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Sedona over Christmas with 10

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Sedona over Christmas with 10

Thinking of going to Sedona over Christmas and know most things will close early on Christmas Eve but Christmas Day I believe there is still hiking we can do, correct? Is there special events for Christmas that we can enjoy as well? Traveling with 6 adults and 4 kids 😀

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1. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

You can hike on any day. The national forest doesn't close for holidays.

You'll be surprised at how many businesses will be open and operating on Christmas Day. When 50% of the town's population is housed in hotels, its business as usual. If you are patronizing any of those businesses try to be sensitive to the employees and labor force. They're working on their holiday for you. Tips should double or even triple on Christmas. JMO.

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Thank you, RedRox, from former service workers!!

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3. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

A huge second vote for considering the nice people working over the Holidays with higher tips!

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4. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

Hi RedRox. We were considering a family trip to Sedona this Christmas. Is it a popular destination that time of year? We are coming from Canada, so the cool weather will probably be warmer for us. For a first time do you recommend staying right in town?

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5. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

GregRfromTO,

Not RedRox but we absolutely love Sedona at Christmas. We are from up north as well and spend many a holiday season down in the Sedona area. For us, the weather is really a nice break from our Winter and since we are used to cool weather in general, the hiking down there is much easier then than trying to do it in the heat of Summer.

Its busy yes, and there is a chance of some snow. Its festive and its gorgeous and cool for hiking. Tlaquepaque is one of our very favorite places anywhere to do some Christmas shopping. Restaurants have great talented chefs and they create special holiday menus and specials. Lots of cafes/different cuisines and hotels in all price ranges.

We still like to stay in West Sedona or down in the Village of Oak Creek simply because we don't enjoy the traffic and the Uptown area in general...its more touristy. Sedona is really a "general area" comprised of Uptown Sedona ( a short 3 or 4 block section of shops and cafes along both sides of the 89A coming into town from the Oak Creek Canyon. Also West Sedona ( the more service oriented area with hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and mall type shopping), and the Village of Oak Creek, a smaller area more residential area with a beautiful golf club that is scenic and has some services but also a whole lot of scenery.

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All of the areas above are within a general area no larger than about 10 miles by 10 miles. You will be driving everywhere to hike and shop and see the sights so there is no plus really, to staying Uptown vs the other areas.

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To help you plan a little...There are 5 basic areas in/near "Sedona" to visit and you can group things together accordingly to avoid a lot of backtracking.

1...To the south: The Red Rock Byway the #179 from the Village of Oak Creek to Sedona Uptown. Along there are the Bell Rock area, with its easy pathway and many connecting trails, the architecural wonder of Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Tlaquepaque gallery and dining village.

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2...Oak Creek Canyon: The canyon drive from Uptown, past Midgley Bridge all the way to West Fork. Garland's for really nice Native art and jewelry. That is also the route you take if you are going to or coming from Grand Canyon. West Fork and Slide Rock are out there too but in December you won't be hiking or sliding in the water at those.

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3. The area west of West Sedona:

A....That includes Airport Mesa Drive with its Big Red Knoll and overlooks. Kids love the scramble up the knoll. Best done in the morning and NOT at sunset.

B...The **Dry Creek Scenic byway, a right hand turn off of the 89A out along the red rock cliffs to the famous Enchantment Resort. You know how scenic it must be for that resort to be out there. Out there too are the Devil's Bridge, Fay and Boynton Canyon hikes. A great place to have drinks or dinner with wonderful views.

C...The Red Rock Loop drive is further out the 89A past the Dry Creek area. Its a left hand turn...enter the loop drive at Lower RR Loop drive...its further west....make the scenic circle drive.

D...It is also out there where you will find the renowned Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Park along the Upper RR Loop drive. That is great for the creek-walk and the classic sunset or daylight views of Cathedral Rock with the creek in the foreground. It also has a nice picnic area and nice restrooms. Expect that to cost $10 as it is not included in the parking pass program.

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4...Uptown an area with some hotels, cafes like the Cowboy Club and shops...and the home base for the wonderful Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tours. Try to book one of those...fun and informative.

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5...For a day trip or 2 west of West Sedona, you can include some or all of the following. The Verde Valley railroad tour, Toozigoot National Monument, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Cottonwood for antiquing/wine tasting and the quaint town of Jerome, now an arts and restored mining town up on a hillside.

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To get you started, I would go to the following website and have them send you the free Visitor's Guide magazine...its a great help for people who are unfamiliar with the area or who are better at looking a print edition of something vs reading it on a computer monitor.

Sedona Arizona Free Visitors Guide visitsedona.com/visitors-guide

Edited: 01 September 2017, 09:41
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6. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

Great info from ME. The short answer is, yes, Sedona is very popular at Christmas. There's never a bad time to visit Sedona. Just be prepared for cold nights. Days can be warm or cool.

Stay where your budget and style fit. You'll use your car everyday no matter where you sleep. Personally, I avoid Uptown. JMO.

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7. Re: Sedona over Christmas with 10

Thank you both for your answers! Very helpful

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