Christmas at the Homestead


spinners-tree-2Are you looking for a fun, family friendly, affordable way to celebrate the Christmas season? How about Christmas at the Homestead—the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, that is! The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the popular state park in Cedar City are once again partnering to provide a Christmas celebration for area residents and visitors. First up is the second annual Homestead Christmas Market December 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recapturing the sights, sounds, smells and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas market, this event provides a truly unique holiday shopping experience; where you can browse and buy from over 50 artists and craftsmen. It's a great opportunity to find that perfectly handcrafted gift for the special someone on everyone's list.

Admission to the event is just $1 per person. Free hot chocolate will be available both days, and holiday music will be featured on December 3. For more information, visit

The annual Christmas at the Homestead will be December 5 to 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The cost is only $2 per person or $5 for the entire family, and there will definitely be something for everyone—young, old, and in between.

homestead-christmas-4“Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quicker and more completely than spending an evening at Christmas at the Homestead,” said Todd Prince, Frontier Homestead State Park Manager. “It’s an enchanting experience with everything that makes Christmas special: music, friends and family, entertainment, and holiday goodies.”

All the museum’s regular features and exhibits will be open each night. In addition, different entertainment will be featured each evening, including music and dance at 6 and 7 each evening and Christmas story readings at 6:30 and 7:30. 

Walking through the various museum structures, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each will be decorated with a themed tree and other decorations. Some of the trees will be favorites from previous years, but a few new ones will also make their premieres. Ben Hohman, properties director for the Festival, has designed the lighting in the park.

Of course, Santa will be in the Hunter House each evening from 5:30 to 8. Each night will also include different treats: popcorn, baked goods, and hot chocolate. As you walk among the various buildings, 15 unique themed trees might give you some inspiration for your home. Each evening will also include different hands-on activities: beaded ornaments, Christmas cord, dipping candles, etc.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to benefit from an affordable and entertaining holiday experience,” said Joshua Stavros, Festival media and public relations manager.“Christmas at the Homestead gives us a chance to celebrate our rich heritage and give something back to the community.”

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Christmas at the Homestead Thus Far

We have been celebrating the Christmas season all week at Frontier Homestead. Our partnership with the Utah Shakespeare Festival has resulted in a wonderful Christmas celebration. Remember the event continues through Saturday, 5:30-8pm each night. We wanted to share with you some of the images we have taken. We have lots more on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can see them at the following links: Please check all our social media outlets for videos and photos.

Who does not love trains?

Different crafts each night.

Great photo ops.

Lego ornaments.

Our fiber art tree.

Our "wood" tree.

Trees, Snow, and Cabins Aglow

On December 4-5, The Homestead Christmas Market will fill Frontier Homestead with the sights, sounds, and smells of a frontier Christmas marketplace.  Over 20 artists and crafters have been invited to create an old-fashioned shopping experience.  In addition to the artisans in the Museum, the historic buildings will be transformed into authentic pioneer shops, full of exceptional, hand-crafted items. Santa is on the way.

Whether it's exclusive handmade soap, a piece of whimsical or fine jewelry, a new painting or piece of art, a quilt or a toy, you will find it at the Homestead Christmas Market.  Drop by any time Friday December 4th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm, or Saturday December 5th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Entrance to the Christmas Market is $1.00/person.


Wrapping up the festivities is the week-long Christmas at the Homestead, December 7-12. Once again the Utah Shakespeare Festival is partnering with us to celebrate the season with entertainment, crafts, treats and nightly appearances from St. Nicholas. Activities start at 5:30 p.m. each evening and continue until 8:00. Entry is only $5 per family or $1.50 for individuals or a week long family pass is available  for $20.  We will also have pioneer themed stocking stuffers available at the gift shop.

Santa will be visiting each night.

Every evening the buildings will be lit up and open for exploration and Santa will be on hand each night for Christmas wishes. Bring your letters and give them to the man himself. Treats, crafts, and entertainment will be different each night. Come and enjoy this new Cedar City tradition. The schedule is below or check out the event page on this blog.

2015 Christmas at the Homestead Schedule

The Iron Tree. One of many to be seen at Christmas at the Homestead.

An example of one of our Homestead Christmas crafts.

Examples of some of the many Christmas crafts we will be working on.