Christmas at the Homestead at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City, Utah

Enjoy a Festival Christmas

Are 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 Frontier Homestead State Park’s Christmas Market,  December 2nd  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 3rd , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   The market captures the sights, sounds and ambiance of a traditional pioneer bazaar; providing a truly unique holiday shopping experience. You can browse over 30 artist and craftsmen booths selling their holiday wares of jewelry, photography, glassworks, home décor, fiber, paper and wood crafts.   According to Market Chairwoman, Sandi Levy “You’ll be sure to find that perfectly handmade gift for that special someone on your list!”

Admission is just $1 per person.  Free hot chocolate will be available both days, and live holiday entertainment will be featured throughout Saturday’s market. For more information, visit christmasatthehomestead.com.

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.

“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. Specific performers and readers will be announced at http://www.christmasatthehomestead.com in the coming weeks.

Walking through the various museum structures, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each will be decorated with a hand crafted 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 and hot cider, scones and hot chocolate. Roving musicians will entertain holiday revelers as they walk among the various buildings. 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.”

The park is located at 635 North Main Street in Cedar City. For the latest information and details, visit: http://www.christmasatthehomestead.com.