CEDAR CITY — Offering a variety of events and activities, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City are once again partnering to provide a Christmas celebration for area residents and visitors. Whether it’s shopping at the Christmas Market or attending “Christmas at the Homestead,” visitors to the park from Dec. 2-9 will find fun, family friendly, affordable ways to celebrate the Christmas season.
First up is the Frontier Homestead State Park’s Christmas Market, open Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market captures the sights, sounds and ambiance of a traditional pioneer bazaar and provides a truly unique holiday shopping experience.
You can browse over 30 artist and crafts booths selling holiday wares of jewelry, photography, glassworks, home décor, fiber, paper and wood crafts.
“You’ll be sure to find that perfectly handmade gift for that special someone on your list,” Sandi Levy, Christmas Market chairwoman, said.
Admission is $1 per person. Free hot chocolate will be available both days, and live holiday entertainment will be featured throughout Saturday’s market.
Following the Christmas Market is the annual “Christmas at the Homestead,” scheduled Dec. 5-9 from 5:30-8 p.m. each day. The cost is $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.”
As part of Christmas at the Homestead, all of the museum’s regular features and exhibits will be open. In addition, different entertainment will be featured each evening, including music and dance at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. each evening and Christmas story readings at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Specific events are performers are as follows:
- Monday: Pipe cleaner angels & pine cone trees | Performance by the Southern Utah Bell Choir
- Tuesday: Christmas figures & candle dipping | Performance by the Washburn Family Bluegrass Band
- Wednesday: Beaded ornaments & Christmas cord | Performance by Suzuki Strings
- Thursday: Paper Christmas tree & Q-Tip snowflakes | Performance by the Canyon View High School Madrigals
- Friday: Chalk Christmas lights & rag dolls | Performance by the Jordan Family Band
In addition to the events and performances, Santa will be in the Hunter House each day for the duration of the evening’s events. Each night will also include different treats: popcorn and hot cider, scones and hot chocolate.
Walking through the various museum structures, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each will be decorated with a handcrafted 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 Utah Shakespeare Festival, has designed the lighting in the park.
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, Shakespeare 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.”
Frontier Homestead State Park is located at 635 N. Main St. in Cedar City. For the latest information and details, visit the Christmas at the Homestead website.
- What: Christmas Market and “Christmas at the Homestead.”
- Christmas Market: Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Christmas at the Homestead: Dec. 5-9, 5:30-8 p.m.
- Where: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, 635 N. Main St., Cedar City.
- Christmas Market: $1 per person.
- Christmas at the Homestead: $2 per person or $5 per family.
- More information at the Christmas at the Homestead website.