In a stunning place like Sedona, each season brings its own delights—but during the holidays, the city transforms into a uniquely Southwestern winter wonderland bursting with majestic scenery and festive displays. If you are seeking a destination to celebrate the magic of the season while enjoying mild weather, natural beauty, and fewer crowds than at other times of year, consider adding Sedona to your list.
Here are some of our favorite things to do during the holidays:
Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque
One of Sedona’s most popular seasonal events takes place just steps from El Portal at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. During the holidays, Tlaquepaque’s enchanting cobblestone paths are illuminated with over 6,000 luminarias and other festive decorations. This year, the celebrations will launch on December 10 with the annual Festival of Lights. From 3-8 p.m., the plaza will come alive with holiday music and other live entertainment, as well as free cider and an appearance by Santa, in preparation for the lighting of the luminarias. While enjoying the festivities, visitors can browse Tlaquepaque’s diverse selection of boutiques and galleries or stop for a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants.
Explore the Outdoors
While not specifically related to the holidays, winter is one of the best times of year to explore Sedona’s great outdoors. With typically sunny skies and daytime temperatures hovering in the mid-50s on average, the weather is comfortable for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities, such as exploring the landscape with a jeep tour. However, the region does get about 3.5 inches of snow each year, so visitors may have the opportunity to see the magical sight of the iconic red rocks dusted with snow.
One of the most convenient ways to see all of Sedona’s holiday lights and decorations, as well as many other sights, is by taking a ride on the Sedona Trolley. The Trolley offers 55-minute tours to either South Sedona/Chapel of the Holy Cross or West Sedona/Fay Canyon, or a two-hour tour that includes both routes. All tours are fully narrated, providing a fun and informative way to learn about Sedona and its famous landmarks.
Spending the holidays in Sedona is sure to enhance the magic of the season, while leaving you feeling relaxed and revitalized as New Year approaches. Through our personalized concierge services at El Portal, our team will make recommendations for the top things to do at this time of year and can help you create an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Call us at 800-313-0017 to book your stay!