Enjoy Holiday Fun Thanksgiving Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

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Holiday Family Fun in Sedona and the Verde Valley
Thanksgiving Weekend November 28th – December 1st, 2013

ThanksgivingThanksgiving weekend is almost here and if you are heading to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley for the holiday weekend there are some great family fun holiday events and activities taking place! There is Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque, “Light up the Mountain” in Jerome, Ice Skating at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona, Santa Clause Express on the Verde Canyon Railroad and more! See below for all the fun events taking place from Thursday, November 28th through Sunday, December 1st, 2013. You will also find a restaurant listing for great places to dine on Thanksgiving and a special brunch taking place at the Schoolhouse Restaurant on Saturday, November 30th! If you wish to stay at our Sedona hotel over the holiday weekend we urge you to make your reservations at the Inn of Sedona soon, we have only a handful of rooms left.

Holiday Events over Thanksgiving Weekend

Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque
Festival of treesNovember 29th – December 7th, 2013
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.The trees will be on display inside the ballroom at Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit Tlaquepaque and check their bids through 4:00 pm. on Saturday, December 7th. Proceeds benefit “Meals on Wheels” for the Sedona Community Center and “Toys for Tot’s” via the Sedona Marine Corps League.For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Light up the Mountain – Jerome, Arizona
November 30th, 2013
Jerome holidayCcelebrate with Jerome as they kick off their holiday season with their special event “Light up the Mountain”! The fun starts in the afternoon through the evening when a very special visitors flips the switch that lights up the annual holiday lights in the middle park of Jerome. The Mingus Union High School Band and Drama Club will be performing through out the day and at 5:30, a special reading of The Night Before Christmas will be taking place at the historic Bartlett Hotel. For directions from the Inn of Sedona to Jerome, Arizona click here.

Ice Skating in Sedona
Ice SkatesDecember 1st – 8th, 2013
Check it out, for the first time ever you can ice skate at Posse Ground Park! What you didn’t bring Ice Skate to Sedona, no problem, Skates are available in sizes toddler 8 through adult 13. All ice skaters will be allotted 30 minutes of skate time! This event is free and open to the public. For all the information including skate times please visit the City of Sedona Calendar.

Vintage Holiday Ornament Family Activity
December 1st – 30th, 2013 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Sedona Historical SocietyThe Sedona Heritage Museum’s volunteers will have an activity area set-up where you and your friends and family can create clever and nostalgic holiday ornaments. Supplies, instructions and samples will be provided. Get into the holiday spirit with these simple, old-time crafty projects. Take home what you make for your own decorations or maybe as a gift. This activity will not be available on December 24th 0r 25th. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

Santa Claus Express at the Verde Canyon Railroad (Clarkdale, AZ)
December 1st, 2013 (1:00 pm departure)
santa claus expressThe Verde Canyon Railroad specializes in old-fashioned family outings and one of the most magical events of the year is Santa Claus Express. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from December 1st through the 22nd, the train pulls away from the depot with two VIEs (Very Important Elves) aboard. Santa and Mrs. Claus entertain passengers throughout the four-hour rail journey, singing carols, passing out Mrs. Claus’ homemade cookies and helping you create priceless photo memories. To purchase tickets or for more information please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Christmas with the Romero
December 1st, 2013
Celebrate the Holidays with the Romeros, a classical guitar quartet, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center! The Afternoon program include Christmas carols from around the world and seasonal music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and Pachelbel. Tickets for this event are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Chamber Music Sedona.

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meal & Special Brunch on Saturday at the Schoolhouse
Here are some of our picks for places to dine on Thanksgiving, you can find even more suggestions at www.sedona-arizona-vacations.com.

  • Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport – Thanksgiving Dinner Adults: $38.50, Children under 12: $14.00
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    Serving dinner from 12:00pm – 8:00pm ~ Reservations 928.282.2400If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • RENÉ at Tlaquepaque – Thanksgiving Feast $65 per person
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    Reservations 928.282.9225
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Dahl and Di Luca – Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner $39.95 per person
    See their Thanksgiving Menu here
    Seating’s begin at 3:00 pm ~ Reservations 928.282.5219
    If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Olde Sedona Bar and Grill – Traditional Thanksgiving Adults $19.95 – $25.95, Kids $7.95
    Seating from 2:00pm – 10:00pm ~ Reservations 928.282.5670
    Thanksgiving Dinner with hand carved oven roasted turkey, home style mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, dinner rolls, green beans with almond slivers, glazed sweet potatoes, and tangy cranberry relish. Yum! Plus cream of pumpkin soup for a starter and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. If you are a guest of Inn of Sedona our “About Town” Shuttle will take your there!
  • Schoolhouse Thanksgiving Brunch Special Day ~ Saturday November 30th, 2013
    Seating from 10:00am until 1:00pm – Reservations 928.634.0700
    3 Course Plated Brunch with Live Music!
    Gobble, Gobble – Days after Thanksgiving and you want a great breakfast with the family?? Where will you be eating? Hopefully you’ll join the food-crew at the Schoolhouse Restaurant at 11:00 am. Experience a 3-course plated brunch! Visit the Schoolhouse Restaurant on Facebook.


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