LAS VEGAS — Celebrate the season and Nevada’s historical heritage at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park. The park will be hosting two Christmas-themed celebrations in December.
On Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. the park’s hands-on history program for children continues with a Christmas at Los Vegas Rancho, the name of the fort in 1860s. Families will enjoy this authentic historical Christmas, and children will make old-fashioned tree ornaments to take home. A living history program will take place when O.D. Gass, an historic character from 1865, visits the Rancho like he did at Christmas many years ago.
The park is also hosting its second annual Pioneer Christmas celebration on Friday, December 12, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Visitors will experience a 1860’s-style Christmas with Civil War soldiers, pioneer families, mountain men, spinners and weavers. This family friendly “Pioneer Christmas” celebration will include refreshments, live music, pictures with Santa, Dutch-oven cobblers and campfire marshmallows.
The “Festival of Trees” and a Christmas train scene by the Las Vegas Railroad Club will be on display from Saturday, December 6 to Saturday December 13. The park will be collecting canned food for those less fortunate during this time.
Entrance fees to the park include all the featured program activities and are only $1 for visitors over the age of 12. Children 12 and under are free.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is located on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue at 500 East Washington Avenue. For more information, call 702-486-3511.