Southern Utah students go cross-country skiing around Cedar City, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.(Photo: Jordan Allred / The Spectrum & Daily News)Buy PhotoCONNECT>TWEET> 2 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
Winter in Cedar City just doesn’t get the love it deserves.
During the summer months, residents and visitors alike are all enamored with the big events, like the Utah Shakespeare Festival, July Jamboree or the Utah Summer Games.
But the winter season also offers its fair share of fun. From holiday events galore to snow play, Cedar City is a frosty dream this time of year.
Here are the top seven things to do in Cedar City, Utah during winter. Feel free to let us know in the comments section if we managed to forget your can’t-miss winter activity!>Buy Photo
A family uses the hill at Canyon View High for sledding, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (Photo: Jordan Allred / The Spectrum & Daily News)
Iron County’s biggest bragging point is the fact that we have snow when neighboring Washington County generally doesn’t. Brian Head Ski Resort is scheduled to officially open…. Sometime. The official Nov. 17 opening date has been pushed back due to a lack of snow, but hopefully we’ll see some of the fluffy white stuff soon. The resort offers skiing and snowboarding.
You don’t need a ski pass to get the most of the winter wonderland found on the mountains. Try out snow shoeing or cross country skiing on one of Cedar Mountain’s many trails. The Deer Hollow Winter Recreation area, located approximately 22 miles east of Cedar City on SR-14, offers more than 23-miles of groomed trials suitable all abilities.
Another option is to take the whole family out for a good old fashioned day of tubing and sledding. While you don’t need a specific location to slide through the snow, we recommend Wood’s Ranch located 12 miles east of Cedar City off of SR-14.
Of course, we still need that first big snow dumping of the season. Now is the time to start doing your snow dance.
6. Sip some hot chocolate at The Grind
After a long day of playing in the snow, there’s no better way to warm up than with a toasty mug of hot chocolate from The Grind Coffee House. Shed that puffy winter coat, scarf and gloves to cozy up in one of their comfy chairs as you enjoy a decadent peppermint mocha topped with whipped cream. Pair it with a steaming bowl of the soup of the day for a meal bound to ward off the cold in no time.
The Grind Coffee House is conveniently located at 19 N. Main St. and is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.>Buy Photo
Brian Head Resort Rail Jam, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (Photo: Jordan Allred / The Spectrum & Daily News)
5. Get your holiday shopping done early
OK, we know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t knock a few people off of your Christmas shopping list early. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, shoppers can get a head start at Parowan’s annual Christmas in the Country at the Iron County Fairgrounds. Shop the holiday bazaar or start getting into the holiday spirit now that you’re done chowing down on turkey with a Christmas concert. The event starts at 10 a.m. on both Nov. 24 and 25. Saturday will end with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in the Parowan Town Square at 6:15 p.m.
Forget Black Friday. Instead, shop the alternative Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 at the Holiday Extravaganza. Ten local vendors will be on-hand with gifts you won’t be able to find in stores. The shopping event will be held at the Barn at Cedar Meadows, 1419 W. 3000 North in Cedar City, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.>
A child helps his family load up a Christmas tree cut on Dixie National Forest property. (Photo: Dixie National Forest / For The Spectrum & Daily News)
4. Chop down your own Christmas tree
Embrace your inner lumberjack by cutting down your own Christmas tree this year. Pack up the axe and hot chocolate before bundling up for a trip up the mountain in search of the perfect tree to grace your living room this holiday season. Permits are available for $10 for a tree up to 10 feet tall from the Dixie National Forest Cedar City Ranger District, 1789 N. Wedgewood Lane, or at the Hurst Ace Hardware on 165 S. Main St.
Remember to stick to the designated cutting areas outlined in the map provided with your permit. Families planning to cut their own tree to be prepared for unpredictable winter weather and snow-packed roads. Let others know where you will be travelling to cut the tree, as well as an approximate return time.>Buy Photo
Christmas lights in Cedar City. (Photo: Jordan Allred / The Spectrum & Daily News)
3. Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the Christmas lights
Cedar City knows how to do Christmas lights. Just driving down Main Street is enough to get even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit. The historic downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights carefully strong from each streetlight and holiday decorations lights finishing off each corner. After that, drive toward the north end of town for a stroll down Christmas Lane. House after house on four roads in the middle of the Cedar Ridge Golf Course are decked out in lights and decorations for a journey through the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem. To get there, take Knoll Street to Fairview Drive, which connects into the loop.
The lights on Christmas Lane will officially switch on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.>Buy Photo
A girl sits on Santa's lap at the Frontier Homestead State Park during their annual Christmas festival. (Photo: Jordan Allred / The Spectrum & Daily News)
2. Christmas at the Homestead
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays – or the Frontier Homestead. The Homestead Christmas Market captures the sights, sounds and ambiance of a traditional pioneer bazaar and provides a truly unique family friendly holiday experience. The museum is filled with local entertainment by the Utah Shakespeare Festival, crafts, tasty treats and even an appearance from St. Nicholas himself from Dec. 6-8. The cost is $2 per person or $5 per family.
1. Go ice skating
There’s no winter scene more picturesque then twirling around an ice skating rink. The Glacier, located between the Aquatic Center and the Lake at the Hills on 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive, is the only ice skating rink in southern Utah. The ice rink will open for the season on Nov. 24. Best of all, ice skating is available even if there isn't any snow on the ground.d Public skate is only $3 per person with skate rentals available for an additional $2.
Check out their website at cedarcityglacier.com for the full public skate schedule.
Follow reporter Bree Burkitt on Twitter, @BreeBurkitt. Call her at 435-218-2241.
Source : http://www.thespectrum.com/story/life/entertainment/events/2017/11/14/7-activities-add-your-cedar-city-winter-bucket-list/860367001/