One of our very first posts on this blog was about the Fantasy at the Bay lights at Willard Bay State Park. My grandparents lived in Ogden, so we would go see them and then drive through the lights. Although both of my grandparents have both passed on now, we love stopping at Fantasy at the Bay in honor of them.
Fantasy at the Bay is a drive-thru light show in the campground of Willard Bay State Park. Since this state park is mostly for water activities, the campground is a perfect spot to put Christmas lights in the off-season. The campground is quite large, so there are lots of lights to see.
The first part of the drive is the 12 days of Christmas countdown, so keep an eye out for each of the days. Next, you drive through a fun light tunnel. After the light tunnel, you’ll see lights on both sides of the car. The lights are shaped in different animals or Christmas objects, but some of the lights “move.” For instance, a reindeer jumps off the hill and then parachutes down or a penguin slides down the igloo. We had a great time looking at the variety of lights.
Many of the big trees are covered in lights, too, which makes the whole drive super bright. We loved how they had covered the pavilions with lights as well. They also have a radio station playing Christmas music that adds to the Christmas mood. These lights reminded us of the light display in Spanish Fork.
In non-Covid years they have offered wagon rides and refreshments, but none of those were available in 2020 when we last visited. Hopefully these activities will be added back in to the experience. Check out the Willard Bay State Park site for current prices and dates for Fantasy at the Bay.
Take I-15 to Exit 357 (Willard Bay North Marina). Head west and turn immediately left toward the entrance for Willard Bay. You can’t miss them! They are right next to the 1-15.