Have a magical Christmas in the desert when you come to spend the holiday in our beautiful red rock city of Sedona. This time of year, it’s certainly chilly enough to get into the seasonal spirit, but you won’t have to deal with shoveling snow to get out of the driveway! Surrounded by such unique natural beauty makes for a memorable holiday experience, and there’s plenty of Sedona Christmas events to enjoy! Plan a fun family vacation to Sedona and book one of our 6-bedroom vacation rentals.
Fantastic Properties for Enjoying the Seasonal Spirit
We offer an array of different vacation rentals in Sedona AZ, from cozy condos for small family getaways to stretching desert retreats that can fit all of your extended family and friends—no matter the size of your group for the holiday, we have something that will fit for you. All of our properties have their own unique locations and amenities but can include features like private hot tubs with mountain views, crackling fireplaces you can cuddle around with a cup of hot chocolate, and scenic neighborhood walks filled with natural splendor. No matter which vacation rental you choose, rest assured there is plenty of space to gather with your loved ones, be it around the dining table for a puzzle, passing a box of chocolates around the living room, or telling jokes in the kitchen—which let’s be honest, we all know that’s where everyone ends up anyway.
You can expect to find fully equipped kitchens, where you can make your own Christmas feast, or make holiday treats on Christmas Eve. You’ll love having access to full-sized appliances that make it a breeze to plan meals – whether it’s stocking the fridge with all your favorite holiday goodies or simply being able to reheat takeout from all the amazing restaurants located in Sedona.
Warm and welcoming bedrooms provide a comfortable place to rest your head at night and can feature amenities like flat-screen televisions and high-speed internet for taking in your favorite programs in the evening. Many of our vacation rentals in Sedona AZ also feature furnished outdoor spaces for taking in the orange-hued mountains and can be a spectacular place to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee.
Festive Christmas Events and Local Holiday Lights
One popular and beloved pastime is The Magical Christmas Journey aboard the Verde Canyon railroad Thursdays thru Saturdays in December. The experience begins at the train depot in nearby Clarkdale, where everything is decorated with festive little Christmas lights and holiday décor, and you can hear Santa’s elves telling stories. That’s followed up by a ride to the “North Pole,” where kids can meet Santa, and there are snacks and bar service on the train. At the Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village, you can stroll throughout the hidden courtyards and take in their display of Christmas lights. This is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike, where year-round people come to enjoy the serene ambience of the outdoor marketplace that features local artists and crafters. It’s the perfect spot to get one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.
Enjoy a Silent Night, Holy Night
Sedona is a truly unique community where people from all walks of life can gather together to celebrate. No matter your religion, your personal views, or your current views of faith, Sedona is a place where holy ground is sacred, and all are welcome to soak up the healing benefits of this special space. While many denominations of the churches can be found throughout the area, we also encourage you to visit some of our favorite holy grounds that thousands of visitors flock to every year.
Topping the list is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a distinguished church that sits atop the towering red rocks, making it recognizable around the world for its inherent beauty and pure defiance of gravity. The construction of this iconic church was completed in 1956, built to a twin pinnacled spur about 250 feet high, jutting out of a 1,000-foot rock wall, making it “solid as the rock of Peter.” While the church no longer practices a regular mass schedule at this location, visitors are encouraged to peruse the grounds in contemplative silence, soaking in the awe-inspiring artwork present throughout and even invited to light a candle in prayer. Conclude your tour with a visit to the gift shop where original pieces completed by local artists are on sale.
Another inspiring destination is the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. Nestled into the beautiful red rocks at the foot of Thunder Mountain, the stunning architecture of this gorgeous park is adorned with colorful peace flags. The Amitabha stupa itself rises 36-feet into the air and is filled to the brim with sacred relics that line the interior. Though these relics are not visible to the naked eye, this structure is truly a vessel containing otherworldly powers. Long recognized as a holy ground by many of the native tribes in the area, Buddhists have also come to acknowledge this 14-acre park as a sacred space that holds the power of spiritual healing and transformation.
Take Advantage of the High Desert Sunshine and Explore
For some, celebrating the holidays is all about spending time with the people you love. For others, it’s time of self-reflection and reconnection. The beautiful thing about Sedona is that there are plenty opportunities that promise to meet all your needs.
Hiking: Depending on which vacation rental you choose, there may be trailheads that are easily accessible right from your front door. But no matter where you stay, you’ve come to the right place if you love to get outside and explore. With breathtaking hikes for every experience level, you could hike every day and never see the same thing twice.
Book a Tour: There is so much to do! View the towering red rocks and bustling Oak Creek Canyon from above by helicopter. Get an up close and personal look, not to mention an accelerated heart rate, by romping the majestic rocks on a guided jeep tour. There are multiple wineries in the area, providing an opportunity to tour the grape vines nestled beside to the various water tributaries that make the Verde Valley an oasis of green in this high desert area. Schedule a tasting or even a massage!
Road Trip: Sedona’s central location in the state of Arizona makes it ripe for the picking and December is the perfect time to enjoy all they widely varying seasons this magical state has to offer. Head north for some sledding fun in Flagstaff and maybe even keep going to witness the Grand Canyon nestled under a blanket of snow. Head south to the greater Phoenix area for some incredible shopping opportunities and to experience the saguaro cactus in all of their breathtaking beauty. Head west to peruse one of Arizona’s best kept secrets, the old mining town of Jerome that went from deserted ghost town to a booming artist community.
Spend an Unforgettable Sedona Christmas with Our Vacations
We can assist you in choosing the perfect rental for your Christmas vacation in Sedona, based on what you’d like to do most, whether it be relaxing with stunning views or exploring the unique culture of our town. Continue to browse our Sedona Christmas rentals online and contact us to book your Christmas escape today! Learn more about us here.