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2013 Holiday Open House

Images of Spruce Tree House lit up with luminaria
Views of Spruce Tree House lit up during Luminaria Holiday Open House celebrations
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Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde: 2013 Luminaria Holiday Open House

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2013 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District.

Everyone is invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring luminarias, musical entertainment, and refreshments. Ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be offered at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm. Spruce Tree House is available for self-guided tours from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. Rangers will be on hand in Spruce Tree House to answer questions The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9:00 pm. Holiday entertainment featuring local musical groups will be on-going throughout the evening in the museum auditorium. The schedule of performances is as follows:

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Auditorium
5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Fort Lewis College, Bala Sinem Choir, traditional Native American drum and chant
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Fort Lewis College Jazz Trio
6:20 pm - 7:00 pm Meadowlark, contemporary folk rock
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm The Four Corners Community Band, All American songs
Spruce Tree House
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fort Lewis College, Bala Sinem Choir, traditional Native American drum and chant

The non-profit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) museum store will be open highlighting the sale of books, posters, puppets, historic photographs, and great holiday gifts as well as in-store specials. Bring your gift list! Proceeds benefit Mesa Verde National Park.

ARAMARK Concession Services, City Market - Cortez, and the non-profit Mesa Verde Museum Association invite you to warm up with a bowl of white chicken chili, a cup of hot chocolate, and a cookie at the Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

All activities are free, including entry into the park after 4:00 pm. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the park festivities! Dress warmly with winter footwear and bring a flashlight.

Did You Know?

Baron Gustaf Nordenskiold

In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.