Enjoy a Festival Christmas at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
Looking for a fun, family friendly, affordable way to celebrate the Christmas season? How about Christmas at the Homestead and Holiday Market—at the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the State Park Museum are once again partnering to provide a Christmas celebration for area residents and visitors.
Christmas at the Homestead will take place Monday through Friday, December 2-6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 per family. The Holiday Market will add to the celebration on Friday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the market on Friday is included in the Christmas at the Homestead admission price. On Saturday, the cost is only $1 per person.
“Christmas at the Homestead gives us a chance to highlight our local history, give something back to the community, and offer an exceptional shopping experience during the Holiday Market,” said Park Manager Todd Prince.
The celebration will feature lighting design by Festival Properties Director Benjamin Hohman—as well as Santa, various specialty Christmas trees, and free hot chocolate, popcorn, and other surprises. In addition, each evening live entertainment will be featured from 6:00 - 6:45 pm., and hands-on crafts will be available. Performers and crafts include —
Monday, December 2: Randy Johnson; crafts – reindeer ornaments and rag dolls
Tuesday, December 3: Washburn Family Bluegrass Band; crafts – twig trees and wooden snowmen
Wednesday, December 4: Suzuki Strings; crafts- chalk Christmas lights and popsicle ornaments
Thursday, December 5: Kaitlin Sevy; crafts – pipe cleaner candy canes and Christmas cards
Friday, December 6: Mountain Top Sound; crafts- Star of David and candle dipping
Please note: This schedule is subject to change. Visit frontierhomestead.org/christmas-at-the-homestead/ for the latest information.
To cap it all off, the Holiday Market on December 6 and 7 will offer visitors an opportunity to recapture the sights, sounds, and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas market, providing a truly unique holiday shopping experience. Visitors can browse the work of over thirty artists and craftsmen then purchase the perfect handcrafted gifts, including exquisite photos and glasswork, historical reproductions, whimsical jewelry, seasonal treats, wood work and much more.
Live entertainment will add to the ambiance of the market on Saturday December 7, featuring: Randy Johnson at 9:30 a.m., Southern Utah Hand Bell Choir at 10:30 a.m., Mountain Top Sound at 11:30 a.m., Kaitlin Sevy at 12:30 p.m., and Bill and Loretta Westbrook at 1:30.
Walking through the various museum structures throughout the week, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each building will be adorned with a themed tree and other festive decorations.
“Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quicker and more completely than spending an evening at Christmas at the Homestead,” said Donn Jersey, Festival Director of Development and Communications. “It’s an enchanting experience with everything that makes Christmas special: music, friends and family, entertainment, and holiday goodies.”
“This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to benefit from an affordable and entertaining holiday experience,” added Park Manager Todd Prince.
This year, Christmas at the Homestead is made possible with support from Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, Cedar City Corporation, State Bank of Southern Utah, The Grind, SUU Head Start, Iron County Schools, the Western Heritage Foundation, Wilson and Whetton Orthodontics, Bulloch Drug, Utah State Parks, Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.
The park is located at 635 North Main Street in Cedar City. For the latest information and details, visit the museum website: www.frontierhomestead.org.