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Sharlot Hall Museum celebrates Frontier Christmas Saturday after courthouse lighting

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Jessie Benton Fremont, played by Pattie Conrad, talks about her life and history in Arizona during Sharlot Hall Museum’s annual Frontier Christmas event Dec 6, 2010.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Jessie Benton Fremont, played by Pattie Conrad, talks about her life and history in Arizona during Sharlot Hall Museum’s annual Frontier Christmas event Dec 6, 2010.

PRESCOTT - Luminarias will light the walkways and holiday carols will fill the night air at the Sharlot Hall Museum's annual Frontier Christmas celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event follows the annual courthouse lighting ceremony in downtown Prescott.

Combined with homemade cookies and costumed interpreters sharing holiday tales from Arizona's territorial past, these activities offer visitors an opportunity to experience the warmth and spirit of Christmas past.

Admission is $3 for museum members, $5 for nonmembers and free for those younger than 18. Admission gives guests access to the museum's holiday-decorated historic buildings, live seasonal music by the museum's own folk band Generation, refreshments, stories of Prescott's past, and a Christmas tree with vintage decorations. Sharlot's Timeless Treasures, the museum gift shop in the Victorian Bashford House, will be selling holiday gifts until 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a cup of tea while browsing the store's treasures.

Homemade holiday cookies will be served with hot apple cider in the museum's mercantile building.

Young carolers led by Dasia Dennis will be complemented by seasonal performances from Woman's Song in the comfort of the Blue Rose Theater.

Meanwhile, in the 1864 territorial governor's mansion, Parker Anderson as Judge Henry Fleury will illuminate the mansion's colorful past.

In the museum's Frémont House, living history interpreters will transport visitors to the 19th century by reminiscing of days gone by.

And over in the historic Fort Misery log cabin, museum Chief Curator Mick Woodcock as Judge John Howard will tell stories of Prescott's early days.

Throughout the evening, interpreters in period dress will relate past Christmas traditions and Arizona's early history.

For more information about Sharlot Hall Museum's Frontier Christmas, call 445-3122 or visit the museum's website at www.sharlot.org. The museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St.