2020 is a unique year. Masks, social distancing, and other changes to our lives have made adventuring a little bit different this year. Tree lighting events and other activities where large crowds are involved have been cancelled, but there are still plenty of fun, safe Christmas Activities in Utah for families. We have separated each type of activity into categories to help you find the activities that are right for your family.
See our list of cancelled events at the bottom of this post.
Tree Lighting or Santa Arrival Events
Lighting of the Riverwoods (Provo): November 20 @ 6:00-8:30 pm FREE Masks and social distance required.
Lights on at the Gateway (SLC): November 20 @ 6-9 PM FREE Masks required.
Outlets at Traverse Mountain Virtual Tree Lighting (Lehi): November 21 @ 6:30 pm FREE. Tree will be lit at 7:00. More details on their event post.
Salem Pond Christmas Lighting (Salem): November 27 @ 6-9 PM. FREE
Santa’s Arrival at Station Park (Farmington): November 27 @ 9 AM. FREE
Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: December 5@ 6-8 pm FREE
Light Displays: Perfect for Social Distancing!
Most of these displays you view from your car. Others you can walk through, but make sure to social distance and check if advanced tickets are needed. These are Christmas light displays we visited last year, but sometimes homes don’t put their lights up. We will update if we find a problem.
Park City Snow Globe Stroll: Park City, November 28-January 3 FREE
Zootah Christmas Lights: Logan, November 28-Dec.17 (Th, F, and Sat). 4:30-8:00 pm at Zootah with reindeer encounters.
Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden FREE
Lights On Sherwood: Kaysville FREE
Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay
Layton City Lights: Layton FREE
We found this list of other great light displays in Weber/Davis counties.
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
Whoville: 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
Christmas Street: Magna FREE
Temple Square Lights: SLC FREE Only viewed from outside the fence/gate this year. Temple Square is closed.
Zoo Lights: SLC–bonus: you can ride the carousel and sometimes see a few animals. Sold out for 2020.
Lumaze: SLC–new this year. Walk through light festival at the Utah Fairgrounds.
Drive in Holiday Light Spectacular: Maverik Center. New this year! Laser light show in the parking lot of the Maverik Center in SLC.
Luminaria: Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.
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: Pleasant Grove at Hee Haw Farms (Lights and other activities)
Christmas at the Orchard: Orem FREE Not open Sundays.
Spanish Fork Winter Reverse Lights Parade: November 27-Dec. 31 FREE
Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork
Salem Pond Lights: Salem FREE
Christmas Story Murals: Salem FREE
Shepherd Family Christmas Lights: Spanish Fork
Christmas in the Canyon (St. George): Nov. 27 – Dec. 23 at 6-8:30 PM. Lights, train rides, live Nativities, and Santa.
Red Hills Desert Garden Lights (St. George): Nov. 26-Dec. 31. Lights are on until 10:00 pm. FREE
Check out this list of ideas for Christmas Lights.
Rides (trains/boats, wagons….)
Cross E Ranch Christmas at the Ranch Drive-Thru: Brand New this Year! $20/vehicle. Don’t leave your car, but enjoy the lights, treats, and a live Nativity. November 27-Dec.19.
North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 23 – Dec. 23. Ride the Heber Valley Railroad with Santa.
Provo River Cruise (Provo) Nov. 30- Dec. 23. Take a cruise on the Provo River and Santa rows up in a row boat.
Santa Sleigh Ride (Midway): Looks like these sleigh rides are just for the ice castles this year, so after Christmas.
Riley’s U-Pick Genola (Genola): Wagon rides and donuts included in the $10/family price at this family farm.
Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): November 27-30. 5:30-9:00 PM. Living Nativity. Tickets required (FREE).
Christmas on the Farm (Cedar City): November 27-28 at 10-4. Tickets required ($5/person).
Christmas on the Farm Live Nativity (Cedar City): November 30 at 6-8 PM. Tickets required (FREE)
Holly Days Festival (Vernal): November 27: 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
Festival of Trees (Virtual): Dec. 1-5. Proceeds benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. Virtual Live Event on Dec. 4.
Macys Candy Windows (SLC): Nov. 20-Jan. 1 FREE
Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 21- Dec.31 FREE
Evermore Park Aurora Winter Festival: Pleasant Grove. Dates beginning Nov. 28, 2020. Thursdays-Saturdays. Two different events: Aurora Winter Festival and Christmas Carol. Can combine the two.
Christmas Town Utah (Helper): Nov. 27 Lights on Ceremony at 6:00 pm. Dec. 4 & 5 are electric light parades at 7:00 pm. Fireworks after the Dec. 5 parade. There are many events and tons of lights in Helper since it is know as Christmas Town Utah.
Christmas at the Homestead (Cedar City): Frontier Homestead Museum has decorations, including the Twelve Trees of Christmas. Dec. 7-11. $2/person or $5/family.
Cancelled Events for 2020
- Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place Heritage Park
- Alpine Living Nativity
- Christkindlmarket at This is the Place
- Lights on Wakefield Lighting Event
- Park City Electric Light Parade
- Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade
- Ogden City Lights Parade and Lighting Ceremony
- Jingle Bus
- Santa Sleigh Rides through Rocky Mountain Outfitters
- Grand America Holiday Windows (only open to guests who are staying in the hotel)
- Hardware Ranch Sleigh Rides (elk viewing still available, but no rides).
- Polar Express Lindon
- Young Living Farm Holiday Event