FREDONIA, Ariz. — Pipe Springs National Monument’s “Holiday Traditions” annual event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, aims to bring out the best traditions across cultures from throughout the region.

Along with other activities, the Holiday Traditions event this year will begin with a ranger program and unveiling of the newest Pipe Spring National Monument museum exhibit: A chair used by Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the first Utah Territorial Governor.

The transportation of the chair to the monument was a collaborative effort between Pipe Spring National Monument and their park partner organization, the Zion National Park Forever Project.

“As Pipe Spring’s official non-profit partner, we are humbled by the opportunity to fund projects like this one that connect us to the past.  Significant pieces like this chair tie us back to the earliest days of this historic site and working ranch while offering a glimpse into life in the mid-1800s,” Zachary Almaguer, director of communication at Zion National Park Forever Project, said.

Guests should come prepared for cool early-winter temperatures which average from 30 to 60 degrees. Activities will take place in the monument visitor center as well as outside around the grounds.

A table displays tools used during the late 1800s at “Winsor Castle,” Pipe Springs National Monument, Arizona, April 24, 2016 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Schedule and activities  

The Dec. 2 event goes from 4-7:30 p.m. and includes the following activities:

Unveiling of new Brigham Young Chair museum exhibit at 4 p.m.
Victorian-era crafts: holiday cards, ragdolls, ornaments and crochet.
Southern Paiute drumming and stories.
Winsor Castle decorated in 1800s style, lit by lantern light.
Holiday caroling.
Hot cider and donuts at the chuckwagon.
Historic blacksmithing demonstration.
Fresh bread and jam at the wood stove.

For questions about the evening event, call 928-643-7105 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily.

Pipe Spring National Monument also will be recognizing the holiday season with special hours and closures allowing the staff to spend time with family.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Opening at 9:30 a.m. due to a staff holiday event and meeting.
Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 – Closed for the Christmas Holiday.
Sunday, Dec. 31 – Closing at 2 p.m. for New Years Eve.
Monday, Jan. 1 – Closed for New Years Day.

To learn more about the monument, hours of operation and other activities available at Pipe Spring National Monument, visit monument website.