Kaitlin Margaret Mills (left) and Lincoln Paul at Christmas at the Homestead, 2016.

Kaitlin Margaret Mills (left) and Lincoln Paul at Christmas at the Homestead, 2016.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum are once again partnering to provide Christmas at the Homestead and Holiday Market. Offering just the right mix of Christmas magic and old-style “frontier” celebration, this fun, family friendly, and affordable kick-off to the Christmas season has become an increasingly popular annual event for southern Utah residents and visitors.

Christmas at the Homestead will be Monday through Friday, December 4 to 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the park. Admission is $5 per family. The Holiday Market is Friday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 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 to the Holiday Market.

“Christmas at the Homestead gives us a chance to celebrate our rich heritage, give something back to the community, and offer an exceptional shopping experience during the Holiday Market,” said Park Manager Todd Prince.

Christmas at the Homestead will feature lighting design by Festival Properties Director Benjamin Hohman—as well as Santa; free hot chocolate, popcorn, and baked treats; and different entertainment, Christmas stories, activities, and crafts each evening. Details will be announced at a future date.

The park will feature twelve different specialty trees: from Legos to wool, from Victorian, to iron. There will definitely be something for everyone.

“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.”

In addition, the Holiday Market on Friday and Saturday will offer visitors an opportunity to shop in an old-fashioned pioneer atmosphere and purchase unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list. More than thirty artisans from all over the region will be there with their hand-crafted wares.

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.

“Partnering with the Utah Shakespeare Festival has allowed us to significantly expand our Christmas celebration these past few years,” said Prince. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to benefit from an affordable and entertaining holiday experience.”

The Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is located at 635 North Main Street in Cedar City; the telephone number is 435-586-9290. For the latest information and details, follow the museum on Facebook or visit its website: www.frontierhomestead.org.