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Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

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Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

Hello, we are planning for a family vacation in Sedona this year around Christmas time. Sedona is one of our favorite destinations and we are so excited to return. It will be the first time for the other people on the trip. We are a big family with grandparents and a 4 year old, who is actually a surprisingly good hiker. :-)

I've received so many great advices when planning for my previous trips and I hope you could look over my initial day to day plan to give me some suggestions.

Thank you so much!

day 1: fly into Phoenix late afternoon then drive to Sedona

day 2 (Christmas Eve): short hike in the am. Attend Red Rock Fantasy at Tlaquepaque (dusk to 9pm). Is this event scheduled also on Christmas eve?

day 3 (Christmas Day): Grand Canyon. Could you recommend a restaurant for dinner on the way back? We'd love to try some local specialty. We will be going to Elote for sure but we'd like some more suggestions please.

day 4: Medium hike. Shopping in uptown Sedona (?) where there are lots of Indian arts and minerals.

day 5: short hike and spa. We'd like to go to a spa with views. I guess that is not difficult in Sedona. If possible not too expensive. Hoping not to pay over $100 for 60 minutes. A place we can also lounge so we could take turns to get massage and babysit. Hope that makes sense.

day 6: Visit Tuzigoot and Jerome then head to Phoenix to return home.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

The Red Rock Fantasy used to be a big event. It has changed and is much smaller. We went last year, and what we did is put our names in at Elote and leave part of our party there while the other part went to Tlaquepaque (we drove; it was not far away).

If I were in the Grand Canyon on Christmas, I would have dinner at El Tovar. On the way back you can stop by Little America Hotel (Flagstaff) and view the Christmas lights and decorations on the grounds. I would have recommended their Christmas brunch, but it seems that their restaurant is getting mixed reviews now.

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2. Re: Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

Your plan sounds nice. I would do most of my shopping in Tlaquepaque, Garland's in Oak Creek Canyon and not only Uptown...but you have time to do all three.

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Check out the Eforea Spa at the Bell Rock Hilton.

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Day 3...Grand Canyon day. Make your drive counter-clockwise entering from the east gate. The Cameron Trading Post will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.

Days are short in December, I would not have dinner at El Tovar because you need to be safely back in Sedona before sunset. Sunset then is at 5:21 on Christmas Eve and it is a 115 mile, 2.5 hour drive back to Sedona from the GC Village. Lunch maybe because of the Cameron TP closure.

If you view the Little America Christmas lights that means driving back to Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon in the pitch dark...not actually recommended but possible with slow speed and extreme care. You will get an idea of what that would be like because you will be driving that route in the morning when you leave.

This should be a wonderful visit...Christmas time in Sedona...lovely.

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3. Re: Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

Hello Kate and MaryEllen, thank you so much for your help! I will check out the other shopping areas and the spa. When I said uptown in my original post that might not be very accurate. One time we stayed at the best western and I wanted to describe the area right outside that hotel. Thanks for the route suggestion for GC. I'm also afraid of returning in complete dark so I think I will go with lunch in GC and dinner back home in Sedona.

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4. Re: Christmas Family Vacation in Sedona

by Best Western I meant Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble

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