Thanksgiving in Sedona

The City of Sedona ranks as one of the top destinations in the US to visit over Thanksgiving and continues to rise in popularity as travelers seek a safe, secluded destination to gather with family and friends, and kick start the festive holiday season.

Sedona is a tranquil, inspiring and alluring vacation destination that is fun, family-oriented and spectacularly scenic. We may be slightly biased, but we can’t think of a more beautiful and serene destination to take advantage of the long weekend, celebrate family traditions, feast on hearty holiday food and give thanks.  

Sedona in November brings mild fall temperatures, warm days and sunny skies for outdoor adventures, cool nights for cozying up round the fire, and festive seasonal events and fun things to do on your Thanksgiving weekend in Sedona.

Thanksgiving Events & Activities in Sedona

The Sedona events calendar for Thanksgiving may still be a little slimmer than previous years, thanks to Covid, but there’s still lots of fun stuff happening in Sedona this Thanksgiving.

Annual Sedona Turkey Trot

Start your Thanksgiving day early at the annual Sedona Turkey Trot, a scenic and family-friendly 5K run through the red rocks of Sedona starting and finishing at Posse Grounds Park.

Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Show

Arts and crafts lovers can browse the displays at The Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Show taking place from Nov 26th-18th at Los Rosales Restaurant in West Sedona and Sedona Vista Village in the Village of Oak Creek.

Bucket-List Golfing

Whether it’s a family affair or time out with the boys, book a tee time for a bucket-list golfing experience in the red rocks of Sedona. Sedona is home to a number of championship courses with year-round playability ranging from tree-lined fairways to open designs with panoramic views of the Arizona landscapes.   

Catch a Trophy Trout

Oak Creek is open year round for fishing and is well-stocked with rainbow trout and wild brown trout for exceptional rod and fly fishing. Only 2 miles north of Sedona, Grasshopper Point is perfectly placed on Oak Creek for family-friendly fishing and a cold therapy dip in the natural swimming hole for the brave!

Scenic & Secluded Trails

Discover ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings, caves and pictographs, sacred cultural sites and Sedona’s top natural attractions while burning off your Turkey calories in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. Sedona is one of the most beautiful hiking and biking destinations in the US with over 200 miles of iconic trails through the scenic red rock canyons.

Visit a Sedona Winery

Sip your way through Sedona’s vineyards and wineries. The Verde Valley Wine Trail features over 20 wineries in the lush Oak Creek and Verde Valley greenbelts near Sedona. Delicious dining, live entertainment and the best local wines in Arizona in a picture perfect setting.  

Scenic Highways & Byways

Whichever direction you set your compass, you’re bound for beautiful landscapes. Head north from Sedona through the fading fall foliage to Flagstaff, take a slow cruise south on the Red Rock Scenic Byway or explore the nearby towns of Cornville, Cottonwood and the infamous ghost town Jerome. Sedona is only a two hour drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, making it the perfect basecamp for a fun-filled family day trip to America’s most famous natural attraction.

Book a Fun Sedona Tour

In Sedona there is a tour for every activity! You’ll see bright pink jeeps, traditional trolleys and local tour guides buzzing about town sharing the top Sedona attractions and activities with visitors. From family fun on Sedona’s pink jeeps to flying over Sedona in a hot air balloon at sunrise, you’re guaranteed an exceptional Sedona experience, just be sure to book in advance!

Black Friday Shopping

You won’t find the normal holiday shopping chaos in Sedona, but you will find some great retail therapy and Black Friday deals at the unique stores, gift shops, boutiques and art galleries in Sedona’s charming shopping areas.

Take Time Out!

Sedona is one of the top wellness destinations in the world, renowned for its healing qualities and an abundance of spas and retreats. Take time out and melt away the stress with a massage in the vineyards, outdoor yoga in the red rocks or a luxury treatment in the privacy of your Sedona vacation home.

Sunset at Airport Mesa Overlook

Wind down your day of outdoor adventures, shopping and personal pampering with an unforgettable Sedona sunset. Watching the sun dip behind the glowing red rock spires is a must on your trip to Sedona and there’s no better spot than the Airport Mesa Overlook.

Feast on Turkey Dinner

Not all Sedona restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, so we strongly suggest making your turkey dinner plans in advance. There’s still plenty of opportunity to dine out on a traditional Thanksgiving feast and sip and savor Sedona’s finest food, wines and red rock views.

Live Music in Sedona

Add Sedona’s best live music venues to your Thanksgiving itinerary. Reserve your space at Steakhouse89 or Golden Goose American Grill, join Sedona’s best open mic night at Vino di Sedona or book a Thanksgiving feast accompanied by the grand piano at Sound Bites Grill. If the night is still young, Sedona has a few nightlife hot spots for after dinner drinks with DJs, live music and some classic cowboy culture.

Hot Tubs, Fire Pits & Smores

Create new family traditions with us this Thanksgiving at Foothills Vacation Rentals. Our selection of Sedona vacation rentals are equipped with all you need to prepare a home-cooked Turkey dinner, watch the Thanksgiving parades and football games, entertain family and friends, and spend the perfect Thanksgiving weekend in Sedona.

If the family chef requires a much needed break, we’ll even arrange a personal chef for a custom dining experience and gourmet Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of home.

Extend your stay in Sedona and enjoy traditional tree-lighting, Santa visits, holiday festivities and the opening of the Magical Christmas Journey on the Verde Canyon Railroad, all happening the first Friday in December.

Stay With Foothills

Whether you’re looking to stay near the Verde Valley’s award-winning wineries in Cottonwood, in a charming condo in West Sedona or in the sought-after Village of Oak Creek, Foothills Rentals still has availability for a Sedona Thanksgiving. Call our team on (928) 282-2864 or book direct for the best rates for your Thanksgiving vacation in Sedona.