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Each year we prepare for another busy holiday season where we get together with our loved ones. The holidays always bring a smile to our faces as we continue long family traditions. This year, try something new for your Thanksgiving holiday by visiting a destination you have always wanted to see. If you have yet to visit Sedona, you will be in for quite the treat. Sedona during the holiday season is a beautiful destination with plenty of exciting events and activities in the area. Take a look at what you can expect when you book a stay in Sedona for Thanksgiving:


Thanksgiving Meals in the City

When you travel for the holidays, you may be looking to try something new out. This can include avoiding being stuck in the kitchen throughout the day preparing a large feast for everyone. If this sounds like you, you will find plenty to be happy about in Sedona. There are plenty of local restaurants in Sedona that are open on Thanksgiving Day and providing delicious meals so you do not have to cook. For a premier experience with fine dining, look no further than Thanksgiving Dinner at Cress on Oak Creek. This restaurant is known for elegant fine dining and elevates it further with their Thanksgiving menu. You will be provided with a culinary experience like no other. Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with five full courses prepared by award winning chefs. You can even pair each course with an elegant wine. Dinner is available from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Thanksgiving Day, starting at $175 per person. You can also find more casual meals in the area too. Mesa Grill will be offering a Thanksgiving feast for all. Rene at Tlaquepaque is a local favorite and will be provided a culinary delight with three courses of delicious entrees and sides. You cannot go wrong with any of the local restaurant options here in Sedona.


Enjoy a Home Cooked Meal

Visitors can also keep their annual tradition of preparing a meal as well. Stay in your vacation rental and use the gourmet kitchen provided in each property. You will find full-size appliances and all of the cookware you need to make your meal. Our kitchens often feature modern renovations including restaurant quality appliances making it easier than ever to cook everything at once. Dining rooms offer an elegant spot to sit down and enjoy your meal together as a family. All you practically need are the ingredients and everyone to be present for the holiday season. These vacation rentals will be your new home away from.


2023 Sedona Turkey Trot 5K

Sedona often does not hold many Thanksgiving events in the area since it is known to be a more tranquil destination complete with beautiful scenery. One event that continues on Thanksgiving day every day is the annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K. This like other cities across the country Sedona also offers a turkey trot where you can build up your appetite through an exciting run all while dressed up for the occasion. This year will the 14th consecutive Sedona Turkey Trot 5K this year. You will see firsthand why Sedona is a runner’s paradise as you see the iconic Sedona Red Rocks in the background. The race will begin and end at Posse Grounds Park where you can forge memories for a lifetime. Make sure to join in on the fun too by wearing your favorite turkey attire. Registration for the event in advance is required to participate. The race will start at 9:00 AM so don’t miss out on the 2023 Sedona Turkey Trot 5K.


Enjoy Fall Activities

Last but not least, make sure you enjoy the variety of fall activities right here in Sedona. The fall season around Thanksgiving is always known to be one of the best times of the year to visit. The weather has cooled, making it easier to get out and explore the local scenery. Head over to Oak Creek Canyon for a magnificent drive down Arizona Highway 89A. The winding road is surrounded by beautiful creek and forest scenery. While you are there head over to Pendley Homestead to explore their 43-acre apple orchard where you can pick your own apples. Or hike up the beautiful red rocks in the area where you can find a variety of relatively short hikes waiting for you. There is a small admission fee to enter the Red Rock State Park but is more than worth it.


Thanksgiving in Sedona Is Wonderful

As you can see, there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in Sedona. Get ready for your new family tradition by reserving one of our vacation rentals in the area. You will be happy to spend your time in Sedona.

There is a reason why the holidays seem to be the favorite time of year for most. During the fall and winter seasons, you will find a variety of holidays to celebrate, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. If you are a Halloween ghoul, you will be happy to know that Sedona has some of the most exciting events and activities available for the holiday. Sedona’s northern climate and quiet surroundings make it an ideal spot for your next Halloween adventure. Take a look at how you can spend Halloween in Sedona this year:

Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade

A visit around Halloween does not always land right on the weekend leading up to the holiday. If you find yourself in Sedona in the middle of October and have a friendly pup with you, you can make it to the annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade here in town. This parade for costumed dogs takes place at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village here in town. Participants are encouraged to prepare lively floats and have your dogs in their best costume for this cute and loveable event. There will be various cash prizes and trophies handed out to the best dressed pups; categories for prizes include Craziest Canine, Doggone Cutest, and Leader of the Pack. All proceeds of Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade benefit the Human Society of Sedona. Don’t miss out on this exciting event here in the area!


Uptown Trick or Treat

Finding a place for your children to go trick-or-treating when you’re at home can already be a stressful factor, and it can be even more so when spending Halloween away. Don’t fret, as Sedona sponsors the Uptown Trick or Treat right here in the city. On Halloween Monday 10/31 families will be able to traverse Uptown Sedona for a safe and inviting trick or treat experience. Parking will be available for the event along with a shuttle service. Participating merchant locations will be made known with signs so you know where to go. The event is absolutely free to attend and takes place from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Uptown Sedona.


Fright Night on the Verde Canyon Railroad

One of the most popular attractions nearby Sedona is the Verde Canyon Railroad. They offer year-round four-hour train rides where you can explore the beautiful Northern Arizona scenery from the comfort of your train cart. The trips offer fascinating visuals along with access to tasty food and drink. This Halloween season you can enjoy a spooky event like no other with Fright Night put on by Verde Canyon Railroad. Every Friday and Saturday night starting on September 15th and running through until Halloween night you will be able to enjoy this frightening haunted house. Instead of a train ride, you will be tasked with escaping the clutches of the haunted railcar. Expect to see a terrifying monster squad along with a dark train maze. This experience may be scary and is not recommended for young children who spook easily. If you prefer the classic train ride experience but with a fall twist, make sure you ride aboard the Ales on Rails train ride that runs from September 12th though Halloween Day. You can enjoy samples of delicious Arizona craft beer before you take a scenic train ride complete with a champagne toast. Fall has never tasted so good!


Visit the Haunted Town of Jerome

Northern Arizona communities are all located close to one another and are easy to get to when you have a vehicle on hand. One of the best ways to spend any Halloween adventure is by taking the short trek over to our neighbors in Jerome. This local town is known for its recent hauntings that have been caused by a long and rich mining history in the area. Due to Jerome’s notoriety for hauntings, it is especially popular around Halloween. The fun starts in Jerome with the annual Fireman’s Ball that takes place the Saturday before each Halloween. The event is sponsored by Jerome’s fire department and takes place at Spook Hall. It is a lively event that is remembered fondly each year. Make sure to take part in a walking ghost tour put on by Jerome Ghost Tours. Their incredible tours offer exclusive access to local haunted locations including Haskins House, Old High School, Auditorium & Boiler Room, and Jerome Cemetery. Their tours are the only way to see these landmarks and learn all about the spooky encounters of local hauntings. Don’t miss out on the short trek to Jerome around Halloween!


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Sedona Is Waiting This Halloween

There is plenty to see and experience when you book your Halloween getaway to Sedona this fall. Enjoy spooky encounters and lovely fall weather when you stay in the area. Our vacation rentals are sure to keep you comfortable and nearby these events and activities!