A favorite tradition for many Utahns this time of year is to load the family into the car and drive around looking at the Christmas lights around town. No matter where you are in the state, you are sure to find displays put on both by personal and commercial entities. As you make plans to take part in this pastime, make sure you include some of these gems if they’re in your neck of the woods.
Fantasy at the Bay
A light display like you have never seen, your family will drive through the park and enjoy a colorful display of festive scenes, outlined in lights.
Location: Willard Bay State Park
Dates: November 28-December 31, 2014 from 5-10 pm (closed Christmas Day)
Price: There is a small charge per vehicle
Ogden Christmas Village
Come see cottages modeled after Santa’s village in the North Pole! Adding to the holiday fun will be a train ride, nightly entertainment, and an Electric Parade. There are even reindeer scheduled to visit the village December 19-20 from 6-8 pm in the plaza near Santa’s Castle.
Location: By the Ogden City Plaza
Dates: Saturdays after Thanksgiving through January 1, 2015.
Temple Square Lights
Each year, Temple Square is one of the most visited attractions of the season. Walk around to see the beautiful lights and nativity display on historic Temple Square.
Location: Temple Square, Downtown SLC
Dates: November 28-December 31, 2014
Zoolights at Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Just because the weather has cooled down does not mean it is too late to be making a trip to the zoo. Go enjoy over one million holiday lights in trees and over 250 animated light displays. Santa and his reindeer will also be making visits for the kids to enjoy.
Location: 2600 Sunnyside Ave, SLC
Dates: November 29-December 31, 2014 (closed Christmas Day)
Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place
Check out the park as you have never seen it before. At the beginning you will enjoy dinner and then be able to go through the light displays and then meet Santa!
Location: 2601 East Sunnyside Ave, SLC
Dates: December 8-27, 2014 (closed 24-25)
Price: $11/adults, $8/children (3-11) and seniors, ages 2 and under free.
Put on yearly by the residents of Royalwood Dr, the holiday decorations display stories for all to see. With so much going on, walking may be better than driving for this one.
Location: 5400 S 3200 W, SLC
Boasting more than 1 million lights, enjoy lit up displays of snowmen, angels, toy soldiers, reindeer and more!
Location: 3003 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi
Dates: November 28- December 27, 2014 from 6-10 pm (Closed Sundays and Christmas Day)
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
Listen to 99.9 FM as you drive through this fun display of holiday lights!
Location: 3300 E Powerhouse Rd, Spanish Fork
Dates: November 27, 2014- January 1, 2015 from 6-10 pm
Price: $7/car, $20/large vehicle, $30 per bus
Pond Town Christmas
Take a drive to see a festive light display around the pond.
Location: Salem, UT
Dates: November 28, 2014-January 2, 2015 from 5:30-10:30 pm
Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn
As a thank you to the community for their continued support, Tuacahn invites all to come celebrate the holidays with them. The fun includes lights, a live nativity, hot chocolate and treats.
Location: 110 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins
Dates: November 28- December 22, 2014
Price: Entry is free!
As you drive around admiring all the holiday lights this year, you may be inspired to create a great display of your own. While you might not be one to create a large display timed to music in your own front yard, you can still put together your own holiday light display that will be a joy to all who see it.
As you put up your lights this year, keep in mind some of the suggestions found here, such as adding a little bit of variety to the way you hang your lights and creating a focal point for the display. Your home and yard will help to propagate the holiday cheer and who knows? Maybe it will grow into a tradition that will someday invite others to drive by just to see your lights.
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