Christmas Activities in Utah 2019

It’s that time again! Christmas activities start happening all over Utah even thought it is only November. Many events happen before Thanksgiving even comes around. We try to visit as many different places and events as possible, so click on the links for more information. Please let us know if you have a recommendation by leaving a comment or sending us an email.

Tree Lighting Events

Outlets at Traverse Mountain Tree Lighting (Lehi): November 16 @ 5:30 pm FREE Christmas Cottages open from 2-5 pm.

City Creek Holiday Kick Off (SLC): November 21 @ 6-9 pm FREE

Lighting of the Riverwoods (Provo): November 15 @ 5:30-9 pm FREE

Santa’s Arrival at Station Park (Farmington): November 23 @ 5:30-8 pm. FREE

Layton Holiday Lighting Ceremony: November 25 @ 6-7:30 pm FREE

Manti Light Parade (Manti): November 29 @ Dusk FREE

Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade: November 29 @ 7:00 pm FREE

Lights on Wakefield Lighting Ceremony: November 29 @6:30-8:30 PM FREE (mascots and Santa come on this night, lights are on every night after)

Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: November 30 @ 6-7 pm FREE

Park City Electric Light Parade: November 30 @ 4-6:30 pm FREE

Ogden City Electric Light Parade & Lighting Ceremony: November 30 @ 5:30 pm FREE

Lights On! Gallivan Center: November 29 @ 4-7 PM. Activities FREE, but skating costs remain.

Tree of Life (Draper): December 2 @ 6-8 pm FREE

Night of Lights (Herriman): Dec. 2 @ 5-9 pm FREE Lights on at 6:00. Lots of events the rest of the night.

Light Displays

Highland Christmas Lights

Weber County

Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden FREE

Harley Davidson Shop: Ogden FREE

All Those Lights: Ogden FREE

Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay

Layton City Lights: Layton FREE

Salt Lake County

Christmas in Color: Located at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan. Use our discount code of “adventureincolor” to save 15% off tickets.

Tree of Life: Draper FREE

Lights on Wakefield: West Valley City FREE

Christmas in Cottonwood: Cottonwood Heights FREE

Highland Valley Club Drive: Sandy FREE

Shoop Christmas Lights: Sandy FREE

Bible Street: Sugarhouse FREE 

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: SLC FREE

Christmas Street: Sugarhouse FREE

Christmas Street: Taylorsville FREE

Neff Circle Lights: East Millcreek FREE

Temple Square Lights: SLC FREE

Zoo Lights: SLC–bonus: you can ride the carousel and sometimes see a few animals.

Utah County

Luminaria: Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

Highland Christmas Lights: Highland FREE

Engh Family Christmas Lights: Saratoga Springs FREE

Lehi Christmas Lights: Lehi (6 different houses very close to each other)  FREE

Howlett Family Light Show: Lehi (perfect to add to the lights above)

On the Bright Side: Lehi

Squires Family Christmas Show: Saratoga Springs  FREE

A Very Merry Meridian: Saratoga Springs FREE

Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork

Salem Pond Lights: Salem FREE

Christmas Story Murals: Salem FREE

Shepherd Family Christmas Lights: Spanish Fork

Washington County

Check out this amazing list that HedgeHog Electric puts together of all the best Christmas light displays in St. George.


Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): November 29- December 2–reserve FREE tickets ahead of time. Canned food or children’s book donation encouraged.

Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine): Not happening in 2019. New location in 2020.

Nativity in the Glen (SLC): Dec. 5 at 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.

Young Living Farm Country Christmas & Live Nativity (Mona): December 14 from 12-6 pm. $5/person.

Check out this post for more living nativity ideas.

Ride (trains/boats, wagons….)

We really enjoyed the Christmas Cruise on the Provo River.

Jingle Bus (SLC): FREE

North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 23 – Dec. 23. Ride the Heber Valley Railroad with Santa.

Provo River Cruise (Provo) Dec. 2-23. Take a cruise on the Provo River and Santa rows up in a row boat.

Burger Stop Hayrides (Layton) No hayrides this year, but Santa will still be at Burger Stop for free visitings on Dec. 6 & 7 , 14 & 15, and 20 & 21 from 5-7:00 pm

Christmastime on the Farm (Riverton) The dates are not out yet for this event.

Santa Sleigh Ride (Midway): Nov. 29- Dec. 23. Take a sleigh ride out to the North Pole and spend some time with Santa. This sleigh ride has moved to Jordanelle Reservoir this year and is called Santa Christmas Lights Ride, but it is run by the same company and sounds very similar. We can’t wait to see the changes!


Picture This Utah has some fun spots to take holiday photos.

Picture This Utah (Trolley Square): Nov- Jan. 4: A super fun spot to take holiday photos. New in 2019. Buy tickets for a session before November 23 and tickets are only $8.

Holly Days Festival (Vernal): November 29: A day full of fun, FREE activities throughout the Vernal area including a light parade and fireworks.

Candy Windows (South Jordan): Dec. 2-31 FREE

Macys Candy Windows (SLC): Nov. 21-Jan. 1 FREE

Christkindlmarkt (SLC): Dec. 4 – Dec. 7 FREE

Utah Valley Handbell Ringers  (Utah County): Concerts Dec. 2, 5, 10, & 15 FREE

Timpanogos Ringers (North Utah County): Concerts Dec. 11 and Dec. 16 FREE

Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 23- Dec.31 FREE

Dickens Christmas Festival (SLC): Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-Dec. 7 (St. George) 10 am -9 pm

Larry H. Miller Christmas Carole Sing Along (SLC): Dec. 16 from 7-8 pm

Candlelight Christmas @ This is the Place Heritage Park (SLC): Dec.  10-23 (M-Sat) $7/adult, $5/child

Nebo Holiday Chorus Messiah: Maple Mountain High (Spanish Fork): Dec. 16 & 18 at 7:30.  FREE Monday performance for all ages, Wednesday performance for ages 8+.

Hardware Ranch Wagon Rides Dec. 6, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020 (Fri-Mon). Elk Festival Dec. 7 from 10-2.

Grand America Holiday Windows (SLC): Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 FREE 

Evermore Park Aurora: Pleasant Grove, Nov. 29- January 25 (most days in December, weekends in January, no Sundays)

Christmas Town Utah (Helper): Nov. 29 Lights on Ceremony at 6:00 pm. Dec. 6 & 7 are electric light parades at 7:00 pm. Fireworks after the Dec. 7 parade. There are many events and tons of lights in Helper since it is know as Christmas Town Utah.

Christmas Trees–cut your own! Pick up permits now. Check your local forest station for info!

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