Cedar City

by Lani Penney

Cedar City is surrounded by the perfect combination of the Greatest Snow on Earth™, Utah’s Mighty Five™ National Parks, and holiday events galore to fill your winter agenda. This season, the Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau invites you to enjoy all of following (and more) along with a few of our favorite holiday activities:

Feel Like a Kid Again at Cedar City’s Storybook Parade

Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Storybook Parade on Cedar City’s Historic Main Street. Now in its second decade in Cedar City, the parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, and hundreds of costumed characters, superheroes, storybook celebrities, and Santa, of course, that are sure to delight children of all ages. Watch the parade November 17 at 2 p.m. from 400 South to 200 North on Main Street.

Be a Part of Parowan’s Holiday Traditions at Christmas in the Country

From a holiday bazaar to the official lighting ceremony and Santa Claus (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday), enjoy two days of celebrations to unwrap the magic of Christmas. Christmas in the Country will be held November 23 and 24 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. Parade and lighting ceremony will be held Saturday evening on Main Street.

Enjoy a Yesteryear Christmas at Frontier Homestead State Park

First, recapture the sights, sounds, smells, and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas with the Frontier Homestead Holiday Market. A terrific opportunity for a pleasant holiday shopping experience, the market will feature artists and craftsmen hand-selected to provide shoppers with 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 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Second, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism are once again collaborating with the Frontier Homestead State Park to bring a week-long holiday celebration to Cedar City. Festivities will feature different entertainment each evening, including music, 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 3-7 anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ice Skate in Southern Utah

Located behind the Cedar City Aquatic Center, the Glacier Community Ice Rink is back for its sixth season with exciting moments, amazing views, and the perfect opportunity for family 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 at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Sitting above 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests on top of the Colorado Plateau. This giant amphitheater is millions of years in the making. Sedimentation, uplift, and erosion have 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.

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, explore our backyard, and spend time connecting with family. This year, 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 get a unique tree and enjoy a great experience.

Fully Experience Winter 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 at two open during the 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.