Hot Air Balloon Festival in Mesquite

hot air balloons

It’s an early morning adventure but well worth your time to get out of bed and make the 35-mile drive to enjoy the popular Mesquite Balloon Festival on the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.  Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), you’ll find more than 40 brightly colored balloons filling the crisp, clear blue sky over the Virgin Valley community with the Stars and Stripes balloon leading the way.

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Mulberry Trees

mulberries

The mulberry tree first put down its roots in St. George in the 1860’s when LDS Church president Brigham Young imported 100,000 from France.  Approximately 2000 mulberry trees were planted here in Southern Utah, thriving in the warm Dixie sunshine providing much needed shade for those early pioneers. But shade was not the only benefit of these fast-growing trees.
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Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Dixie Salad

pecans on a table

Most visitors to the St. George area have never heard of Dixie salad, popular during the Thanksgiving holiday – considered “a must” by some.  Dixie salad, like so many of the favorite dishes we enjoy throughout the year came about as the result of “necessity as the mother of invention.”  Our early pioneers had a variety of fruits, such as apples, raisins, pomegranates and nuts on hand around Thanksgiving; and, they also had cream from cows in their backyard.

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Visiting in the Area? This is the Place for Information

entering st george utah

We’ve all done it … traveled to a new community anticipating all the exciting things you hope to see and do, only to miss the best sights because you’re not sure where to find the best information.  In St. George, the solution to this conundrum is the new St. George Visitor Center located in the Old Pioneer Courthouse at 97 E. St. George Blvd.  There you’ll find complete tourist information, an assortment of maps, a local events map, and best of all, a shopping experience including unique “made-in-Utah” souvenirs and gifts.

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Dickens’ Christmas is the Best of Times

costumed couple dance

For more than 30 years, the Dickens Christmas Festival, held annually at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George has allowed shoppers and other festival goers to step back in time to the charm and tradition of an olde English Christmas. A shopping experience like no other, Dickens Christmas Festival 2017 will have  more than 150 exhibitors and booths resembling little English shoppes each offering one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures for everyone on your Christmas gift list.

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Santa’s Workshop Comes to St George

santa in his workshop

Still trying to find that something special to put under the Christmas tree for your favorite someone?  Looking for a fun and festive way to walk off the calories from your Thanksgiving dinner?  Bring your gift list and find exactly what you are looking for at the 32nd Annual Santa’s Workshop Christmas Gift Show.  Join your friends and neighbors on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive.  FREE and open to the public, the largest craft and gift event in Southern Utah is a magical marketplace for crafts, fine art and novelty items for holiday crowds.  You’ll even find booths of “Made in Utah” products and “Made in the USA” merchandise.

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Here Comes Christmas… in our Canyon

jesus and mary

Tuacahn’s multi-faceted Christmas in the Canyon is a visit with Santa Claus, twinkling lights, holiday music  and hot cocoa in the cold.  It also features a live nativity to remind us of the “reason for the season,” shopping in the Tuacahn gift shop and holiday train rides.  The Live Nativity, with music, narration and volunteer actors telling the story of the birth of the Christ Child, has a $2 charge per person or $15 for an entire family (up to 10 individuals).  The Live Nativity plays in the amphitheater at 7 p.m. with a repeat performance at 8 p.m., but there is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy this delightful Christmas holiday event – Tuacahn’s way of saying “thank you” for another successful year.

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Most Organized, One of the Nation’s Top Ten Fastest and Certainly the Most Scenic

St George Marathon Runners

We admit it!  October is a veritable beehive of activity in St. George, UT.  As a community, we’ve survived our 156th triple-digit summer (only the last 35 or so with the wondrous blessing of air conditioning) and are enjoying cooler temperatures and a huge influx of visitors for our world class and extremely popular events, including the St. George Marathon and the Huntsman World Senior Games.

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