I grew up enjoying a white Christmas every year in Utah. We go back for the holidays every year and try to fit in family favorites. Utah’s Adventure Family has a great list of Christmas activities to do in Utah you can visit here. Here is a list of my favorites and things I want to try and do in future years.
Tree Lighting Events
City Creek Holiday Kick Off (SLC): November 17 @ 6-8 pm FREE
Lighting of the Riverwoods (Provo): November 18 @ 6-9 pm FREE
Layton Holiday Lighting Ceremony: November 21 @ 6-7 pm FREE
Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: November 26 @ 6-8 pm FREE
Park City Electric Light Parade: November 26 @ 4-6:30 pm FREE
Ogden City Electric Light Parade & Lighting Ceremony: November 26 @ 5:30 pm FREE
Tree of Life (Draper): November 28 @ 6-8 pm FREE
Christmas Fireworks Spectacular (Ephraim): Dec. 2, Parade from 6-7 pm, Fireworks 7:15
Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden FREE
Harley Davidson Shop: Ogden FREE
All Those Lights: Ogden FREE
Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay
Salt Lake County
Christmas in Color: Kearns by the Olympic Oval
Tree of Life: Draper FREE
Draper City Park Tree of Life-Take 12300 South exit and it will turn to 12500 South. Head East to 1300 East and turn south (right) you won’t miss this glowing park and enormous Tree of Life with over 1,000 strands of lights.
Christmas in Cottonwood: Cottonwood Heights FREE
Bible Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: SLC FREE
Winder Lane: West Valley City FREE (unless you buy treats)
Christensen & Hymas Law Office: Draper FREE
Christmas Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Christmas Street: Taylorsville FREE
Neff Circle Lights: East Millcreek FREE
Temple Square Lights: SLC FREE
Temple Square-starting the day after Thanksgiving see the Christmas lights over 35 acres of downtown Salt lake. Free concerts and a live nativity through the month of December.
Zoo Lights: SLC–bonus: you can ride the carousel and sometimes see a few animals.
Santa’s Workshop: Saratoga Springs FREE
Lehi Christmas Lights: Lehi (3 different houses very close to each other) FREE
Christmastime in Loch Lomond: Saratoga Springs FREE
Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point-Enchanting mile walk through the Ashton Gardens completely transformed with 120 foot tree all lit up. Cost $20 per adult and $13 for kids age 3-12. You can also purchase an Explorer pass and get admission to the Thanksgiving Point museums for free the entire day and go see the lights in the evening. Cost is $25 per adult and $17 per kids. This will get you into the Museum of Curiosity and the Museum of Ancient Life as well as the Farm Country.
Orem Christmas Lights: Orem FREE
Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork
Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork– Running nightly from 6-10pm $7 per car wind your way through a fun park full of Christmas music and lights.
Salem Pond Lights: Salem FREE
Christmas in Color: Provo
Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): December 2-5–reserve FREE tickets ahead of time. Canned food or children’s book donation optional.
Echoes of Christmas (Liberty Park, SLC): Not sure if this is going to happen this year or not.
Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine): Dec.3-7 –Reserve tickets early. $1/ticket–Sold out for 2016! Get on the email reminder list for next year.
Weber County Holiday Festival (Ogden): Dec 2-6–Live Nativity at 6, 6:30 or 7 pm, and over 2000 nativities on display all day. FREE.
Nativity in the Glen (SLC): December 7 from 6-9 pm. Bring an offering of canned or dry-packaged food for the Utah Food Bank or a monetary donation for The Homeless Youth Center.
Live Nativity (Fountain Green): December 16 from 6-8 pm. FREE and refreshments served.
Ride (trains/boats, wagons….)
Jingle Bus (SLC): FREE
North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 27 – Dec. 24
Provo River Cruise (Provo) Dec. 1-23
Burger Stop Hayrides (Layton) Dec. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19
Christmastime on the Farm (Riverton) Dec. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, & 21 from 6-9 pm. Advance tickets required.
Traverse Mountain Outlets Sleigh Rides (Lehi) Dec. 2-23, closed on Sunday
Christmas Devotional– First Presidency devotional at the conference center Dec 4, 2016 6pm-7:15pm.
Festival of Trees-Wonderful place to get in the spirit of Christmas by seeing a bunch of decorated christmas trees, gingerbread houses, wreaths and more.
Ice Castles-Walk through the enchanting ice castles at Midway weekdays from 3-9pm admission $10 adult and Children (4-11 )$7. Weekends prices are $14 for adults and $9 for children and Saturday hours are extended to 12pm-10pm. Also experience meeting Elsa and a spectacular fire breathing show on the weekends.
Christkindlmarkt (SLC): Dec. 1-3 FREE
Ice Scuplting Demonstrations (Thanksgiving Point): Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 6:30-7:30 pm FREE
Utah Valley Handbell Ringers (Utah County): Concerts Dec. 2, 5, 7, & 11 FREE
Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 19- Christmas FREE
Community Messiah (Eagle Mountain & Saratoga Springs): Dec. 5 & 9 FREEperformances
Dickens Christmas Festival (SLC): Dec. 8-10
Larry H. Miller Christmas Carole Sing Along (SLC): Dec. 12 from 7-10 pm.
Candlelight Christmas @ This is the Place Heritage Park (SLC): Dec. 9-23, 26
A Pioneer Christmas @ Provo Pioneer Village (Provo): Dec. 16, 17, and 19 from 6-8:30 pm.
Grand America Holiday Windows (SLC): Nov. 22 – Dec. 31 FREE
Christmas Trees–cut your own!