Best time to go to Sedona, AZ

Sedona Christmas Lights 2024-2025

See Sedona when it's wrapped up in festive illuminations

Dates: late November–January 1

Sedona Christmas Lights
Verde Canyon Railroad
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Sedona proves that Christmas doesn't need to be snowy or icy to create memories. The city offers plenty of options to get into the holiday spirit. You can stroll across the shimmering Uptown Sedona, ride on Verde Canyon Christmas Train, or enjoy a road trip to the nearby Prescott, famed for some of the best Christmas lights in Arizona.

Uptown Sedona

The Uptown Sedona is lavishly lit up between late November and throughout December. Plan your sparkling route so that it includes Jordan Road and Apple Avenue. Stop by the Chipotle, Canyon Breeze Restaurant, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, and Bearcloud Art Gallery to take in amazing Christmas decor. The main highlight must be Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, boasting a special holiday ambiance. You'll enjoy a large Christmas tree, sycamore trees, fountains, and the Church at Tlaquepaque, all decked out in twinkling lights.

Verde Canyon Railroad Christmas Train (November 24–December 24, 2023)

A great option to soak up Christmas lights with kids is the Magical Christmas Journey by the Verde Canyon Railroad. The Christmas Train takes you on a one-hour round trip, starting from Clarkdale depot (30-min drive from Sedona) and featuring the illuminated mystical tunnel, Santa's Village in the North Pole, and loads of seasonal entertainment. The passengers can take advantage of the open-air viewing cars and the inside seatings with a single ticket. The trips run from early December through Christmas Eve.

Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City

If you're into a festive road trip, drive to Prescott, famously known as Arizona's Christmas City. Start your adventure with the dazzling Christmas lights of the downtown Yavapai County Courthouse. Later, behold the brilliance of Gingerbread Village, held annually at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. The show spreads holiday cheer from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's Day. Prescott is situated 67 miles (108 km) southwest of Sedona and is absolutely worth a 3-hour round-trip.

As you see, the options are immense, so don't waste your time and make plans ahead. See the map with suggested accommodations and book your stay in advance. If you need any additional information, consult the official websites found in the External Resources below.

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