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Pioneer Christmas Program to Play at Church History Museum

  • December 8, 2012
December 8, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration will feature entertainment that would have been a part of a 19th-century Mormon pioneer Christmas celebration.

The Church History Museum and the Pioneer Heritage Company have partnered again this year to produce Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration. This family program will be held in the museum auditorium on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Performances will begin at 1:00 p.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. For reservations call 1-801-240-9573.

Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration is an interactive, audience-oriented experience featuring pioneer stories, games, dancing, music, and songs that would have been a part of a 19th-century Mormon pioneer Christmas celebration, including a visit from Father Christmas. The program is one hour long and designed to engage both children and adults in a festive atmosphere of Christmas fun and well-wishes.

“This performance is delightful! It’s also interactive,” said Nancy Andersen, who coordinates the Church History Museum’s living history program. “It’s for the whole family, including young children. Everyone participates in some way, and the kids especially love to see Father Christmas!”

The Pioneer Heritage Company is a living history organization for families founded in 1998 and dedicated to authentically preserving the pioneer lifestyle and material culture. The group’s costumed living history interpreters are passionate about the 19th-century way of life in early Utah. They wear authentic costumes, share true stories, and preserve early pioneer homemaking and workplace crafts and skills. They have performed their Christmas program at the Church History Museum for several years.

“Individuals with reservations will be seated first, followed by those waiting in the standby line,” Andersen said. “Most people in the standby line are able to get seats.”

The Church History Museum is located at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. Free parking will be available behind the museum at 119 West North Temple Street.