ZOOLIGHTS AT UTAH’S HOGLE ZOO
During the holiday season, Utah’s Hogle Zoo lights up with over 200 lighted animal and holiday-themed displays in the evenings. Guests are invited to make s’mores, sip hot chocolate, and explore the 135-foot tunneled walkway. And the fun doesn’t stop on Christmas Day. Bring the kids and countdown to the New Year (well before midnight) with a special lighted countdown display.
- 2021 Candlelight Christmas Dec 7 – 23 This Is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 Sunnyside Ave S Salt Lake City, UT
- 23 DEC Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico Thu, 8 – 10 PM Weber State University Department of Performing Arts, 1901 University Cir Ogden, UT
ICE SKATING AT THE GALLIVAN CENTER
In downtown Salt Lake, the city lights the streets with holiday-themed displays. A lovely spot to learn to skate while enjoying pop music, The Gallivan Center offers skating throughout the winter months along with ice skate rental included for just $5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional skating venues can be found throughout the valley and include the Olympic-level facilities that are open to the public.
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas comes to Temple Square with turning on the lights. This year there will be displays and limited lights (due to construction). The Salt Lake Tabernacle will have a unique Peace on Earth Christmas Nativity. Other presentations include “The Christ Child” in the Conference Center Theater. It is free and easy to tour the grounds and see the lights any night of the season.
Christmas in Downtown Tree Lighting and Parade (Logan): November 27 at 4:30-7:30 (4:30 Santa arrives, 5:30 Tree Lighting, visits with Santa until 7:30 FREE
Zootah Christmas Lights: (Logan): November 27-Dec.18 (Th, F, and Sat). 4:30-8:00 pm at Zootah with reindeer encounters. Free cookies and hot cocoa.
Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt (Logan): Dec. 6-25, 2021 FREE
Parade of Gingerbread Homes (Logan): Dec. 4-31. Walk around downtown and vote on your favorite gingerbread creations. FREE
Sleigh Rides on the Farm at American West Heritage Center (Wellsville): Dec. 4, 11, 18, 20-23, 27-Jan. 1. Tickets include sleigh ride, cocoa, and sledding hill.
Box Elder County
Tremonton Lights (Tremeonton) Nov. 24-Jan 1 from 5:30-11:30 pm every night at the Tremonton City Office. FREE
Brigham City Christmas Village (Brigham City): Dec. 2-Jan. 3 Located at 1 South Main street in Brigham CIty
Gingerbread House Contest Display (Brigham City): Dec. 2-Jan 3. Gingerbread house contest entries on display at the Brigham City Christmas Village. More details on entering here.
Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden Nov 27-Jan 1 FREE
Lights On Sherwood: Kaysville FREE
Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay Nov. 26-Dec. 30
Layton City Lights: Layton Nov. 21-Jan. 1 FREE
Eloras Lights: Farmington FREE
Frozen in Time: Ogden Dinosaur Park (tickets go on sale November 15)
Salt Lake County
Christmas in Color: Located at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan. Nov. 19-Jan 1. Use code AdventureFamily15 to save 15% off tickets.
North Pole Festival: Rio Tinto Stadium. November 26-Jan. 2. A new walk-thru light display. Discount code “adventure15” to save 15% off tickets.
West Salt Lake Valley Christmas Light Drive: We created this list with 8 awesome stops in the West area of Salt Lake valley.
Tree of Life: Draper FREE
Twas the Lights Before Christmas: Riverton Nov. 30-Dec. 31 FREE
Whoville: West Valley City FREE
Christmas in Cottonwood: Cottonwood Heights FREE
Highland Valley Club Drive: Sandy FREE
Shoop Christmas Lights: Sandy FREE
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: SLC FREE
Christmas Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Bible Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Christmas Street: Taylorsville FREE
Christmas Street: Magna FREE
Temple Square Lights: SLC FREE Limited Lights due to construction. A New “Peace on Earth” presentation projected on ceiling of Tabernacle. Showings run every 15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Zoo Lights: SLC Dec. 3-23, 26-31 from 5:30-9:30 pm. Bonus: you can ride the carousel and sometimes see a few animals. And you can visit Santa as part of your admission price to Zoo Lights.
Lightwalk at Liberty Park: SLC Dec. 3-18 from 5-10 pm.
Grand America Holiday Windows: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 M- TH: 4 PM – 8 PM and FRI – SUN: 10 AM-5PM
Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place Heritage Park: Dec. 7-23 from 5-9 PM. Our favorite Christmas adventure!
Christkindlmarket at This is the Place: Dec. 1-4. FREE
Candy Windows (South Jordan): FREE (no dates yet)https://500ea420223b5124d565ba4ec8eccb06.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Macys Candy Windows (SLC): No dates yet FREE
Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 20- Dec. 31 FREE
Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events
Park City Snow Globe Stroll: Park City, November 25-January 5 FREE
Luminaria: Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Nov. 18-Jan. 1
Highland Christmas Lights: Highland FREE
Saratoga Springs Christmas Light Drive: 8 different houses in one night FREE
Engh Family Christmas Lights: Saratoga Springs FREE
A Very Merry Meridian: Saratoga Springs FREE
Lehi Christmas Lights: Lehi (11 different houses pretty close to each other) FREE
Butterfield Family Lights: Lehi FREE
Howlett Family Light Show: Lehi FREE
On the Bright Side: Lehi FREE
Edwards Family Lights Show: Pleasant Grove FREE
Pleasant Grove Christmas Lights: 9 Houses in one night. FREE
Imaginorium: Nov. 29-Dec. 23, M-Th 4-9 pm and F-Sat 4-10 pm.
Christmas at the Orchard: Orem Nov. 16-Jan. 2 from 5-11 PM FREE
Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork November 25-Jan. 1
Salem Pond Lights: Salem Nov. 26-Jan. 1 FREE
Christmas Story Murals: Salem FREE
Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine): Dec. 2-4, 10-11. Tickets are $5/person.
Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): November 26-29 and December 2-4 –reserve FREE tickets ahead of time. One can of food per person donation encouraged.
Live Nativity at the Orchard (Orem): December 10 from 6-8 pm.
Payson Community Creche: (Payson): Dec. 3 & 4 from 4-9 pm. There is a live nativity, indoor and outdoor nativity displays.
A Babe is Born (Lehi): Dec. 17-22. New location this year. Use code LEHIMOMs to save 20% off.
Provo River Cruise (Provo) Dec. 1-23. Take a cruise on the Provo River and Santa rows up in a row boat.
Riley’s Family Christmas (Genola): Monday, Friday, & Saturday starting November 29 from 5:30-8:30
Young Living Family Farm Country Christmas (Mona): Wagon Rides and Light Display. Mon, Fri, and Sat from November 26–December 22. 6–9 p.m.The week of Christmas, wagon rides on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 20–22.
Young Living Farm Country Christmas: Nov. 26-Dec.22 from 6-9 pm.
Evermore Park Aurora Winter Festival: Pleasant Grove. Dates beginning Nov. 26, 2021 on Fridays & Saturdays.
Gingerbread House Display: University Place Mall in Orem. Nov. 29-Dec. 4
A Pioneer Christmas: Provo Pioneer Village on Dec. 17, 18, and 20 from 5-8 pm.
Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: November 27 @ 6:15-9 pm FREE
Rocky Mountain Outfitters Carriage Rides (Jordanelle State Park): Sleigh Rides through the lights all the way through winter. So you can do this adventure after Christmas, too.
Follow His Star Creche exhibit (Midway): exhibit of over 500 creches. Friday-Monday 1-7 pm through Dec. 20.
North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 22 – Dec. 23. Ride the Heber Valley Railroad with Santa. Cocoa and cookies provided.
Live Nativity at Christmas Celebration: Dec. 15 at 6:00 and 7:30 pm FREE
Christmas Town Utah (Helper): No dates yet. There are many events and tons of lights in Helper since it is know as Christmas Town Utah.
Christmas on the Farm (Cedar City): November 26-27, Dec. 4, 8, 11, & 15, at 10-4. Tickets required
Christmas at the Homestead (Cedar City): Frontier Homestead Museum has decorations, including the Twelve Trees of Christmas. Dec. 11-24. Admission Free after 5:00 PM for the light display.
Tree Lightings and Santa Arrivals
Christmas In Dixie Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (Washington): November 29 at 6-8 pm at Veteran’s Park. FREE hot chocolate and doughnuts and wagon rides.
St. George Town Square Tree Lighting: November 29 at 6 – 8 pm FREE Santa will be here!
Christmas in the Canyon (St. George): Nov. 26 – Dec. 23 at 6-9 PM. Lights, train rides, live Nativities, and Santa.
Red Hills Desert Garden Lights (St. George): Nov. 26-Jan. 2 at 5-10 pm. FREE
St. George Gingerbread House Parade (St. George): Nov. 29-Dec. 11 Different businesses have gingerbread houses on display. Map coming soon of where to visit.
Hedgehog Electric Christmas Light Display Map: this map of St. George Christmas Lights isn’t out yet, but we will update this link once it is ready–the link currently goes to the 2020 list.
North Pole Express at Thunder Junction (St. George): Every Friday, Saturday, and Monday for the first 3 weekends in December from 6-8 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the St. George Leisure Services Office, starting Nov. 22nd, 2021.
Thanks for @Stgeorge_Kids for giving us a few ideas for the St. George area.
Holly Days Festival (Vernal): November 26: A day full of fun, FREE activities throughout the Vernal area including a light parade and fireworks.
- Jingle Bus
- Hardware Ranch Sleigh Rides (elk viewing still available, but no rides).
- Polar Express Lindon