Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are temporarily closed until April 20 or later.
This is an exciting time of the year for both our guests and staff. Every year there is always something new at Christmas Town. Even the staff anxiously await the arrival of the new designs that will be put in the Garden of Lights. Last year it was the many differently colored and grouped snowmen spaced throughout the garden. This year, one of the new designs will be beautifully-colored spirals hanging from the trees. This picture hardly does it justice! You’ll have to come out and see the displays for yourself in December.
The other thing exciting around this time of year is the drive to beat last year’s shoebox count for the Operation Christmas Child outreach. The staff brings in shoeboxes filled with exciting things for children in countries around the world. Our goal was 200 boxes, which we well exceeded.
Just to think of the smiles on children’s faces and the opportunity to get them the gospel message makes for a great feeling this time of year when we get to enjoy so much and reflect on ways that we can do something for others. Though hosting Christmas Town for our community takes a large amount of volunteer work and giving, the chance to shed light on the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—is priceless!