Experience an Old-Fashioned Christmas in Nauvoo

Contributed By By Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer

  • December 6, 2013
December 6, 2013
Nauvoo, Illinois, USA

In Nauvoo, the annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas festivities will take place December 6, starting at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is warmly invited to participate. Photo courtesy Alicia Blickfeldt.

Article Highlights

  • The tree lighting ceremony and Christmas festivities are free and open to all.
  • Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to ride horse-drawn carriages and wagons to the Cultural Hall.
  • At the Cultural Hall a live Nativity scene, storytelling, carolers, and refreshments will entertain the guests.


The Nauvoo Visitors’ Center will sponsor its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christmas in Old Nauvoo on Friday, December 6, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the visitors’ center, 350 North Main in Old Nauvoo.

The tree lighting ceremony features the Hamilton High School Jazz Band and the Warsaw High School Chorus. Nauvoo tour guides will sing “Light Up the Tree” as the switch is thrown to light the huge Christmas tree in the middle of the visitors’ center.

After the ceremony everyone is invited to board the decorated horse-drawn carriages and wagons waiting on the west side of the visitors’ center. The old-fashioned Christmas experience begins with wagon passengers and teamsters caroling down to the Cultural Hall. The wagons and carriages will continue to shuttle people back and forth between the visitors’ center to Main Street from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

At the Cultural Hall there will be a live Nativity scene acted out at intervals through the evening. All of the main part of Old Nauvoo will be decorated as it may have been during an 1840s Christmastime. There will be five outdoor fire barrels to warm visitors, with carolers singing at each of them. There will also be old-fashioned Christmas stories told in some of the historic sites. To top it all off, there will be free refreshments with live Christmas music in the Family Living Center throughout the evening.

There is no admission cost, and everyone is warmly invited to participate.