- Make sure you wear walking shoes, and bundle up! Visit the Huntsman Hotel for hot chocolate, soup, and other goodies to keep you warm!
- Make sure you ride the train (it's included in the admission price), and see some beautiful light displays. There are two places to pick up the train: In front of the Huntsman Hotel, and in front of the main entrance. The train usually runs every 10-15 minutes or so.
- Make sure you take time to go into every house and store. Even the houses that look "dark", make sure to peek inside and see if there's anything in there. One of the houses we almost passed by because it didn't look "open", but when we went inside, there was a pioneer man telling all about stockings and how the tradition got started. He even presented each child (ages 0 to 101) with a special pioneer stocking. You can see a short clip of this in the video at the end.
- Don't be afraid to talk to the pioneers and ask them questions! They are all very knowledgable and friendly, and we heard some great stories and songs we wouldn't have heard otherwise!
- I wish I would have brought a large bag or backpack. There are so many crafts, free stockings, and many other things that we were given, and by the end it was hard to juggle all of it in my hands and overflowing purse. Take advantage of all there is offered, and bring something to carry it all in!
View the video here: (No need to adjust your screen settings. Because the pioneers didn't have electricity, they did everything by candlelight. The video is automatically darker than usual. Seeing the candlelight atmosphere in person really adds to the experience!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUtLhjIHajM
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