Christmas in the Canyon – St. George, UT

St. George, Utah is not only filled with awe-inspiring natural sights, it also has a vibrant cultural and performing arts community. One of the jewels of the Southern Utah area is the performing arts scene at the Tuacahn Amphitheater, which is located less than 20 minutes away in Ivins. The Tuacahn puts on concerts, shows, and musicals year round, but one of the most anticipated events at the venue is during the winter season: Christmas In The Canyon. If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit while sharing a memorable evening with family and friends, you won’t want to miss this event.

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Christmas In The Canyon

Christmas In The Canyon has become a tradition for many in the local community, and it’s unlike any other event that the Tuacahn Amphitheater hosts. The venue is strung with beautiful light displays and holiday music fills the plaza. There are several components to Christmas In The Canyon, including a gift and concessions gallery, a special visit from Santa, train ride and a Live Nativity. Admission into Tuacahn Theater is free but you do need to purchase tickets to view the Live Nativity or ride the Old Salty Train.

Christmas Event Details

The Live Nativity is a 20 minute retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ on the Tuacahn Amphitheater stage. It occurs at 7:00pm and 8:00pm each night that Christmas In The Canyon is being held. The cost to see the performance is $3 per person or $20 per family (up to ten people). In addition to the wonderful volunteer actors, the Live Nativity features camels and other animals to make the performance even more realistic.

After viewing the Live Nativity hop on the Old Salty Train, and take a train ride through the majestic red rocks of Padre Canyon. The train runs from 6:00-8:30 PM. The cost to ride the Old Salty Train is $2 per person. 

Santa Claus can be found in the plaza from 6:00-8:00 PM. In the Gift Gallery attendees will find tasty treats, hot chocolate, and other bites along with booths from artisan vendors. Those who haven’t gotten their holiday shopping done will find plenty for everyone on their list.

In 2019, Christmas In The Canyon takes place most Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from November 29th through December 23rd. This is a great opportunity to continue an old tradition or start a new one. For a family friendly Christmas event that everyone can enjoy, check out Christmas In The Canyon at the Tuacahn Amphitheater this year.

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