Christmas Activities in Utah 2023

We love Christmas in Utah! There are so many amazing activities and events for families throughout the entire state. Since some some events will begin before Thanksgiving and many tickets are already on sale, we want to share our big list of Christmas Activities in Utah 2023 with you NOW, so you can begin planning.

The list is organized by county to help you more readily find activities near your home. The counties are listed generally from north to south in Utah. Since we live in Utah County, you will notice that we have visited many more spots in Utah and Salt Lake counties. Some activities don’t have dates yet, so they are marked with a question mark, and we will update this post when we get current information for 2023. Let us know if we are missing your favorite Christmas activity by sending us an email:

Red Hills Desert Garden in St. George

Cache County

Freckle Farm Christmas Preview: (Hyde Park) Nov. 10 from 5-7 PM. FREE, but register beforehand. They also have visits with Santa on Nov. 25 & Dec. 9 that cost $12 for a 30 minute family time with Santa.

Zootah Christmas Lights: (Logan): Nov 30-Dec 23 (Th, F, and Sat). 4:00-8:00 pm at Zootah with reindeer encounters.

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting (Logan): November 25 FREE

Cache Valley Straw Maze: November 24-December 23, 2023. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt (Logan): Dec. 2-30, 2023 Walk around downtown and vote on your favorite gingerbread creations. FREE

Sleigh Rides on the Farm (Wellsville): American West Heritage Center on Dec. 10, 17, 21-24, 26-30. Tickets include sleigh ride, cocoa, and sledding hill.

Hardware Ranch Sleigh Rides (Hyrum): Dec. 1-Feb. 15. Fridays through Sundays from 10:00 am-4:30 pm.

Rocky Mountain Reindeer Farm (Logan): Touch the Magic where you visit with the reindeer at the Cache Valley Fairgrounds.

Layton City Lights

Box Elder County

Tremonton Lights (Tremonton) Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 2023 FREE

Tremonton Tree Lighting & Christmas Festival: Dec. 2 from 3-8 pm. FREE

Tremonton Electric Light Christmas Parade: Dec. 2 at 5:30 PM. FREE

Brigham City Christmas Village (Brigham City): Located at 20 N Main street in Brigham CIty. FREE

About Town Scavenger Hunt (Brigham City): Pick up a packet at Brigham City Recreation and return it once you complete the scavenger hunt for a free cookie.

Gingerbread House Contest Display (Brigham City): ???? Gingerbread house contest entries on display at the Brigham City Christmas Village. FREE

Davis/Weber/Morgan County

Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events

Santa’s Arrival at Station Park (Farmington): November 24 @ 3-5 PM. Santa arrives at 5:00 pm. FREE

Ogden Electric Light Parade: November 25 @ 5:30. Lights on and fireworks at 6:30 pm. FREE

Light Displays

A Very Dairy Christmas at Green Acres (Ogden): Dec. 2-17, closed Sundays. Lights, Santa, and Nativity.

Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden Nov 25-Jan 1 FREE

Lights On Sherwood: Kaysville FREE

Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay Dec. 1-Dec. 24

Layton City Lights: Layton No opening date yet-Jan. 1 FREE

Eloras Lights: Farmington FREE

Roy City Christmas Lights: FREE

Weber County Christmas Lights Drive: We created this light drive of places to enjoy Christmas Lights in Weber County. FREE


Hunt Family Nativity, “Miracle of Christmas”: December 20-22, 2023. Shows at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm. FREE

Mountain Green Nativity: Put on by Morgan Valley Church. Dec. 3-4. Shows at different times, so check link. FREE


The North Pole (North Ogden): December 20-23 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Barker Park. Santa, reindeer, hot chocolate and cookies. Next to the Hunt Family Nativity. FREE

Morgan Hometown Christmas and Tree Festival (Morgan): Dec. 2 at 2:00 PM Santa, train rides, photo opps, and music. FREE

Dinos in the Snow: Ogden Dinosaur Park. December 8 & 9

Ogden Christmas Village

Salt Lake County

Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events

Lights on at the Gateway (SLC): November 18 @ 6:30-8:30 PM FREE 

Draper Tree of Life Lighting: November 27 @ 6-8 PM FREE

Light the Night: (South Jordan): Dec. 1 at 6-8 PM. FREE

Lights on Celebration at Gallivan Center (SLC): November 24 @ 4-7 PM. Ice skating and tree lighting. Lights on at 5:30 pm

Taylorsville Tree Lighting Ceremony: (Taylorsville): November 27 @ 6:30 PM at Centennial Plaza. The actual lighting will take place at 7 p.m. Art walk, music, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. FREE

Light Displays

Christmas in Color (South Jordan): Located at the Bastian Agricultural Center (formerly called Salt Lake County Equestrian Center). Nov. 17-Dec 30. Use our code “UTADVENTURE15” to save 15% off tickets.

World of Illumination(SLC): Utah State Fairpark. November 18-Dec. 31. Discount code “WOI2023” to save 15% on weekday tickets through December 14. I also saw these tickets at Costco for the best price.

West Salt Lake Valley Christmas Light Drive: We just divided this drive in to two parts because it has grown so much. This is the Magna & West Valley section.. FREE

Part 2 West Salt Lake Valley Christmas Light Drive: This drive is in the Taylorsville and West Jordan area. FREE

East Salt Lake Valley Christmas Light Drive: 6 stops in Draper and Sandy that you can do all in one night. FREE

Tree of Life: Draper (Nov. 27-Jan. 1) FREE

Twas the Lights Before Christmas: Riverton ??? FREE

Whoville: West Valley City 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  November 24-Jan. 1 from 3:30-10 pm and 6:00-8:00 am. 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: December 6-10, 13-19, 20-23, 26-30 (5:30-9:00 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 Tracy Aviary: SLC Nov. 24-Dec. 23 from 5-9 pm.

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland SLC: one of our favorite Christmas Activities in Utah

Nativity in the Glen (SLC): Nov. 28, 2023 from 6-9 PM


Grand America Holiday Windows (SLC): Nov. 1-Jan. 1: Here are the hours: NOV. 4 – DEC. 20 SUNDAY – THURSDAY: 11 AM – 8PM and FRIDAY – SATURDAY: 10AM – 5PM, but over the holidays DEC. 21 – JAN. 1 they are open 10 AM – 8 PM. Parking fee.

Candlelight Christmas (SLC): This is the Place Heritage Park: Dec. 7-23 from 5-9 PM. Our favorite Christmas adventure!

Christkindlmarket (SLC): This is the Place Heritage Park. Nov. 29 – Dec. 2. FREE

Millcreek Magic Ice Show (Millcreek): Ice skating, Ice Dancing and Fire performances. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets required.

Larry H Miller Christmas Carole Sing-Along (SLC): December 11 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) FREE

Candy Windows (South Jordan): Dec. 1, 2023 – Jan.1, 2024 FREE

Herriman Winter Window Walk (Herriman): Nov 22-Dec 31 FREE

Festival of the Seas (Draper): Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Friday through Monday between November 24-December 24, 2023.

Festival of Trees (Sandy): Nov. 29 – Dec. 2

Macys Candy Windows (SLC): Nov. 16-Jan. 1 FREE

Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 18- Dec. 31 FREE

Parr’s Alpine Wonderland (South Town Mall): Nov. 8-Jan. 21. Winter themed Mini golf. Use code “adventurefamily” to save 20% off on tickets.

Christmas Street in Magna

Tooele County

Benson Grist Mill Lighting and Live Nativity (Stansbury Park): Nov. 27 from 6-8 pm. FREE

Live Nativity and Luminary Walk (Grantsville): Clark Historic Farm. Dec. 9 & 11 from 6-8:30 pm.

Tooele Santa Parade & Tree Lighting (Tooele): Christmas Market from 3-7 pm. Parade at 4:00 pm, and Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm. All happening at Memorial Park in Tooele. FREE

Summit County

Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events

Tree Lighting at the Canyons (Park City): November 24 at 6:00 PM. Fireworks, tree lighting, and Santa. FREE

Santa Comes down the Town Lift (Park City): Dec. 17 at 5:30 pm. Treats and visits with Santa. FREE

Park City Holiday Spectacular Sing-Along (Park City): Dec. 8-17 at the Egyptian Theater.

Park City Electric Light Parade: No Date 2023 FREE

Park City Snow Globe Stroll: Park City, Nov. 22 – Jan. 5  FREE

Park City Mountain Torchlight Parade (Park City): December 24. Starting at 5 pm enjoy cookies, cocoa, a live carolers before our Ski and Ride school team makes their way down Payday at 5:30pm.

Rocky Mountain Outfitters Carriage Ride

Utah County

Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events

Orchard Lighting Event (Orem): November 13 @ 6:00 pm FREE

Lighting of the Riverwoods (Provo): November 17 @ 6:00-9:00 pm FREE 

Outlets at Traverse Mountain Tree Lighting (Lehi): November 18 @ 5:00 pm FREE. Concert and then tree lighting following. More details on their event post. 

Saratoga Springs City Christmas Tree Lighting (Saratoga): November 27 at Neptune Park. 6:15 PM Santa Arrives. 6:30 PM Tree Lighting Program begins. FREE

Santa’s Grand Arrival at University Place (Orem): November 24 @ 9:30-10:30 am (Santa arrives via helicopter around 10 am) FREE

Mapleton’s Lights On Festival (Mapleton): November 27 from 5:00-7:00 PM. FREE Mapleton City Park.

Salem Pond Christmas Lighting (Salem): November 24 at 7:00-8:00 PM FREE

Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade: November 25 @ 7:00 PM FREE

Fairfield Town’s Christmas in the Sky: December 2 @ 5:30 PM. Parade and fireworks! FREE

Light Displays

Luminaria: Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Nov. 16-Jan. 6

Highland Christmas Lights: Highland FREE

Saratoga Springs Christmas Light Drive: 8 different houses in one night FREE

Engh Family Christmas Lights: 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 

Hee Haw Farms Christmas Festival: Pleasant Grove. Dec. 1-23, 2023.

Christmas at the Orchard: Orem Nov. 15-Jan. 2 from 5-11 PM FREE 

Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork November 23-Jan. 1

Salem Pond Lights: Salem Nov. 24-Jan. 1 FREE

Clas Ropes Christmas Cruise

Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine): Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 4-5 and 5. Tickets are $5/person.

Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 1-3 reserve FREE tickets ahead of time. One can of food per person donation encouraged.

Live Nativity at the Orchard (Orem): December 8 from 6-8 pm. FREE

Payson Community Creche: (Payson): Dec. 1 & 2 from 5-9 pm. There is a live nativity, indoor and outdoor nativity displays. FREE

A Babe is Born (Lehi): Dec. 15-19, 2023. Family pass for $52 for 2 adults and up to 4 children in immediate family.

Harrington Center Living Bethlehem (American Fork): New event in 2023. Dec.4-9. Christmas market and living Nativity at the American Fork Amphitheater.


Provo River Cruise (Provo) Dec. 1-23. Take a cruise on the Provo River and Santa rows up in a row boat.

Orem Express (Orem): Dec. 9, 16, and 23 from 4-8 pm. Train rides in Orem City Center Park. FREE


Evermore Park Aurora Winter Festival (Pleasant Grove): Dates beginning Nov. 11-January 7 on Fridays & Saturdays (also Dec. 21-23). FREE to walk through the village. Ice Skating, Christmas Carol, Bird Show, and Train Rides cost more.

Gordo’s Winter Wonderland (Spanish Fork): Thanksgiving Week – Dec. 31 on Mondays-Saturdays.

Grand Gingerbread Village (Lehi): Outlets at Traverse Mountain Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Stroll through a life-size village of gingerbread inspired houses, featuring a nearly 30 foot tall Gingerbread Tower! FREE

Gingerbread House Display (Orem): University Place Mall. Nov. 20-27. FREE

Camp Floyd Christmas (Fairfield). Camp Floyd State Park. December 2 from 10-4.

A Pioneer Christmas: Provo Pioneer Village on Dec. 9, 10, and 12 from 5-8 pm.

Springville Holiday Festival & Santa Village (Springville): Dec. 1-2. Lights turn on Friday night, and Santa visits are free. There are other days he will be in Springville for free visits. Use link for details.

Draper Tree of Light

Wasatch County

Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: November 25 @ 6:00-8:30 pm FREE

Heber City Tree Lighting & Old Fashioned Christmas: December 1 @ 6:30-9:00. Tree lighting at 8:15 pm. FREE

Rocky Mountain Outfitters Carriage Rides (Jordanelle State Park): November 24-December 30 (mostly Thursdays-Saturdays, but check post for specific dates)

Festival of Creches exhibit (Midway): December 1-4. FREE

North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 22 – Dec. 23. Ride the Heber Valley Railroad with Santa. Cocoa and cookies provided. There is also an After Christmas North Pole Express (Dec. 26-29). Tickets sell VERY fast!

Carbon County

Christmas Town Utah (Helper): Nov 17 & 18, 24, 29, and Dec. 1 & 2. There are many events and tons of lights in Helper since it is know as Christmas Town Utah. FREE


Young Living Family Farm Country Christmas (Mona): Wagon Rides and Light Display. Dec. 8 & 9, and Dec. 15 & 16, 2023 at 6–9 p.m. $5 wagon ride.

Illuminate the Night (Nephi): November 25 at 5:30 – 8:00 pm. FREE

Christmas at The Acres on Meadow Lane: Dec. 8-23 at 5:00-9:00 PM. Pony rides, Santa, Nativity Wagon, Hot Cocoa, Games, Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, and more. FREE


Delta Light Parade: November 25 at 6:00 PM FREE

Delta City Office Light Show: November 25-January 1 after dark. West side of city office. Tune to 89.9 FM. FREE


Fountain Green Live Nativity (Fountain Green): No dates for 2023 yet. FREE

Manti Light Parade (Manti): November 24 at 6:00 PM. FREE

Mount Pleasant Electric Light Parade (Mt. Pleasant): December 10 at 5:30 pm to 8:00. Fireworks and then the parade. FREE

Ephraim City Christmas Fireworks Celebration (Ephraim): December 1 from 7-9 pm. Light parade, music, and fireworks. FREE

Sevier County

Christmas Tree Lane (Richfield): Dec. 4-Dec. 9 at the Sevier Valley Center. FREE

Richfield Light Parade (Richfield): Dec. 2 at 6:00 PM. FREE

Kane County

Kanab Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade: November 25 at 6:00 PM. FREE Lantern launch following. Lanterns are $5.

Kanab Polar Express: November 27-December 1. Tickets required and on sale starting October 20.

Iron County

Holiday Lighting Ceremony (Cedar City): November 25 from 11 am-9 pm. 5:00 pm is the lighting, see link for other events. FREE

Christmas on the Farm (Cedar City): November 24-25 at 11-4. Tickets required.

Christmas on the Farm Live Nativity (Cedar City): Dec. 4 at 5:30-7:30 PM. Tickets required.

Red Acre Christmas (Cedar City): Dec. 3 from 10 am – 3 pm. FREE

Holidays at the Homestead (Cedar City): Frontier Homestead Museum. Dec. 6-9 from 5:30-8 pm.

Lights at the Homestead (Cedar City): Frontier Homestead Museum. Dec. 20-23 from 5:30-8 pm. FREE

Christmas Lane (Cedar City): Walk or drive through from Friday after Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. FREE

Salem Pond Lights

Washington County

Tree Lightings and Santa Arrivals

Christmas In Dixie Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (Washington): November 27 at 6:00 pm at Veteran’s Park. FREE doughnuts and wagon rides.

St. George Kick off to Christmas (St. George): November 27 at 6-8 PM. FREE

Hurricane Tree Lighting (Hurricane): November 27 @ 6:00 PM. FREE

Light Displays

Christmas in the Canyon (St. George): Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 at 6-9 PM. Lights, train rides, live Nativities, and Santa. Free to visit just the lights. Other activities cost.

Red Hills Desert Garden Lights (St. George): Nov. 26-Dec. 31 at 5-10 pm.  FREE

Jubilee of Trees (St. George): Nov. 17-19 from 10-2 at Dixie Convention Center.

St. George Christmas Lights (St. George): 10 places we enjoy seeing the Christmas lights in St. George. FREE

Pixels on Photinia Light Display (St. George): 3502 Photonia Dr in St. George. Lights on all season long, but on Dec. 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm Santa will be there for free pics.

Staheli Farm Drive Through Lights (Washington): Dec. 1-23 (no Sundays).

Hedgehog Electric Christmas Light Display Map: this map of St. George Christmas Lights shows the awesome houses to check out in the St. George area.


North Pole Express at Thunder Junction (St. George): Dec. 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, and 18.. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the St. George Leisure Services Office. They go on sale on November 20.

Other ideas

St. George Christmas Village: Nov. 24-Dec. 23 at Red Cliffs Mall.

Fisher Family Farms Deck the Halls Festival: Nov. 24 & 25, Dec. 1-30 (select Dates). Lots of extra activities and you pay per activity.

Uintah County

Holly Days Festival (Vernal): November 24: A day full of fun, FREE activities throughout the Vernal area including a light parade and fireworks.

Christmas on Harmony in St George

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