Sedona, Arizona Events in December 2017 | What to do in Sedona in December 2017

Author: Antoniya Zorluer
| November 29, 2017
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Hi!

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! It’s almost December and the end of the year… December is a great time for visiting Sedona and enjoying the festivities.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay, far away from all the noise of the festive December but still have all the beauty and lights of the holiday season accessible easily, Sedona Suite is the perfect choice for you!

You can still book your stay here!

And there are a few great things happening in Sedona in December 2017 so feel free to explore…

December 1:

6th Annual VIP Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Enjoy a VIP exclusive evening of wine tasting and chocolate pairing in charming, historic Old Town Cottonwood!  Enjoy the short stroll between tasting rooms while enjoying premier wines enhanced with gourmet chocolates. This special event includes a commemorative wine glass, as well as a 2 oz. wine pour and chocolate pairing at each of the tasting rooms: Pillsbury Wine Company, Fire Mountain Wines, Arizona Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars, Small Batch Wine & Spirits, Winery 101, Merkin Vineyards & Osteria.

Sedona Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

Tlaquepaque North invites you to enjoy a traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local entertainment and Santa visits with children. This free event takes place at Tlaquepaque North and is presented by Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries

On the 1st Friday of each month members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene. In many cases you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the artist about their latest work. If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village.

Lanning Gallery 
Michael Grant: Master Jeweler

The Lanning Gallery is thrilled to welcome back Michael Grant for an annual holiday showcase of his latest works. Michael Grant will be on hand to meet visitors as he unveils his new pieces and gives a special Artist Talk all about turquoise. The artist is one of the ever-diminishing number of jewelry artists who continue to hand-cut each and every one of their own beads. Specializing in all-natural, domestic turquoise Michael Grant has, over the thirty or so years he’s been working with turquoise, become immeasurably knowledgeable about this beautiful, and increasingly rare Southwest treasure.

Rowe Fine Art Gallery – “In the Spirit”
Featuring Jen Farnsworth and Liam Herbert

Visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Friday for “In the Spirit”, the gallery’s annual holiday show. Sedona artists Jen Farnsworth and Liam Herbert will be in the spotlight, and both offer unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Jen, whose oil paintings colorfully depict the wildlife and landscapes of the Southwest, will debut several new works featuring a jackrabbit, coyotes, a javelina family, and a mule deer buck. This won’t be the first show for Liam, who has been sculpting since he was 7 years old. Liam’s sculptures and jewelry expresses the gamut of life’s emotions, especially love, family, and joy. In December, Liam will debut the latest addition to his Soul Mates collection.

 

Live Performance -‘Paolo’s Holiday Jamboree’ 

Sedona-renowned singer, pianist and entertainer Paolo Scardina is presenting his joy-filled live show “Paolo’s Holiday Jamboree” to Sedona. There will be one performance only on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! Prepare to laugh, cry, smile and sigh as you are entertained by Paolo.  He takes you on a fun-filled, sentimental, musical journey singing the best of the best holiday songs.  Paolo’s vocal/piano arrangements are packed with passion and originality. What to bring and wear:  SIMPLE!  Your smile, your eyes, your ears and anything else attached to them.  Snow shoes, sleigh bells, tom-toms, chestnuts, corn cob pipes, and candy canes are optional!  Brush up on anything toasty and frosty!

Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s Rock’n Roll Christmas Show

Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s!Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better.

Sedona Cinema – ‘Novitiate’

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed new film “Novitiate” showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Novitiate” stars Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo and Julianne Nicholson and was written and directed by Margaret Betts (winner of the Breakthrough Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival). The film was a major it at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, “Novitiate” is about a young girl’s first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God.

December 2:

Breakfast with Santa

Sedona Parks and Recreations is pleased to bring to you, for ninth year running, our Annual Breakfast with Santa event. This two hour event combines a warm breakfast and Santa Claus. The breakfast is being held at the Posse Grounds Hub located in Posse Grounds Park. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera if you would like a picture of your child with Santa Claus. This event is free of charge, so come for the pancakes (and more), come for the crafts and most of all, come to see Santa Claus.

Sedona Heritage Museum – Michael Peach
Lions (& Rattlers & Dragons & Longhorns) & Bears – Oh My!

An award-winning actor, playwright, and historian, Michael Peach is especially good at bringing to life history and his subjects. But, he isn’t afraid to spin some tall tales, too. This new show focuses on nature and animal friends (or foes) of the southwest. “…and according to this plan, God meant the hand of man to tame the wild and cultivate dominion. So the higher up, the gladder, here on evolution’s ladder. But maybe that’s a matter of opinion.” The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road.

Phoenix Ballet Company & Sedona Chamber Ballet
The Nutcracker

Treat yourself to Sedona’s favorite holiday tradition as Phoenix Ballet and Artistic Director Slawomir Wozniak present The Nutcracker at The Sedona Performing Arts Center Slawomir Wozniak has breathed new life into the Nutcracker choreography, and is excited to share this masterpiece that exudes the most beautiful and perfect choreography. The great thing about The Nutcracker is that it transcends generations. Winifred Muench, Chair, Sedona Chamber Ballet says, “Do not miss the opportunity to  see the award winning and nationally renowned dancers perform this timeless classic. A professional production not to be missed.” Join in the celebration of the beginning of the Sedona holiday season by enjoying the performance of this enchanting tale at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Jerome Art Walk

Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art! Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist filled Old Jerome High School, up to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery and Made in Jerome Pottery and everything in-between.

Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘It’s A Wonderful Laugh

Giggle away those holiday blues with Zenprov Comedy’s completely improvised show “It’s A Wonderful Laugh” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. Opening for the troupe will be Sedona standup comedian Dean Edelson whose special brand of comedy lampoons life in Sedona. Later in the show, Dean will be doing an impromptu monologue based a single word or phrase from the audience. Whatever Dean pontificates about will become inspiration for Zenprov to create characters, scenes and situations created on the spot. The troupe will perform a new game called “The Island of Misfit Toys” where the actors take on characteristic of a mentally disturbed toys coping with rejection. “Xmas Stories” is a game that will improvise Christmas stories, songs and newscasts based upon audience’s personal pet peeves about the holidays.

McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation 
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona.

December 3:

Sedona Entertainment: Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand

Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Phil Rossi! Phil Rossi is a versatile piano player who’s mother Lillian was a musician and taught Phil the basics of the piano when he was eight years old. From that point he progressed by practicing until he was sixteen years old at which point he formed a trio with two neighborhood friends a drummer and bass player and began his career by playing church socials, school sock hops etc. He had been fortunate during his musical career to have worked with The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra Sr. and also with his son Frank Jr. and drummer Buddy Rich to name a few. His music will take you back in time (from Cole Porter, the Gershwin’s, up to Billy Joel ) creating memories of long ago.

December 4:

Exhibition on Screen:’Canaletto and the Art of Venice’ 

Sedona International Film Festival presents the Exhibition on Screen series with “Canaletto and the Art of Venice” at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Exhibition on Screen” open its fifth season with “Canaletto and the Art of Venice” — an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing.

Baby Grand Night featuring Robin Miller

Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Robin Miller! Robin’s upbeat tempos capture the playful spirit that motivates us when lightness of heart and love find their way through expression in our very being. These songs help excavate the hidden innocence and playfulness in very heart and soul. Individuals find these pieces joy-filled and inspiring. • • • • •

December 5:

Sedona Cinema – Oscar-contender ‘Human Flow’ 

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special premiere of the award-winning new documentary “Human Flow” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis — the greatest human displacement since World War II — I in this breathtakingly epic film journey “Human Flow”. These are not fictional situations.  These are the real human faces — each lined and luminous with stories of love and courage and the urgent battle for survival — of a planet on the move, a planet in the midst of a human emergency. “Human Flow” is an Oscar contender for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Baby Grand Night featuring Darius Lux

Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Darius LUX! When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”.

Ballet in Cinema featuring the Royal Ballet
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” from the Royal Ballet in London at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tumble down the rabbit hole with The Royal Ballet this holiday season with Christopher Wheeldon’s exciting “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” broadcast to cinemas worldwide. The original cast takes to the screen in this madcap adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s story. Exuding a girlish charm, Alice, danced by British Principal Lauren Cuthbertson, is joined by a host of familiar characters including the jittery White Rabbit, the eccentric, tap-dancing Mad Hatter, the enigmatic Caterpillar and the ferocious Queen of Hearts.

December 7:

Live Performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ 

World-renowned actor, entertainer and impressionist Duffy Hudson is bringing his award-winning live one-man show “A Christmas Carol” to Sedona. There will be two performances on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! Ebenezer Scrooge. Jacob Marley. Bob Cratchit. Tiny Tim. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.These are all characters we have come to love and welcome into our homes and hearts. Join us as Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson, without the aid of props or costumes while playing all 30 characters, brings this magical tale to life. Kick off the Christmas season with this holiday classic the way you’ve never seen it before! This classic show is ideal for the entire family. Don’t miss this unusual take on a seasonal favorite.

December 9:

Sedona Heritage Museum – Christmas in the Park

The Sedona Heritage Museum is pleased to present “Christmas in the Park”. Visitors will be treated to hot apple cider, holiday cookies and free entertainment and activities! Warm up by the red rock fireplace of the old Jordan house and enjoy the vintage holiday decor. A tumbleweed ‘snowman’ will greet all guests.  The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road.

Sedona Arts Center: Loving Bowls

One of Sedona’s favorite annual events, the Arts Center’s super creative Loving Bowls! Stop by the historic Art Barn for a veritable medley of ceramic goodness. Over 1100 bowls and ceramics objects will be offered for $10, each lovingly made by their volunteer potters and ceramicists—and carefully glazed in their studio by the indefatigable Cliff and Katie Hamilton. A wonderful collection of hand-made glass bowls, courtesy of our partner The Melting Point, will also be featured. Also available: 200 pet bowls for sale, to benefit the SEDONA Humane Society! As always, delicious chili and a desert will be served (thanks to chef Peggy Rivera from the Sedona Community Center). Proceeds from the one-day event go to support the Community Center, Sedona Food Bank, and Sedona Arts Center.

A Christmas Carol at the Sedona Heritage Museum

Michael Peach encounters with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future teach miserly Ebenezer Scrooge what it means to be human in this perennial holiday favorite. Keep cozy by the fire in the Museum’s historic Jordan House red rock fireplace as you enjoy this dramatic reading of the Dickens classic by local award-winning actor Michael Peach. In lieu of paid admissions, each guest is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Sedona Food Bank.

The Annual Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias

A cherished tradition, the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkway!Begin Strolling the courtyards at 3:00 pm and enjoy carolers, choirs and musicians (entertainment schedule below). Then at 5:00 pm enjoy the lighting of 6,000 luminarias!. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased. There will volunteers selling the Luminaria bags from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Patio del Norte, $10.00 per bag. Tlaquepaque is always a beautiful place to visit, but when the luminarias are lit it is a wondrous sight to behold.

December 10:

Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike

Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation 
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona.

December 14:

 

Sedona Northern Lights
Art Show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock)

Celebrate the holiday season in Sedona, and witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this spectacular light event and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sedona Arts Center.  There will be viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Celebrate Sedona’s beauty, arts, dark skies and stunning landscapes with the largest 3D mapping project ever done on a natural canvas. • • • • •

 

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Holiday Sweet Stroll
December 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll taking place at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The retailers will have their doors open till 7:00 pm and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list. The Grinch will be roaming around Tlaquepaque from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

December 16:

Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s Rock’n Roll Christmas Show

Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s!Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better.

December 17:

Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike

Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails.

McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation 
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona.

Sedona Jazz at the Church: Jazzy Little Christmass

It that time for the annual “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas” concert, this year featuring pianist Steve Sander, with bassist Zach Carson,percussionist Ron James and friends. Great Christmas music ala “Jazz” flavorings… what could be better than that! Bring your sleigh bells, and we’ll see you there! This concert will take place at the beautiful Saint Luke’s Church located On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. All tickets are General Admission, and are available online.

Sedona Entertainment: Music by the Classics

Sound Bites is pleased to present “An Evening of Romance”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also included with be some great up-tempo and Latin tunes to get you moving. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music.

December 31:

New Years Eve Party at Sound Bites
Featuring Walt Richardson and Friends

Ring in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Join in the New Year’s Celebration celebration at Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill! Start your evening off with a scrumptious Gourmet Dinner Buffet, then dance your way into the New Year with the Reggae sounds of the Walt Richardson Band! Of course there will be party favors, a balloon drop and what New Year’s celebration would be complete without a toast at midnight with the Times Square Ball Drop! Sounds pretty rocking to me! All tickets include dinner buffet, party favors, midnight toast, dancing and entertainment.

See you there,

Ken & Heather

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