Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village hosts its 36th annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m.
It's hard to describe what it feels like to be in the midst of 6,000 golden-hued luminarias that punctuate every wall, balcony, patio and cobbled stone walkway in the arts village. Everyone -- the young, young at heart and revelers everywhere -- is invited to the holiday celebration.
At 5 p.m. candles will be handed out to everyone.
Admission is free, as is the Sedona Trolley service from the uptown Municipal parking lot to Tlaquepaque, available throughout the festival hours.
For many the lighting of a luminaria has a special significance. Now a Tlaquepaque tradition for six years, cancer survivors are honored and those that lost their lives to cancer are remembered as friends and families dedicate a luminaria in their name. Donations to help fight the disease are gratefully accepted by the American Cancer Society. The sponsored luminarias with their special messages are then placed around the fountain at Patio del Norte.
"This can be a challenging time of year for many families. We want to especially remember those that are heroically fighting cancer or who overcame it... as well as those who did not. In a small way we pause to acknowledge them at this special time of year," said Wendy Lippman, general manager and managing partner of Tlaquepaque.
Home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 37th year, is located at 336 Highway 179 at the Oak Creek Bridge just south of 89A on State Route 179. It is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information call (928) 282-4838 or visit: www.tlaq.com.