Locals Feel The Christmas Spirit at Tuacahn Live Nativity
St. George, Utah – Each year Tuacahn puts on Christmas in the Canyon Which runs every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 27 through December 21, 2015. During this time they also hold many activities, and one of them is the Live Nativity which is presented in the amphitheater at 7pm and 8pm. The Live Nativity is a family favorite which through music, narration and acting tells the story of the birth of the Christ child.
The Live Nativity has a special meaning for locals of Enterprise, Utah, and the Shurtliff family of Gunlock, Utah. The Shurtliff’s are participating in their third Live Nativity. Stacie Shurtliff explains that after you sign up for the nativity they assign you roles, set you on stage, and get your costumes like clockwork. The stage is set with the props, lights, and sound is prerecord, then they bring on the live animals. Sierra Terry of Enterprise also took part of the Live Nativity for her first time as a shepherd and said, “I had a great time being a shepherd, and I had no idea the camels were so big.”
Stacie Shurtliff said that the the best part of the Live Nativity was how she felt, “the spirit you feel as they tell the story.” This has been a family affair for the Shurtliff’s for the past couple of three years. Her 3 kids; Sofie, Ellie, Jo B were shepherds and her husband Larry was a wiseman. “I was a towns person along with my little niece Savannah who is two,” said Shurtliff as she talked about enjoying time on stage with friends and family. Shurtliff said, “this year Larry’s brother Tim, and his wife amber were Mary and Joseph. They have 3 little girls and they are expecting their first boy in February.” It has become very personal to them and even magical as they spend time with the children watching them in awe with all that the Live Nativity offers. Shurtliff said “It’s just a great feeling and a wonderful way to begin the season with great perspective.”
The Hunt family from Enterprise also shared time on stage with the Shurtliff family. Lyndee and Todd Hunt took their family down to be part of the Live Nativity again. Lyndee said, “they are great to work with at Tuacahn. They are very organized and have everything ready.” Lyndee and her two daughters Allie and Kalee were angles, her youngest son Dax was a shepherd, and her husband Todd was a Roman Soldier. “We had a lot of fun”, said Lyndee as she talked about the experience it was for her family.
No matter if you’re on the stage with the live animals or watching the Live Nativity from the seats, you are in for the real spirit of Christmas at Tuacahn.
Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn is fun for the entire family. Listed below are the activities you can look forward to when you visit Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 27 through December 21, 2015.
- Live Nativity 7 & 8 p.m. Purchase Tickets to the Live Nativity HERE $2 per person
- Holiday train ride on the Old Salty Train provided by Ruby’s Inn. $2 per person
- Santa Claus from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
- Hot chocolate & other delicious treats at concessions.
- Christmas items and Holiday gifts at the Tuacahn Gift Gallery.
- Christmas Lights & Holiday music on the plaza
- Open fire
There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon. It’s Tuacahn’s way of saying “thank you” to the community for its support and to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas.
Main Photo: Kyle Terry – Photo Credit: Stacie Shurtliff