I like FREE … you like FREE … seriously, who doesn’t like FREE? FREE to the public, including vacationers looking for something fun to do, is the Monday Matinee at the Electric Theater at 68 E. Tabernacle Street in downtown St. George. Each show, which begins at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) is sponsored by Precision Hearing, who has also invited Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah and the Habitat ReStore to be present to share information about their non-profit organization.
The Rattlin’ D Playhouse is another of this area’s best kept secrets. Located in nearby Hurricane, UT – a few miles off Exit 16 on the I-15 freeway – the first show of 2018 is “My Funny Valentine,” a musical variety show playing nightly (except Sunday) on February 9-10, 14-17, 19, and 22-24.
What does the Disney TV show “Phineas and Ferb” have in common with St. George, UT? The answer is Christmas lights … lots and lots of Christmas lights!
The Disney show follows the adventures of stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, who live in the fictional city of Danville, in a (never specified) tri-state area, as they seek ways to occupy their time during their summer vacation. Often these adventures involve elaborate, life-sized and ostensibly dangerous construction projects.
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.
The St. George Art Museum’s 10th Annual “For the Love of Art” Home Show is a “little bit of mystery and a whole lot of fun,” scheduled this year on the mornings of Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. The mystery is the location of the three upscale homes, each with impressive, one-of-a-kind art collections. To protect the privacy of our homeowners, the location of each home will be revealed only when art lovers arrive at the address. The fun is getting to share the ride with friends and neighbors – also on the tour – or get acquainted with other art lovers on one of three comfortable and air-conditioned buses. There is also the opportunity for interesting conversation about the homes and their art on the bus and later, during lunch at the Painted Pony restaurant.
The world premiere of “The Tavern,” a satirical comedy written by the 1930’s most famous song and dance man, George M. Cohan and adapted by Joseph Hanreddy, is certain to be a memorable evening of fun, laughter and edge-of-the-seat anticipation. The story line tells of the happenings on “one dark and stormy night when a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending.”
Camels and the desert go together like, well, camels and the desert! But who would have expected camels in Southern Utah where THIS desert and THIS species are hardly synonymous! Still, if you have never been up close and personal with or ridden a camel – even if you have – the Camel Safari attraction in nearby Mesquite, NV is certain to be an experience you’ll not soon forget. In addition to other activities, you can take a camel ride through the Nevada desert (led by a camel safari handler) with a tour of the ranch and the chance to meet “your” camel before you ride. There is also a camel encounter where you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about these amazing mammals with long legs, a big-lipped snout and a humped back. The one-hour event features cultural and historical information, including anatomy, personality and training. There will also be a chance to feed, pet and bottle feed a baby camel, when available.
The 3rd annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd. But with the one-hour time change (Nevada is an hour behind Utah), you’ll still need to leave early for the event – but not ridiculously early – since the first balloon doesn’t lift off until 7:30 a.m. Nevada time. A salute to our beloved Stars and Stripes will kickoff the festivities after which additional balloons – as many as 40 – will begin their ascent above the Virgin Valley.
If you’re not a morning person, you’ll be happy to know a balloon glow will take place in the CasaBlanca parking lot at sundown on Saturday evening offering spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by burners against the night sky. You might also enjoy the opportunity to chat with pilots and stroll among these colorful and colossal inflatables.
On this day trip to our neighboring community, just 35 miles to the south on the I-15 freeway, you can also enjoy traveling through the spectacular Virgin River Gorge (pay attention to the speed limit), put a few nickels in the slots or play a round of golf at any one of several beautiful courses within town limits.
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Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts will once again light up for the holiday tradition of Christmas in the Canyon. This fun and festive family activity, held every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the day after Thanksgiving to the last performance on December 23, is a feast for the eyes and an opportunity to whisper your yuletide secret wishes into Santa’s ear.
This beautiful evening under the stars is a FREE walk through decorated trees, a visit with Santa Claus, reminiscing with friends and family around a glowing fire. There is, however, a charge for food and drink concessions with prices varying according to items purchased. A ride around Tuacahn’s grounds on the Old Salty Train is $2 per person. The Live Nativity – the highlight of the evening with a cast of more than 85 community volunteers re-telling the story of the first Christmas – also has a $2 per person charge.
Bring the kids, friends or family and dress warmly because despite our famously hot summer months, it does get cold during our winter nights.
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The Jubilee of Trees, held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November, kicks off the holiday season here in Southern Utah. This incredibly beautiful, eagerly anticipated, festive, fun-filled and family friendly holiday tradition, supports patient care and programs at Dixie Regional Medical Center. In its 35th year, the theme of “Growing Up Together” reflects the amazing and life-changing advances in medical care and treatment available, both locally and regionally, right here at home in Southern Utah.
The Jubilee of Trees offers something for everyone!
The Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, WY, will deliver pure harmony, musicianship and hilariously funny ranch humor on Wednesday, November 16. Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m.
On Friday, November 18 the Jubilee’s Gala Dinner and Auction will give attendees the opportunity to be first-in-line to purchase one of more than 25 one-of-a-kind, uniquely exquisite or holiday inspired fully decorated Christmas trees. Tickets vary in price based on seating.
On Saturday at noon, children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Teddy Bear Picnic. This popular event features timeless holiday fun at a cost of only $15 per person. In the evening, Jubilee patrons will enjoy a “Night of Utah Stars,” featuring popular local entertainer Eric Dodge and friends. This evening is free with your general admission ticket with on stage entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m.
The Jubilee fashion show luncheon will begin at noon on Monday, November 21 with fashions and models selected from the local community.
After a day – or evening – viewing spectacular Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses, enjoying continuous entertainment and whispering in Santa’s ear, you will also want to know you have a beautifully decorated home-away-from-home waiting where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah. So register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!