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 weeklong Christmas celebration December 7 to 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The cost is only $1.50 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 Joshua Stavros, Festival media and public relations 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, hands-on activities, and exhibits will be open each night. In addition, different entertainment will be featured each evening, music and dance performances at 6 and 7 each evening, and Christmas story readings at 6:30 and 7:30. Performances will include a bell choir, the Festival Playmakers, Suzuki Strings, Half Step, In Jublio, and others. Featured readers include Harold Shirley, Don Marchant, Ellen Treanor, Kathy Wyatt, Fred C. Adams, and others.

Walking through the various museum structures, visitors will get a feeling of yesteryear. Each will be decorated with a themed tree and other decorations. For instance, Ben Hohman, properties and display director for the Festival, is creating a paper Christmas tree, and he and the Festival staff made a 15-foot snowman entirely out of tumbleweeds.

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. There are also different hands-on activities each evening: print-making for Christmas cards, dipping candles, etc.

 “Partnering with the Utah Shakespeare Festival has allowed us to significantly expand our Christmas celebration from one evening to an entire week,” said Park Manager Todd Prince. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to benefit from an affordable and entertaining holiday experience. Christmas at the Homestead gives us a chance to celebrate our rich heritage and give something back to the community.”

 For the latest information and details, visit the museum website: www.frontierhomestead.org.