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The "Frontier Christmas" Open House at Sharlot Hall Museum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
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The "Frontier Christmas" Open House at Sharlot Hall Museum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

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

Luminarias, handmade decorations, fresh-baked cookies, and hot cider welcome both locals and out-of-town visitors to celebrate a full dose of holiday spirit and good cheer at the museum beginning at 6 p.m. – after the plaza lighting.

For more than 20 years, “Frontier Christmas” has been entertaining guests with the warmth and spirit of “Christmas past” as the museum - and the city - put on their holiday finest.

The smell of cookies and hot cider mix with the scent of pines frosted by the December chill. Activities throughout the campus regale guests with tales of pioneer Christmas traditions and Arizona’s early history – from vintage trimmings for the tree in the Governor’s Mansion, to making Victorian holiday ornaments or singing Christmas carols with the player-piano.

The museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. “Living History” interpreters will be on hand for the Open House from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission for the evening’s holiday festivities is $5, and free to museum members and children 15 years and younger.

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