Christmas Pine Cones - Thru 12/31: See extraordinarily beautiful pine cones decked out in the spirit of the season. Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-7559.
Seasonal Holiday Marketplace - Thru 12/31: Meet local artists selling their art and crafts to benefit animal rescue. 2575 W. 89A, Sedona. (928) 282-5278.
Red Rock Fantasy - Thru 1/1/11, 5pm: The 20th anniversary event includes 1 million lights and 23 holiday light displays. Hot cocoa and cider along route. $5/adults; $2/children. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 160 N. Portal Lane, Sedona. (877) 444-8044, www.redrockfantasy.com.
Christmas Party Tango - 12/15, 7pm: Learn the Tango, join the dance and celebrate Christmas. $10. Relics Restaurant & Nightclub, 3235 W. 89A, Sedona. (928) 282-1593.
Ballroom Dancing - 12/17, 7-10pm: Enjoy ballroom, Latin and swing dancing. West Coast Swing lesson at 7pm. $8 with lesson. Elks Lodge, 110 Airport Road, Sedona. Sam: (928) 274-7538.
NAWS Holiday Party - 12/17, 9am: The meeting of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society includes wacky watercolor carols, a slideshow from the Arizona Aqueous Show and senior residents in Green Valley, potluck buffet, door prizes and more. Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona. www.naws-az.org.
Candlelight Tours at the Fort - 12/17-12/18, 6-8:30pm: See the Victorian Christmas decorations at night with re-enactors in period clothing on a guided tour that includes hot chocolate and light refreshments. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 125 E. Hollamon, Camp Verde. (928) 567-3275.
Polar Express Model Train Show - 12/18-12/31, 11am-4pm (closed Christmas): The Sedona Railroaders display their extensive miniature holiday village lined with toy trains of all sizes and scales. Oak Creek Factory Outlets, 6600 SR 179, Village of Oak Creek. Trainguy6@q.com.
Computer Club Potluck - 12/18, 10am: The public is invited to the general meeting of the Verde Valley Computer Club. Bring a favorite covered dish. Clemenceau Building, 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood. Dave: (928) 639-0106.
Holiday Contra Dance - 12/18, 7-10pm: Dance to Tucson's Hand Sour with calling by Deb Comly, gift exchange, prizes awarded for holiday attire and appearance by Kris Kontra-Kringle. Pre-dance lesson at 6:30pm. $7. Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. (928) 774-5936, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total Lunar Eclipse - 12/20-12/21, 11:15pm-1:15am: Sirius Lookers Astro Club hosts a free star party for all for a rare view of a total lunar eclipse their scopes and large binoculars. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. (928) 821-3520 or 282-7501.
Blue Christmas - 12/21, 7pm: A quiet, contemplative service designed to bring perspective and comfort to those who have experienced loss. Montezuma Chapel, 3450 Rusty Spurs Road, Rimrock. (928) 567-5951.
Christmas Breakfast - 12/25, 8:30-10:30am: Members of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley prepare and serve a meal for those in need this holiday at the synagogue, 100 Meadowlark Drive. (928) 204-1286.
Indian Christmas - 12/25, noon-2:30pm: Chanting of sacred mantras, screening of movie Jesus in India, gourmet vegetarian feast. $10. Sedona Center of Vedic Culture, 3270 White Bear Road, (928) 204-4455.
New Year's Eve Party at the Castle - 12/31, 9pm: Live entertainment in the porte cochere and in Dragonfly Lounge, food served 9-11pm, champagne toast, casino gifts, hot seat cash prizes and a chance to win $10,000. Reservations recommended. $25/$35. Cliff Castle Casino, 555 W. Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde. (928) 567-7999.
Party with a Purpose - 12/31: Enjoy a gourmet meal and help Verde Valley Sanctuary this New Year's Eve. Heartline Café, Sedona. (928) 282-3365.
Geology Hike - 2/9, 2pm: Learn why the rocks are red, where they came from and where they are going. Prepare for more than two hours of hiking with appropriate clothing and water.
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