Christmas time is here! Are you 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! Once again, we are partnering with the Utah Shakespeare Festival to provide a Christmas celebration for area residents and visitors.
Christmas at the Homestead will be Monday through Friday, December 3 to 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Park. Admission is $5 per family. The Holiday Market will add to the celebration on Friday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 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 at 6 and 7 p.m., and hands-on crafts will be available from 5:30 to 8 pm. The schedule is as follows—
Monday, December 3: The Washburn Family Band; Christmas cord and printing press Christmas cards
Tuesday, December 4: The Griffin Family; Snowflake ornaments and Christmas tree cards
Wednesday, December 5: Suzuki Strings; Bow tie noodle wreaths and Holly Berry ornament
Thursday, December 6: Mountain Top Sound; rag dolls and paint chip trees
Friday, December 7: Bell Choir; candle dipping and snowman bookmarks
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 7 and 8 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.
Adding to the ambiance of the market on Saturday will be free hot chocolate, Santa, and live entertainment: A Brass Duet at 9:30 a.m., Washburn Family Band at 10:30 a.m., Mountain Top Sound at 11:30 a.m., Julie Griffin Family at 12:30 p.m., and Southern Utah String Quartet at 1:30.
Walking through the various museum structures throughout the week, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each building will be decorated with a themed tree and other decorations. Roving musicians will entertain holiday revelers as they walk among the various buildings.
“Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quicker and more completely than spending an evening at Christmas at the Homestead,” said “Tyler Morgan, Festival Director of Marketing 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 Corporation, Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, Rally Stop, State Bank of Southern Utah, SUU Head Start, Iron County Schools, Utah State Parks, Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.