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Pioneer Christmas Village gets ready for three-day event

By Genelle Pugmire - | Dec 6, 2022

Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo

Dennis Knox, dressed as Father Christmas, hands a sucker to Sophia Bradford, 4, of Provo, during the Pioneer Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at the Provo Pioneer Village. 

Take a trip back in time to the era of Charles Dickens, pioneers and corn husk dolls as Provo’s Pioneer Village transforms into the Pioneer Christmas Village.

The event is held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the village adjacent to North Park, 500 West and 500 North. The event is free, but donations to the village are always welcome.

The Christmas village will offer many of the sights and sounds you would find 200 years ago, including music, dancing and refreshments during programs held in the Carriage House. Programs are held at 6 p.m. and then 6:40 and 7:20 each evening.

There will also be craftsmen showing their skills and trades, most notably the village’s blacksmith. Storytellers will greet visitors at the cabins, and an evening appearance from Father Christmas will complete the day’s festivities.

The cabins are authentic — and were, at one time, real homes by pioneers that came to Provo. The historic accuracy is meant to add to the ambiance of the season.

Families, groups and individuals are encouraged to arrive early, so they can take in all the stories and entertainment.

The Provo Pioneer Village has a variety of activities throughout the year and is open throughout the summer months and for special events in the spring and fall. Those attending are invited to wear pioneer clothing and get into the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas.

More information can be found https://provopioneervillage.org.

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