In the Jewish faith, The Festival of Lights is part of Hanukkah and represents the recovery of Jerusalem and a re-dedication of the Second Temple. History tells us of a miracle that occurred when the sons of Israel went up to the Temple to purify it by lighting the lamps with pure olive oil.
There was only one bowl of olive oil that was sealed by the signet ring of the High Priest. It should have lasted only one night. However, God delivered a blessing, and the lamps burned for eight days.
The Christmas holiday heralds God’s blessing with the birth of Jesus Christ. Three Wise Men followed a glorious star lighting the sky — to a manger where angels proclaimed the birth of “The Son of God.” Jesus described himself and his disciples as “The Light of the World.” The imagery is a symbol for allowing God’s light to enter the heart of man and remove the darkness.
Both Hanukkah and Christmas have deep-rooted rituals in light. Hanukkah with the lighting of a menorah in a re-dedication to God. Christmas with the celebration of Jesus Christ and festivals of light around the world that invoke a re-opening of the heart.
Tlaquepaque honors the spirit of both holidays with this all-day event. As they create an atmosphere of joy, celebration, and peace.
Special thanks to Sedona Area Veteran and Community Outreach groups. They will fill 6000 bags with sand and a candle. Then place them in and around Tlaquepaque for the event.
In the holiday spirit, Tlaquepaque will provide Free hot cider for everyone. Children’s entertainment will include a visit from Santa and his elves. And they feature a fabulous line up of performers playing original and traditional Christmas music throughout the day. However, these activities are only part of the magic of this beloved Sedona event.
When the bell tower strikes 5:00 pm; they invite everyone to make a wish and light the golden luminaries. As the light washes every courtyard, balcony, walkway, and parapet — Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village transforms into a village of light. It’s a heart opening experience.
Tlaquepaque has limited parking. However, Free Trolley service will be available from Sedona’s Uptown Municipal Parking lot at 260 Schnebly to transport visitors to and from Tlaquepaque.