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Take a trip to Christmas Past at Prescott's Sharlot Hall Museum

In this file photo, Marion Arrington talks with Jean and Ken Hansen about the 1864 wood burning stove she is using to bake gingersnaps during Sharlot Hall’s 2014 Frontier Christmas event in downtown Prescott. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file)

In this file photo, Marion Arrington talks with Jean and Ken Hansen about the 1864 wood burning stove she is using to bake gingersnaps during Sharlot Hall’s 2014 Frontier Christmas event in downtown Prescott. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file)

Prescott is known as "Arizona's Christmas City," and one Christmas celebration will take holiday revelers back in time. Sharlot Hall Museum's "Frontier Christmas Open House," an annual event for more than two decades, is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, following the courthouse plaza lighting. The museum is at 415 W. Gurley St.

Locals and out of town visitors are welcomed by luminarias, hand-made decorations, fresh-baked cookies and hot cider, according to a release from museum Media and Marketing Manager Ken Leja. The celebration "offers a full dose of holiday spirit and good cheer at the museum," Leja wrote.

Admission is $5 and free to museum members and children 15 years and younger.

Presenting the warmth and spirit of "Christmas Past," the museum puts on its holiday finest, Leja wrote. The museum campus will resound with music, children's activities and "living history" interpreters regaling guests with tales of pioneer Christmas traditions, as well as the early history of Arizona, Leja wrote.

"The old-time player piano in the Sharlot Hall Building is one musical venue," Leja wrote. "While the Lawler Center Theater will feature 'love' music of WomanSong ... and the Generation Youth String Band."

WomanSong will perform at 6:15 p.m. and the Generation Youth String Band will do so at 7:15 p.m.

History presented by the interpreters include "Law 'n Order," by "Judge Howard" in front of the Fort Misery fire. Howard will also tell of a Prescott Christmas in the 1860s when "saloon-keepers would get old boots and old coats ... and then put a pint of whiskey in one of the boots or in a coat pocket, and hang the tagged garments up Christmas Eve on trees in the park," Leja wrote.

The feeling of brotherhood among those who settled the West will welcome those celebrating the season at the museum, offering the hospitality of a "Frontier Christmas Open House," Leja wrote. Guests can also decorate a Christmas tree with vintage trimmings in the Governor's Mansion, meet "Jessie Benton Fremont," make Victorian holiday ornaments and find much more to do during a Frontier Christmas.

For more information, call the museum at 918-445-3122.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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