SALT LAKE CITY—The Church History Museum will welcome the Christmas season with a new exhibit and two holiday celebrations.


  • Artwork and Crèche exhibit – Opening 19 November, the exhibit will feature Nativity, a large mural by Brian Kershisnik. This painting illustrates a host of angels surrounding Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus. Other Christmas-themed artwork will be displayed, including paintings by LDS artists Elspeth Young and Walter Rane. The exhibit will also present crèches (nativity sets) from around the world.


  • Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration – This hour-long interactive program for children will illustrate a nineteenth century Mormon pioneer Christmas through stories, games, dance, music and a visit from Father Christmas. The program will be presented twice, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 4 December. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Free tickets are available at


  • New Year’s Celebration – Special hands-on children’s activities and historical presentations featuring the Living History Pioneers will be held on 29-31 December. Celebration hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 29th and 30th, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 31st. Guests are also invited to enjoy the “Latin American Celebration” children’s exhibit while participating in the museum’s holiday events.


The Church History Museum is located at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit