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    Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 2


    "Frontier Christmas Open House" begins at 6 p.m., Dec. 2

    Prescott’s designation as “Arizona’s Christmas City” gets an annual boost as Sharlot Hall Museum presents its “Frontier Christmas Open House” on Saturday, December 3, following the Courthouse lighting ceremony.

    Luminaries, hand-made decorations, hearth-baked cookies, hot tea and cocoa entice locals and out-of-town visitors to celebrate a full dose of holiday spirit and good cheer at the Museum commencing at 6 p.m.

    Sharlot-Hall-Frontier-ChristmasThe evening is designed to infuse guests with the warmth and spirit of “Christmas past” as the Museum puts on its holiday finest. The smell of cookies and hot cider mix with the scent of pines frosted by the December chill.

    Throughout the celebration, “Living History” interpreters regale guests with tales of pioneer Christmas traditions and Arizona’s early history, including Tom Sanders’s account of a Prescott Christmas in the 1860s when “saloon-keepers would get old boots, overalls and old coats... and then put a pint or quart of whiskey in one of the boots or in a pocket in the coats or pants, and hang the tagged garments up Christmas Eve on the trees in the park.”

    That same “brotherly feeling among all classes that peopled the early settlements in the west” (per Sanders) continues to welcome today’s friends and visitors to Prescott’s downtown festivities, and to Sharlot Hall Museum for the small-town hospitality of a “Frontier Christmas Open House.”

    The Museum is located at 415 West Gurley Street, two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. “Living History” interpreters will be on-hand during regular Museum hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday), close for the Courthouse tree-lighting, and re-open for the “Open House” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission for the evening holiday festivities is $5, and free to Museum members and children (15 years and under).