Winter Guide to Fun Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona

Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Your Winter Guide to Fun Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona!

snow 2We 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 a lot! 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 and a few of the most anticipated winter events below.

Fun Things to Do

Hiking Sedona in the Winter Months
During the winter months Sedona’s early morning and night time weather definitely carry a chill! There are some mornings we can be in the low 30’s with afternoon temps between 50 and 60. Heck, I remember one day wearing shorts in Sedona right around Christmas! The afternoon temperatures are ideal for those of us who love to hike the red rocks. One of the hikes our guests and staff like to take in the winter time is Bell Rock Pathway. One of our frequent winter guest loves to head out to the trail around 9:00 am carrying a thermos of hot tea with her for morning and water for afternoon. As long as the sun visits us during the day the trail heats up nicely. We can’t guarantee you will get all sunny afternoons but we have more sun than snow, that’s for sure! We do have some tips if you are going to hike this winter:

  • Make sure to dress in layers, make sure to take along water, energizing snack, cell phone, extra socks, wear hiking boots for a better grip.
  • If you are hiking alone, please let someone know where you will be hiking. You can always stop by the front desk and let us know you will be hiking alone and where you are going to hike. It is always smart to take the phone number of the hotel you are staying at in case you need to reach them.
  • Time you hike appropriately, once the sun starts going down it is cold!

Photography Day
winter meltSedona is beautiful to photo in the winter whether you are catching snow clouds moving in over the red rocks, a dusting of snow or a clear crisp winter day! If you love to snap photos we highly suggest picking a day centered on taking snaps of your favorite scenes. Some of our favorite place to shoot from are the Sedona airport, our hotels terraced balconies (You can get some really good shots from here, including Coffee Pot rock), Bell Rock Pathway and if it snows the chapel and the sculptures at Tlaquepaque make for a unique and artistic showcase of photos.

Enjoy some Entertainment
On those cold days when it may be to chilly to hike or snap some photos look into enjoying some entertainment. The Mary D. Fisher Theatre features some great independent films you may not get the chance to see in your home town. You can also find live entertainment most nights at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill and Sound Bites Grill!

Featured Winter Events

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

Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds
SnowmanDecember 5th – 29th, 2013
Every Thursday through Sunday, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm enjoy a walk through the picnic area at the park while it is lit up with lights and decorations all created by Sedona businesses, organizations and community members. The holiday kickoff for this event will be on Thursday, December 5th, 2013! This event is free and open to the public! On given nights additional attractions may be available. 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.

Annual Old Town Chocolate Walk – Cottonwood, AZ
choc2007-1December 7th, 2013 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Old Town Main Street merchants stay open late; the songs of Carolers fill the air, shops full of the scents of hot cocoa, mint, holiday cheer. Stroll down the avenue as they compete for the best chocolate award. Chocolate collecting bags are decorated with historic images of Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets are $25 for more information or to purchase tickets please visit Old Town Cottonwood.

Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts
Festival of lightsDecember 14th, 2013 (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminaries in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5:00pm. Specially designated Luminaries honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance for $10.00 by calling (928) 282-4838. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem
Pilgramige to BethlehemDecember 20th – 22nd, 2013
Experience life over 2000 years ago with Potters Hand Productions “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem” in the Tequa Festival Marketplace. This event features and interactive Bethlehem Market and the beautiful musical presentation of the Live Nativity in the Christmas Musical. The Bethlehem Market is from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm and the Christmas Concert starts around 5:00 pm. This event is free but donations are accepted. For more information please visit Potters Hand Productions.

Sedona World Wisdom Days
Sedona World WisdomJanuary 17, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014.
Expand your inner wisdom this Martin Luther King holiday weekend at Sedona World Wisdom Days. Sedona is rolling out the red rock carpet for an unprecedented four-day festival featuring Hollywood stars, best-selling authors, informative workshops and an inspirational book fair and film festival designed to uplift the human spirit. Sedona World Wisdom Days will premier Martin Luther King holiday weekend, this festival is on built on four pillars of awareness; creativity, culture, education and wellness. For more information please visit Sedona World Wisdom Days.

9th Annual Sedona Marathon
sedona_marathon_logoFebruary 1st, 2014
Sedona is host to one of the most inspiring and rugged marathon races. Fast becoming one of Sedona’s premiere outdoor events, the 6th annual Sedona Marathon will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, and offers four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. Run through the red rocks of Sedona and you’ll never be the same again. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle.  For more information visit the Sedona Marathon.

19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
SIFF_Poster_14textFebruary 22nd – March 2nd, 2014
From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a film lover’s dream! Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! For more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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 we have two hotel specials you will want to check out 2013 “Winter Wonderful” and Sedona Wisdom Day Special Rates! If you would like to learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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