Christmas In The Canyon
by Joseph Smith
A live Nativity, an open warm fire, the Old Salty Train ride, Santa Claus, camel rides, hot chocolate, holiday music, hundreds of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights, and more – all framed within the red walls of Padre Canyon – will rush in the holiday spirit like nothing you and your family have ever experienced. Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon invites and welcomes you and yours to come share in the holiday cheer.
The Live Nativity, presented in the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, will be a highlight of your experience for sure. This year the Live Nativity production is better than ever and will help you feel the warmth of the holidays. The cast of up to 87 changes nightly as it is made up of community volunteers that come to retell the “First Christmas.”
The volunteers arrive early and are fitted with ancient period attire from the costume shop. They then receive rehearsal instruction from Ryan Norton, Tuacahn’s Associate Producer. After one walkthrough and a final rehearsal with lights and music, the cast is ready to tell the miracle of Christmas. “The Nativity at Tuacahn is a great opportunity for family and friends to participate in a holiday event that only the magic of Tuacahn can facilitate,” says Norton. “It is a unique experience because the community gets to be a part of a Nativity production on a scale and grandeur like no other, with a backdrop actually similar to the environs of old Jerusalem.”
Before and after the live Nativity visitors can enjoy other activities. Visitors are welcome to check out the new Arts Center located on the plaza. The brand new Gift Gallery is now open inside the Arts Center. The new Gift Gallery is spacious and allows patrons to mill around in warmth and comfort while getting ideas for unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Children will have a chance to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas. An open fire will be roaring to warm your hands while sipping on hot chocolate. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride on Friday and Saturday nights, while a ride in the Old Salty Train can accommodate both young and old.
This year Tuacahn is supporting the Toys For Tots drive to help ensure every family has a wonderful Christmas. Please bring an unwrapped toy with you for donations.
Be sure and stop by the box office to learn more about the exciting new shows set for Tuacahn’s 2017 Broadway In The Canyon season. Shrek The Musical, Disney’s Newsies, and other exciting musicals to be announced, will grace the stage inside the 2,000 seat Tuacahn Amphitheatre May-October 2017. The best part is season packages are on sale starting at just $59. Experience all three shows and feel the magic of theater that can only happen here in the deep canyon of Tuacahn.
There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon. It’s Tuacahn’s way of saying “thank you” to the community for its support and to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas. However, there is a small fee of $2 per individual or $15 per family (up to 10 guests) for the live Nativity to cover production costs. Small fees also apply for train and carriage rides.
Come and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn
November 25 – December 23, 2016, running every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is something for everyone to enjoy and to feel the happiness of the holidays. To learn more about Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn, visit our website at www.tuacahn.org or call (435) 652-3300.