5:00 pm – 10: 00 pm
See their Menu here

Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Reservations:928.282.5670
Open Christmas Eve and Day, Regular Menu, 11:00 am – Close
New Year’s Eve: Regular Menu and Hours, New Year’s Bash with DJ Exclusive: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
See their Menu here

Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge
Reservations: 928.282.4449
Christmas Eve: Open normal hours
Christmas Day: Special menu served all day
New Year’s Eve: Special Hours, Check site
See their menus here

Golden Goose American Grill
Reservations: 928.282.1447
Christmas Eve: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Special Christmas Eve Menu from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Special Evening Menu
See their Menus here

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Sedona International Film Festival

Festival Passes & Ticket Packages on Sale Now!

The 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival will be here before you know it! This premiere Sedona event is scheduled to take place February 24th – March 4th, 2018! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of our 2018 lodging special for the Film Festival (see below}, and to purchase your festival passes and ticket packages! 

 The 24th Sedona International Film Festival will feature 150 films from narrative features to documentaries to shorts at three venues: The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Sedona Harkins 6. As the Sedona International Film Festival approaches the quarter-century mark in 2019, Festival organizers have gone back to its roots for the 24th annual event!

“We started as a film festival and we’re moving forward as one and that’s where our focus will be: on the movies,” said Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) Creative and Development Director Pat Schweiss.  

Festival Passes and Ticket Packages, other than for full-time students, are available online now at www.sedonafilmfestival.org or through the Festival Box office at 928. 282.1177.  Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.

For more information, pricing and up to date event details please visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

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2018 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • Valid February 23rd – March 5th, 2018
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Sedona, AZ Weekend Holiday Events Guide

Holiday Events and Family Fun in the Red Rocks

December 15th- 17th, 2017

All of us at the Inn of Sedona would like to welcome all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! We love the holiday season and the joy and happiness it brings, we hope you all have a wonderful visit and get to enjoy some of the holiday events taking place this weekend!

Kick off your weekend of holiday fun with the country’s largest 3D holiday light show “Sedona Northern Lights”!  There will be viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes with the largest 3D mapping project ever done on a natural canvas.  Other holiday events taking place this weekend: Holiday Model Train Show, Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque, Jazzy Little Christmas, and Ballet in Cinema:’The Nutcracker’ from the Bolshoi Ballet!

See below for details and ticket information. To see all the events taking place in Sedona please visit our Events Page! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle to get you around town and to most of the events listed below. 

Featured Holiday Weekend Events

Sedona Northern Lights
Art Show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock)
December 14th – December 17th, 2017
6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season in Sedona, and witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this spectacular light event and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center. There will be viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes with the largest 3D mapping project ever done on a natural canvas. For more information please visit Sedona Northern Lights.

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Annual Holiday Model Train Show
December 15th – 30th, 2017 (11:00 am – 4:30 pm)
Closed December 24th and 25th
Free Event
The Sedona Railroaders will kick off the holiday season on December 15th! This traditional holiday event will take place in the Sedona Vista Village Mall in the Village of Oak Creek on the corner of Highway 179 and Jacks Canyon Road. This year’s exhibit will include an American Flyer S gauge layout. G, O, N, and HO gauges will also be on display. Two drawings will be held during the course of the event. Prizes 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 Sedona Railroaders on Facebook.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Holiday Sweet Stroll
December 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll taking place at the 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. The Grinch will be roaming around Tlaquepaque from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church: Jazzy Little Christmas
December 17th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Tickets: $15
It that time for the annual “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas” concert, this year featuring pianist Steve Sander, with bassist Zach Carson, percussionist Ron James and friends. Great Christmas music ala “Jazz” flavorings… what could be better than that! Bring your sleigh bells, and we’ll see you there! This concert will take place at the beautiful Saint Luke’s Church located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. All tickets are General Admission, and are available online. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Ballet in Cinema:’The Nutcracker’
From the Bolshoi Ballet
December 17th, 2017 (4:00 pm)
Tickets:$15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
Come and experience a holiday treasure! The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema when it hosts the big screen encore of “The Nutcracker” from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at the festival’s 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. Tchaikovsky’s treasured holiday masterpiece, “The Nutcracker” features choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Principal dancers include Anna Nikulina (Marie), Denis Rodkin (The Nutcracker Prince), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer) and Vitaly Biktimirov (The Mouse King), along with the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s Rock’n Roll Christmas Show
December 16th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Tickets: $20 -$35 /$60-$75 with dinner package (3 course meal)
Sound 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, tickets or reservations please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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

  • 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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Giving the Gift of a Sedona Adventure

Holiday Gift Ideas from Sedona, AZ

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 2018, 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.

The 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 24th – March 4th, 2018
Purchase Passes here
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 2016 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 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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Sedona Adventure Vacation Packages

From fishing getaways to wild life adventures, Grand Canyon tours and romantic escapes, Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona offers fantastic packages and hotel deals for an amazing stay in Sedona! Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, and access to all our hotel’s excellent amenities! Our package deals include one-night’s accommodation, but since there is so much to see and do in Sedona, we highly recommend booking an extra night or two at a discounted rate to get the full Sedona experience.

To see all of the packages available please visit Sedona Hotel Deals.

 

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Holiday Light Show in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona welcomes you to celebrate the holiday season during “Sedona Northern Lights” , the country’s largest 3D holiday light show , taking place December 14th, – 17th, 2017! For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this spectacular light event and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center.  Santa will even be in town at the Chamber Visitors Center from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm from the 15th – 17th!

The light show lasts approximately 5 – 6 minutes at the top of each hour from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. There are several viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row!  If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona, we will be happy to drop you off at Sound Bites Grill (a prime viewing patio that is offering a special Sedona Northern Lights drink) and pick you up after the show. 

Make the show event better by tuning to KYBC 96.3FM and AM1600 in your car or on a radio for holiday music (not available via live streaming on a smart phone application due to time delay). For more information or a full list of the viewing areas please visit Sedona Northern Lights.

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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!
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Festival of Lights in Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

The lighting of 6,000 Luminarias!

 

December 9th, 2017

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 9th. 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, Santa and musicians.. 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 Luminaire bags from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Patio del Norte, $10.00 per bag. For more information on this free Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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” lodging special below.

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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!
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“Loving Bowls” in Sedona, AZ

 Sedona Arts Center – Loving Bowls

loving-bowls

December 9th, 2017

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! This year, the event’s proceeds will go to the Sedona Food Bank, Sedona Community Center, Humane Society of Sedona and the arts and educational programs at Sedona Arts Center.

There will also be a wonderful collection of 50 handmade glass bowls, courtesy of their partner The Melting Point featured along with 200 pet bowls in support of the Humane Society of Sedona!

Loving Bowls will be taking place this Saturday, December the 9th 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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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle Service

  • 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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The Nutcracker in Sedona, AZ

The Nutcracker in Sedona, Arizona

December 2nd – 3rd, 2017

The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets the world has even known, and a treasured holiday tradition for many families, including my own. As a little girl the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” was my all time favorite, to this day I can still hear Tchaikovsky’s score playing in my head any day during the holiday season. Of course my brothers being brothers preferred the Entrance of the Mouse King. For as long as I can remember, The Nutcracker has been my favorite part of Christmas, and hopefully will become one of yours if it is not already!

If you are going to be in Sedona, Arizona the first weekend of December, you will have a chance to treat your family to The Nutcracker and create a memory for your children that will last a lifetime. The Phoenix Ballet and Artistic Director Slawomir Wozniak present The Nutcracker at The Sedona Performing Arts Center on December the 2nd and 3rd, 2017! Slawomir Wozniak has breathed new life into the Nutcracker choreography, and is excited to share this masterpiece that exudes the most beautiful and perfect choreography. The great thing about The Nutcracker is that it transcends generations.

The magical story of The Nutcracker follows Clara and her Prince as they share the story of a magical gift, a suspenseful battle between soldiers and mice, and take us to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Dozens of students from Sedona will join Company members on-stage, dressed in intricately designed costumes and surrounded by larger than life sets, creating a magnificent sensory feast.

Winifred Muench, Chair, Sedona Chamber Ballet says, “Do not miss the opportunity to  see the award winning and nationally renowned dancers perform this timeless classic. A professional production not to be missed.”

There are two performances scheduled for Saturday, one at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and on Sunday catch the matinee performance at 2:00 pm! Tickets: Gold $30 for an adult, $18 for a child, Platinum $45 for an adult, $25 for a child.For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonachamberballet.org.

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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!
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Inn of Sedona

All of us here at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona wish you a happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with the love and laughter of family and friends!

If you are going to be in Sedona, AZ today and are looking for a great place for a feast check out our Thanksgiving Dining Guide here. If you are looking for information on the Turkey Trot click here!

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Winter in Sedona, AZ

Winter Fun in Sedona, Arizona!

December 2017 – February 2018

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 2018 such as the Sedona Marathon, Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration, 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!

  • 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!

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Photography Day
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.

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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!

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Featured Winter Events

6th Annual VIP Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Adults only event, ages 21 and up
December 1st, 2017 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets $30
Enjoy a VIP exclusive evening of wine tasting and chocolate pairing in charming, historic Old Town Cottonwood! Enjoy the short stroll between tasting rooms while enjoying premier wines enhanced with gourmet chocolates. This special event includes a commemorative wine glass, as well as a 2 oz. wine pour and chocolate pairing at each of the tasting rooms: Pillsbury Wine Company, Fire Mountain Wines, Arizona Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars, Small Batch Wine & Spirits, Winery 101, Merkin Vineyards & Osteria. Beginning at 4L00 pm, collect your ticket and wine glass at Burning Tree Cellars, 1040 N Main Street.For more information visit www.oldtown.org.

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Sedona Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
December 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Free Event

Tlaquepaque North invites you to enjoy a traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local entertainment and Santa visits with children. This free event takes place at Tlaquepaque North and is presented by Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. For more informaton please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Outdoor Holiday Films at Tlaquepaque
Select dates in December
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit Tlaquepaque on select evenings during December and enjoy favorite Holiday Movies sponsored by The Sedona Film Festival. Movie’s will be showing in the Patio Del Norte starting at Dusk.

  • December 1st – Elf
  • December 8th – Home Alone
  • December 16th – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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31st Annual Made In Clarkdale
November 30th – December 3rd, 2017
Don’t miss this Annual Art Show and Festival held the first week of December in historic downtown Clarkdale Arizona. “Made in Clarkdale” serves as a venue to display the creative talents of the residents, college students, and workers of Clarkdale in all forms of art. The Gala opening is on December 1st, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Show hours are: Nov. 30th 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Dec. 1 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Dec. 2nd 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit www.madeinclarkdale.org.

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Breakfast with Santa
December 2nd, 2017 (8:00 am – 10:00 am)
Free event
Sedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring to you, for the ninth year running, our Annual 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. 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 City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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24th Annual Chocolate Walk – Cottonwood, AZ
December 2nd, 2017
Christmas Parade is free (11:00 am)
Chocolate Walk (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Tickets for Chocolate Walk $25
Enjoy a fun filled day in Historic Old Town Cottonwood as they celebrate the 24th Annual Chocolate Walk! The merriment begins with the 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 3 Kings Kasbar, located at 102 E. Pima St. This is a different location than prior years due to the Civic Center building renovation. 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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Phoenix Ballet Company & Sedona Chamber Ballet
The Nutcracker
December 2nd, 2017 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
December 3rd (2:00 pm)
Tickets: Gold $30 for an adult, $18 for a child
Platinum $45 for an adult, $25 for a child
Treat yourself to Sedona’s favorite holiday tradition as Phoenix Ballet and Artistic Director Slawomir Wozniak present The Nutcracker at The Sedona Performing Arts Center Slawomir Wozniak has breathed new life into the Nutcracker choreography, and is excited to share this masterpiece that exudes the most beautiful and perfect choreography. The great thing about The Nutcracker is that it transcends generations. Winifred Muench, Chair, Sedona Chamber Ballet says, “Do not miss the opportunity to see the award winning and nationally renowned dancers perform this timeless classic. A professional production not to be missed.” Join in the celebration of the beginning of the Sedona holiday season by enjoying the performance of this enchanting tale at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.sedonachamberballet.org.

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Sedona Heritage Museum – Christmas in the Park
December 9th, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
The Sedona Heritage Museum is pleased to present “Christmas in the Park”. Visitors will be treated to hot apple cider, holiday cookies and free entertainment and activities! Warm up by the red rock fireplace of the old Jordan house and enjoy the vintage holiday decor. A tumbleweed ‘snowman’ will greet all guests. The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road. For more information on this Sedona tour or to purchase please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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The Annual Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias
December 9th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Free Event
A cherished tradition, the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkway!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. 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! For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center:Loving Bowls
December 9th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
One of Sedona’s favorite annual events, the Arts Center’s super creative Loving Bowls! Stop by the historic Art Barn for a veritable medley of ceramic goodness. Over 1100 bowls and ceramics objects will be offered for $10, each lovingly made by their volunteer potters and ceramicists—and carefully glazed in their studio by the indefatigable Cliff and Katie Hamilton. A wonderful collection of hand-made glass bowls, courtesy of our partner The Melting Point, will also be featured. Also available: 200 pet bowls for sale, to benefit the Sedona Humane Society! As always, delicious chili and a desert will be served (thanks to chef Peggy Rivera from the Sedona Community Center). Proceeds from the one-day event go to support the Community Center, Sedona Food Bank, and 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 9th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Cost: Food Donation
Michael Peach encounters 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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Sedona Northern Lights
Art Show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock)
December 14th – December 17th, 2017
6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season in Sedona, and witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this spectacular light event and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center. There will be viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes with the largest 3D mapping project ever done on a natural canvas. For more information please visit Sedona Northern Lights.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Holiday Sweet Stroll
December 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll taking place at the 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. The Grinch will be roaming around Tlaquepaque from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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2018 January & February
Featured Events

Sedona Winter Music Festival
January 8th – 14th, 2018
cms-logo-header-mastheadThe Fifth Annual Sedona Winter Music Festival will showcase some of the world’s most talented musicians in a celebration of chamber music and the performing arts. After nearly a week of special events, including a gala held at a private home and masterclasses for students, the festival will culminate with a concert at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The 2018 festival will feature clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Adam Golka. Mr. Fiterstein is a recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and has performed with leading orchestras and chamber groups worldwide. For more information or to purchase concert tickets please visit www.chambermusicsedona.org.

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Sedona VegFest
“Peaceful Plates, Peaceful World”
January 20th – 21st, 2018
Tickets up to $40, Children 12 free
Sedona VegFest 2018 is a two-day celebration of the joys of plant-based eating. Participants will learn from some of the top, national experts in plant-based nutrition and lifestyle, related to healthcare, our environment, and animal welfare – all in a fun, festive atmosphere. The VegFest exhibit area will feature exciting products, services and information supportive of whole food plant-based living. And some of Sedona’s finest artists will have works on display and for sale, focusing on our 2018 theme: Peaceful Plates, Peaceful World. Plan to come and find out how easy it is to adopt a lifestyle that can create remarkable, positive results for your health, and for the world. The VegFest will be taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. For more information of to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.healthyworldsedona.com

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13th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 3rd, 2018
Registration Fees
1416520861The 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. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Sedona Yoga Festival
February 8th – 11th 2018
Purchase Tickets/Passes
Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona.For more information please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 14th, 2018
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. the confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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The 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 24th – March 4th, 2018
Purchase Passes here
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 2016 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 please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2017 – 2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for December 1st through December 21st, 2017 and January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be 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!
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