Winter in the mountains is a magical time, especially in Sedona with the red rocks contrasting against the white of the snow. The weather is still looking sunny and warm, but with winter settling in soon enough, it’s time to start planning some fun and family-friendly events around town. Even though it might get colder, there are still plenty of things to do that will keep you warm, and winter lovers are sure to get their fill of activities as well. If you’re looking for local tips, contact our experienced realtors at Brian & Cindy Real Estate.

Red Rock Fantasy at Tlaquepaque

December 1st – January 6th

This free event is perfect for the whole family. A great place to see art and more, the Tlaquepaque will feature holiday lights that the whole community can enjoy. Throughout the month of December, walk through and your eyes will shine from the lights as you get ready for the holiday season.

The Festival of Lights – The Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias

December 9th, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This one-day event is free and is also held at the Tlaquepaque. An annual event, visitors, locals, and maybe even your realtor professionals will gather to help light 6,000 luminarias — small boxes that let light seep through. Come see the cherished courtyards and walkways light up with a beautiful yellow glow and celebrate with carolers, choirs, and musicians. Special luminarias can be purchased to honor cancer survivors.

Guided Bird Walks at Red Rock State Park

December 13th, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

For two hours, bird lovers will get exclusive guidance through Red Rock State Park. Great for both beginners and advanced bird watchers, this walk is free except for the entrance fee to the park. Walk through the Hummingbird Patio, check out the view from the Visitor Center roof, or visit the area surrounding Oak Creek. If you can’t make it on the 13th, this guided walk also takes place Saturday and Wednesday mornings.

The Sedona Winter Solstice Festival

December 16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Get your tickets before December 1st for a reduced price of $55, or $65 after. This all-day event brings together the finest exhibitors, musicians, healers, and speakers with the purpose of “Celebrating the Presence of the Spirit on Earth.” Enjoy a catered lunch, performer David Young, a sacred ceremony featuring music, drumming, and dance, speaker Sunny Dawn Johnston, and more. It is held at the Unity of Sedona.

Skiing

Winter lovers get ready for some fantastic skiing or snowboarding near Sedona. Get great advice on where to go from your local realtors. Check out Arizona Snow Bowl, Elk Ridge, Nordic Center Cross Country, or Sunrise Park to feel the wind in your face.

Here are some of the best events held throughout December in Sedona, but for local tips, contact the realtors Brian and Cindy. No one is better at knowing what is happening around town that is exciting, educational, or just plain fun!

Considering selling a house or relocating to Sedona? Call us today and we’ll be happy to show you around town and start your journey of finding the mountain home of your dreams.


It doesn’t take much time to find something fun going on in Sedona, especially in the fall when the trees are beginning to change colors and the cooler air is settling in. If you thought you would be missing out on the seasons living in the west, think again. The autumn season in the mountains of Sedona bring out the brightest oranges, reds, and yellows that even east coast states would be jealous of. If you love mountains, warm summers, beautiful fall colors, and breathtaking winters, Sedona is the city for you. Get in touch with a local realtor at Brian & Cindy Real Estate to start the process of finding your mountain home.

Not sure there will be enough to do for the whole family year round? Throughout all four seasons, the quiet mountain town has a variety of things going on that the whole family can enjoy, and even perfect date night activities. Check out these events happening throughout October.

Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park

October 8th, 9:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Just around the corner, come explore the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon in Slide Rock State Park on the northern end of Sedona. This event is one of our realtors favorites. What began as an apple orchard in 1912, the area became a state park in 1984 and there are still the original cabins that were built in 1933. Bring the whole family, a picnic, and enjoy exhibits, demonstrations of a vintage 30-foot long apple-sorting machine, and you can even experience the joy of picking your own apples. There will also be wild plants, kid’s activities at the Junior Ranger Station, tractors, flywheelers, and of course, an apple cider press. This is the perfect way to welcome the new fall season.

Sedona Arts Festival

October 7th and 8th

A city known for their art culture, this festival is a wonderful way to support the art education in the greater Sedona area, which helps raise money for scholarships and education funding. The festival is held at the Sedona Red Rock High School. Over 125 artists from across the nation come and show their art; mediums include mixed media, fiber art, glass, photography, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, wood, metal, and painting. Come check out the art as well as the Gourmet Gallery, a shop for locally made treats and luxurious bath products.

Sedona Plein Air Festival

October 14th – 21st

If you haven’t had your fill of art yet, just the next week artists will be on site creating their art from L’Auberge de Sedona all the way to Uptown Sedona and Seven Canyons. The week will begin with an Opening Wine Reception on October 14th at 7:00 p.m., there will be exhibitions, demonstrations, and lectures held throughout the week, and the festival will finish with a Main Street Paint Out on the 21st, from 10:00 a.m. till noon. Come check it out and maybe you’ll run into the realtors Brian and Cindy.

Red Rock Oktoberfest

October 21st, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

It wouldn’t be the fall season with an Oktoberfest; and this is the perfect one, combining fundraising for Sedona kids, more than 12 craft breweries, wine, food, music, and Lederhosen! Located at the Posse Grounds Park, expect to taste great beers from Huss Brewing, Oak Creek Brewing, That Brewery, The Grand Canyon Brewing Company, and more. Also, enjoy live music from Polka Katzen and The Naughty Bits.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Tlaquepaque

October 28th, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Get to know the deep culture of Sedona when you come to the Celebration of Días de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, held at the Tlaquepaque. Walk through the area to explore beautiful altars, listen to live music, taste the food, watch fire dancers, and get your face painted. Put on your costume and come join us in remembering the dead and honoring the ancestors.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the fall season in Sedona with your family. From art to beer to culture, you and your family can enjoy a weekend with your community. To get to know the town better, contact the realtors at Brian & Cindy Real Estate and they will be more than happy to show you around and help you find your mountain home.