Explore the Winter Wonderland of Cedar City
by Kenzie Lundberg, Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau
Surrounded by the perfect combination of the Greatest Snow on Earth™ and Utah’s Mighty Five™ National Parks, Cedar City is home to a winter wonderland with no shortage of adventure. From a winter agenda filled to the brim with holiday events to outdoor adventures ready for the entire family, Cedar City invites you to enjoy all of the above (and more) with a few of our favorite activities:
Experience Christmas in the Country
From a holiday bazaar to the official lighting ceremony, Candle Light Parade, and Santa Claus, enjoy two days of celebrations to unwrap the magic of Christmas. Parowan’s Christmas in the Country will be held November 24 and 25 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. Parade and lighting ceremony will be held Saturday evening on Parowan’s Main Street.
Step Back in Time with a Frontier Christmas
The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau are once again collaborating with Frontier Homestead State Park to bring a weeklong holiday celebration to Cedar City. Festivities will feature different entertainment each evening, including music and dance performances, and Christmas story readings. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats, twinkling holiday lights illuminating the grounds, plenty of family fun, and as always, Santa and his elves in the Hunter House each evening. Join Christmas at the Homestead each night from December 4-7 anytime between 5:30-8:00 PM.
Recapture the sights, sounds, smells, and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas with the Homestead Christmas Market. A terrific opportunity for a pleasant holiday shopping experience, the market will feature artists and craftsmen hand-selected to provide shoppers a wide array of choice, both in mediums and price ranges. The Homestead Christmas Market will be held at Frontier Homestead State Park Friday, December 8 from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, and Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Ice Skate in Southern Utah
Located behind the Cedar City Aquatic Center, the Glacier Community Ice Rink is back for its fifth season with exciting moments, amazing views of Cedar City’s red hills, and the perfect opportunity for winter fun. As the only ice skating rink in southern Utah, the Glacier team is bringing a favorite winter tradition to life for everyone. The ice skating rink is located at 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive in Cedar City.
Snowshoe in Cedar Breaks National Monument
Sitting above 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau. This giant amphitheater was millions of years in the making; sedimentation, uplift, and erosion carved out a space that spans three miles and is more than 2,500 feet deep. With spectacular colors created by an abundance of mineral deposits, the giant amphitheater becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter.
The park is accessible by snowmobile, but for a more traditional adventure, rent snowshoes and enjoy the stillness of Cedar Breaks on foot. The groomed trail of Highway 148 is perfect for all levels and ages. For an added bonus, trek to the Cedar Breaks yurt — most weekends you will find friendly volunteers ready to warm you up with a hot cup of cocoa.
Find Solitude in Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons
Kolob Canyons may be the little known portion of Zion National Park, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as spectacular as the main canyon. These rugged, red, navajo sandstone canyons have a unique geological history.
While Kolob Canyons is a quiet spot year round, the solitude and beauty of a wintertime visit is unmatched. In the winter, the red navajo sandstone glimmers with a fresh dusting of snow and waterfalls cascade down the rugged cliffs, streaking them black from the run-off.
Take a Christmas “Chopping” trip
This holiday season, spend a day with the family playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa, and adventuring to find the perfect Christmas tree. Whether tree cutting is already a household tradition, or this year marks the start of a new one, it is a great way to get outside and explore Cedar City’s backyard. Both Dixie National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management in southern Utah are offering the opportunity to cut trees, giving families the chance to have a unique tree and a great experience.
Downhill Adventure at Brian Head Resort
Ready for a fast downhill race? Enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth™ on Brian Head Resort’s tubing hills! With one tubing park open daily and two during weekends and holiday periods, there is always an opportunity to go play. Night tubing is offered Friday and Saturday nights and during the holidays.
End the holiday season in style with Brian Head’s Torchlight Parade and fireworks held on New Year’s Eve on the slopes of Giant Steps Lodge. (This event is free and spectacular!)
For more information on holiday activities, exploring the national parks in the off-season, and so much more, head over to www.visitcedarcity.com.